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Morgan Entze of Weston-McEwen takes off for first after hitting a little roller back to towards the pitcher's circle. Pilot Rock won 4-3. [img_5151]

Pilot Rock Defeated Weston-McEwen
For Championship of the SD 5 Softball Tournament

Pilot Rock Won 4-3

Posted Thursday May 26, 2011

IRRIGON - The Pilot Rock Lady Rockets defeated the Weston-McEwen Tiger Scots 4-3 for the OSAA Special District 5 Softball Championship on Saturday, May 21, 2011. The day was cool, blustery and ranged from a light drizzle to steady rain. The temperature hovered between 55 and 60 degrees. The first half of the game was the steady rain portion of the day. The notes for this game became soaked and some sections became unreadable.

Pilot Rock scored the first run in the bottom of the first inning. Ashley Gambill led off the bottom of the first with a walk. She worked her way to third during two batters. Gambill stole home from third while AmyLee Perrine was at bat. Pilot Rock led at the end of the first 1-0.

Weston-McEwen scored in the top of the third inning. Morgan Entze hit to centerfield. Entze then stole secondbase. The batter following Entze then hit to right field driving in Entze. Entze's run tied the game at 1-1.

Pilot Rock then scored in the bottom of the fourth. AmyLee Perrine led off with a walk. Then Piper Carstens hit safely and was replaced by courtesy runner Brooke Wilson. Taylor Wilson then hit a single to load up the bases. Kylee Jensen then hit a grounder to the thirdbaseman who fired it home for the force out. Heather Fizpatrick then hit a groundout to second that allowed Wilson to score from third. Pilot Rock led at the end of the fourth 2-1.

Pilot Rock scored again in the bottom of the fifth inning. The first two batters went down on an out at first and a flyout. The third batter, Liz Willingham, walked. Next AmyLee Perrine walked. Piper Carstens then hit a double to left field driing in Willingham and Perrine to give Pilot Rock the 4-1 lead.

Weston-McEwen made a strong comeback in the top of the sixth inning. Morgan Entze led off with a walk. A sac bunt pushed Entze to second base. A bunt by Molly vonBorstell pushed Entze to third base. A groundout by Haley Freske drove in Entze for the score. Then Claire Ely hit to centerfield scoring another run. Pilot Rock helf onto the lead in the middle of the sixth 4-3.

Weston-McEwen put a runner on base in the top of the seventh inning but couldn't get her around to score. Pilot Rock won the Special Distric 5 Softball Championship and will go on to the OSAA state tournament.

LEFT - The Weston-McEwen shortstop Rilei Hill was one of several Tiger Scot players who wore a jacket during the game. It was a cool, wet game with temperatures in the 50s. It felt like the kind of weather that's more normal for around Thanksgiving or in early February. [img_5034] RIGHT - Pilot Rock secondbaseman Chelsea Walker lines up to catch a flyball. [img_5044]

LEFT - Weston-McEwen's pitcher Haley Freske winds up for a throw. [img_5051] RIGHT - Claire Ely, the secondbaseman for Weston-McEwen, reacts to grounder. [img_5054]

LEFT - Ashley Gambill of Pilot Rock watches a pitch. [img_5088] RIGHT - Haley Freske of Weston-McEwen pitched against both Irrigon and Pilot Rock during the two game tournament. [img_5097]

LEFT - Haley Freske of Weston-McEwen hits the ball. [img_5110] RIGHT - Ashley Gambill of Pilot Rock, number 11, throws to Piper Carstens at first for the out. [img_5111]

LEFT - Kylee Jensen of Pilot Rock pitched for the Rockets. [img_5121] RIGHT - JoshLynn Killgore of Weston-McEwen hits a grounder. [img_5124]

LEFT - A Pilot Rock runner gets to secndbase safely. [img_5138] RIGHT - Pilot Rock pitcher Kylee Jensen fields a grounder while Morgan Entze of Weston-McEwen runs to first. [img_5152]

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