Bats Come Alive, Umatilla Softball Takes Two In Nyssa

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NYSSA – The softball bats were busy in Nyssa on Friday, April 15 as the Umatilla softball team was in town to visit the Bulldogs for a 3A Special District 2 showdown. One of the busiest at the ballpark was the scoreboard manager as a total of 53 runs crossed the plate over two games with the Vikings taking slim victories in both.

The Nyssa defense held Umatilla scoreless early in game one and the Bulldogs took an early 3-0 lead. The Viking bats came alive in the sixth inning as eight runners crossed the plate on the way to a 14-13 Viking victory.

Piper Dilley picked up the win for Umatilla, going seven innings while allowing no walks and eight strikeouts. Thalia Trujillo had the hot bat for the Vikings, driving in four runs with Liz Sanchez adding two RBIs for Umatilla. Maddisyn Rico and Dilley each added a run batted in.

For the Bulldogs, Lea Garner went the distance, walking five Viking batters and striking out 11. Alycia Van Meter and Taylor Cassity each recorded two RBIs for the Bulldogs while Kiersten Anderson, Lauren Sapp, Brooklyn Johns and Destiny Reyes picked up a single RBI each.

Johns was 4-for-5 batting with a double while Sapp was 3-for-4 with a double also. Kiersten Anderson ended game one going 2-for-5 and Jenny Trujillo was 2-for-4.

 Game two saw both teams explode in the second inning with Umatilla putting up seven runs followed by Nyssa scoring five runs. Umatilla added four runs in the sixth on their way to a 14-12 win.

Dilley continued on the mound for the Vikings, pitching an additional five innings, striking out three and allowing one walk. Meeka Homes then came in, pitching two innings and striking out one Nyssa batter.

Jara Montez drove in three runs for the Vikings in game two. Braelyn Cragun added two RBIs for Umatilla’s victory.

In the loss, Sapp added to her day’s total by driving in three runs while going 4-for-5 at the plate including a three-run homer. Destiny Reyes was 3-for-5 including a double and a triple.

Photo Gallery – Umatilla v Nyssa – Softball – John Braese

“When I write all the numbers down, it’s hard to believe we couldn’t end up on top today,” said Nyssa coach Tracy Cleaver. “But one more run and two more runs, that’ll do it — minus the obvious numbers in the error column, just not going to win until we tighten up the screws on defense & eliminate some simple errors.”

A positive for the Bulldogs is the return of pitcher Lea Garner from injury and back on the mound.

“With Lea back on the mound, and our bats top to bottom finally getting going, we put up enough hits to win, just plain didn’t,” Cleaver said. “Lauren Sapp finally got to go over in game two, putting us up 10-9 in the third.  We just dried up a bit at the plate, and they chipped right back in.  Even down to the bottom of the seventh in both games, we had our chances & just couldn’t get the runs across, despite hitting the ball hard — just right at their fielders.”

Game One

Umatilla               0 0 0  3 3 8  0 – 14  11 6

Nyssa                    1 2 0  0 4 3  3 – 13  14  6

Game Two

Umatilla               2 7 0  0 1 4  0 – 14   8 5

Nyssa                    2 5 3  0 2 0  0 –  12 11 9

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