WINSTON — Ana Dupper helped the Douglas High softball team to a doubleheader split against first-place Sutherlin with her final pitches of Friday evening.
What she could not have known at the time was they might also have been the final pitches she’ll throw in a Trojans uniform.
The senior slid awkwardly back to third base and injured her ankle in the bottom of the seventh inning of a tied-up Game 2. After a delay of about 30 minutes, Shailee Holcomb bounced a single up the middle to bring home Dupper’s pinch-runner and give the Trojans an 11-10 victory.
Sutherlin won the opener, 7-2. The Bulldogs later trailed 8-1 in the nightcap, but chipped away at the lead until loading the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh, down 10-8.
That’s when Douglas coach Jake Leair called on Dupper, who actually started the game on the mound but gave way to Brittany Deaver in the fifth. Dupper returned, though, and recorded three outs while holding the Bulldogs to two runs.
Dupper then got the Trojans going in the bottom of the frame by drawing a walk, but the game-winning rally seemed moot when she hurt minutes later.
The ankle turned out not to be broken as the Trojans originally feared, but Leair said it was “badly” sprained. He added that he hoped she could return in some capacity, but she is unlikely to pitch again because the ankle injured (right) is the one she uses to drive off the mound.
“It was an emotionally draining day for everyone,” Leair said. “To have those types of games, and then to see a senior go down in the middle of it was really tough. She’s as tough as they come, too, so we knew it wasn’t good.”
Sutherlin (8-8 overall) remained in first place in the Far West League at 5-1, but Douglas (9-4) is a game behind at 4-2.
Sutherlin’s star pitcher, Cheylin Malinoff, stole the spotlight in the opener. She held the Trojans to three hits, struck out six and walked two. Kylie Atterbury launched a two-run homer in the first innings and Kelsea Knee hit a go-ahead two-run single in the second.
Atterbury also doubled during both games. Caylin Hobgood had three hits while Malinoff (two RBIs) and Knee had two each in the opener.
The Trojans’ Justine Bringhurst was the offensive star of the day, however. She went 6-for-7 with two doubles, including a 4-for-5 effort in Game 2 as Sadie Birch and Geniva Johnson put the Trojans up big with a pair of two-run homers. Mikala Dupper (two doubles) and Ana Dupper (one double) both went 2-for-4.
Knee was the biggest reason Sutherlin got back in the game, knocking two doubles and a single for four RBIs. Paris Smith also two hits and two RBIs to her credit.
Holcomb’s seventh-inning bouncer was ultimately the difference, though, making Ana Dupper a winner on the mound for possibly the last time.
Sutherlin plays Tuesday at Brookings in FWL play while Douglas will be playing at South Umpqua after a nonleague game Monday at Glide.
Sutherlin 230 010 1 — 7 11 1
Douglas 200 000 0 — 2 3 7
Malinoff and Kress; Holcomb and M. Dupper. WP — Malinoff. LP — Holcomb. HR — Atterbury (S). 2B — Atterbury (S), Bringhurst (D), Birch (D).
Sutherlin 001 241 2 — 10 9 4
Douglas 323 110 1 — 11 14 3
Malinoff, Smith (3), Malinoff (6) and Kress; A. Dupper, Deaver (5), A. Dupper (7) and M. Dupper. WP — Dupper. LP — Smith. HR — Johnson (D), Birch (D). 2B — Knee 2 (S), Smith (S), Atterbury (S), M. Dupper 2 (D), Schofield (D), Bringhurst (D), A. Dupper (D).
South Umpqua 8-9
North Bend 1-0
TRI CITY — The Lancers needed a pair of wins to even their Far West League record and got them, giving up just six hits on the day and collecting some big ones of their own.
The first was courtesy of Renae Schofield, who hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning of Game 1 to give the Lancers (4-10 overall, 3-3 FWL) a 3-0 lead. Bri Bohnenkamp added an RBI double and Schofield did the rest on the mound, striking out eight and issuing two walks in a complete game three-hitter.
Lexi Westbrooks pitched Game 2 and was just as effective with three strikeouts and one walk.
Payton Paulson drove in two runs on three hits, including a double, and Morgynne Cupp went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
North Bend fell to 6-9 overall and 1-5 in FWL action.
North Bend 000 001 0 — 1 3 7
South Umpqua 000 305 x — 8 9 0
Cook and Carroll; Schofield and Bohnenkamp. WP — Schofield. LP — Cook. HR — Schofield (SU). 2B — Bohnenkamp (SU).
North Bend 000 000 0 — 0 3 7
South Umpqua 310 302 x — 9 7 1
Cook and Carroll; Westbrooks and Bohnenkamp. WP — Westbrooks. LP — Cook. 2B — Carroll (NB), Stents (NB), Paulson (SU).