No. 15 Mounties Strike First in Rainy Battle with No. 19 Yotes

LA GRANDE, Ore.- No. 15 nationally-ranked Eastern Oregon went head to head with No. 19 College of Idaho in the CCC Series of the Week on Saturday afternoon in La Grande. The battle between the top two teams in the CCC standings lived up to the hype as Eastern Oregon grinded their way to a walk-off win in game one, 1-0. Game two was just as close as the two teams exchanged blows early before the game was suspended due to rain. The Yotes held the lead at 2-1 in the top of the fourth. Play will resume tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. with the third game of the series scheduled to follow.

Both teams put on pitching and defensive clinics in the first game of the afternoon. Eastern Oregon’s Kaylie Hoskins threw another gem going 10 innings and striking out 14 batters while only giving up 5 hits. On the other side it was C of I’s Annie Polster holding her own in the circle throwing 9 and 2/3 innings with 6 strikeouts. The Mounties attempted to take a lead in regulation play when Addison Ribordy rounded third off a Maddy Stateler double. The Yotes tightened up and made a big defensive play throwing out Ribordy from left field. Both pitchers were lights out down the stretch, but it was Haley Tyree who delivered the final blow in the bottom of the tenth. Kelly Monaghan worked a walk to get on base then advanced to second off a Brylin Field single. With Monaghan in scoring position Haley Tyree poked a single through the right side scoring Monaghan and giving the Mounties a 1-0 walkoff win.


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After a low-scoring marathon in game one, the offense began to come to life in game two. The Mounties struck first in the bottom of the third when Hannah Tyree singled to right advancing her sister, Haley Tyree, who took an extra base on a throwing error to score the first run of the game. With the rain picking up, the Yotes answered in the top of the fourth. Lena Zahniser and Lindsey Jones both got hit earning free bags with one out. A wild pitch and Sydney Zachry single helped push two runs across for the Yotes to go up 2-1. With temperatures dropping and increased rainfall, the decision was made to suspend the game and resume play tomorrow morning.

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