Chloe Hanson pitched well as usual, striking out seven batters including the first three of the first inning. Coach Mark Jolliffe pointed out that she “only gave up one earned run.” Neither team scored until the third inning when both teams sent two runners around the bases in turn. The score remained tied until near the end of the fifth when the Eagles went ahead by one. But a couple errors in the sixth allowed the Grants Pass girls to collect two runs and gain the lead.
Catcher Christine McCready was responsible for every out in the top of the third, catching a foul from the first batter and making an odd double play later. She caught the ball with her foot on the base, dropped it, and grabbed it in time to tag out a second runner on her way home.
In the seventh inning, Candace Rodgers dove into the dirt to catch a ball that was traveling fast and low to the ground. Remarking on the feat Coach Jolliffe responded simply, “that’s what she can do.” Jolliffe went on to compliment the performance of Megan Cowden who had two RBI base hits, as well as Jenna Richardson who accomplished some “really heads-up stuff” on defense. Although they lost this game, their record includes a victory over Roseburg by 1-0, as well as winning one of two games over Mazama,
By Michael Stephens
Of the Independent