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Wildfire softball girls win District 3 Tourney

The Grant County Wildfire 9-10-11 and Lady Pros 18U teams compete in busy summer schedule.
Angel Carpenter

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on June 22, 2018 4:17PM

The Grant County Wildfire 9-10-11 team gathers after winning the Oregon District 3 Championships on Wednesday, June 20. The team beat Hermiston 12-1 and 8-3 in Pilot Rock. Front row, from left: Bailey McCracken, Preslee Lenz, Savannah Watterson, Addy Northway, Jaydika Anderson, Drewsey Williams, Sivanna Hodge, Lauren Wenger, Halle Parsons, Ava Gerry, Lexi McKrola, Lilly Rockhill and Reece Jacobs; back row, assistant coaches Ray Wenger and Levi Watterson and head coach Zach Williams.

Contributed photo/Tanni Wenger Photography Studio

The Grant County Wildfire 9-10-11 team gathers after winning the Oregon District 3 Championships on Wednesday, June 20. The team beat Hermiston 12-1 and 8-3 in Pilot Rock. Front row, from left: Bailey McCracken, Preslee Lenz, Savannah Watterson, Addy Northway, Jaydika Anderson, Drewsey Williams, Sivanna Hodge, Lauren Wenger, Halle Parsons, Ava Gerry, Lexi McKrola, Lilly Rockhill and Reece Jacobs; back row, assistant coaches Ray Wenger and Levi Watterson and head coach Zach Williams.

Grant County Wildfire’s Drewsey Williams winds up to pitch in the District 3 Championships against Hermiston.

Contributed photo/Tanni Wenger Photography Studio

Grant County Wildfire’s Drewsey Williams winds up to pitch in the District 3 Championships against Hermiston.

Grant County Wildfire’s Halle Parsons looks for the pitch in the game against Hermiston.

Contributed photo/Tanni Wenger Photography Studio

Grant County Wildfire’s Halle Parsons looks for the pitch in the game against Hermiston.

Grant County Wildfire third baseman Lauren Wenger competes in the District 3 Championships in Pilot Rock.

Contributed photo/Tanni Wenger Photography Studio

Grant County Wildfire third baseman Lauren Wenger competes in the District 3 Championships in Pilot Rock.

Grant County Wildfire catcher Addy Northway competes in the District 3 Championships against Hermiston in Pilot Rock.

Contributed photo/Tanni Wenger Photography Studio

Grant County Wildfire catcher Addy Northway competes in the District 3 Championships against Hermiston in Pilot Rock.

Grant County Wildfire player Sivanna Hodge is in action at the District 3 Championship.

Contributed photo/Tanni Wenger Photography Studio

Grant County Wildfire player Sivanna Hodge is in action at the District 3 Championship.

Grant County Wildfire first baseman Halle Parsons competes at the District 3 Championships in Pilot Rock.

Contributed photo/Tanni Wenger Photography Studio

Grant County Wildfire first baseman Halle Parsons competes at the District 3 Championships in Pilot Rock.

Grant County Wildfire’s Jaydika Anderson is ready in the outfield during the District 3 Championships.

Contributed photo/Tanni Wenger Photography Studio

Grant County Wildfire’s Jaydika Anderson is ready in the outfield during the District 3 Championships.


The Grant County Wildfire 9-10-11 girls softball team dominated the Hermiston Bulldogs at the District 3 Little League Tournament, which was a best of three series between the two teams.

The tournament in Pilot Rock was rained out on Monday, June 18, then the Wildfire powered forward, winning game one 12-1 on Tuesday and game two 8-3 on Wednesday.

Head coach Zach Williams said his team performed well, though the weather was hot.

“The girls played solid defense,” he said. “They had to be really patient at the plate, which we struggled with. Everybody on the team contributed.”

Pitcher Drewsey Williams was in the circle for all 10 innings of the tournament.

In game one, she threw four innings, striking out five and giving up no hits.

Offensively, the Wildfire was walked 13 times and Halle Parsons, Jaydika Anderson and Bailey McCracken each had one hit each.

The team won in four innings, due to the mercy rule.

Drewsey Williams pitched a full six innings in game two, striking out eight batters and giving up two walks.

Parsons went 2 for 3 and Lauren Wenger tripled in the second inning. Addy Northway and Savannah Watterson each had one hit.

The 18U Lady Pros team has also been busy competing this summer in Amateur Softball Association (ASA) games.

The Wildfire and Lady Pros are competing at the June 22-24 ASA Boise Blast Summer Shootout in Idaho, competing in eight games with teams from throughout the northwest.

Coach Williams said the ASA games are more competitive, and they are up against opponents with girls who try out for their teams.

The Lady Pros won the silver bracket at the June 15-16 Magic Valley Madness Tournament in Twin Falls, Idaho.

After competing in Boise, both Grant County teams will play at another ASA tournament in Medford.

The Wildfire will compete at the 9-10-11 Little League Softball State Tournament, which starts July 18 in Medford.

Last year, the Wildfire girls had a third-place finish.

“We’re looking forward to going back to the state tournament,” Williams said.

By the time the Wildfire and Lady Pros reach the end of the season, each team will have played 45 games.

Williams is manager for the Lady Pros team with assistant coaches Mike Strong, Lance Zweygardt, Amy Hittle and Brandon Culley.

Assistant coaches for the Wildfire team are Levi Watterson, Marissa Williams and Ray Wenger.















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