PHS: 000 064 0 — 10 13 0
SHS: 000 002 0 — 2 8 5
PHS: 105 615 — 18 19 1
SHS: 004 020 — 6 6 6
March 27, 2019 — Siuslaw wrapped up its pre-league season on Saturday with a home doubleheader against visiting Phoenix, with the Pirates taking both games by a total of 28 runs to 8 runs scored by the Lady Vikings.
While the losses may have looked substantial on the scoreboard, the young Vikings team also exhibited a tremendous amount of growth from the March 13 season opener.
“The scores definitely don’t reflect the growth the Vikings are showing,” said Siuslaw coach Sean O’Mara, whose team includes a freshman and two sophomores in the starting line-up.
In fact, most of Siuslaw’s problems came in errors committed in a single inning in both games, rather than through a continuous series of mistakes in the field. Perhaps most telling has been the team’s ability to respond to those errors by playing solidly after a tough inning.
“We come back and continue to swing the bats and work hard at aggressive baserunning, trying to get more prepared for the difficult league opponents that are only a couple of weeks away,” said O’Mara, referring to the team’s final pre-league game set for next Tuesday in a home doubleheader against Douglas.
On Saturday, Siuslaw junior Nina Aaron pitched both games, striking out six Phoenix batters along the way and going 4-for-5 overall, including double, 3 runs scored, 1 stolen base and an RBI.
Senior Alyssa Richards was 3-for-4 with an RBI, and sophomore Liz Garcia-Galvan was 2-for-3 with a double, 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs.
Siuslaw committed 11 errors in the doubleheader, with six of those errors taking place in the second game between the third and fourth innings.
Tuesday’s game against the Lady Trojans begins at 3 p.m., followed by the nightcap at 5 p.m.
Siuslaw will open league play April 9 on the road at Marist High School.