Lions Softball extends win streak

Kendrick Murphy/CG Sentinel

Offensive woes continue to be a thing of the past for the Lions softball team who have been on a roll lately and white hot in the batter’s box. Cottage Grove extended their winning streak to six games after sweeping Springfield in a doubleheader 16-0 and 21-0 continuing their recent wins in dominant fashion. 

“I think chemistry is the biggest thing right now,” said Head Coach Adam Dimock. “There’s some really good chemistry, the girls are playing loose, they’re having fun and they’re just having a good time. They’re just meshing together and they’re doing well.”

During the winning streak, the Lions have scored over 10 runs every game aside from one and are averaging over 14 runs per contest.

On top of their offensive explosion the Lions have run-ruled their opponents three times and even seen a couple of home runs driven over the fence by senior Peyton Baird and junior Haylee Sowa in their 15-5 win over La Pine.

“I mean honestly it didn’t really surprise me,” said Dimock about the home runs. “I saw it coming, both those girls swing for power and I’ve seen them do stuff like that in practice, and it’s just really cool to see them execute that in a game. It was just really fun to be in those moments and get to see the excitement of the other girls.”

As of The Sentinels press time, Cottage Grove sits atop the Sky-Em league with total runs scored with 95 and holding down a top 10 ranking in the OSAA polls. 

“I saw in these girls before the season started what they were capable of,” said Dimock. “So, it didn’t really surprise me. But at the same time if you said that we at the end of the non-league games were at 6-3. I think a lot of people would have been really surprised. I just think that it’s a good steppingstone going into the next part of the season and hopefully we can carry on what we’ve done going forward.”

The road will seemingly get tougher as Sky-Em play gets under way. Cottage Grove will enjoy a few days off before league gets started with a trip to Marshfield on April 12. That will be followed by a doubleheader later in the week against Elmira on Friday, April 15 at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.