JOHN DAY – The Grant Union softball team grabbed a 7-1 victory over the Burns Hilanders in their March 18 debut.

The score was tied 1-1 going into the second inning, and the Prospectors held the Hilanders to that for the game.

The Pros added two runs in the second inning, and four runners crossing home plate in the sixth.

Grant Union starting pitcher Stephanie Croghan gave up four hits, but showed good control through the first four innings with no walks and two strikeouts.

Sydney Stearns took over pitching duties in the last three innings, with four strikeouts, two walks and giving up no hits.

“Overall, for our first game we played solid defense and only had two errors,” said head coach DeAnna Nash. “Offensively, early in the game we left a lot of base runners on and had opportunities to score in every inning. The timely hitting that we needed to have a big inning will develop.”

Breaking things open in the sixth inning showed “the kind of inning that we are capable of having more often,” she said.

“We were excited to compete in a game to see what we need to work on and improve on before we begin league play,” Nash said. “It’s always nice to get the first game out of the way with a win.”

The Pros returns to play after spring break for another game with Burns at the Hilander field on Tuesday.

They travel to Heppner for a doubleheader Friday, April 4, facing the Mustangs in a league contest and the Nyssa Bulldogs in a nonleague game.

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