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April 12, 2017
Wallowa Valley @ Irrigon, 1 p.m.
Joseph/Wallowa,Enterprise @ Grant Union
Invite, 10 a.m.
Wallowa Valley @ Elgin/Imbler, 1 p.m.
Enterprise/Wallowa, Joseph @ Rivers Edge,
Umatilla, 1 p.m.
Enterprise/Wallowa, Joseph @
Weston-McEwen Small Schools Invite,
Athena, 4:30 p.m.
Staff photo by Kathy Aney
Irina Baldessari, of Enterprise, cruises
to victory in her heat of the 100-meter
hurdles Friday during the Carnival of
Speed in Milton-Freewater.
LOSSES FOR CUBS
By Steve Tool
T rack resulTs
Wallowa County Chieftain
Hard luck road for
The Wallowa Valley Cubs trav-
eled to Vale for a Friday, April 7,
doubleheader with high hopes
against the 10-ranked team in the
state. Instead, the team came away
with two heartbreaking losses.
The opener saw the ladies fall-
ing, 10-9, in a hard-fought contest
that featured Madison Plew on the
mound. The Cubs quickly fell be-
hind, 9-0, as Vale’s “small ball,”
consisting of slap-hitting, bun-
ting and aggressive base running
worked its magic.
The Cubs steeled their resolve,
came back with three runs in the
fourth, one in the fifth, three in
sixth and two in the seventh.
The final out had Madison Plew
hitting a screaming liner into a 20
mph. headwind, holding up the
ball long enough for the left field-
er to make a leaping catch on the
“Everyone played well. Our av-
erages weren’t high, but stats don’t
always tell the story. We hit ball
hard, but at people,” said Coach
Madison Plew struck out nine
Vikings. Josie Scott, Darby Gas-
sett and Ashley Exon each con-
tributed a hit and RBI to the cause.
Gassett led the team with two runs
scored. The team committed three
errors and left seven runners on
The low end of the twin bill saw
a pitcher’s duel ending with anoth-
er 4-2 loss for the ladies. Lexie
Gassett pitched for the Cubs, strik-
ing out four.
Once again, the Vikings played
small ball, but defensive changes
by the Cubs kept its effectiveness
to a minimum. The Cubs jumped
out to an early 1-0 lead with the
Vikings scoring three in the third,
and one in the sixth, as did the
Cubs. Coach Plew said that in the
top of the seventh, the Cubs had
two runners on with one out and
the top of the order coming up.
(Top ten finishes only)
Boys: 100 meters 6th, Cayden DeLury 12.57; 200 meters 2nd, Cayden
DeLury 24.42; 400 meters 6th, Tyler Homan 57.37; Joseph Discus 8th, Ben
Lopez 99-08; Pole Vault 9th, Kade Kilgore 8-00.00; Long Jump 7th, Tyler
Girls: 100 meters 8th, Johnelle Suto 14.91; 400 Meters 7th, Ella Coughlan
1:08.55; 9th, Camille Crenshaw 1:12.43; 3000 meters 1st, Isabelle Tingels-
tad 11:03.27; Discus 6th, Natalie Gorham 75-04; Javelin 8th, Ally Cooney 86-
08; High Jump 4th, Ally Cooney 4-08; Triple Jump 4th, Ally Cooney 29-11.50.
Boys: 200 meters 8th, Foster Hobbs 25.29; 800 meters 7th, Jacob
Strampe 2:14.53; Shot Put 1st, Chandler Burns 42-08.00; 5th, Blaze Lep-
per 41-08; Discus 6th, Blaze Lepper 100-09; High Jump 8th, Kobe Ketscher
5-04.00; Triple Jump 6th, Joe Robb 36-08.50.
Girls: 100 Meters 7th, Hero Peters 14.83; 200 meters 5th, Christina Rus-
sell 28.87; 10th, Reagan Bedard 29.56; 800 Meters 2nd, Eliza Irish 2:35.32;
3rd, Deedee Duncan 2:35.33; 1500 Meters 9th, Ashley Wilson 6:27.23; 100
Meter Hurdles 3rd, Stacy Douglass 18.57; 5th, Ashlyn Gray 18.86; 7th, Iri-
na Baldessari 20.52; 300 Meter Hurdles 1st, Karli Bedard 50.40; 8th, Irina
Baldessari 56.58; 4x100 relay 2nd, Hero Peters, Reagan Bedard, Riley Gray,
Stacy Douglass 54.61; Discus 10th, Ashlyn Gray 71-04; High Jump 1st, Karli
Bedard 5-00; 8th, Stacy Douglass 4-04. Long Jump 3rd, Riley Gray 15-09.25.
Staff photo by Kathy Aney
Riley Gray, of Enterprise, competes in the long jump Friday during
the Carnival of Speed in Milton-Freewater. Gray took third with a
jump of 15 feet, 9.25 inches.
Both players hit the ball hard, but
at fielders, squelching the rally.
“Both of the games were heart-
breakers for us. We had runners
left on base in both games that
could have helped us win,” Coach
Plew said. He added that the team
played much better defense than
he’s seen them in several seasons.
“We came out with our heads
held high, and both games came
down to last swing,” he said.
The losses left the Cubs 0-2 in
league play and 1-5 on the season.
They next visit Elgin/Imbler for a
league doubleheader on April 14.
The Wallowa Valley Eagles
fared a bit better in their twin-
bill, pillaging the Vikings in
their own home port. The Eagles
squeaked by the Viks, 7-6, in the
opener. After drawing first blood
and jumping out to a 2-0 lead, the
Eagles fell flat, entering the final
inning down 6-2 before donning
their rally caps and showing the
Vikings their tail feathers. The
Eagles batted through the lineup
while drawing three-hit batsmen
and a walk from Vikings pitching.
“We decided we didn’t want
to lose the game so they cut loose
and they scored five runs. We just
pecked away and pecked away.”
said assistant coach Geoff Hay-
ward. “We could have rolled over,
but we didn’t. We got fired up,
and now we know we can win.”
Senior Tate Olsen walked
away with the win, pitching the
final 3 2/3 innings.
The second game saw the
Eagles tearing the Vikings wide
open with a 12-1 rout in only five
innings behind the one-hit pitch-
ing of Chris Bathke and the club
of Travis Haga.
“They scored the first run.
Their lead-off guy had a triple,
and that was followed by error.
That was the last hit,” Hayward
said. The Eagles tied the game
in the second inning, added five
runs in the third, two in the fourth
inning and four in the fifth for an
Haga led the hitting with a
triple and home run while knock-
ing in four RBIs. Bathke went
the distance, striking out 12 of
19 batters, including whiffing
six straight Vikings. The Eagles
scored 12 runs on 11 hits.
“We played outstanding de-
fense. Our guys are excited and
stepping up. No one beats down
on a player for mistakes, they
support him: our chemistry is
right,” Hayward said. “These
guys are dedicated, and that’s the
atmosphere we want, and it seems
to be working.”
The wins left the Eagles 2-0 in
league play and 5-2 overall. The
next varsity game is Friday at Ir-
Both Joseph and Enterprise
traveled to Shockman Field in
Milton-Freewater for an April
7 track meet. The two schools
competed against 21 other teams
at the meet. Joseph boys placed
14th in the meet while the girls
placed 10th. The Outlaws boys
placed 11th while the girls placed