Junior girls win sportsmanship award at tourney

The District 3 junior girls all-star team played in the Elgin tournament July 11-12. Front row (from left): Jonna Porter, Kristina Hansen, LaShawnda Gill, Kayla Barrietua and Nikkita Polley. Back row: Coach Kathy Watterson, Manager Mark Croghan, Danielle Gibbons, Savannah Kowing, Taylor Croghan, Hanna Ellison and Coach Lorie Croghan. Submitted photo

ELGIN - For the first time ever, a Grant County team participated in the District No. 3 Junior Girls All-star Softball Tournament Monday and Tuesday, July 11-12.

The nine-team tournament held at the new Elgin Complex for 13- to 14-year-old girls featured some of the top teams from Eastern Oregon.

Grant County had a difficult draw in the tournament's opening round against Pendleton Sunday, and the experienced squad from the Round-Up City were 26-0 winners in a five-inning game.

In a loser-out game on Monday, Grant County played much better ball, but still came out on the short end of a 21-16 score against Triangle.

Pendleton 26, Grant County 0

Pendleton scored 14 runs in the top of the first inning on Sunday before Grant County settled down and began making some good plays.

Pendleton scored two runs in the second and third innings, three in the fourth and five in the fifth to put the game away on the 10-run rule.

Triangle 21, Grant County 16

On a hot afternoon in Monday's game, Triangle pushed across eight runs in the top of the first inning before Grant County began to fight back.

With Triangle holding an 11-1 lead, Grant County scored three runs in the bottom of the third, two more in the bottom of the fourth and cut the margin to 15-11 with four runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Triangle scored six times in the top of the sixth and despite a five-run Grant County bottom half of the inning, the lead was just too much to overcome.

Manager Mark Croghan along with coaches Kathy Watterson and Lorie Croghan said all the local girls played well in both games and in recognition of their efforts, the team was presented with the tournament's John Timmons Sportsmanship Award.

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