Two divisions of the girls Oregon Little League softball championships will begin playing games Saturday in Enterprise. Participants in the 8-team 9/10 year-old division are guaranteed three games of play, but girls playing in the 10-11 division, because only five teams are participating in that age group, only are guaranteed two games of play.
All softball games will be played on the Jensen Field complex, located north of Safeway in Enterprise.
No teams from Wallowa County qualified for the state tournament.
The contests Saturday morning for the 9/10 age group will begin at 9 a.m. with the last of four games in that division beginning Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
Two games will be played Saturday in the girls 10/11 age group with the team from Pendleton playing its first game Sunday.
On Saturday, July 14, the D1 Portland team will play Bend South at 9 a.m.; Lincoln, of Portland, will play Rogue River at 11:30 a.m.; Salem/Sprague will play D2 Portland at 2 p.m.; and Klamath Falls will play Pendleton at 4:30 p.m.
The states best girls softball teams in the 10/11 division only will play two games Saturday. At noon, Central Oregon will play D2 Portland, and D4 Portland will play Corvallis at 2:30 p.m. The squad from Pendleton will play the winner of the Central Oregon/D2 Portland game at noon on Sunday.
In the 9/10 division four games will be played Saturday, Sunday, and Monday; two games on Tuesday; and the championship game will be played at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Those games will retain the same start times Saturday through Monday, and have first pitches thrown out at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Because fewer teams are playing in the 10/11 division, only two games will be played Saturday, Sunday, and Monday; one game each on Tuesday and Wednesday; and, if necessary, an additional game will be played for the state title at 9 a.m. Thursday.
The 10/11 girls will maintain noon and 2.30 p.m. as start times Saturday through Monday and begin single games Tuesday and Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Wallowa Valley Little League president Donnie Rynearson says theres still a need for volunteers to help with concessions, field maintenance, scorekeeping, and announcing. He can be contacted at (541) 263-0598.