JOHN DAY - Grant Union's young softball team ran into a formidable and seasoned foe, Riverside, last week in a doubleheader marked by hail delays and sporadic rain.
The Prospector girls lost both games but didn't give up against the league-leading Pirates.
The two losses left the Pros at 4-4 and advanced the Pirates to 8-0 in league.
In Game One, Grant Union came out swinging and had a big inning in the second, driving the score to 5-3 by the third.
In the fourth, however, the Pirates hit back-to-back home runs - each scoring a single runner, but the gain was enough to give them momentum. By the seventh inning, Riverside had boosted the score to 7-5, and that was the final for the game.
In all, Riverside had three home runs for the day, and seven runs off 12 base hits.
Taylor Croghan pitched the game for the Pros, and picked up the loss. Grant Union scored its five runs off four base hits. Megan Nash, Kelsi Livran, Hilary Ashmead, Kristina Hanson and Sharon Houpt scored for Grant Union.
The second game of the doubleheader also went to the Pirates, who won 9-0.
The Prospectors were scheduled to play the Baker Bulldogs May 8, past press time, and will travel to Vale for a doubleheader May 12.