Siuslaw: 102 332 — 11 13 1
C. Grove: 000 001 — 1 3 2
April 20, 2019 — Heading into last Tuesday’s home match-up against Cottage Grove, Siuslaw softball coach Sean O’Mara said he asked his team members to “be their best self before each pitch.”
Apparently, that mindset was more than enough for the Lady Vikings to land their first win of the season.
“The girls really came through on both defense and offense,” said O’Mara. “We continue to focus on attitide and effort every day, every game.”
Against the Lions, who were also in the hunt for their first win, Siuslaw sent junior Nina Aaron to the pitcher’s circle once again, where she threw a complete game and allowed just three hits while striking out six and having no walks.
Unlike its previous game, Siuslaw had most of its injured players back in the line-up, including senior infielder Hayley Meier.
Offensively, the Vikings were sparked by sophomore Liz Garcia-Galvan and senior Lupita Figueroa, who had 2 RBIs each, including 2 singles and 1 double for Garcia-Galvan and a single and 1 run scored for Figueroa.
The hits kept coming for Siuslaw — 13 in all — as senior Alexis Smith went 2-for-2 with 1 run scored, 1 RBI, 2 singles and a pair of walks. Aaron was also 2-for-2 with 1 RBI, 1 single, a triple and 2 walks.
In addition, senior firstbaseman Alyssa Richards was 2-for-4 with 1 run scored, 1 RBI, 2 singles and 1 stolen base. Fellow senior and outfielder Angela Bartlett went 1-for-3; freshman Bailey Overton went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI, 1 walk and a stolen base.
In the bottom of the sixth and ahead 10-1, senior Audrey Lowder came in as a substitute for the Viks with a runner in scoring position that could end the game on the 10-run rule.
Lowder connected for a solid hit past shortstop to drive in the winning run from second base, ending the game on the Mercy Rule, 11-1.
“I was proud of the athletes for continuing to work hard through the challenges we’ve faced over the last month of games,” O’Mara said. “I look forward to seeing how we deal with future challenges as we get closer to the halfway point of league pay.”
Tuesday, Siuslaw will be at Marshfield to end the first half of the Sky-Em season, taking on the Lady Pirates at 5 p.m., weather permitting.