TigerScots adjust speed in softball split

Weston-McEwen loses the opener 3-1, but bats adjust for the 7-6 nightcap win.

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ATHENA - Weston-McEwen split a Special District 5 softball twinbill with Irrigon at Memorial Field here Saturday.

The Knights (8-5 overall, 1-3 league) picked up the opener, 3-1, but the TigerScots (12-4, 4-1) exacted their revenge with a 7-6 nightcap win.

The split leaves the TigerScots at 4-1 in league and 11-4 overall.

"Irrigon came to play today," W-M coach Jeff Griggs said. "Both games were closely contested and more offensive games rather than defensive. We didn't know exactly what to expect from Irrigon this year."

Irrigon was second at state last year and won the whole thing in 2009.

"They would say they are a young team, but they are well-coached and have some returning players from years past," Griggs said.

The TigerScots managed just four hits and one run in game one against Irrigon pitcher Alisha Mego.

"We never adjusted to the speed of their pitcher," Griggs said. "We never did get used to her in game one and did a little better in game two."

Griggs said that Mego was a ‘soft thrower.'

"We need to make adjustments like that more quickly," he said.

In game one, Irrigon opened with three consecutive singles to load the bases, then scored two, one off a walk.

W-M pitcher Haley Freske escaped the inning without further damage.

The TigerScots scored their one run in game one in the bottom of the fourth when they were already down by three.

Claire Ely singled to left field and Ashlynn Kilgore sacrifice-bunted her to second. Karli Graves singled to center, then Amanda Kuehn singled to left, scoring Ely. Graves was thrown out at the plate in an attempt to score.

The TigerScots put up another run in the fourth to close scoring, as the pitchers matched zeroes on the scoreboard for the last three innings in the 3-1 loss.

The TigerScots answered the loss with an offensive rebound in the nightcap, putting up seven runs on 12 hits but also allowing four errors in the 7-6 win.

The TigerScots trailed or tied the Knights until the sixth.

"Then we came back to take the lead," Griggs said. "It showed resilience, we believed in ourselves and had a good attitude. It can be easy to give up when things go wrong but we came back."

Molly von Borstel started in the circle for the TigerScots. von Borstel was charged with all six Irrigon runs, four earned.

The TigerScots scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the first, when Morgan Entze doubled and von Borstel singled her in. von Borstel advanced to second on the throw to home to try to get Entze, and moved to third on a wild pitch. A Knights' error sent von Borstel to third and scored the TigerScots' second run.

The TigerScots continued to chip away at the 6-2 lead in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs, two unearned.

von Borstel and Hill singled, then Ely had an RBI groundout and Kasy Fuhrman brought von Borstel home.

It was snarled at 6-5 Irrigon until the bottom of the sixth, when the TigerScots took the lead for good. Entze doubled, von Borstel singled and the runners moved up on a wild pitch with Entze coming home for the score.

Hill knocked in the winning run with a grounder to the hole between shortstop and third to score von Borstel and seal the game at 7-6 TigerScots. Weston-McEwen returns to softball action at Echo/Stanfield for a single game at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

First game

Irrigon 012 000 0 - 3 9 3

W-M 000 100 0 - 1 4 0

Mego and Cadek. Freske and Entze.

Hits - Irrigon: Mego, Garrett 2, Roberts, McKenney 2, Gilman 2, Stanger. W-M: Freske, Kuehn, Ely, Graves.

Second game

Irrigon 240 000 0 - 6 5 1

W-M 203 002 X - 7 12 4

Mego and Cadek. von Borstel, Freske (2) and Entze.

Hits - Irrigon: Cadek 2, Martin, Lee, Stanger. W-M: Entze 3, von Borstel 3, Ely, Graves 2, Hill 2, K. Fuhrman.

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