The Mac-Hi Pioneers stood their ground and defended their home courts against visiting Ione on Wednesday afternoon.
The Mac-Hi girls dropped just two singles matches for an 8-2 team victory, and the boys swept the Cardinals and finished the day with a 5-0 win.
Mac-Hi’s Daisy Alvarez, Leslie Diaz and Nicole Flores all handily took care of their Ione singles opponents. Tresslyn McCurry and Naylie Peterson scored Ione’s only two wins for the day.
The Pioneer girls were undefeated in all five of the day’s doubles matches.
The Pioneer boys got singles wins from Ian Miller, Jordan Booth, John Wells and Andrew Star. Calvin Pratton and Eddie Rodriguez defeated Ione’s Gary Walls and Josh Booth 8-2 in the day’s only doubles matchup.
“This was a great way to start our three-match week, and I hope we can keep playing the same way for the rest of the week,” said Mac-Hi coach Danny Sanchez. “Things are going good for the hard work the boys and girls are putting in day in and day out.”
WESTON-MCEWEN 4, STANFIELD/ECHO 1 — The TigerScots overwhelmed their Stanfield hosts for two singles and two doubles wins on Thursday.
Weston-McEwen’s Emma Olson shut out Stanfield’s Zora Gerhke 8-0, and Shelby Yunk posted an 8-4 singles victory over Stanfield’s Zoe Russell.
Chelsea Soto got Stanfield’s lone singles win, defeating Ace Jenson 8-1.
Olson teamed with Cloe Davis and shut down Russell and Eida Piercy to win the day’s No. 1 doubles match 8-0. The TigerScots’ Sky Muilenburg and Makaela Smith beat Soto and Hayden McKague in a 7-4 tiebreaker.
STANFIELD/ECHO 3, UMATILLA 1 — Zora Gehrke and Hayden McKague both defeated Umatilla’s Yaneli Jaime in 8-0 singles matches, and Eida Piercy and Zoe Russell topped the Vikings’ Emelda Rubucava and Gaby Coria 8-3 in a doubles contest.
Umatilla got their only win in the day’s final doubles match. Maya Rodriguez and Janexy Armenta bested Stanfield’s Chelsea Soto and Kiasa Tynkila 8-6.
WESTON-MCEWEN 5, STANFIELD/ECHO 1 — Weston-McEwen dropped just one doubles match during Thursday’s meeting at Stanfield.
Lebraun Albert and Alex Wood each got 8-1 victories over their Stanfield opponents, and Noah Kelly turned Kobe Mclemore down, 8-0.
Stanfield’s Ricky Carrillo and Uriel Carrillo got the Tigers’ only win for the day in an 8-5 doubles match against Wood and Cade Bryan.
Elijah Kelly and Noah Kelly got two 4-1 doubles wins to end the day on a high note for Weston-McEwen.
STANFIELD/ECHO 2, UMATILLA 2 — The Stanfield Tigers and Umatilla Vikings split Friday’s tennis matches at Umatilla.
Stanfield’s Garrett Wiggins lost two back-to-back singles matches against Umatilla’s Conner Journot and Ulises Armenta.
However, the Tigers came back strong with two straight doubles wins. Ricky Carrillo and Uriel Carrillo teamed for a 9-7 win over Umatilla’s Lynkin McLead and Izayah Rodarte, and Enrique Arellano and Josue Hernandez defeated Cristian Alaniz and Johan Gonzalez 8-1.
SHERMAN/ARLINGTON/CONDON 13, STANFIELD/ECHO 0 (5) — The Tigers were no match for their Sherman County visitors, who drove in 10 runs in the fifth inning to claim the victory early.
The home shutout opened the Tigers’ season in the Blue Mountain Conference. They made nine errors and got just one hit for the day, and pitcher Luke White struck out three, but surrendered six hits, 10 runs, and four walks over four innings of work.
Stanfield/Echo (0-7, 0-1) hosts Dufur/South Wasco County on Tuesday for more league action.
PILOT ROCK/NIXYAAWII 12, IRRIGON 1 — The Rockets put up 12 runs in the first inning to assert dominance early in their final preseason game on Thursday.
Kate Evans was lights out at the plate, hitting 3 for 3 with two runs scored. Victoria Walker and Grace Austin each hit 2 for 3 with two runs, and Breann Baleztena went 1 for 2 with three runs.
“(Irrigon) came over short-staffed today,” said Pilot Rock coach Darin Fitzpatrick. “We were more patient at the plate today. We’ve been working on that all week, and that paid off for us today.”
Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii (2-7) open the Blue Mountain Conference next Thursday at Echo/Stanfield. Irrigon (3-6) opens the Eastern Oregon League at Umatilla on Tuesday.