Much more seasonable weather has greeted Wallowa County sports teams this past week.
The Umatilla Vikings couldn’t even paddle their boat out of the Jensen Ballfields harbor after their May 5 journey to Enterprise to meet the Wallowa Valley Cubs on the field of battle. The Cubs unmercifully pounded Umatilla in both ends of a nonleague doubleheader, 16-2 and 21-11.
The first game saw Madison Plew turning in her usual stellar pitching performance, giving up only two hits and no earned runs for the duration. Nine frustrated Umatilla hitters didn’t make it out of the batters box, and Plew rendered only three walks in the five-inning contest.
Plew also led the team in RBIs, pounding in three during her 1 for 3 plate performance. Josie Scott was 2 for 3 with a homer, Gwen Jonson Was 0 for 2 but knocked in 2 RBIs and Darby Gassett matched Plew’s output. Ashley Exon was 2 for 3 with a RBI and scored two runs. The Cubs committed only two errors in the battle.
The second game saw more of a pitched battle but with equally disastrous results for the Vikings as the contest ended with the 10-run mercy rule invoked after the fifth inning. The Vikes did manage to pound out 15 hits on Cubs pitching while forcing seven miscues on the Cubs defense.
However, the Cubs pounded out 16 hits of their own, never trailing after the bottom of the first inning, led by the bat of Lexie Gassett, who was 3 for 4 in the box while delivering four RBIs for her teammates. Ashley Exon hit the magic 1.000 average in the game, going 2 for 2 while crunching the hapless Umatilla pitching staff for four RBIs.
Darby Gassett took her part bloodying the Vikes with a 2 for 4 plate performance and three RBIs.
Rylee Goller went the distance for the Cubs, giving up 15 hits and five earned runs in the slugfest. She struck out two and walked one.
Coach Andy Plew said it was down to the wire for the Cubs’ playoff chances.
“The playoffs are within our reach. We’ve got Burns on Tuesday (May 9) and we play John Day at home on Friday. We’ve spent the last two weeks playing ‘getting ready’ games to try to fine-tune the things we need to work on for these last four games,” he said.
The wins left the Cubs with a 4-2 league record and 9-5 overall with a 16 ranking in OSAA 3A softball. They close out the regular season with a May 12 home doubleheader versus Grant Union.
Both Wallowa/Joseph and Enterprise teams competed at the District 3 golf tournament at the Pendleton Country Club May 8-9. After 18 holes on the first day of play, Johnelle Suto of Joseph had shot an as
The Wallowa Valley Eagles didn’t see quite as much sunshine as the Cubs, splitting an error-fest doubleheader at Riverside, losing the first 11-8 while picking up the pieces for the second game with a 14-6 victory.
The Eagles committed 13 errors in the opener, four during the first four batters of the game. Pitchers Gus Ramsden and Tate Olsen combined for a five-hit with six earned runs performance.
The Eagles did shine in the hitting department, slamming 12 hits with Chris Bathke leading the way with a 3 for 4 performance. Clayne Miller and Tate Olsen had two hits each while five other Eagles hit safely.
The Eagles staged a rally in the top of the seventh inning, scoring four to bring the score to 11-8, but the rally died along with the Eagle’s chances of salvaging victory.
“You can’t win ball games with that many errors, it’s impossible,” said coach Geoff Hayward.
The error shoe was on the other foot in the second game with Riverside. They committed 10 miscues to the Eagles’ four.
Bathke pitched the opening 3 2/3 innings, giving up three earned runs and four hits along with tacking up four strikeouts and a walk. Miller came on in the relief role, picking up the win as the Eagles were down 5-4 when he came on. He gave up no earned runs.
The Eagles offense was good for seven hits, the 10 miscues also helping the Eagles cause. Miller went 2 for 4 at the plate while stalwart Rylie Hayward turned in a 2 for 3 performance as did Christopher Nobles. Ramsden contributed a two-run blast for the Eagles.
The games left the Eagles in fifth place with a 4-6 Eastern Oregon League record and 7-8 overall. The Eagles close out their season with a May 12 home doubleheader with Umatilla. Depending on the results of a May 9 doubleheader at Burns, the Eagles could be headed for state.
Both Joseph and Enterprise/Wallowa thinclads traveled to Baker City for the Baker Invite track meet Friday, May 5. The Eagles and Outlaws competed against 26 other teams, many from much larger schools.
The Outlaw ladies placed sixth at the meet, with 39.6 points, while the lady Eagles placed ninth with 31.2 points. Nyssa won the ladies side with 102 points.
On the boys side, Joseph placed in the 17th slot with 13 points and the Outlaws placed 18th, tied with three other schools at 11 points each.
La Grande won the male side with 144.5 points.
Still, several Wallowa County athletes placed high in the pack: For the lady Eagles, unstoppable Isabelle Tingelstad notched a first-place win in the 3,000 meters and Haley Miller seized fourth and sixth in 1500 and 800 meter races, respectively. The 4x400 relay team placed sixth.
On the Eagles Boys side, all-sport athlete Cayden DeLury place third in the 300-meter hurdles and the 4x400 relay team that DeLury anchored placed fifth.
For the Outlaws girls, Karli Bedard placed third in the 400 meters and high jump as well as anchoring the third place 4x400 relay team, while Deedee Duncan placed second in the 800 meters.
Results, top-10 finishes
Joseph girls: 400m 10th Johnelle Suto, 1:06.05; 800m 6th Haley Miller 2:33.52; 1,500m Haley Miller, 5:23.14; 3,000m 1st Isabelle Tingelstad 11:30.02; 2nd Ellyse Tingelstad 12:26.50; 4x400 relay 6th Johnelle Suto, Ella Coughlan, Isabelle Tingelstad, Haley Miller, 4:32.38; Javelin 8th Ally Cooney, 102-09; High jump 7th Ally Cooney, 4-08; Long jump 9th Ally Cooney, 14-10.
Enterprise girls: 100m 10th Hero Peters, 14.16; 400m 3rd Karli Bedard, 1:03.98, 5th Riley Gray, 1:04.28, 8th Eliza Irish, 1:05.44; 800m 2nd Deedee Duncan, 2:29.58, 9th Ashley Wilson, 2:40.16; 100m hurdles 7th Stacy Douglass, 18.49, 9th Ashlyn Gray, 18.79; 300m hurdles 8th Irina Baldessari, 54.30, 10th Ashlyn Gray, 55.89; 4x100 relay 4th Hero Peters, Reagan Bedard, Riley Gray, Stacy Douglass, 53.49; 4x400 relay 3rd Reagan Bedard, Eliza Irish, Karli Bedard, Riley Gray, 4:17.51; High jump 3rd Karli Bedard, 5-02, 7th Stacy Douglass, 4-08; Long jump 10th Riley Gray, 14-08.
Joseph boys: 100m 6th Cayden Delury, 12.25; 3000 meters 9th Tucker VanWinkle, 11:14.13; 300m Hurdles 3rd, Cayden DeLury, 42.74; 4x400 5th Tyler Homan, Aaron Borgerding, Jake Christman, Cayden DeLury, 3:47.23.
Enterprise boys: 200m 9th Foster Hobbs, 24.83; 800m 10th Jacob Strampe, 2:13.10; 4x100 Relay 10th Trent Bales, Brandon Frolander, Kobe Ketscher, Foster Hobbs, 48.02; Shot put 5th Blaze Lepper, 40-08.5; Javelin 5th Ethan Burns, 139-02; High jump 6th, Kobe Ketscher, 5-08, 9th Joe Robb, 5-06; Triple jump 9th Joe Robb, 38-11.50.