ATHENA - It's said the best way to keep from getting cold is to move around and the Weston-McEwen TigerScots did their best to do just that, scoring 23 runs to sweep a doubleheader against Heppner Thursday in less than ideal weather. The TigerScots won the first game 11-1 and took a 12-7 decision in the nightcap.
"The girls ran aggressive on the bases again and we turned some extra runs in that we may not have had if they weren't looking for an extra base," Weston-McEwen coach Jeff Griggs said.
Weston-McEwen's Codi Ann Smalley threw a strong first game, pitching her way out of trouble several times, as the Mustangs couldn't get the clutch hit with runners in scoring position.
"She was really solid on the mound," Griggs said. "We got in a couple spots there, but she threw out of it really well."
The TigerScots were able to keep pressure on the Heppner defense throughout the game by running freely on the bases, which helped lead to eight Mustang errors.
"We're very inexperienced...I have two seniors and three or four juniors that have never played, they just came out for me," Heppner coach Petra Elguezabal said. "A lot of that was inexperience and errors, mental and physical, and that's what hurt us."
Jennifer Denton had three singles and a double and scored three runs for the TigerScots, while Sara Lyn Smalley had a triple and scored twice.
Weston-McEwen broke open a close second game with five runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth, but the Mustangs refused to go away quietly and pulled within 10-7 with three runs in the sixth inning.
"The second game we hit the ball very well and that's what we're going to have to do to win some ball games," Elguezabal said.
The Mustangs may have put even more runs on the scoreboard but the TigerScots made several key plays defensively to limit the damage.
"The defense stepped up and Katie Bonifer had some outstanding catches in centerfield to help in that second game," Griggs said. "We played these two games without Ashleigh Riddle, who has been our starting shortstop, and Cheyenne Williams stepped in there and did just a great job. She had a couple of plays towards the end of the second game that really helped."
Madison Bailey, Blake Allstott, Heather Yocom and Regi Seitz each had multiple-hit games for the Mustangs, while Williams had two hits, including a triple for the TigerScots.
The games were the first two of the season for the Mustangs and Elguezabal believes the team will do fine once they eliminate some of the mistakes.
"If we can pull through and minimize those and hit the ball, we'll be all right," she said.
The TigerScots (5-1) have quite a few more games under their belts and Griggs believes the team is progressing nicely.
"At this point of time in the season we're about where I hoped to be," he said. "We haven't arrived, but we're heading in the right direction."