BASEBALL

Heppner 15, Stanfield 4

The Heppner Mustangs dealt Stanfield its first loss in Special District 6 in a big way with a 15-4 win Tuesday in Stanfield.

The loss marked the first time in over a month the Tigers dropped a game, which dates back to a 12-7 loss to Class 3A Valley Catholic on April 2.

Stanfield committed five errors in the first two innings which resulted in 12 Heppner runs. Only three of the runs were earned, however.

“We really struggled to make plays,” Stanfield coach Bryan Johnson said. “Heppner capitalized on our mistakes.”

Stanfield also has trouble finishing rallies, leaving nine runners stranded.

The Tigers posted three runs in the bottom of the first before Heppner hurler Cody Orr found his groove and struck out the side to end the threat.

Orr came up big again in the fourth inning and recorded a strikeout to leave the bases full of Tigers.

“Orr did a nice job getting out of jams,” Johnson said. “Gotta give Heppner credit, they took it to us.”

Thankfully for Stanfield, they could afford to drop a game with the big lead they have built throughout the league schedule.

In fact, if they split a Friday doubleheader with Weston-McEwen and still be at the top of the conference going into the conference tournament.

Heppner moved into third place in the conference with the win at 8-4.

The conference tournament is scheduled for May 21 at Quinton Street Ballpark in The Dalles.

SOFTBALL

Echo/Stanfield 4

Heppner 0

Freshman Megan Bailey baffled the Heppner offense Tuesday with a one-hitter in a 4-0 Cougar victory in Echo.

She struck out six and coach Amo Estrada said she was finally able to hit her spots, specifically down and in to hitters.

The Cougs went to work right away in the first inning with an Alisen Necham RBI single, then an Emma Gabriel RBI triple. They also cashed in runs on a pair of errors by the Mustangs.

Weston-McEwen 12

Irrigon 3

Things for the Irrigon Knights didn’t go too well in a Tuesday home game with Weston-McEwen in 12-3 loss, and it couldn’t have happened at a worse time with the postseason just a week away.

Irrigon committed six errors in the later innings that led to seven runs by the TigerScots. Weston-McEwen pitcher Haley Freske struck out 11 in a complete-game win for the second-place team in the league.

Irrigon has assured itself a postseason berth, however, and will meet Heppner for a conference playoff game. But this weekend they will entertain Echo/Stanfield in a double-dip beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.

TENNIS

Umatilla 7, Riverside 0

Umatilla head coach Keith Gebers said his team is peaking at the right time, which equaled a shutout victory against rival Riverside on Tuesday in Umatilla.

With the district tournament going on this weekend, the Vikings tuned up their game against the PIrates with a clean sweep.

Naomi Castanon picked up the win at No. 1 singles with an 8-2 win over Melanie Mejia and BreAnn Watson followed suit with an 8-4 victory over Nuvia Ramierez at No, 2 singles.

Susan Routson won at No. 3 singles 8-0 against Stephanie Fuentes and Ashley Longoria blanked Geurgina Rios at No. 4 singles, 8-0.

Watson doubled her fun and scored a win at No. 1 doubles paired with Diana Manriquez. They shutout Brenda Gutierrez and Alondra Ramierez, 8-0.

CJ Evans and Hannah Seufert beat Leticia Allvarez and Paola Cuevas 8-4 at No. 2 doubles and the tandem of Muranda Cranston/Anali Rubio beat Sara Bose/Linda Ruiz, 8-1, at No. 3 doubles.

In an abbreviated boys match, Umatilla’s Martin Rubio and Cristian Mendoza beat Riverside’s lone player, Josue Garcia in a pair of singles matches. Rubio won 8-3 and Mendoza 8-6.

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