The Creswell softball program started strong in their first two contests, picking up two wins against Oakland and Bandon, but Elmira played road spoiler and gave the Bulldogs their first loss on the season 16-8.
All but three Elmira players recorded multiple hits as the Falcons totaled 19 hits in the win and Creswell pitcher Hope Ukolov was tagged with 10 earned runs.
Creswell got on the scoreboard first, scoring two runs in the opening inning after Dakota Carson’s sacrifice fly to center brought in Ukolov. But Elmira responded swiftly in the top of the second, ringing up seven runs to take the 7-2 lead on the home Bulldogs.
A double, single and error scored three more runs for the Falcons in the top of the third inning giving Elmira a big 10-2 lead. In the bottom half of the same inning Leaghanna Sharp got the three runs back for Creswell after hitting a bases loaded double to bring all the runners across the plate making the score 10-5.
Unfortunately, Elmira kept rolling, scoring three more runs the ensuing inning and pushing their lead back to eight.
Kayla St. Sauver got two more Creswell runs across home after hitting the ball to center field, scoring Gabby Halgren and Emmalee Stevens. But Elmira had built enough of a cushion and came away with the win 16-8 over Creswell.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on the road at Douglas on April 1 at 4:30 p.m.