Lady Cats scuttle Pirates, play for state title
The Observer staff
PERRYDALE — The Union/Cove softball team is one win away from capturing a state title.
The Lady Cats pounded Perrydale 11-0 Tuesday in the 2A/1A semifinals and will now take on Yoncalla in the title game Friday in Corvallis.
“Were just focused on what we needed to do,” Union/Cove head coach Paul Phillips said. “We played good, sound softball all day.”
Keesha Sarman got Union/Cove on the board with a two-run double in the first inning.
Dani Sturm followed up with an RBI triple before Kindra Moore laced an RBI single to make it a 4-0 Lady Cat lead.
“We started out just crushing the ball,” Phillips said.
Union/Cove added two more runs in the second and five in the fifth.
Sturm, meanwhile, was steady on the mound. The senior struck out four and allowed just one hit and two base runners over five innings.
No Perrydale player made it past second base.
Union/Cove finished with 14 hits, led by Sarman’s 3-for-3 effort. She had a double, two singles and four RBIs. Sturm went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while Jaiden Wright was 2-for-4 with a double. Amber Fiorito had two RBIs and Kaci Langford was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
“We hit the ball one through nine,” Phillips said. “We brought our A-game.”
The Lady Cats will now compete for a state championship Friday at 1 p.m.
“I’m just gonna enjoy the moment and worry about scouting reports later,” Phillips said.
“It’s been a great time. This has been a goal of ours since the start of the year.”
The Eagles (25-4) emerged victorious in the battle between Special District 2 rivals in the other semifinals, handing Glendale a 6-5 loss.