Lakeview — Sometimes it takes a couple of extra innings to secure a win, but very rarely does it involve a scoreless tie. This was the scenario on Wednesday down in Lakeview for a non-conference doubleheader between the Grant Union Prospectors and Lakeview Honkers, a pair of 2A/1A teams that have some mustard to throw in the circle and on the state stage. In what might’ve been a state playoffs preview, a pitcher’s duel commenced down in Oregon’s tallest city.
The teams went up and down in the first inning, with Grant Union picking up the first baserunner in the second on a Raney Anderson walk. After two quick innings, Addy Northway got the first hit of the game for Grant Union, but was left on base as Honkers ace Tyler McNeley picked up eight strikeouts in the first three innings in the circle. Prospectors ace Drewsey Williams collected seven strikeouts in the first three frames, throwing some perfect innings to start the contest. From the fourth until the seventh, neither team had more than a lone runner on base in any frame, with Lakeview picking up their first of the game when Bridget Shullanberger was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the seventh, spoiling the perfect game for Williams.
After trading three outs in the eighth inning with no score still, Halle Parsons singled to open the ninth inning for Grant Union, and Riley Robertson followed up by reaching on an error to place a pair of runners on with no outs. After a sac bunt from Williams to advance the runners, and Anderson rewarded them with a two RBI triple to right field, breaking the stalemate and handing Grant Union a 2-0 lead over Lakeview. Sivanna Hodge drilled an RBI double in the next at-bat to extend it to 3-0, giving Williams a lead entering the final half-inning of play. Emily Philibert broke up the no-hitter with two outs in the ninth, but the Prospectors would take home an extra innings win over Lakeview 3-0.
Drewsey Williams was incredible in the circle for Grant Union, going the distance while allowing a lone hit and striking out 13 hitters on the afternoon. Tyler McNeley took the loss for Lakeview, allowing three runs, seven hits, and striking out 14 in the effort. Grant Union would take game two of the doubleheader 12-5 to sweep the Honkers, improving to 13-0 on the season while Lakeview dropped to 9-3 in 2022. The Prospectors return to league play on Friday against Elgin / Imbler, Lakeview hosts Modoc (CA) on Monday.