Siuslaw Bats Well In Second Game

Siuslaw junior shortstop Bailey Overton slides ahead of the throw to steal home during last Friday's doubleheader with visiting Elmira/Triangle Lake. (Ned Hickson/Siuslaw News)

Siuslaw: 7  Elmira: 13

Siuslaw: 4  Elmira: 11

“The Siuslaw Vikings’ offense showed much improvement since the loss against Cottage Grove on Tuesday (April 13),” coach Sean O’Mara said of his softball team’s performance at last Friday’s doubleheader at home versus Elmira.

The Falcons were able to defeat the Viks in both games, with the final scores coming to 7-13 and 4-11. However, offensively the team is already showing great strides in improving its hitting percentage, with a combined total of 16 hits and 11 runs for the evening.

Particularly notable for the evening was senior Adri Edwards, who went 4-for-8 at the plate, with 1 RBI and 4 stolen bases.

Elmira started out strong, scoring 6 runs in the first inning to Siuslaw’s 3. But the Vikings came back in the second inning with 3 more runs, tying the game and not allowing the Falcons to score again until the fifth inning.

In that inning, the Falcons pulled ahead, scoring 3 more runs to Siuslaw’s 1. The Viks were unable to score any more runs in the first game, while Elmira scored 4 additional runs in the final two innings — bringing the final score in favor of Elmira, 7-13.

In scoring, Siuslaw junior Bailey Overton had a double that led to a run, fellow junior Hayden Muller also had a standout performance in the first game, hitting 2-for-4 and scoring 2 runs, knocking in a pair of RBIs and stealing 1 base.

Junior Maggie Manning pitched the entire game to Edwards, racking up three strikeouts.

Said O’Mara, “Overall, I was quite pleased with the offensive turnaround the team was able to make as a result of the last two days of focused practice. We made some pretty significant gains from last Tuesday to Friday.”

Going into the second game, O’Mara switched up pitchers, bringing in freshman Cate Waggoner, who picked up two strikeouts in the game.

O’Mara also discussed the movement towards playing a short game in the second match-up, as third base wasn’t being covered as thoroughly as other areas of the field.

“If we had those opportunities where we felt we could be successful,” said O’Mara, “I wanted to try to implement some of that, too, which we did. There was definitely a fair amount of bunting and bunt-and-run type of plays going on.”

The Vikings led until the fifth inning, when Elmira was able to pull ahead with 4 runs, putting them ahead 4-6 by the end of the inning. The Falcons shut out the Viks for the remainder of the game while managing to score 5 more runs for an eventual 11-4 win over Siuslaw. 

Freshman Meika Shappell had a double which led to a run, and Edwards had 3 singles, hitting 75 percent. Freshman Ashley Hennessee also had 2 singles, going 2-for-3 at the plate.

On defense, Overton had a stellar performance with two double plays in the second game, as well as a relayed throw from outfield for a tag at the plate. Overton had a total of 12 assists and 7 putouts for the evening.

Senior second baseman Lizbeth Garcia-Galvan also excelled on defense, with 3 assists and 6 putouts, including a double play for the evening.

“Although there is a great deal of varsity level inexperience for the Vikings this season due to the loss of last year’s season and summer opportunities,” explained O’Mara, “the Vikings are working incredibly hard to make up for lost time and be competitive on the diamond.”

Moving forward, according to O’Mara, “Now it’s a measure of how well we can do against this team when we play them again.”

The Lady Viks played last night (after press deadlines) and will return to the diamond Friday, on the road at Marist for a doubleheader with the Spartans.

First pitch goes out at 3 p.m.