Mac-Hi holds off La Grande for doubleheader softball sweep

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MILTON-FREEWATER - Mac-Hi won both games of a softball doubleheader against La Grande here Friday.

The Pioneers won the first game 7-1 and the second 3-2.

They improved to 11-5 overall and 3-3 in league play.

"Overall, the girls played their hearts out," said Mac-Ho coach Nicole Christian.

Belan Betancourt, who had one hit for the day for Mac-Hi, was injured during play in the third inning of the second game. She will be out for about two weeks, Christian said. Betancourt is one of the team captains.

"When Belen had to be carried off the field, the girls easily could have buckled," she said. "But instead they stepped up and played well together."

Shawney Garcia started both games for the Pioneers. She was relieved late in game two by Kaitlin Erm.

"Shawney did an excellent job for us on the mound," Christian said. "Then Kaitlin came in and shut down La Grande to seal the win for us."

In the third, Betancourt walked to first but was injured en route to second. She made it safely to base but had to be carried off. Mariah McElerath ran and scored for her off a double by Stephanie Baker.

La Grande's only score of the game came in the top of the fourth, when Brittany Elliot had a one-run homer.

Game two was scoreless until the bottom of the third, when Andrea Roeder hit a single and advanced to second on a passed ball. Stephanie Baker hit a single and Roeder scored from second.

LaGrande had the first of their two runs in the fourth, scoring on an infield error.

In the fifth, Roeder singled, Mariah McElerath singled and Baker walked to load the bases with one out. Shawney Garcia hit a fielder's choice and scored Roeder from third.

With Mac-Hi leading 3-1 after the fifth inning, La Grande scored once more in the sixth with a walk, stolen base and fielder's choice.

It wasn't enough, as Mac-Hi won 3-2.

"These were two huge games for us," Christian said. "I'm so proud of the team stepping up to the challenge."

Ontario leads the Greater Oregon League 6-0. Mac-Hi is second at 3-3, Baker third at 2-4 and La Grande fifth at 1-5.

First Game

La Grande 000 100 0 - 1 4 2

Mac-Hi 101 401 x - 7 7 2

Walker and Tracy. Garcia and Sams.

HR - La Grande: Elliot.

Hits - La Grande: Hasse 2, Tracy, Elliot. Mac-Hi: Roeder, Betancourt, McElerath, Baker, Sams, Odman, Hall.

Second Game

La Grande 000 101 0 - 2 4 3

Mac-Hi 001 110 x - 3 5 3

Walker and Tract. Garcia, Erm and Sams.

HR - none.

Hits - La Grande: Hasse, Elliot, Childs, Bell. Mac-Hi: Roeder 2, McElerath, Baker, Hall.

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