Canby softball team sees win streak snapped
Canby—The Cougars had won three straight games, and were coming into the game against Barlow confident. The team had bested the Bruins last season by a score of 10-1 last year, and looked to repeat in the same manner this season. However, it was not to be. Canby fell to the Bruins 11-4 on Monday, April 4.
Canby saw its winning streak snapped and fell to 6-3 overall. Barlow meanwhile moves to 6-4 overall, and establishes its own three game win streak.
"I thought we came out slow but I liked the fact that we didn't quit and we kept going," Canby head coach Jennifer Peterson said. "It's nice to see them get out there and still go for it and try."
"We weren't expecting to be that dominant that quick," Barlow head coach Rob Gehrke said. "That's a good team, they beat us pretty good last year. So we were just confident coming into the game. We've been hitting the ball pretty well, and we put the ball in play and put the pressure on them."
The opening innings of the game was as disastrous for the Cougars as could have happened. Barlow got two runners to home plate in the first inning, including junior Alexa Bailey and freshman Sammie Pemberton. Canby caught a pair of fly-outs and nabbed Barlow's final batter of the inning at first, but were unable to get anything going offensively. It would only get tougher in the second inning.
Barlow suffered an out right off the bat, but after eight successive batters the Bruins put five runs up on the scoreboard. Pemberton hit a double that brought in a Barlow runner, and another double from sophomore Lexi Geary brought in two more runners. Barlow was doing what it wanted offensively against Canby's defense. By the bottom of the second inning, it was Barlow in a commanding lead 7-0.
"Unfortunately we got ourselves down in a hole off of some errors, and so we talked about that," Peterson said. "When somebody makes an error, you have to come back and not make an error yourself. So we talked about that and picking each other up. I think we're doing a better job of coming together as a team and picking each other up when that does happen."
Canby gave up two more runs at the top of the third, but began to right ship in the latter half of the inning. Hits from senior Mya Pottratz and senior Cassidy Posey positioned the runners on third and second respectively, and a double from senior Bailey Shorter brought her fellow seniors in. Canby was on the board.
At the top of the fourth, sophomore Ruby Kayser took to the mound and the Canby defense fielded two outs at first and caught a fly ball in the outfield to shut down the Barlow offense in three. The Bruins returned the favor, and Canby was up at the mound again.
Kayser did well at the mound over the course of four innings. Only one run went in against her, and she recorded the only strikeout for the team.
In the bottom of the fifth, Canby senior Emily Hewitt hit a triple, and was brought in by Pottratz one batter later. In the sixth inning, the Cougars would record their final run of the game with senior Savannah Tuli being brought in on freshman Kellie Peters hit.
Also of note in the game, junior Kamryn Mobley had three hits for four at-bats for the Cougars, and collected three total bases. Canby's third baseman thought that the team perhaps did not take the Barlow team as serious as they should have.
"I think we came in open minded," Mobley said. "I don't think we remembered a whole lot about playing them last year. I think we came in open minded knowing we were going to have to work like we usually do, but I think we underestimated them a little bit."
The Cougars move on to face Gresham (1-8) on Wednesday, April 4. Barlow is set to face off against an amalgam of players from The Dalles, South Wasco County, Dufur, and Sherman (5-4-1) on the same day.