The Lions softball season got underway in not the most ideal conditions and against some stiff competition in Harrisburg who was ranked in the pre-season top 10 for 3A. Cottage Grove struggled early in the first game giving up nine runs in the first inning to Harrisburg. But despite the early deficit, the Lions still battled the rest of the way and were able to put up five runs.
“What really impressed me about the girls was their resiliency,” said Head Coach Adam Dimock. “So in the first game Harrisburg scored nine runs in the first inning. And they could have kind of given up right there and it could have gotten really ugly, but they actually made it a ballgame. And ultimately we still lost, but they didn’t give up and they still competed with the other team. So that’s a big thing that I take away from them is I think they’re really determined.”
Following their 13-5 loss against Harrisburg, Cottage Grove traveled to Pleasant Hill on Friday March 18 to face the Billies.
The Lions turned in a solid pitching and defensive performance only having one error on the game and giving up only three runs. But offensively the bats couldn’t find rhythm and the Billies came away with a close win 3-0 over Cottage Grove.
“I think the big takeaway from the last game was just that we need to get our timing down,” said Dimock. “We struggled hitting, defensively we played a really good game. But moving forward, we just need to get the bats going.”
Cottage Grove will have played a rematch against Pleasant Hill with the results to be determined after The Sentinel’s press time. But will have a double header against Douglas on March 24 at noon and 2:30 p.m.