TigerScots offense backs up pitching in 15-0 softball win

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ECHO - Weston-McEwen banged out 11 hits - many of them of the timely variety - in support of pitcher Haley Freske, who fired a three-hit shutout as the TigerScots overwhelmed Echo-Stanfield 15-0 here Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference softball doubleheader.

The game was called at the end of five innings on the mercy rule.

The TigerScots improved to 2-3 in league play and evened their season record at 7-7. They'll try to climb above the .500 mark on Saturday when they entertain Heppner in an 11 a.m. BMC twin bill.

Freske, who struck out seven and didn't walk a batter, yielded back-to-back singles to begin the bottom of the first inning but worked out of that jam without damage. Echo-Stanfield picked up its third hit, another single, in the second inning before Freske slammed the door for good.

Freske's batterymate, catcher Morgan Entze, led Weston-McEwen's offensive assault with two triples and an RBI double.

The TigerScots' leadoff hitter tripled to open the game and came around to score her team's first run on a fielder's choice. She tripled again with one out in the second and scored on Sydney Porter's single. And her fourth-inning double chased home Freske for her only RBI of the afternoon.

Porter also had three hits on the day, including a double, and she stole four bases.

Weston-McEwen led 7-0 after three innings and broke the game wide open with a seven-run rally in the fourth when the TigerScots bunched five of their hits and took advantage of a pair of walks.

"We got our short game going when we needed it," W-M coach Jeff Griggs said. "We advanced runners and did a far better job of not leaving runners stranded.

"We were able to line up some hits when we had runners in scoring position. That made a big difference."

The game began in 70 degree sunshine, but within 45 minutes after the conclusion of the contest the temperature dropped some 20 degrees and a heavy rainstorm followed.

"We were lucky this wasn't a scheduled doubleheader," Griggs said. "We never would have gotten the second game in."

Weston-McEwen 322 71 - 15 11 0

Echo-Stanfield 000 00 - 0 3 2

Haley Freske and Morgan Entze; Gabriel, Sabotta (5) and Round.

Hits - W-M: Entze 3, Porter 3, R. Hill, Freske, Killgore, Ely, Graves; E-S: Herrera, Braighwaite, Round.

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