Roseburg sweeps South Eugene in SWC twin bill
Roseburg capped off a 3-0 week on the softball diamond on Saturday with a pair of lopsided Southwest Conference victories over South Eugene at Stewart Park.
The Indians stayed on the heels of the conference leaders with 10-0 and 11-1 wins, improving to 11-6 on the season and 8-3 in the SWC.
Roseburg, which has won five straight and seven of its last eight, is chasing Grants Pass (14-2, 9-1) and defending champion North Medford (13-3, 8-1) with seven league games remaining. Sheldon (15-3, 7-3) is a half-game behind the Indians in fourth.
The Tribe knocked off the Black Tornado, 6-3, in Medford last Tuesday, its first victory over a team above it in the standings.
Roseburg did what it was supposed to do against South Eugene (4-14, 2-9), winning the first game in five innings due to the 10-run rule and wrapping up the sweep with a six-inning victory in the nightcap.
The Indians stroked 24 hits on the day.
″(Our goal) was just to get business done quick and easy,” said Roseburg sophomore rightfielder Ericka Allen, who stayed hot at the plate with five hits in six at-bats in the twin bill. “We did pretty good. We took care of business with hitting, and Mady (Blevins) did a really good job pitching.
“The win over North Medford gave us a lot of confidence. We were in a slump, but after winning that game we got our confidence. It gave us energy to move forward with the season.”
The Indians got contributions from throughout their lineup against the Axe, who started freshman Kaitlyn Kurtz in the circle in the first game.
“Overall, I’m happy about it,” said RHS senior first baseman Hannah Goodin. “We came up to the plate and hit. We play every team like they’re on the same level. It doesn’t matter where they come from, it doesn’t matter who’s their pitcher. We give it our all, and came up with those two wins. We worked hard.”
Roseburg had four players with two hits in the opener: Blevins was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs; Allen went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI; and Samie Bergmann and Maria Bacigalupo were both 2-for-3 with an RBI. Goodin doubled and knocked in a pair of runs.
Blevins tossed a two-hitter, striking out 10 and walking one.
“A little better first game than second game,” surmised Roseburg coach Brad Deaver. “We came out and took care of business in the first game and everybody hit well. In the second game we were trying to lift the ball too much until the end. We hit cruise control from the third until the sixth inning, but we addressed that and the girls picked it up.”
The Indians scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning in the second game. Bergmann capped off a four-run sixth with a bases-loaded double with no outs to end the contest.
“We did well (adjusting to a slower pitcher),” said Allen. “With the off-speed, even if we didn’t do well the first time, we came back and got a lot of good hits. Everyone is just doing their job.”
Allen was 3-for-4 with a triple in the contest. Goodin was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Alexa Ligon 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Blevins gave up two singles en route to her 11th win of the spring.
“Mady pitched excellent,” said Goodin. “She worked hard and it showed.”
Roseburg will have another opportunity to gain some ground when it hosts Grants Pass at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Cavers, who are No. 2 in the OSAA Class 6A power rankings, have clinched the series with the Indians thanks to 5-4 and 8-0 victories in Grants Pass on April 2.
“If we work hard enough, we can get first or second (in the SWC),” said Allen. “We have to keep pushing ourselves. It’s going to take all of us.”
Kurtz and Kochevar; Blevins and Bergmann. WP — Blevins (10-6). LP — Kurtz. 2B — Allen 2 (R), Blevins (R), Goodin (R).
Clark and Kochevar; Blevins and Bergmann. WP — Blevins (11-6). LP — Clark. 2B — Bergmann (R). 3B — Allen (R).