The Roseburg High softball team has compiled 39 hits and 32 runs during its current four-game win streak.
Can the Indians keep it going with the bats during the final month of the season?
Despite leaving 10 runners on base, Roseburg made plenty of quality swings in a 5-0 nonleague win over Eagle Point on Tuesday at Stewart Park.
Senior shortstop Megan Larkin went 2-for-3 — highlighted by a two-run homer to centerfield in the fourth inning — to lead the Indians (9-3 overall), who finished with nine hits. Makinna Akers was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Allyssa Hunt contributed a two-run single.
“We hit the ball pretty good today,” said Roseburg coach Tony Campos. “I was excited with the opportunities we had with runners in scoring position. We left 10 on and that was a little disappointing, but Eagle Point just made plays on defense. We hit the ball hard, but just at them.”
“We’ve been working on our hitting a lot in practice ... timing off the tee and in the cages,” said Roseburg junior outfielder Jessa Perkinson. “I definitely think we’ve gotten more aggressive, which is good. That gives us some confidence we can hit the ball. We did our jobs today and made contact.”
Larkin, who entered the game hitting a team-high .378, ripped a McKenzie Merrill pitch over the 200-foot fence in the fourth to score pinch-runner Jayde McDowell and give the Tribe its final runs of the contest. It was Larkin’s second round-tripper of the season.
“I wish it would’ve been an inning before when we had the bases loaded,” Campos said. “They were throwing us inside and Megan hit that ball into the wind and hit it hard.”
Sydney Reynolds, Jacey Conklin, Baylee Wyscaver and Mason Seely also had hits for the Indians.
In the pitcher’s circle, senior right-hander Makinna Akers will usually keep the Indians in the game. She tossed a one-hitter against the Eagles (10-7), striking out 14 and walking two. Neeshaa Garcia-Patterson had the only hit, doubling down the rightfield line.
Akers has fanned 101 batters and walked 14 and allowed 15 earned runs in 79 2/3 innings on the season.
The Indians resume Southern Oregon Hybrid play Saturday, hosting Crater in a twin bill beginning at noon. Defending state champion North Medford leads the race at 6-0, followed by Roseburg at 4-1.
“Crater lost a lot of seniors, but they’re well-coached and we’ll have to come and play with energy,” Campos said. “We can’t just assume we’re going to step on the field and win. They’ll come to play, trust me.”
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Merrill and Grady; Akers and Conklin. WP — Akers (9-3). LP — Merrill. HR — Larkin (R). 2B — Garcia-Patterson (EP).