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Union/Cove’s Carsyn Roberts (above) slides into third base during Game 1 of the Lady Cats’ sweep over Wallowa on Thursday at the Union Sports Complex. Casey Kellas/The Observer
Union/Cove softball team hammers Wallowa in district contests
by Casey Kellas/The Observer
UNION — The Union/Cove softball team made it three wins in a week over Special District 6 rival Wallowa on Thursday. The Lady Cats swept the Cougars 13-1, 22-0 just two days after defeating WHS in a single game.
Union/Cove is now 15-1 overall and 6-1 in district, while Wallowa is 0-5.
“It was just a good day for us,” Union/Cove head coach Paul Phillips said. “Our pitchers did a good job for us. As a team we did a good job all the way around.”
Wallowa jumped on the board first in Game 1 when Macey Frei doubled to right-centerfield to bring home Effie Burns.
But Union/Cove responded in the bottom of the first inning with three runs of its own. A Keesha Sarman RBI single tied the game, followed by a two-run home run by Amber Fiorito to make it a 3-1 Lady Cat lead.
From there it was all Union/Cove.
An RBI triple by Carsyn Roberts made it 4-1 in the second inning, before a Sarman home run in the fifth stretched the lead to 5-1. The Lady Cats added three more runs in the inning and five in the fourth inning before going on to win.
Freshman Jaiden Wright got the win, going five innings and striking out seven. Sarman and Fiorito both went 3-for-3 at the plate, while Roberts, Sturm and Chelsie Houck had two hits each.
Union/Cove put on a hitting clinic in Game 2.
The Lady Cats scored 10 first-inning runs, highlighted by Fiorito’s second two-run homer of the afternoon.
“Amber just hit the ball really well,” Phillips said.
Union/Cove scored five more runs in the second inning and six runs in the third to cap the scoring.
“I think today was just pitch selection,” Phillips said of his team’s success at the plate. “We had to stay back, stay back and once we got the timing it was a matter of picking a pitch you could handle and (the players) did a good job of that.”
Roberts was stellar on the mound. She went five innings and struck out three while allowing just three hits.
Roberts, Dani Sturm, Fiorito, Hailey Hulse and Hannah Hulse all had multiple hits for Union/Cove.
Madison Lindsey, Taylor Harshfield and Burns all recorded hits for the Cougs.
Despite the Lady Cats’ record and 13 straight victories, they are getting no love in the OSAA’s ranking. Union/Cove started the week ranked No. 1, but after three wins over Wallowa this week, the Lady Cats have fallen to No. 3 in the 2A/1A standings.
“We’re just going to keep falling unfortunately,” Phillips said. “We’re a product of our league.”
Union/Cove will play Grant Union April 27 for its next contest. Wallowa hosts the Prospectors April 26 for a doubleheader.