This weekend offers several quality softball games and while the season is still young, teams are looking for wins to boost confidence as league play approaches.
The Dalles at Pendleton
The Pendleton Bucks (4-6) will be faced with a difficult challenge in a nonleague doubleheader at noon Saturday, hosting the Class 3A No. 4-ranked The Dalles.
"They have beat some quality teams and we will see two good pitchers," Pendleton head coach Randy Crawford said.
"We have seen some pretty good pitchers so far and The Dalles will show us more speed," Crawford said. "We're starting to hit the ball and we have come a long ways."
Mac-Hi at Ontario
The Mac-Hi Pioneers open Greater Oregon League play at noon Saturday with a pair of games at Burns.
The Pioneers (2-2) received an excellent hitting performance from Katie Brown in a 7-6 nonleague win over Pilot Rock Tuesday.
Brown, who was 4 for 5 with four RBI, looks to keep things going along with Lyndsey Croghan who went 3 for 5 against Pilot Rock.
Pilot Rock at Weston-McEwen
Weston-McEwen's lone loss on the season came at the hands of Pilot Rock and the two teams meet again at 4 p.m. Friday for round two.
The two squads split a nonleague doubleheader March 27, but both teams would like nothing more than to earn a sweep at 4 p.m. Friday in another nonleague doubleheader.
Weston-McEwen (6-1) comes off a two-game pounding of Heppner, scoring 23 runs in the twin-bill last week.
Pilot Rock comes off a 7-6 loss to Mac-Hi Tuesday, it's second to the Pioneers this season, and the Rockets only win this season came against Weston-McEwen.
Jo Pedro has earned the only win for the Rockets on the mound, but she was credited with the loss Tuesday.
Union at Echo/Stanfield
The Echo/Stanfield softball squad opens its season at 4 p.m. Friday, hosting Union in a nonleague doubleheader.
Union (2-3) split with Heppner last Saturday.
Heppner at Nyssa
Fielding errors coupled with inexperience has haunted the Heppner Mustangs so far this season, but head coach Petra Elguezabal hopes her team can turn things around Saturday.
The Mustangs (1-3) visit Nyssa at 1 p.m., looking for a pair of nonleague wins.