LA?GRANDE?— Mac-Hi softball’s blazing hot start to the preseason carried over to the start of Greater Oregon League play Tuesday in La Grande. The Pioneers picked up two more wins, 7-1 and 18-0, behind pitcher Colette Robert and some banging bats.

Mac-Hi (11-3, 2-0 GOL) committed a few errors to start the first game but then settled into a groove in the field. It carried over to the plate.

Megan Reed went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Robert struck out eight on the mound.

Robert continued to shut down the La Grande (3-4, 0-2 GOL) batters in the late game, throwing a two-hitter, and the bats were only warming up. Mac-Hi pounded out 18 hits in a five-inning, 10-run rule shortened victory.

Karli Cortez finished a home run short of the cycle and batted in six runs. Reed also had six RBIs, coming on three doubles.

“Megan Reed and Karli Cortez just crushed the ball in Game 2,” Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian said via e-mail. “The hitters in front of them were patient and we drew 10 walks in Game 2 and put runners on the bases for the front of our lineup.”

Mac-Hi will play one non-conference game in Pendleton next Tuesday as part of a home-and-home series with the Bucks this season. The Pioneers lost in Milton-Freewater to Pendleton on March 12 by a 7-0 score.

League season continues after that with a doubleheader for Mac-Hi in Baker on Saturday, April 13.

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