Siuslaw Vikings softball now has more to build on than emerging talent, hard work and enthusiasm.
The Lady Vikings have a win.
Friday, junior shortstop Bailey Overton doubled and homered to power Siuslaw to an 8-7 victory over Cottage Grove in the second game of a Sky-Em League doubleheader at the Siuslaw field.
The Lady Vikings, 1-8 overall and in league, are on the road next week, Tuesday at Elmira and Friday at Marshfield.
"I was quite pleased at the mental toughness shown throughout the team," Siuslaw coach Sean O'Mara said. "The athletes were quite successful in at letting the first game of the night be history and focusing on the game in front of them."
Cottage Grove won the opener 17-6, collecting 11 hits and taking advantage of nine Siuslaw errors.
Overton also homered in the first game and finished the night 4-for-7 with 5 RBIs, 4 runs and 2 stolen bases. She also anchored the defense with 8 assists and 7 putouts, including 3 tag outs on stolen-base attempts.
Junior center fielder Hayden Muller was 3-for-7 for the two games, with 5 RBIs and 2 runs.
Freshman Cate Waggoner pitched a complete game in the nightcap after hurling the first four innings of the opener.
"It is her first win as a Siuslaw Viking pitcher, one of many I am sure to come," O'Mara said. "She had three strikeouts and limited the Lions to eight hits spread over seven innings."
The Lady Vikings also had significant contributions from two other freshmen, Ashley Hennessee and Kristan Wall.
Hennessee was 2-for-3 with a run scored in the opener, while Wall was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in the nightcap.
"Now that the athletes have their first win, we have our sights on not backsliding with our approach to practice and games," O'Mara said.
"There was a great deal of discussion amongst the coaching staff and athletes about building on this win through a sustained effort to improve in practice and be prepared for games ahead."
COTTAGE GROVE 361 113 2 — 17 11 1
SIUSLAW 210 300 0 — 6 7 9
Kiley Woodard and Josie Hitt; Cate Waggoner, Maggie Manning (5) and Adriana Edwards.
WP — Kiley Woodard. LP — Cate Waggoner.
COTTAGE GROVE 104 101 0 — 7 8 1
SIUSLAW 030 014 X — 8 12 2
Kailey Cox and Josie Hitt; Cate Waggoner and Adri Edwards.
Record: 1-8 overall, 1-8 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 13, at Siuslaw 2, 5 innings
Friday, April 23 — at Marist Catholic 15, Siuslaw 0
Friday, April 20 — at Marist Catholic 15, Siuslaw 0
Tuesday, April 27 — Junction City 6, at Siuslaw 5
Friday, April 30 — Cottage Grove 17, at Siuslaw 6, first game
Friday, April 30 — at Siuslaw 8, Cottage Grove 7, second game
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 Adriana 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
Lady Vikings place sixth. State meet this coming Friday and Saturday at Hans Petersen Field.
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