TigerScots sweep Waitsburg-Prescott

Weston-McEwen's Haley Freske steps up on offense and defense in the 10-0 and 6-5 softball victories Saturday.


ATHENA - Weston-McEwen TigerScots starting pitcher Haley Freske hit a three-run homer, had six RBIs and got the win in game one and save in game two to lead W-M to the twin-bill sweep of Waitsburg-Prescott, 10-0 and 6-5, here Saturday.

"Haley really cranked her home run," TigerScots coach Jeff Griggs said. "She had a wonderful first day in the three hole. She was quite productive and I'm happy for her.

"Haley has been a great pitcher for us all year," he said, "and we expect to use her as the pitcher for both games in double headers in the future."

Freske struck out five of the first six batters in game one, and finished with 11 strikeouts in the game in the three-hit shutout.

The TigerScots picked up seven walks in game one and had five hits, including two doubles and the home run.

The home run made it 4-0 in the third inning after McKenzie Fuhrman scored on a walk and two W-P errors.

The fifth run scored that inning on another W-P error, a walk and two wild pitches.

The bottom of the fourth saw the TigerScots score two more on a Morgan Entze single, a Rieli Hill single, a wild pitch, an error and a groundout.

In the bottom of the sixth, Weston-McEwen scored its final three runs with five walks, four stolen bases and a Freske double.

"Their pitcher (Kaz Grende) got control problems in the later innings," Griggs said. "It helped our team in being selective. We don't want to hit the pitch that isn't easily hit because most of the time, you aren't going to hit it well. We were disciplined and waited for a higher quality of pitches."

Grende did manage to pitch a complete game, shortened by the 10-run rule in the sixth innning.

"Kaz is a junior pitcher but didn't pitch last year," Waistburg-Prescott coach Angie Potts said. "So for her youth and inexperience, she did a good job."

Karly Graves started the second game for the TigerScots and freshman Jen Nichols for W-P.

"Karly did a good job mixing speeds, hitting spots and this is her first year pitching," Griggs said. "I was proud of her performance and she got the win."

Freske pitched 1 2/3 innings in the second game to earn the save.

Freske allowed just the one run, in earning the save.

"We had our big inning (the third) in the second game and scored three runs," Griggs said. "We got some insurance runs later in the game and they proved to be the difference.

"W-P kept the pressure on us all game," he said. "They made some good contact at the plate and hit the ball well. Our all-freshman outfield also misplayed some balls and hopefully we are learning from every experience."

Waitsburg-Prescott scored three runs in the top of the second to take an early 3-2 lead in game two. Three consecutive hits by W-P's Katy Hofer, Nichols and Ashley Wilson, combined with a TigerScot error, plated the runs.

Weston-McEwen had scored its two runs in the previous frame, with two hits, a walk and a W-P error.

The TigerScots jumped back on top in the bottom of the second with three runs.

A hit-by-pitch, a single by Hill, an error, a walk, another HBP and single by Shaelin Youncs gave the lead back to W-M, 5-3.

The score stayed the same until the sixth - when both teams tacked another run on the board.

W-P used a double by Hofer, an error and fielder's choice to score.

W-M scored on a single, two stolen bases by Hill with an error.

In the final frame, W-P scored a run but it wasn't enough to force W-M to bat in their bottom of the seventh.

W-P scored with a single by Hailey Goenen and two TigerScots errors.

The losses drops W-P to 0-5 and the victories make W-M 3-2.

The TigerScots play Tuesday in Umatilla at 4 p.m. and W-P hosts Asotin in a league doubleheader at home at 11 a.m.

First game

W-P 000 000 - 0 3 3

W-M 005 203 - 10 5 0

Grende and Moss. Freske and Entze.

HR - Freske.

Hits - W-P: Grende, Goenen and Hofer. W-M: Entze 2, Freske 2, K. Fuhrman and Hill.

Second game

W-P 030 001 1 - 5 8 3

W-M 230 001 X - 6 8 4

Nichols and Moss. Grave, Freske (5) and Entze.

HR - none.

Hits - W-P: Hofer 2, Nichols, Wilson 2, Oseth, Moss, Goenen. W-M: Entze 2, Ely 2, Hill 2, Youncs, Hill.


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