NYSSA - The Grant Union softball team had a long weekend in Nyssa.
The Prospectors played four games in two days - Friday and Saturday, March 20-21 - at the Nyssa Tournament. Grant Union picked up two wins on Friday, beating Marsing, Idaho 23-0 and Pine Eagle 14-0.
The Pros' 37 runs were scored in a total of nine innings Friday, as they triggered the 10-run rule against both Marsing and Pine Eagle. Marsing fell in four innings while Pine Eagle lasted five.
Grant Union coach DeAnna Nash said Marsing lacked pitching depth.
"They didn't have much for pitching," Nash said. "Our girls were hitting what they threw, but a lot of the bases and runs came on walks and errors. We were able to steal a lot of bases."
The Pros did well on the other side of the ball as well. Taylor and Shannon Croghan shared the pitching duties during each game of the tournament.
The Croghan sisters combined to hold Marsing to a single hit and Pine Eagle hitless.
Grant Union had tougher competition Saturday. The Pros fell 4-3 to McCall in a close game that was called early. McCall and Grant Union were tied 3-3 going into the sixth inning. McCall took a one-run lead in the sixth inning and then asked the umpires to call the game because the team wanted to leave. The umpires agreed and Grant Union was denied a final attempt to tie or take the lead.
The Pros lost 16-3 to La Grande on Saturday. It was the third contest between Grant Union and La Grande this season.
Grant Union opened the season with a doubleheader against La Grande Tuesday, March 17. The Tigers got the best of the Pros winning 16-0 in the first game, but Grant Union bounced back in the second game and won 8-7.
Taylor Croghan said the team was nervous to start the season.
"I think it was just first-game nerves," Croghan said. "We didn't start off well. We weren't hitting the ball."
Croghan brought Megan Nash home in the bottom of the seventh to give Grant Union the win against La Grande.
La Grande's Boo Christman pitched during both of the Tigers' winning games.
"Boo is our No. 1 pitcher," La Grande coach Kevin Kohr said. "She will start most of our games for us."
Grant Union's will play a doubleheader against Baker Tuesday, March 31.