ATHENA — The Weston-McEwen softball team won its first league title in school history with a 13-2 mercy-rule win against Union on Saturday.
The TigerScots posted ten runs in the first two innings, as the TigerScots (23-1 overall) advance to the state tournament as the No. 2 ranked 2A team in Oregon.
“We did come out with a lot of offense today,” TigerScot coach Jeff Griggs said. “That was to our benefit. The kids were hungry and ready to go. Union had played earlier so they threw a different pitcher. The girls made good adjustments and got in the game early.”
Weston-McEwen only collected nine hits in the game, but made the most of its opportunities. In the second, the TigerScots drew two walks and added four hits en route to posting seven runs in the inning.
“(We) sort of strung them together like pearls — quality at-bats and hits in-between,” Griggs said.
Weston-McEwen ended it in the fifth, as pitcher Jessica Lambert nailed a two-run double. In the circle, Lambert scattered three hits over five innings of work. All three of Union’s hits came in the two-run fourth.
“She had a really good day,” Griggs said. “We spent quite a bit of time preparing for Union. Jessie had her work cut out for her. She worked hard to throw the pitches we needed. Except for some contact there in the fourth, we were golden.”
The TigerScots will host a state playoff game on Wednesday, but their opponent is to be determined.
“I definitely think that winning your district is always big,” Griggs said. “We don’t have to wait too long before we play. I think that’s good to let the girls get in a rhythm.”
Weston-McEwen 13, Union 2
Union 000 20 — 2 3 3
Weston-McEwen 370 12 — 13 9 3
Sarman and Roberts. Lambert and Cartez.
Hits — Union: Kohr, McCabe, Houck. W-M: Arnold (3), Cartez (3), vonBorstel, Shephard, M. Coffman.