Prospectors and TigerScots Go At It For State Softball Title

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John L. Braese

EUGENE – Here is the information you need to know regarding the 2A/1A state softball title championship game.

#2 Weston-McEwen/Griswold meets #1 Grant Union/Prairie City on Friday, May 31 at 5 p.m. on the field of Jane Sanders Stadium on the campus of Oregon State University in Eugene.

The game will be streamed on the NFHS network and carried on the OSAA radio network.

Both teams hail from the 2A/1A Special District 7 with the TigerScots claiming the league title with a 21-4 overall record including a 13-1 league record. Weston-McEwen Griswold started the season off on an 11-game win streak before suffering an upset loss to Enterprise/Joseph/Wallowa on April 18. Six days later, the TigerScots suffered the team’s second loss to 4A Pendleton (the Buckaroos are in the title game for the 4A championship) and then dropped the team’s lone league loss to Heppner/Ione/Condon on May 1.

The loss was followed by two league wins over Grant Union/Prairie City at home on May 3 (5-3 and 4-2). This started a 9-1 run to end the season with the single loss coming at with a game to 4A La Grande on May 14.

Coming into the game as the top seed, Grant Union/Prairie City boasts a 24-4 overall record and a 12-2 district standing after finishing second to the TigerScots in the district race.

The Prospectors started the season off 4-1 after splitting a doubleheader with 3A Scio (the Loggers are in the championship game for 3A). Following the loss, the Prospectors rolled off 13 straight wins before dropping the two district losses to Weston-McEwen/Griswold.

Bouncing back to win three district games, Grant Union/Prairie City, like Weston-McEwen/Griswold, fell to 4A Pendleton.

The Prospectors roll into Eugene on a four-game win streak including a victory over 3A Burns/Crane on May 16 (a 1-0 pitchers’ duel).

Whatever the outcome, the state 2A/1A trophy is coming back to eastern Oregon and will reside in the trophy case of a 2A/1A Special District 7 team.