ATHENA— It was a heartbreaking end to the season for the Weston-McEwen softball team, as the TigerScots fell to Lakeview, 5-0, in the second round of the Oregon Class 1A/2A softball state tournament at Memorial Ball Park.
“Lakeview came to play,” said TigerScots coach Jeff Griggs. “They outplayed us, and that was unfortunate.”
It was a pitchers’ duel until Lakeview scored on a two-RBI triple by Carmelina Arredondo.
The TigerScots, however, kept the game close with solid defense and good pitching by McKenna Stallings, who went the distance in the circle and ended the game with nine strikeouts.
Unfortunately for the TigerScots, they never managed to get anything going with the bats and didn’t have many baserunners.
Stallings and Jordan Lambert were the only TigerScots with multiple hits, as Stallings went 3-for-4 and Lambert 2-for-4.
For the Honkers, Arredondo led the way, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Behind her was Cara Albertson, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, as well.
“I was really proud of our work,” Griggs said. “(Madison) Shell today was solid behind the plate, she threw a couple kids out, one at first and I think two at second. It kept Lakeview from running — they have good athletes, they’re fast, they have kids that play soccer, and they’re aggressive on the basepaths, but she pretty much shut that down.
“Our defense was okay, but maybe it wasn’t up to par for a state playoff game, and hand it to their pitcher (Alyson Yates), she kept us at bay and mixed her pitches up real well, made us hit a lot of popups, and those were easy outs for them except for a couple cases,” he said. “We had very few line shots, and we’re a team that normally hits those. We struggled with the up-pitch, and like I said they outplayed us in a lot of regards and they kept their offense going.
“We were pretty solid through about five (innings),” Griggs said. “We had that one bad inning early and kind of bounced back from it, but you could start to see the cracks in the armor there and I think we got down a little bit.
“This was another example of that rankings don’t mean anything,” he said (W-M was ranked No. 4, Lakeview was No. 20). “It’s what happens when you get to the field.”
The TigerScots ended their season with a 18-4 record.
Lakeview 5, Weston-McEwen 0
Yates and Albertson. Stallings and Shell.
HR — none.
Hits — Lakeview: Soder, Z. Suba, Arredondo 3, Albertson 2, Harmon 3, Dick 2. Weston-McEwen: Stallings 3, Lambert 2, Hearn.