Wallowa girls lose game and player in first outing vs. Grant Union

<p>Wallowa first baseman Sally Mary Blair receives a teammate's throw to record an out Saturday, April 6, against Grant Union in John Day.</p>

JOHN DAY – One game into the new softball season and Wallowa’s Lady Cougars are already down one key player.

Lily Fiegel, a junior second baseman and occasional catcher for Wallowa, broke her leg in a home plate collision with Grant Union’s catcher Saturday, April 6.

According to Wallowa coach Ron Burns, the incident occurred in the top of the third inning as baserunner Fiegel attempted to score on a slide.

The Wallowa junior, who suffered a break of the femur a little above the ankle, a spiral fracture, received initial treatment at John Day’s hospital and was ready in time to return home to Wallowa with the rest of the team on Saturday, Burns said.

Her 2013 softball season is obviously over, however.

“She was one girl who was a consistent hitter. There aren’t too many to spare,” the coach lamented.

Actually, though, as a group the Lady Cougars looked pretty comfortable in the batter’s box on Saturday. Although Grant Union ran the score up to 14-4 in the sixth inning to end the contest via the 10-run rule, Burns noted there were no strikeouts among the top seven batters in Wallowa’s lineup, who were hitting the ball on the nose.

“We had some line shots in the outfield, just right at the (Grant Union) girls... I was real pleased with the way they hit,” Burns said.

Defensively for Wallowa, the coach said sophomore Kristyn Young impressed at third base. “She’s got such a fast glove. She’s really good.”

And on the mound, despite the game’s lopsided final score, junior Madison Lindsey “threw a pretty good game,” Burns said, noting that Wallowa was playing with only two outfielders after Fiegel’s injury early in the game.

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