The Union/Cove Ladycats softball team scored six runs in the first inning to take control in its season opener on the way to a 13-3 win over the Enterprise Outlaws Tuesday in Union.
“It was a great game for us,” Union/Cove Head Coach Paul Phillips said. “We made some mistakes in the top of (the fifth inning), but other than that we played great ball. Callie (Glenn) threw a great game for us (and) our bats came alive.”
Glenn, one of five freshmen — three of whom played Tuesday — on a young Union/Cove squad that has no seniors, didn’t seem to show any nerves in her first high school start.
“She’s got four pitches, and she was working all four of them. She did a great job,” Phillips said.
Glenn struck out three of the first four batters she faced and finished with seven strikeouts while allowing just one hit in four innings. Five of the batters she struck out were caught looking.
“I think it was a really good team effort. Everyone made great plays, and no one had a bad game,” Glenn said. “I am pretty happy (with how I pitched). I think for my first game it went pretty well.”
The offense, meanwhile, took off right away as Union/Cove scored six runs in the first inning and surged out to a 12-0 lead after three innings.
The Ladycats hit the ball well and were advantageous in the first inning, using three Enterprise errors to help boost the fast start. Taylar Daggett, who finished with four RBIs, hit a two-run single to open the scoring, and Kylie Marriott followed with a two-run double for a quick 4-0 lead. Two batters later, Kaylee Lantis reached on an error, which allowed two more runs to score for a six-run edge.
Kylie Bruce’s RBI double highlighted a three-run second inning for a 9-0 lead, and an RBI single by Daggett — sandwiched between two bases-loaded hit batters — extended the margin to 12 runs after three frames.
“I feel like our bats were pretty good,” Daggett said. “They kept us in it. Callie’s pitching was on point tonight.”
Glenn, also a force at the plate with two hits, tripled and scored in the fourth for Union/Cove’s final run.
Daggett finished with two hits. Kaylin Nowak and Harley Creech both scored three times, and Glenn and Marriott scored twice.
The Outlaws, who didn’t collect a hit until the third inning, finally got on the board in the fifth when they scored three runs — all with two outs. Claire Farwell, who had two hits, reached on a triple and was able to score from third on an error on the play. Rylin Kirkland followed with an RBI single two batters later and scored when Samantha McFarland reached on an error before the Ladycats got the final out for a five-inning win.
Enterprise Head Coach Gary Gassett said he was “not unhappy” with the way his team played, especially considering the Outlaws had yet to step outdoors for practice with snowy conditions still
lingering in Enterprise.
“Obviously I wish we would have played a little better, but we didn’t make many errors. We haven’t seen live pitching either, so I’m happy we got a couple runs,” Gassett said. “It was nice to actually watch the pitchers and get some work in against live hitting, and get some ground balls and fly balls.”
Lexie Gassett and Liz Rowley pitched two innings each for the Outlaws. Gassett, the starter, was charged with nine runs, but gave up just three hits, walked three batters and struck out one.
Union/Cove (1-0 overall) faces Sutherlin and Clatskanie to open the Grant Union Tournament Tuesday, while Enterprise (0-1) travels to face Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii Friday.