British Columbia Takes Both Against the Mounties

LA GRANDE, Ore. – Eastern Oregon Softball was unable to come away with a victory during Saturday’s doubleheader, falling in both contests to the Thunderbirds 4-1 and 6-5.


Game 1 remained scoreless until the sixth inning when Kennedy Ainge broke the deadlock for the Thunderbirds with an RBI single, sending Keona Nordquist across home plate to put the Eagles up 1-0. British Columbia continued to capitalize in the sixth inning, as Avery Mossop singled to second base, bringing in two more runs. Kaitlyn Eng and Kaitlyn Kim crossed the plate, extending the lead to 3-0.

However, the Mountaineers fought back in the bottom of the sixth. Madison Olson’s double down the left-field line allowed Olivia Brown to score, putting Eastern Oregon on the board, trailing 3-1.

In the final inning, British Columbia extended their lead once more after Nordquist capitalized on a throwing error to score her second run of the game and secure the 4-1 victory. Shae Sever earned the victory for the Thunderbirds, tossing five strikeouts and allowing just one run in seven innings pitched.

British Columbia Thunderbirds

Keona Nordquist: 1 for 4, 2 runs scored.
Avery Mossop: 2 for 3, 2 RBIs.
Kennedy Ainge: 1 RBI

Eastern Oregon Mountaineers

Madison Olson: 1 for 1, 1 RBI.
Haley Tyree: 1 for 4.
Kelly Monaghan: 1 for 3.


The second game kicked off with Eastern Oregon taking an early lead in the first inning. Olson’s single to left field brought in Carlee Jensen, giving the Mountaineers a 1-0 advantage.

British Columbia responded strongly in the third inning, scoring four runs to take the lead. Nordquist’s double to center field drove in Eng, followed by Kaitlyn Kim’s single to left field, bringing in Brielle Donoghue. Gabrielle Dorval then doubled to center field, scoring Nordquist. The Thunderbirds extended their lead further as Ainge’s sacrifice fly to right field allowed Dorval to score, making it 4-1 in favor of British Columbia.

Eastern Oregon rallied back in the third inning, with Olson once again coming through with a clutch single to center field, driving in two runs. This narrowed the gap to 4-3. In the fourth inning, Katelynn Evans’ single to shortstop brought in Kelly Monaghan, tying the game at 4-4.

However, British Columbia regained the lead in the fifth inning, as Dorval’s groundout to third base allowed Donoghue to score, putting the Thunderbirds ahead 5-4.

Eastern Oregon continued to fight, leveling the score once again in the sixth inning. Addison Ribordy’s single to second base brought in Maddy Stateler, tying the game at 5-5.

In the final inning, British Columbia managed to break the deadlock once more. Dorval’s single to right field drove in Nordquist, setting a final score of 6-5 in favor of the Thunderbirds. Riley Woodward was credited with the win, allowing just one run across three innings pitched.

British Columbia Thunderbirds

Keona Nordquist: 3 for 4, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI.
Gabrielle Dorval: 3 for 4, 3 RBIs.
Brielle Donoghue: 2 for 3, 2 runs scored.

Eastern Oregon Mountaineers

Madison Olson: 3 for 4, 3 RBIs.
Carlee Jensen: 1 for 2, 2 runs scored.
Addison Ribordy: 2 for 2, 1 RBI.

The Mounties will look to bounce back next weekend when they travel to Portland to face the Warner Pacific Knights on March 23rd.

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