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By Steve Tool

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on May 16, 2017 1:58PM

Steve Tool/ChieftainWallowa Valley Eagles second baseman Riley Hayward guns down a Umatilla Vikings runner at first during the Eagles twin victories over the Vikings on May 12. The two victories put the Eagles into a Tuesday, May 16 playoff game against Nyssa for the right to compete at the state playoffs.

Steve Tool/ChieftainWallowa Valley Eagles second baseman Riley Hayward guns down a Umatilla Vikings runner at first during the Eagles twin victories over the Vikings on May 12. The two victories put the Eagles into a Tuesday, May 16 playoff game against Nyssa for the right to compete at the state playoffs.

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The high school sports season is rapidly winding to a close in Wallowa County. Post-season play has begun for certain sports.


The Wallowa Valley Cubs split a May 9, doubleheader with Burns. The Cubs lost the first game to a hard-hitting Hilanders club but regrouped for an 11-0 shutout in the second game.

Game one saw the Hilanders pound Cub pitching for two home runs and eight earned runs. The Cubs outhit Burns, 10-9, and the Hilanders offered their assistance with four errors, but Wallowa Valley couldn’t push runs across the plate despite two hits each from Madison Plew, Darby Gassett and Shelby Moncrief. The Cubs also committed four miscues.

Wallowa Valley scored one in the first and two more in the second, nursing a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the frame when Burns began to uncork its bats unloading four runs followed by three more in the second. The Cubs managed only two more runs: One in the fourth and one in the sixth. Pitcher Plew was tagged with the loss.

The Cubs took the first game to heart, punishing the Hilanders with an 11-0 victory in the following game behind the four-hit pitching of Lexie Gassett and the five-RBI attack of Josie Scott.

With two runners on, Scott slammed a home run on the first pitch of her first at-bat in the opening inning That was enough to seal the deal for the Cubs, but they added four insurance runs in the second and third innings, respectively, in the five-inning game

Gassett, Moncrief and Scott led the Cubs with two hits each, accounting for six of the team’s nine hits. The Cubs also cut their error total in half for the second game while the Hilanders had three.

Gasset’s command performance on the mound included striking out four and walking two.

The Cubs hosted Grant Union for an afternoon twinbill May 15, a makeup game for a rain-out the previous Friday. Although the sun shone, it did not shine on the Cubs as Grant Union won both ends, 16-12 and 12-5. The Prospectors thoroughly pounded Cub pitching with only Rylie in a relief effort in the second game seeming to hold her own against the visiting sluggers.

The first game saw the Cubs in the low end of an 11-3 score in the bottom of the sixth inning before the exploding for eight runs, capped by Josie Scott’s towering grand slam over the centerfield fence. It was the last breath of fury for the Cubs. Others offensive achievements included Shelby Moncrief, who also had a homer and contributed three RBIs.

The Cubs never saw the lead in the second game, they outhit Grant Union 10-9 but failed to move runs across the plate. Although only marked for two official errors, a slurry of mental errors, forgetting to cover bases, etc, led to their downfall.

Bright spots included multiple hit performances by Scott and Moncrief and Lexie Gasssett. Plew also knocked in two RBIs.

Coach Andy Plew said that hits aren’t enough.

“It doesn’t matter if you have 65 hits; if you’re not playing defense, you’re not going to win ball games.”

The Cubs play Burns on Wednesday for a shot at Grant Union in order to enter the state playoffs. Game location was not available prior to press deadline.


The Eagles also split a doubleheader with Burns May 9. The opener saw the Eagles losing an 8-7 squeaker. The Eagles held a 7-5 lead going into the bottom of the sixth before Burns let loose with three runs to take the lead. The Eagles went down in order in the top of the seventh, sealing their fate.

The second game saw the Eagles turn up the heat on the Hilanders winning 14-4.

Friday, The Eagles hosted the hapless Umatilla Vikings at a rain-filled mud-fest resulting in a serious 21-8 drubbing of the Vikes in the first game with the third inning seeing 19 Eagles batters at the plate.

The Eagles closed out the season with a 12-7 win during a short rain break during the day. The wins left them in fourth place in the Eastern Oregon League with 7-7 league record and a 10-9 overall and ranked 17th in the state with a playoff game against Nyssa slated May 16 to determine third in the league as well as which team will advance to the playoffs.


The Enterprise Boys golf team qualified for the state tournament, being held at Redmond this week on Monday and Tuesday. Results were unavailable at press deadline. Tori Suto of Joseph also qualified fo

Joseph thinclads competed against 13 other teams at Baker May 12 for the 1A SD-4 District Track Championships. The lady Eagles placed second in the fray scoring 122 points compared to Adrian’s 145. The boys placed third, scoring 80 points to Crane’s 115 and meet winner Adrian’s 128.

Wonder runner Isabelle Tingelstad led the way for the lady Eagles while winning the 1500m and 3000m races and running the third leg of the meet-winning 4x400m relay team. Teammate Haley Miller placed first in the 800m, second in the 1500m and anchored the 4x400m relay team. Ally cooney had top-five finishes in the long jump, high jump and triple jump.

On the boys side, Cayden DeLury placed second in the 400m, and missed first by less than a second in the 300m hurdles. He also ran a leg on the second place 4x100m and first place 4x400m relay teams. Tyler Homan ran on both relay teams and also placed second in the 800m. Kade Kilgore placed second in the pole vault with a 10-foot personal record vault.

Enterprise competed at the Wapiti League Districts against four other teams, finishing with a strong second for both the boys and girls squads while sending a number of athletes to state. The boys scored six first-place finishes, scoring 158.5 points while winner Union scored 199.5 for the championship.

The girls scored 168 points finding the blue ribbon in four events. Grant Union won the championship with 186 points. The Outlaws are sending 21 different athletes to state in both competing and alternate status.

Top five finishes

Joseph girls: 100m 2nd Alexis Sykora, 13.75; 200m Alexis Sykora, 29.54; 400m 2nd Johnelle Suto, 1:06.04, 4th Camille Crenshaw, 1:09.51; 800m 1st Haley Miller, 2:33.49, 2nd Ellyse Tingelstad, 2:36.63; 1500m 1st Isabelle Tingelstad, 5:01.62, 2nd, Haley Miller, 5:05.98; 3000m 1st Isabelle Tingelstad, 11:04.97, 2nd Ellyse Tingelstad, 11:54.37; 4x400m relay 1st Johnelle Suto, Ella Coughlan, Isabelle Tingelstad, Hayley Miller, 4:26.44; Discus 4th Natalie Gorham, 84-09; High jump 5th Ally Cooney, 4-08; Long jump 5th Ally Cooney 14-02.5; Triple jump 2nd Ally Cooney 31-04.5.

Joseph boys: 400m 2nd, Cayden DeLury, 53.38; 800m 2nd Tyler Homan, 2:10.76; 1500m 5th Tucker VanWinkle, 5:02.56; 300m Hurdles 2nd Cayden DeLury, 42.92; 4x100 Relay, 2nd Cayden DeLury, Tyler Homan, Jake Christman, Aaron Borgerding, 47.43; 4x400 Relay 1st Tyler Homan, Aaron Borgerding, Jake Christman, Cayden DeLury, 3:41.86; High jump 2nd Caevan Murray, 5-02; Pole vault 2nd Kade Kilgore, 10-00.

Enterprise Girls: 100m 3rd Hero Peters,13:04, 5th Woraya Detktiengkrai, 16.15; 200m 2nd Riley Gray, 27.78, 4th Reagan Bedard, 28.85; 400m 4th Irina Baldessari, 1:07.40; 800m 1st Eliza Irish, 2:29.76, 3rd Deedee Duncan, 2:32.40, 4th Ashley Wilson, 2:37.49; 1500m 1st Deedee Duncan, 5:13.87, 3rd Ashley Wilson 5:20.77; 3000m 2nd Eliza Irish, 11:52.01; 100m Hurdles 2nd Stacy Douglass, 17:30, 4th Ashlyn Gray, 17.93, 5th Sidney Stonebrink, 19:08; 300m Hurdles 2nd Karli Bedard, 48.49, 3rd Irina Baldessari, 55:03; 4x100 Relay 2nd Hero Peters, Reagan Bedard, Riley Gray, Stacy Douglass, 52.81; 4x400 Relay 1st Reagan Bedard, Riley Gray, Karli Bedard, Eliza Irish 4:15.02; Discus 5th Ashlyn Gray, 78-06; High jump 1st Karly Bedard, 5-02, 3rd Stacy Douglass, 4-10, 5th Carsyn Miller, 4-00; Long jump 3rd Riley Gray, 15-02.25, 5th Irina Baldessari, 13-08.25; Triple jump 3rd Tiffany George, 28-01.

Enterprise boys: 100m 1st Brandon Frolander, 11.86, 4th Foster Hobbs, 11.94; 200m 1st Foster Hobbs, 24.77, 3rd Brandon Frolander 25.65; 400m 2nd Jacob Strampe, 55.14; 1500m 4th Cole Gomes, 5:10.41, 5th Jacob Austin, 5:29.37; 300m Hurdles 2nd Trent Bales, 47.15; 4x100m relay 2nd Trent Balles, Kobe Ketscher, Brandon Frolander, Foster Hobbs, 47.00; 4x400m relay 1st Jacob Strampe, Kobe Ketscher, Cole Gomes, Ethan Burns, 3:45.96; Shot put 1st Chandler Burns, 42-10.5, 2nd Blaze Lepper, 42-01, 4th Ethan Burns, 39:05; Discus 2nd Chandler Burns, 124-08 ; Javelin 1st Ethan Burns, 158-06.50; High jump 1st Kobe Ketscher, 5-11, 5th Dylan Marr, 5-04; Long jump 4th Joe Robb, 18-00; Triple jump 3rd Joe Robb, 38-04.50, 5th Colby Harris, 35-10.5.


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