PILOT ROCK – Heppner opened a 2-1 game with three runs in the fourth inning en route to a 6-4 non-league win on Monday April 12 against Pilot Rock.
“We beat them, we just had a bad run,” said Rockets coach Casey Allgood. “We certainly have a lot to work on. It could have been better if we had had more than an hour of practice on Friday. We didn’t even have any signs.
Jace Otteson pitched five innings for the Rockets, striking out eight and walking five and hitting four Heppner hitters.
Mike Jaca and Toby Nation each had a brace for the Mustangs. Starter Hayden Hyatt threw four innings of the ball without a cut, taking out five and walking three.
“We put the ball in play, but we didn’t hit it very hard,” Allgood said of Hyatt. “
RIVERSIDE 8, UMATILLA 7 – The host Pirates scored the winning run at the bottom of the seventh inning on a throwing error to escape the Vikings.
“We took the lead from the start,” said Umatilla coach Jon Garrett. “We scored four at the top of the first, and they scored two at the bottom. We mirrored each other over the next six rounds.
Then things got worse for Umatilla.
“In the seventh we were ahead 7-5 and they were able to get three points,” said Garrett. “We walked too many guys today.”
The Vikings gave up 13 steps and made two crucial mistakes in the seventh inning.
“We left 10 on base and struck out 14 goals,” said Garrett, “but it was great to be there after everything was taken away from us last year.
For the Vikings, James Wilson went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while Kaden Jacons went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Ryan Lorence led in a race.
For the Pirates, Tyler Schneider, Cooper Szasz, Will Keefer, Lucas Szasz have all had singles.
“It was definitely the first game of the year,” said Riverside coach Tyler Davis.
MID-COLUMBIA CONFERENCE MATCH – Madi McClannahan of Hermiston shot a 94 to place 13th in the MCC’s weekly game at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
Southridge’s Angela Park won medal honors with a 71 leading the Suns to the tag team title with a 324.
Jocilyn Morrison (109), Leah Engelbrecht (117) and Tresa Handforth (125) joined McClannahan in the scoring column.
On the boys’ side, Hermiston’s Cody Adams led the way with a 99.
“Cody has played consistently and continues to improve,” said Hermiston coach Steve Utter. “Very happy with him today.”
Joining Adams on the course were Christian Oliver (116), Jadyn Davis (120), Brycen Jones (127) and Cameron Jones (130).
Clayton German of Kamiakin and Evan Johnson of Richland shared medal honors with a 74. Richland won the tag team title with a 310.
SPOKANE 11-12, BLUE MOUNTAIN 3-2 – The Timberwolves reliever box spoiled a solid start for Connor Ford by dropping the first game of a double NWAC East title on Sunday April 11 to host Sasquatch.
Ford allowed one run over four innings and struck out seven. The pen allowed 10 runs on 10 hits over the next four innings.
Loggan Davis had one of four BMCC hits and led in a race.
After the night, Spokane took an 11-1 lead after three innings and never brought the Timberwolves back into the game.
Ben Barbee had two of BMCC’s four hits, including a double.
Four Spokane pitchers combined on a four batting, strikeout 13. Starter Andy Evans had seven strikeouts in four innings of work.
Weston-McEwen finished third in the climactic 1A / 2A tournament held at North Powder on Friday April 9.
The TigerScots beat Echo 23-25, 25-15, 26-24, 25-27, 15-12 in the quarter-finals, then lost 25-13, 25-17, 25-16 in the semi-finals to Union.
In the match for third / fifth place, WM rallied for a 25-14, 15-25, 21-25, 25-17, 16-14 victory over Joseph.
“We played hard all day and I was especially proud of the way we finished sets against teams,” said WM coach Shawn White. “Great concentration at critical times has led to the victories. Several big comebacks have only been possible by several players making big plays in long trades. I was very proud to see different players step up and play in the big moments.
Senior Jesse Manning had an exceptional day for the TigerScots with 59 kills, 46 digs and seven serves in three games.
“Jesse has been playing really well all season, but he’s really stepped it up,” White said. “She was dominant all day and led her team with a lot of energy, emotion and amazing all-around play.
Charli King added 114 assists and 23 digs for WM, while Carrie Hazon had 55 digs, Lily Lindsey 23 digs and 19 kills, Genna Robinson 22 kills and four blocks and Kelsey Stewart 18 kills.
The TigerScots ended their season 10-5.