BEND - Joanna Nirschl tossed a four-hitter in the opener, cruising to a 14-1 win as the Pendleton Buckaroos split a doubleheader with the Summit Storm in Intermountain Conference softball play Saturday.

The Bucks (7-10, 3-2 IMC) dropped the nightcap 4-3 as the Storm (7-10, 2-5 IMC) won for only the second time in league play this season.

Nirschl started strong and finished even stronger. The only run allowed by her came in the first inning and was unearned.

"Joanna pitched a great game," Bucks coach Randy Crawford said. "She had the one unearned run in the first and then shut them down."

Chrissy Johnston went 3-for-5 in the game for the Bucks, while Courtney Jim was 2-for-4 with a triple. Chelsey Dick, Rebecca Franke and Kyla Garza had two hits each.

"We hit the ball real well in game one," Crawford said. "Our first four hitters were nine-for-eighteen, and if that happens you score a lot."

In the nightcap the Bucks had some trouble getting their offense going.

"We couldn't get our bats going," Crawford said. "We couldn't string our hits together when needed. Summit hit the ball well."

The Storm scored first with three second inning runs. The Bucks followed with a couple of runs in the third, but the Storm carried a 4-2 lead into the fifth inning.

The Bucks managed a run in the fifth inning but that ended their scoring.

The Bucks travel to Hood River Valley for another IMC matchup Tuesday.

Echo 5-9, Heppner 4-4

ECHO - The Echo Cougars softball team was finally able to play a home game after some hard work clearing the diamond of water Saturday.

The Cougars won a doubleheader 5-4 and 9-4 against the Heppner Mustangs in Eastern Oregon League action.

"There was some standing water on the side, out of play, but it didn't bother the umpires," Echo coach Misty Ducre said. "We emptied a lot of buckets off the field earlier. It's been a long day."

Ashley Martinez earned both wins for Echo, striking out nine in the opener and five in the nightcap.

Heppner took an early 1-0 lead in the first game but Echo came right back with three runs in the second inning and one in the third for a 4-1 lead.

The Mustangs added a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings but their comeback bid fell just short.

"We didn't hit the ball well in the first game," Ducre said. "We need to do a better job hitting the ball."

Nancy Sandoval was 3 for 4 and Kelsey Smith was 2 for 3 for Echo. Regi Seitz doubled for Heppner and Blake Allstott earned the loss.

Heppner again took an early 2-0 lead in the second game but Echo came back with three runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings for the win.

Martinez was 3 for 4 with three doubles for Echo in the second game. The Cougars combined for 10 hits.

"They came out and hit the ball a lot better in the second game," Ducre said.

Heather Yocom and Crystal Nairns doubled for Heppner. Madison Bailey earned the loss for the Mustangs.

Weston-McEwen 5-20, Nyssa 2-3

NYSSA - The Weston-McEwen TigerScots swept a doubleheader from the Nyssa Bulldogs in Greater Oregon League softball action Saturday.

The TigerScots (8-6, 3-5 GOL) rode the arm of Codi Smalley in the opener, as she scattered four hits, taking a 5-2 decision. In the nightcap Carissa Griggs two-hit the Bulldogs in the mercy rule shortened game by a 20-3 margin.

Smalley struck out five in the opener, allowing the two Bulldogs runs in the second inning. The Bulldogs kept the 2-0 lead until the top of the fifth inning.

After two errors put runners on first and second for the TigerScots, Kayla Schroeder and Laura Johnston had back-to-back singles. Toni Richmond reached on an error, driving in a run, and Lacey Johnston drove in her sister with an RBI single.

Corey Harris and Dani Kirby had consecutive RBI singles and the TigerScots had a 5-2 that would hold up until the final out.

"Codi was in fine fashion today," TigerScots coach Jeff Griggs said. "She mixed her pitches up pretty well."

The nightcap proved to be a little more one-sided, as the TigerScots hammered out 16 hits, while holding the Bulldogs to two.

Carissa Griggs held the Bulldogs in check while the TigerScots offense pounded out the hits. Seven TigerScots had multiple hits in the game, led by Jennifer Denton, who was 3-for-4 with a double and home run.

Denton's homer was the final score of the game, putting am exclamation mark on the contest.

"The girls got on their first pitcher pretty well," coach Griggs said. "They went back to their best pitcher but the girls were really hitting the ball well in the final inning."

Crossover Tournament, BMCC

SALEM - The Blue Mountain Community College softball team won its first three games of the Crossover Tournament today, defeating Bellvue 10-1, Clackamas 3-2 and Wenatchee 9-7 to advance to the championship round today.

A win against Chemeketa today will advance BMCC to the championship round in the tournament.

"Clackamas was a huge game to win," BMCC coachy Nicole Christian said. "They're one of the top teams in NWAACC.

"We're playing much better as a team. We hit the ball really well. Our pitchers did a good job and our team played good defense behind them."


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