MHS: 100 020 3 — 6 9 2
SHS: 004 101 2 — 7 13 3
MHS: 000 020 1 — 3 4 2
SHS: 011 020 X — 4 7 3
May 15, 2019 — Siuslaw’s softball team ended the season on a high night — two, actually. Hosting Marshfield for a doubleheader last Friday for the final games of Sky-Em League season, the Lady Vikings not only went on to move up the league standings into fourth place with a sweep of the Lady Pirates, but also took time to acknowledge its six seniors who were also wrapping up their high school careers that afternoon.
Among those recognized before the opening game were seniors Lupita Figueroa ad her parents Jorge Figueroa and Belen Rivas; Angela Bartlett and her sister Abigail Bartlett; Lexie Smith and her parents Tara and Dan Smith; Audrey Lowder and her parents Rhonda and Nathan Lowder; Hayley Meier and her parents John and Nicole Meier, along with younger siblings Emma and Lincoln; and Alyssa Richards with her parents Kevin and Susie Richards.
Siuslaw also acknowledged the seniors playing for Marshfield, handing out yellow roses to each senior member of the Lady Pirates.
Coaches Sean O’Mara also thanked the dedicated members of his team’s volunteer coaches Jodi O’Mara, Jamie Hunt, Ashlee Cole, Kim Gibson and Shari Fisher.
“These coaches have had long-term, positive impact on our athletes’ lives, well beyond the game of softball,” O’Mara said.
The Viks then took the field and, as O'Mara later pointed out, "The athletes really showed up. They were loose but focused, not letting the distractions of Senior Night on their home field dictate their approach on offense and defense."
From the pitcher's circle, junior Nina Aaron threw two complete games and was 4-for-4 in the opener en route to a 7-6, 4-3 sweep of the Pirates.
Meier went 3-for-4, Figueroa was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Smith had 2 RBIs.
The Lady Viks rallied in the bottom of the seventh for two runs to secure the win, then won the nightcap with batting from freshman Bailey Overton, who stole two bases and scored run in the 4-3 victory.
The sweep of the Pirates moved Siuslaw into fourth place to finish the season, dropping Marshfield into fifth.
"We peaked late in the season with four wins in our last five games," said O'Mara. "The athletes should be proud of their continued effort throughout the season on offense, defense and in mental toughness."