UNION SOFTBALL RIDES BIG INNING TO SWEEP

April 23, 2003 12:00 am
GETTING READY TO FIRE:Union catcher April Savely prepares to throw out a Weston-McEwen runner during the Bobcats'    doubleheader sweep Tuesday. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).
GETTING READY TO FIRE:Union catcher April Savely prepares to throw out a Weston-McEwen runner during the Bobcats' doubleheader sweep Tuesday. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).

By Raenelle Kwock

Observer Staff Writer

UNION — The Union softball girls picked up their first Eastern Oregon League sweep over the visiting Weston-McEwen TigerScots Tuesday.

The Bobcats won the first game by a score of 5-2 then had to come from behind to win game two, 8-4.

"We didn't play perfect," Union coach Steve Robertson said. "We did what we needed to do."

The Bobcats (3-1 league) relied on many bats to get the sweep from the TigerScots (3-3 league).

Game two was a perfect example of that.

Down 2-0, the Bobcats rallied back with six runs in the fourth to seize control.

April Savely got things rolling with a hit that landed near the fence. She slipped rounding first base. Coach Robertson then inserted pinch runner Randa Williams.

Colbi Robertson hit a single to move Williams over to third. Robertson got thrown out at first.

Then, the Bobcats got five hits in a row. Jana Brotherton continued the rally with a hit followed by a bunt from DeeAnna Hall, and singles from Angie Collins, Jennifer Sasser and Lena Weitlauf.

Sasser's single drove in Brotherton to put the Bobcats ahead 4-3. Two plays later, Weitlauf stole home to increase the lead to 6-3.

"It's contagious," coach Robertson said about the big inning. "Somebody starts (hitting) and then everyone else keeps it going."

In the bottom of the fifth, Brotherton stretched a would-be single into a triple. Hall bunted in Brotherton for another run to make the score 7-4.

Coach Robertson said one of the keys to the sweep was the play of the outfield — left fielder Kallin Prince, center fielder Colbi Robertson and right fielder Mallory Wike.

"The outfielders had a great day," Coach Robertson said.

Sasser went the distance on the mound to pick up two wins. She had 10 strikeouts and three walks on the day.

The Bobcats host Elgin at 11 a.m. Saturday in a league doubleheader.

Weston-McEwen 000 000 2 — 2 2 3

Union 110 012 x — 5 6 3

Chalmers and Harris; Sasser and Savely. WP — Sasser. LP — Chalmers.

Union hits — Helmer, Prince, Savely, Brotherton 2, Wike. 2B — Brotherton. RBI — Savely.

Weston-McEwen 110 100 1 — 4 3 0

Union 000 611 x — 8 14 5

Sasser and Savely. WP — Sasser.

Union hits — Prince 2, Savely 2, Brotherton 3, Hall 2, Collins 2, Sasser, Weitlauf 2. 2B — Brotherton. 3B — Brotherton. RBI — Savely, Brotherton 2, Hall, Sasser, Collins.