In the late part of March, the Bulldogs softball team ran into a bit of a speed bump by dropping three games in a row and being held to five runs per game while opponents averaged 13 in that same span. But to start the second week of April, Creswell bounced back in a big way by dominating their opponents Siuslaw and Junction City, beating the Vikings 23-1 and beating the Tigers 15-6.
“That three game skid was kind of a rough go there,” said Head Coach Scott Worsham. “And it’s nice for the girls to come back and really play some good softball. So, it was great to see we’re kind of back to where we started earlier in the season, back to hitting the ball well, playing good defense, good pitching and just all around back to playing solid softball.”
Hope Ukolov led the Bulldogs in the circle, pitching a complete game and totaling five strikeouts on a very efficient strike percentage with 67 percent. Four Creswell players also finished their day with multiple RBI’s, Dakota Carson, Lauren Bailey, Abbe Grubbs and Leaghanna Sharp each drove in multiple runs with Grubbs bringing in a team high of four.
“Against Junction City I thought the girls came out from the get-go and just hit the ball hard,” said Worsham. “We talked about how we haven’t been able to hit the ball with a lot of power and so it was nice to see girls just really barrel on the ball and hitting doubles offensively.”
The base paths were busy early and often with the opening frame seeing a total of five runs between both teams but Creswell getting out to the early 3-2 lead. The Bulldogs got another three-run inning on the board with Grubbs hitting a double to center field and bringing home Bailey and Sharp to increase the lead to 6-2.
Junction City was able to keep the game within three runs until the top of the sixth inning when Creswell was able to break the game open and score four more runs to wrap up their win.
Sharp hit a line drive to center field to bring in Gabby Halgren and Tailey Carson. Grubbs brought in two more runs later in the inning with a double of her own and Creswell now holding a seven-run advantage 13-6.
The Bulldogs tacked on two more runs in the final inning to close out their win in a dominant fashion 15-6.
“I’m hoping that our girls stay that aggressive at the plate,” said Worsham. “I thought our girls did a great job of finding their pitch and being aggressive early in the counts and I hope we can stay hot like that and be hungry when runners are in scoring position and bring them in.”
Creswell will try to keep their positive momentum rolling as play the Sutherlin Bulldogs three times in the next week with a double header on Friday, April 15 at 2:00 and 3:30 p.m.