Tigers drub Bowmen
Coming off a key 4-1 win over Lake Oswego to open the week, the Newberg softball team got on a roll at home versus Sherwood last week, pasting the Bowmen 11-0.
"It was our best game of the season," NHS coach Angela Stutzman said. "It's taken time for them to learn to work together. We've got a bunch of new girls on the team and just had some learning to do, I guess."
Stutzman said the Tigers finally played well in all phases for a whole game, beginning with freshman pitcher Breanna Hilton, who allowed two hits and one walk with three strikeouts in a six-inning complete game performance.
"She kept them on their toes the whole game,"" Stutzman said. "She was great."
Newberg broke through offensively with a pair of runs in the third inning, then added four in the fourth to build a comfortable lead. The Tigers collected 11 hits on the day, as Giselle Benetti and Sam Teran had outstanding performances at the plate.
Benettie went three-for-three with an walk, one RBI and two runs scored. Teran went three-for-four with four RBIs and one run.
"They did a great job base running where Sherwood would make an error and they would capitalize and gain extra bases every time," Stutzman said. "They were just really on top of their game."
Freshman Ruthie Carsley put the icing on top of a sweet victory, launching a two run-home run in the bottom of the sixth that invoked the mercy rule, making it a walk off in addition to her first career dinger.
"It's taken us a while to get to where we are," Stutzman said. "Sherwood was definitely everything put together. Our defense was solid. Our offense was solid. Everything was perfect."
The Tigers returned to earth a bit in an 11-3 home loss to Canby Friday and put up a good fight before No. 1 Tualatin pulled away for a 10-0 victory Monday.
But with the preceding back-to-back wins, Newberg at least put itself in contention for a play-in game, as its ranking sat at No. 38 heading into Wednesday's home contest versus West Linn. The Tigers will close out the regular season Friday at Lakeridge.
"My seniors are doing a really great job," Stutzman said. "McKenzie Plummer is just a great hitter and so great to have. When Kendra (Gooding) broke her wrist, we called up freshman Lorelei Kern and she is killing it. Sam (Teran) is a solid center fielder and she definitely holds the team together very well."