Siuslaw ball clubs scratched by Tigers

Siuslaw's Ashley Hennessee takes a warm-up swing while stepping to the plate as coach Sean O'Mara looks on from the third-base line. (Zeahna Young/Siuslaw News)

On Tuesday (April 27), Siuslaw hosted Junction City for both softball and baseball. The Lady Viks had one of their strongest games of the season, with the Tigers barely taking the win 6-5.

Said coach Sean O’Mara, “We dropped a close one to Junction City for the last game of the halfway point [in the season]. The athletes continue to improve in a wide variety of softball skills and are gaining valuable experience to take  into the second half of league play that starts on Friday.”

Cate Waggoner pitched the entire game to Adri Edwards and picked up 4 strikeouts for the day.

The Viks took the lead early in the game with 2 runs in the first inning to Junction City’s 1.  Siuslaw picked up another run in the second while holding the Tigers scoreless at the plate, bringing the score to 3-1 over Junction City.

However, in the third inning the Vikings were unable to score while the Tigers managed to bring three runners across the plate for a 4-3 advantage by the bottom of the inning.

The Vikings came back with 2 more runs in the fourth, with the Tigers scoring once — tying the game at 5-5 to end inning.

In the fifth, Junction City sent Siuslaw back to the field after a fruitless at bat, then eked out 1 run during their turn at the plate, taking a 6-5 lead heading into the sixth inning. Though the Lady Vikings were able to keep the Tigers from scoring in both the sixth and final innings, Siuslaw went scoreless as well — with Junction City holding on for a narrow 6-5 win. 

Although they did not come out on top, the Viks had some strong individual performances.

Bailey Overton scored 3 runs and had 1 RBI, hitting 3-for-5 and coming away with a single, a double and a home run.

According to O’Mara, “She is really starting to see the ball well and continues to be a staple part of the Viking offense.”

Hayden Muller had 2 put outs and hit 50 percent, picking up 2 singles and 1 run scored.

Lizbeth Garcia-Galvan also went 2-for-4 on the day, grabbing 2 RBIs off a pair of singles. On defense, Garcia-Galvan had 2 assists and 4 put outs.

Finally, on defense, Meika Shappell nailed an F5, 5-4 double play, catching a pop-fly foul at third base, then relaying it to second base for the double play.

In all, the girls are improving with every game, said O’Mara, and were looking forward to last night’s (April 30) doubleheader at home against Cottage Grove (after press deadlines).

Baseball:

On the baseball diamond, Siuslaw gave up 5 runs to the Tigers in the first inning. Though they came back to score 2 runs in the bottom of the inning, the Viks had trouble coming back after that point.

“Avoiding the big [deficit] inning early will be a key come Friday [last night], when we take on Cottage Grove,” explained coach Tom Shinn.

Both teams were scoreless in the second inning, but the Tigers scored 5 more runs by the end of the fourth. The Vikings, meanwhile, were unable to score any runs. After a scoreless fifth inning, Junction City brought 4 more runs across the plate in the sixth inning for a 13-2 lead over Siuslaw.

The Viks picked up 1 more run in at the bottom of the sixth but, unfortunately, they needed 2 more to allow the game to continue without ending due to the 10-run Mercy Rule.

The Tigers took the win in the sixth inning, 13-3.

Despite the loss, the Viks did well at the plate, but were unlucky with where the ball landed throughout the game.

“I thought we hit the ball well tonight,” said Shinn. “Eight hits is a season high for us. We had some balls that were well-hit that ended up right at Junction City players.”

Like the softball team, the baseball team took on Cottage Grove in a doubleheader last night (after press deadlines).

Their next games are at Elmira this Tuesday (May 4), with softball beginning at 5 p.m., and baseball playing a make-up doubleheader with the starting time TBD.

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