The Grant Union Prospector softball team blasted the Lakeview Honkers 12-2 in Saturday’s home opener at Seventh Street Complex in John Day.
Cody Jo Madden was in the circle for Grant Union, which took the win in four and a half innings.
Prospector head coach DeAnna Nash said she was pleased with her team’s energy and effort, noting they made “big strides” after Friday’s 12-7 loss to Union/Cove in Union.
Nash said they were happy to get the first-game jitters out of the way and face Lakeview at the Grant Union field.
“Being at home helps, and they like playing in front of people that they know,” she said.
Grant Union wasted no time getting on the board in Saturday’s game.
Prospector Whitney McClellan singled right off the bat in the bottom of the first inning, then stole second while her teammate Ravyn Walker was at bat.
Walker doubled, scoring McClellan. Then Walker reached home plate off a single from Mariah Moulton.
Two Prospectors then scored while Madden was at bat, giving Grant Union a 4-0 lead.
Madden struck out a batter in the top of the second, and first baseman Dauna Bishop made two stops.
Grant Union’s momentum continued to build with another run in the second, and four in the third, which was highlighted by a few Prospector steals.
Grant Union had 12 hits and five walks in the game.
McClellan, Walker, Madden and Marissa Smith each had two hits, and Brianna Zweygardt had three hits. Lakeview had four hits and six strikeouts.
“Overall, I thought we did well,” Nash said. “I was pleased that we kept battling and corrected some of our errors as the game went on. ... Every game, we should get better like that.”
Grant Union travels to Culver next week for a doubleheader, which starts at 2 p.m. Friday.
In Friday’s game against Union, Grant Union had 11 hits and three walks and gave up nine hits with four errors.
McClellan, Madden, Walker, Natalie Stearns, Reagan Shelley and Tressa Ranft all had hits, including a triple for Walker and a double for Moulton.
Zweygardt and Hailie Wright each had two hits and a double.