By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Bats around

Robert Husseman/News-RegisterMcMinnville junior Josie Smith takes a pitch against Hermiston.
Robert Husseman/News-Register
McMinnville junior Josie Smith takes a pitch against Hermiston.

As one of five freshmen on the McMinnville softball roster, Emily Deyoung finds herself in heated competition for playing time and at-bats.

“It’s nice to get to play,” Deyoung said. “I didn’t get to the first game. There are so many good kids on the field.”

Deyoung made the most of her opportunity, going 2-for-2 with a walk and a run, and fellow freshman Sydney Reeser hit a two-run triple in the first inning to power the Class 6A Grizzlies past Class 5A Hermiston, 8-1, in six innings.

Rain threatened McMinnville (5-1) and the Bulldogs (2-4) all game, with a downpour finally forcing umpires to call the game in the sixth inning. By that time, the Grizzlies had amassed 10 hits and six walks, overpowering three Hermiston pitchers.

“We knew the key was going to be to hit the ball and force them to make plays,” Mac coach Courtney Seifert said.

Sydni Dix went 3-for-3 for the Grizzlies, scoring one of three runs in the third inning.

McMinnville plays at St. Helens Wednesday at 5 p.m.


Centennial 11, McMinnville 3

McMinnville 12, Grant 8

DAMASCUS – The Grizzlies split a doubleheader with the Eagles and the Generals Tuesday at Hood View Park in Damascus, part of the Spring Break Challenge.


McMinnville 7, Cleveland 4

McMinnville 12, Milwaukie 2 (5)

DAMASCUS – Sydney Reeser threw a complete-game no-hitter against the Class 5A Mustangs, and the Grizzlies added another victory over the Class 5A Warriors Monday at the Spring Break Challenge at Hood View Park.

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