Nyssa Softball Takes Two Over Shorthanded Pioneers

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NYSSA – Two things were discovered on Saturday, April 29 during the double header between the Nyssa and McLoughlin softball teams. The first is Nyssa can put together a complete game, with just a few errors, decent pitching and the bats can swing. The second, according to Pioneer coach Russell Vera, is in rural eastern Oregon, scheduling softball against FFA results in a depleted squad.

Behind the pitching of Taylor Cassity going the full five innings, Nyssa downed MacHi in game one of a two game day, 11-1. Cassity picked up eight strikeouts while only walking three Pioneers.

The Bulldog offense saw two RBIs each from Lauren Sapp, Alycia Van Meter and Hailie Ballou. Sapp was 1-for-2 batting with a double.

In the loss, Aisling Giguiere did have the hot bat for McLoughlin, going 3-for-3 with a double.

The second game of the day saw Nyssa take a 15-5 victory with this game also called after five innings. Van Meter took the win for the Dawgs, going three innings and striking out four Pioneers with Cassity coming in to finish out the game. For MacHi, Giguiere was on the mound for 2 2/3 innings, striking out eight while only walking one Nyssa batter.

Jenny Trujillo came through with the bat in game two for the Bulldogs, going a perfect 4-for-4 and picking up three RBIs. Kami Thompson added two RBIs while going 3-for 4.

In the loss, Kayla Chaney had the bat for the Pioneers, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

“We finally put together defense, bats, composure, home field, sunshine, dance moves, smiles and a team effort today,” said Nyssa coach Tracy Cleaver. “Nearly everyone in the on lineup had at least one hit today, both pitchers threw well and took advantage of a short-handed Pioneer team. I believe this team was overdue and planned on getting two today and we did. I am really proud of the effort overall.”

Game One

MacHi   0 0 0  0 1 X  X –   1 4 1

Nyssa    2 5 1  3 X X  X – 11 2 1

Game Two

MacHi   0 0 3  0 2 X  X  –   5   7  6

Nyssa    2 4 5  3 1 X  X  – 15 14 2

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