Improving Lady Vikings drop doubleheader

Siuslaw softball coach Sean O'Mara saw what he wanted Friday from his Lady Vikings, even if it wasn't a win.

Siuslaw dropped a pair of Sky-Em League games to visiting Elmira, 13-7 and 11-4, to fall to 0-3 for the season.

Tuesday the Lady Vikings lost their season opener at Cottage Grove, 17-3.

"Our offense showed much improvement since the loss against Cottage Grove," O'Mara said.

The Lady Vikings got strong offensive outings from the core of their defense — senior catcher Adriana Edwards, junior shortstop Bailey Overton and junior centerfielder Hayden Muller, each a member of the Siuslaw wrestling team.

Edwards was 4-for-8 in the two games with an RBI and four stolen bases, Overton led the team with a pair of doubles and Muller was 2-for-4 in the opener with 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs and a stolen base.

Freshman left fielder Ashley Hennessee was 2-for-3 and freshman third baseman Meika Shappell doubled in the nightcap.

"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," O'Mara said.

On defense, Overton and keystone mate Lizbeth Garcia-Galvan, a senior second baseman, were impressive.

Overton had 12 assists, 7 putouts and 2 double plays and Garcia-Galvan 3 assists, 6 putouts and a double play for the two games.

"Bailey had an outstanding night," O'Mara said, noting an excellent relay throw from the outfield for a tag out at the plate.

Junior Maggie Manning pitched the opener, striking out 3, walking 4 and giving up 12 hits.

Freshman Cate Waggoner, in her first varsity start, pitched the second game, striking out 2, walking 6 and giving up 9 hits.

Siuslaw committed 13 errors on the day, including 8 in the nightcap.

"We have a great deal of varsity-level inexperience this season, due to the loss of last year's season and summer opportunities," O'Mara noted.

"The team is working incredibly hard to make up for lost time and be competitive on the diamond."

Elsewhere in league play Friday, Marshfield won two at Junction City, 16-6 and 19-13, and Marist Catholic swept at Cottage Grove, 10-0 and 22-1.

Next week, the Lady Vikings host Marshfield on Tuesday and travel to Marist Catholic on Friday for a doubleheader.


Siuslaw's Game 1 lineup was:

  3 Bailey Overton ss
  2 Hayden Muller cf
  9 Adriana Edwards c
14 Lizbeth Garcia-Galvan 2b
  8 Kya Blake 1b
11 Brooke Olson dh for 17 Bailey Myrick rf
  6 Meika Shappell 3b
  8 Maggie Manning p
12 Ashley Hennessee lf

First game
ELMIRA    600 031 3  —  13   12   2
SIUSLAW 330 010 0  —    7     6   5
Imari Gabica and Tori Kulhmann; Maggie Manning and Adrianna Edwards.
WP — Imari Gabica. LP — Maggie Manning.

Second game
ELMIRA   101 144 1  —  11    9    1
SIUSLAW 101 200 0  —   4    10   8
Courtney Haffner and Deja Rhodes; Cate Waggoner and Adrianna Edwards.
WP — Courtney Haffner. LP —Cate Waggoner.


Rrecord: 0-3 overall, 0-3 in Sky-Em League
Tuesday, April 13 — at Cottage Grove 17, Siuslaw 3
Friday, April 16 — Elmira 13, at Siuslaw 7, first game
Friday, April 16 — Elmira 11, at Siuslaw 4, second game
Tuesday, April 20 — Marshfield, 5 p.m.
Friday, April 23 — at Marist Catholic (DH), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 27 — Junction City, 5 p.m.
Friday, April 30 — Cottage Grove (DH), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, May 4 — at Elmira/Triangle Lake, 5 p.m.
Friday, May 7 — at Marshfield (DH), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, May 11 — Marist Catholic, 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 15 — at Junction City (DH), noon

  1 Kristin Wall, freshman, shortstop
  2 Hayden Muller, junior, outfielder
  3 Bailey Overton, junior, shortstop-utility
  4 Maggie Manning, junior, RH pitcher
  5 Cate Waggoner, freshman, RH pitcher
  6 Meika Shappell, freshman, third baseman
  7 Brynlee Manues, freshman, third baseman-catcher
  8 Kya Blake, senior, first baseman
  9 Adrianna Edwards, senior, catcher
11 Brooke Olson, junior, outfielder
12 Ashley Hennessee, freshman, outfielder-designated hitter
14 Lizbeth Garcia-Galvan, second baseman-utility
15 Ava Coggins, sophomore, utility
16 Rosa Velasco-Mendez, freshman, outfielder
17 Bailey Myrick, sophomore, outfielder
21 Gillian Norton, sophomore, first baseman
31 Chloe Aaron, freshman, catcher-first baseman


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