Lady Cats stay hot, beat Cougs

By Observer staff April 17, 2013 01:36 pm

The Observer staff

WALLOWA — The Union/Cove softball team continued to roll on Tuesday with a 12-0, five inning victory over Wallowa.

Starting pitcher Dani Sturm didn’t allow a hit in her five innings of work. She struck out seven and walked one. Union/Cove also committed one error.

After a scoreless first inning, the Lady Cats exploded for seven runs in the second inning.

They added three more in the third and two in the fourth.

Kaci Langford hit a 2-run home run in the victory. Amber Fiorito went 2-for-4 with two doubles, while Carsyn Roberts was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple. 

Jaiden Wright added a triple, and both Chelsie Houck and Sarah Good had a double.

“After Kaci’s home run the flood gates kind of opened after that,” Union/Cove head coach Paul Phillips said. “That second time through the order, once we got our timing down, we really hit the ball well.”

Union/Cove had 11 hits and took advantage of six Wallowa errors.

Madison Lindsey took the loss for the Lady Cougs. She went five innings and walked three.

Union/Cove is now 13-1 overall on the season and 4-0 in Special District 6 play. The Lady Cats were ranked No. 1 in the OSAA polls but dropped to No. 2 after beating the 34th-ranked Cougs.

Heppner/Ione, at 10-3, is ranked No. 1 in the latest standings. Union/Cove defeated the Mustangs 5-4 earlier this season.

The Lady Cats have today off before returning to action Thursday when they host Wallowa for a league doubleheader.

First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.