BAKER CITY, Ore. - Defensive errors caught up with Milton-Freewater's Little League softball all-stars here Tuesday during the 11-12 age-division district tournament.
The M-F team, which made four errors in an earlier 7-0 loss to Pendleton in pool play and five more in a 16-0 victory over host Baker City, was guilty of eight errors in Tuesday's 8-7 semifinal loss to La Grande that eliminated Milton-Freewater from the tournament.
Two of the M-F errors came in the bottom of the sixth inning and preceded Brandi Blackman's two-run, game-winning triple. Blackman also had an RBI single in the third inning and pitched a complete game.
Milton-Freewater, which also defeated Wallowa 21-0 in pool play to help earn its ticket to the semifinals, trailed 6-0 after three innings but battled back with four runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth for a 7-6 lead before faltering in the seventh.
Brook Kralman collected two of M-F's seven hits in the game. Abi Biggs drove in a pair of runs and Colette Robert, Makayla Kelly and Brittney Erb each had one RBI.
Robert had three hits and Sydney Richwine and Jocelyn Harwood added two hits each as M-F pounded out 13 hits in its 16-0 victory over Baker City. Harwood also had a pair of hits in the 21-0 romp past Wallowa, the only game in which M-F didn't make an error on defense. Robert, Isabella Dillow and Jenny Field accounted for the team's only three hits in the 7-0 loss to Pendleton.
Pendleton met La Grande here Wednesday in the championship game after defeating Union 10-0 in Tuesday's other semifinal contest.
La Grande 8, M-F 7
Milton-Freewater 000 412 - 7 7 8
La Grande 204 002 - 8 6 3
Richwine, Robert (4), Kelly (6) and Kralman; Blackman and Avila.
Hits - M-F: Kralman 2, Robert, Richwine, Biggs, Field, Kelly; La Grande: Alvrecht, Spencer, Blackman 2.
M-F 16, Baker City 0
Milton-Freewater 407 5 - 16 13 5
Baker City 000 0 - 0 1 1
Richwine, Kelly (3), Robert (4) and Kralman. Dani McCauley and Lakaylan Thomas.
Hits - Fields, Kralman, Robert 3, Richwine 2, Bullock, Harwood 2, Dillow, Breeding. Baker: Thomas.
M-F 21, Wallowa 0
Wallowa 000 0 - 0 0 3
Milton-Freewater (14)43 x - 21 10 0
George and Johnson; Robert, Kelly (3), Richwine (4) and Kralman.
Hits - Wallowa: none; M-F; Kralman, Bullock, Robert, Richwine, Harwood 2, Kelly, Dillow, Fields, Erb,
Pendleton 7, M-F 0
Milton-Freewater 000 000 - 0 3 4
Pendleton 202 03x - 7 8 0
Robert, Richwine (3), Kelly (5) and Kralman; Cody, Litzsinger (6) and Richards.
HR - Pendleton, Grass.
Hits - M-F: Robert, Dillow, Field; Pendleton: Grass 3, Lindsey, Richards, Livesay 2, Hergert.