Bulldogs’ baseball and softball swept by Billies

Lizabelle Osborn slid in safely for a triple in the first game of a doubleheader Friday at Pleasant Hill. Osborn’s triple was the only hit in the loss to the Billies.

The Creswell baseball team had played just one league game as they entered the Friday (April 22) doubleheader with rival Pleasant Hill. The Bulldogs and Billies had met just three days earlier at Creswell, and had suffered a 10-2 loss.

With a 5-4 record overall, the 3A Creswell boys had earned one of their biggest wins on April 7 with a 5-2 win over 4A Siuslaw in Florence. The Bulldogs were hoping to match that performance and sweep Pleasant Hill in the doubleheader to move their overall record above .500.

It was not to be as Pleasant Hill scored 10 runs and shutout Creswell in the first game. The second game was a totally different story as the Bulldogs came back from a 4-0 deficit to score three runs in the seventh inning, but couldn’t tie or take the lead in the 4-3 defeat.

In the first game the Billies’ Rhett Edmunds shutout Creswell for five innings, striking out nine, and allowing only one hit, that a single by sophomore Coby Contreras. Blake Allen entered the game in the sixth inning to close out the victory for Pleasant Hill.  

On the bright side for Creswell were two positive performances. Contreras came in as a relief pitcher, and he gave up only one run in his three-inning outing. Also, the Bulldogs did not commit an error in the game.

In the second game of the twin bill, it looked like more of the same as Pleasant Hill sophomore pitcher, Caden Richardson shutout Creswell through five innings, allowing only one hit while striking out 10 Bulldogs. Going into the top of the seventh, Creswell trailed 4-0, but to their credit were not going to go down without a fight. A combination of walks and RBI hits by Cameron Leonard, Tyler Pratt, and Joe Mediati brought in three runs. The Bulldogs almost tied in up, but came up short on a ground ball force out on second base.

Sophomore starter Joe Mediati had a very good outing, limiting the Billies’ attack to just two runs on four hits through four innings on the mound. 

At 0-3 in the District 3, 3A league, and 5-6 overall, Creswell has a chance to right the ship this week with three games at home versus winless Harrisburg/Mohawk. Bulldog head coach Craig Leonard was able to look on the positive side after the doubleheader losses. 

“We played great defensively,” said Leonard. “They scored two runs in the first and didn’t score again until the very end. We battled back in the last inning and got some runs across the plate. We went against a good strong Pleasant Hill team and learned to fight today and we’ll comeback for Harrisburg.”

One factor to remember with the Creswell team is that of the 15 players on the roster, nine are sophomores, and one is a freshman.

Creswell Softball

Creswell came into Friday’s doubleheader with a 0-1 league record and 6-5 overall against Pleasant Hill. The Billies were 3-0 in league and 12-2 overall and ranked No. 7 in the state. One of the Bulldog’s losses occurred in their only league game versus Pleasant Hill on Tuesday, April 19. The Bulldogs were beaten by a score of 16-0. The Creswell girls have experienced being on the other side of the scoreboard however, with big wins earlier in April against Junction City (15-6), Sutherlin (21-3) and Siuslaw (23-1).

Fridays’ doubleheader was a very disappointing one for Creswell as Pleasant Hill dominated the Bulldogs by scores of 12-0 and 15-0. The Billies’ sophomore ace Karley Bloxham hurled shutouts in both games, allowing one hit in the first game, and no hits in the second. In the first game the Pleasant Hill bats produced 11 hits. Lizabelle Osborn’s triple in the fourth inning was the only base hit for the Bulldogs.

It will take some big improvement this week to get back on the winning track, and it probably won’t get easier with three games on tap vs. No. 6 ranked Harrisburg/Mohawk.