TigerScots fall to league champ Pilot Rock

W-M's softball team falls to the Rockets, 4-2 and 9-4, to finish off the regular season of play at 7-5 in league.

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ATHENA - Weston-McEwen dropped its regular season Special District 5 league doubleheader to league champion Pilot Rock here Saturday.

The Rockets played long ball as two home runs powered Pilot Rock to a 4-2 win in the opener and the Rockets clubbed two more in the night cap to complete the sweep with a 9-4 win.

"We had lost to them three times and had some good stuff (chances) in the first game," WM coach Jeff Griggs said. "The long ball killed us today as we out hit them in both games."

Piper Carstens drilled the first Pilot Rock homer to tie game one at 1-1 in the top of the fourth.

Claire Ely led off the home fourth and went yard to put the TigerScots back on top at 2-1.

"That was pretty exciting to have Claire answer the Pilot Rock homer," Griggs said. "I'm happy for Claire as that was her first home run of her high school career."

Pilot Rock delivered the deciding blow in the sixth as Amy Perrine blasted a three-run shot to give the Rockets all they needed as Pilot Rock held on for the 4-2 win.

Hailey Freske went all the way in the circle for the TigerScots and only gave up four hits, but the long ball sank the TigerScots. Morgan Entze and Molly vonBorstel each had two hits for WM to lead the six-hit attack.

WM dug a hole in the second game as the Rockets raced to a 8-2 lead after two.

"We didn't come out of the chutes well in the second game," Griggs said. "We weren't ready but we cleaned it up after that."

But the damage was done and despite a 12-hit TigerScot attack, Pilot Rock completed the sweep with a 9-4 win.

Entze and Freske each had three hits to pace WM.

The TigerScots finish the regular season at 14-8, 7-5 in league, and will play at 10 a.m. Saturday in Irrigon in a loser-out district playoff game.

The TigerScots will face the winner of Tuesday's Heppner, Irrigon loser-out battle.

If WM wins, it will play Pilot Rock for No. 1 and No. 2 seeding to state later Saturday.

"It's a one game season," Griggs said. "Our league is good and whoever plays well on Saturday will win."

First Game

PR 000 103 0 - 4 4 3

WM 100 100 0 - 2 6 0

Jenson and Perrine; Freske and Entze.

HR - PR: Perrine, Carstens; WM: Ely.

Hits - PR: Gambil Perrine, Carstens Wilson WM: Entze 2, vonBorstel 2, Ely, Amanda Kuehn

Second Game

PR 350 000 1 - 9 10 3

WM 202 000 0 - 4 12 3

Jenson and Perrine; Freske and Entze.

HR - PR: Perrine, Wilson.

Hits - PR: Perrine 2, Wilson 2, Willingham, Gambil, Carstens, Jenson, Walker, Harrison; W-M: Entze 3, Freske 3, Ely 2, vonBorstel, Killgore, Graves, Kuehn.

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