The Heppner/Ione Mustangs softball team opened Blue Mountain Conference action Saturday with a home doubleheader against Adrian, and it showed just how competitive their league will be.

The Antelopes shut out the Mustangs 8-0 in the opener before Heppner responded with a 7-6 win to end the day.

“This league is tough,” Heppner/Ione coach Rick Johnston said. “There’s a lot of state champions coming out of it. There’s no easy mark in this league, and that’ll make us a better team.”

The Mustangs led 7-1 going into the seventh inning in Game 2 before the Antelopes reeled off five runs with Dakota Durfey on the mound for Heppner, who had been pitching since the fourth inning of game one.

Durfey finished the day with 10 total strikeouts.

“She came in and did what we depend on her to do,” Johnston said of Durfey.

“We needed Dakota to step up and do her job, and she did. I wasn’t real pleased with our base running, but we’re a young team. We’re going to make some blunders. These girls will work on that; I have no doubt in my mind. They’re competitors.”

WESTON-MCEWEN 9, STANFIELD/ECHO 1 — The TigerScots fought through the rain to knock down a road win to open Blue Mountain Conference play on Friday.

“The girls brought the bats and played good defense,” said Weston-McEwen coach Jeff Griggs. “McKenna (Stallings) played well in the circle.”

Stallings struck out 13 Tigers, and gave up just one hit and one run along the way. Kendra Hart’s run at the bottom of the first would be the only time Stanfield would score.

Madison Shell hit a perfect 3 for 3 with three runs and an RBI for Weston-McEwen. Tyree Burke was 2 for 4 with four RBIs.

Weston-McEwen (6-0, 1-0 BMC) remains unbeaten for the season. Stanfield/Echo (6-1, 0-1) face the winless Riverside Pirates in Boardman on Tuesday. 

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