VALE – Malheur County’s 3A softball team were well represented this spring with several players receiving all-state honors.
After being their leadoff hitter all year, Gracee Jacobs led the Vikings once again in post-season honors. Vale’s speedy centerfielder was a first team all-state honoree. Jacobs will be playing softball at Northwest Nazarene University next year.
Alexys Rodgers, one of the Vikings’ top power hitters, was also an all-state first team honoree. Rodgers was given honors as a first baseman, despite previously playing catcher for the Vikings.
Demia Hardin, the Vikings’ ace pitcher, was an honorable mention.
Vale ended the season with a 15-11 (12-0 SD2) record after an 11-1 loss to Taft in the state first round.
The Nyssa softball team ended its 2019 season with a 13-11 (9-3 SD2) record and lost 4-2 to South Umpqua in the state first round.
The Bulldogs were led by Syriah Trujillo, who was a first team all-state utility player. Trujillo started the season at shortstop before filling in as catcher after an injury to a teammate.
Brenda Trujillo, the Bulldogs’ catcher who missed the end of the season with a leg injury, was an honorable mention.