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    WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017
Stanfield duo make college decisions
SPLIT:
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pline. I don’t like the con-
secutive zero (innings) and
that will come back to bite
you if you don’t play good
defense and it bit us a bit
today. But we’re trying to
build on anything here and
not dwell on the negatives.”
Mendez reached base six
times on the day for Herm-
iston with three hits, two
walks and a hit-by-pitch,
while also scoring a team-
best four runs and adding
two RBIs. Noland and
Caldwell each had three
hits, with Nolan driving
in three and scoring three
runs, while Caldwell drove
in a pair with a double.
UP NEXT
The two teams will meet
again on Tuesday for a single
game in Pendleton with first
pitch set for 4:30 p.m. Both
teams sit in a three-way tie
with The Dalles for second
in the CRC standings.
————
By ERIC SINGER
Staff Writer
March 23, 2017 will be
a day that Stanfield seniors
Maya Gadsden and Kenzie
Gonzales will remember
for a long time.
It was the day that both
ladies took a big step to-
ward achieving one of the
biggest goals of their re-
spective athletic careers.
In a ceremony at Stanfield
Secondary School, the duo
signed National Letters of
Intent to play college ath-
letics, with Gadsden sign-
ing with Treasure Valley
Community College for
volleyball and Gonzales
with Blue Mountain Com-
munity College for soft-
ball.
“I remember feeling
By MATT ENTRUP
Staff writer
With 16 straight tour-
nament appearances, the
Lane Titans women’s bas-
ketball team has won an
NWAC-leading 83.7 per-
cent of its games going
back to the 2001-02 sea-
son.
Maintaining that level
of success, especially in the
junior college ranks where
players are granted a max-
imum two years eligibility,
is no easy task. So when
Game 2
R H E
PHS
022 203
1 — 10 16 3
HHS
140 030
0 — 8 11 3
(P) R. Russell, C. Large (5) and J. Duso.
(H) B. Dufloth, C. Campbell (5), A. James
(6) and S. Gritz. WP — C. Large, LP — C.
Campbell.
2B — N. Bower, R. Russell (PHS); J.
Mendez, L. Tolan, D. Gossler, K. Caldwell
(HHS). 3B — S. Jerome (PHS).
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for a chance to check out
the program and meet the
team, and then offered him
a chance to play for the
Timberwolves.
Gritz accepted the of-
fer and made his pledge to
BMCC official on Thursday
as he signed his National
Letter of Intent at a party at
Hermiston High School.
“It’s awesome,” Gritz said
very happy and excited
for the next chapter in my
life,” Gadsden said. “It
was relieving that all my
hard work payed off, that it
wasn’t for nothing.”
“I’m just super stoked to
know that I can play at the
next level,” Gonzales said.
Gadsden, who lines
up at outside hitter/mid-
dle blocker on the court,
started playing volleyball
in eighth grade, but didn’t
start to think about possi-
bly playing in college un-
til her sophomore year of
high school. She gathered
more attention on the re-
cruiting circuit by playing
club volleyball, playing
on Club Gold based out of
Richland, Washington.
The senior, who will
study nursing, said she had
interest from three com-
munity colleges and a few
Division III colleges. But
in the end, Treasure Valley
stood out to her and made
itself the obvious choice.
“I liked that it’s a small
school with an excellent
coaching staff,” Gadsden
said. “They have the same
philosophy as my club
team, which is a really easy
transition. And I was look-
ing to go somewhere that
offered on-campus living
so I could have a total col-
lege experience.”
Gadsen will join a Trea-
sure Valley program that
went 10-23 overall in 2016
and finished eighth in the
NWAC East region. The
Chukars have averaged
just over 11 wins per year
in the past four seasons,
and have not had a win-
ning season since 2009,
but Gadsden hopes to help
change that.
For Gonzales, who also
plans to study nursing,
Blue Mountain was the
only college she set her
sights on.
“It’s close to home, the
girls I was able to meet were
great and the coach was
awesome,” Gonzales said.
The
right-handed
thrower has a chance to
make an immediate impact
at Blue Mountain, with
the Timberwolves losing
two of the three pitchers
on its roster after this sea-
son. Gonzales will also be
teaming up with Pilot Rock
pitcher Tehya Ostrom at
BMCC next season, and
the idea of a locally-dom-
inated pitching staff is
something that Gonzales is
looking forward to.
“I don’t know her per-
sonally, but we’ve com-
peted together on the field
for a long time,” Gonzales
said. “I’m very excited to
call her my teammate and
hopefully lead the pitching
staff with her.”
Gonzales knows that
she and Ostrom will have
their work cut out for them,
though, as they are joining
a BMCC program that, just
like Gadsden with TVCC,
has not had a winning sea-
son in several years. But
Gonzales is looking for-
ward to the challenge.
Andreason signs with Lane Community College
Game 1
R H E
PHS
020 003
0 — 5 8 4
HHS
201 205 X — 10 11 2
(P) D. Naughton, N. Lani (4) and R. Rus-
sell. (H) L. Tolan, J. Ramirez (7) and S. Gritz.
WP — L. Tolan, LP — N. Lani.
2B — S. Jerome, A. Zaugg (PHS). HR —
S. Gritz (HHS).
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of the opportunity. “I was
just waiting for the opportu-
nity ... I like BMCC, I like
the guys, they’re a bunch of
good dudes and coach Baker
is a great guy.”
Baker said that he has
had his eye on Gritz since
last season, and the Bulldog
came with glowing recom-
mendations from Hermiston
coach Lance Hawkins as
well as several other coaches
from the area.
“We were in need for a
catcher who is solid defen-
coaches find high school
programs that continually
produce college-ready ath-
letes, they pump that well
until it goes dry.
One of the Titans’ trust-
ed pipelines leads back to
Hermiston High School,
and on Wednesday, April
27, they added anoth-
er Bulldog to their ranks
when guard Rileigh An-
dreason signed her Nation-
al Letter of Intent.
“It was kind of scary but
exciting at the same time, I
sively,” Baker said in an
email. “He has a plus arm
and a quick release behind
the plate. When recruiting
catchers we look for kids
who are tough, smart and can
help control the run game
and he fits all three.”
Blue Mountain also pres-
ents Gritz with a great oppor-
tunity to play right away, as
two of the three catchers on
the Timberwolves roster are
sophomores. Gritz said that
Baker expects him to catch a
lot of innings for BMCC in
get to try something new,”
said Andreason, who es-
tablished herself as a dan-
gerous jump shooter early
in her Bulldog career and
added a tenacious defen-
sive mentality as a senior.
She’s the fourth Bull-
dog to sign with the Titans
in recent years, and will
join 2016 HHS grad Kiana
Heehn, who played in 18
games her freshman sea-
son at Lane.
Courtney Walchli was
the first Bulldog to head to
2018.
“He thinks if I work hard
I’ll play a lot, which is great,”
Gritz said. “And hopefully
I’ll be starting by the time
spring rolls around, that’s
my goal. I have to work hard
though.”
Gritz added that he is
really excited about reunit-
ing with former Hermiston
teammates Tyler Sexton and
Chase Root at Blue Moun-
tain next season, both of
whom were battery mates
with Gritz on the Bulldogs.
Lane and gave the Titans
about seven points and five
rebounds a game during
the 2011-13 seasons that
produced one of the pro-
gram’s four 30-win cam-
paigns. Then the Titans
hit big with Gabby Heehn,
who capped her career with
a school-record 125 threes
during the Titans’ champi-
onship run in 2015-16.
Andreason said she’s
eager to follow in those
footsteps.
“I want to shoot a high
percentage of shots so I
can be a shooter,” she said.
“Just catching and shoot-
ing from the outside.”
Hermiston head coach
Juan Rodriguez said he
knows she’s going to rep-
resent the Bulldogs well at
the next level.
“I’m just happy for her,”
he said. “She’s worked
hard, ever since she was
little, and it’s a goal she’s
come to realize and I just
wish her the best from our
program.
Root is the only one that has
earned playing time this sea-
son, as he is currently second
on BMCC in appearances
with 14 this season, with a
4.98 ERA in 43 1/3 innings.
Gritz was Root’s catcher
last season for Hermiston
when Root tossed 14 strike-
outs in 20 1/3 innings with
a 0.69 ERA in four league
starts. Now Gritz is counting
down the days until he is the
one catching Root’s pitches
again, this time in Timber-
wolves gear.
“That’ll be great, I’m
definitely comfortable with
Chase,” Gritz said, “and I
think that’ll be good for us
again.”
And aside from joining up
with friends again, Gritz was
ecstatic to be staying close to
home.
“That’s a plus,” he said
with a smile. “I didn’t want
to travel that far from home.”
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