Spring weather drowns out inaugural Mac-Hi spring break tourney

Of 16 games scheduled only five are played as Mac-Hi loses to Central, 5-1. The Pioneers had just one hit — a home run.


MILTON-FREEWATER - Inclement weather wiped out much of Mac-Hi's inaugural spring break crossover softball tournament that wrapped up here Saturday.

Of the 16 games scheduled - eight each at both Yantis Park and Cannery Field - 11 were canceled because of rain including Friday's entire eight-game slate.

"It's always frustrating when you're trying to put on your first tournament and the weather shuts you down," Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian said.

The host Pioneers played Saturday and managed just one hit in a 5-1 loss to Central.

"(Saturday) was our first day to touch the dirt," Christian said.

In other tourney games, Central defeated Madras, 11-1, Sweet Home nipped Stayton, 2-1, Yamhill-Carlton toppled Sweet Home, 6-1, and Scappoose bested La Grande, 11-4.

Mac-Hi will take a 3-4 overall record into its Greater Oregon League-opening doubleheader on Friday. The Pioneers host La Grande at 2 p.m.

"We put this schedule together for a reason," Christian said of the early-season match-ups with the likes of Oregon state powerhouses Pendleton, Banks and Yamhill-Carlton. "We never get to see these teams."

Central 5, Mac-Hi 1

Megan Reed's solo home run to center field with one out in the fourth inning was the only hit the Pioneers could muster against Central pitcher Emily Kenyon, who struck out 11 in the contest that was called after five full innings due to sloppy field conditions.

"She smoked it," Christian said of Reed's four-bagger. "She's one of our better hitters. It was nice to see her blast one out. Any one of our one-through-eight hitters can go deep.

"She is one of the best pitchers in the state," Christian said of Kenyon. "It's good for us to get this in now. It's good for us to see this kind of pitching before we start league. They (Central) have been one of the top three or four finishers (in the state) the past couple of years."

The Panthers tallied three runs in the third inning on a two-out, three-RBI double to right by Linzi Wallace that ended a scoreless stalemate, and padded its lead when Brittney Bettles clutched up for a two-run single to center with two gone in the fourth.

Central 5, Mac-Hi 1

Central 003 20 - 5 6 0

Mac-Hi 000 10 - 1 1 1

Kenyon and Botta. Erm, Robert (4) and Kessler.

HR - Mac-Hi: Reed.

Hits - Central: Bettles 2, Huffman, Wallace, Botta, Kenyon; Mac-Hi: Reed.


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