Roseburg High softball coach Tony Campos wasn’t pleased with how his team finished the first game against South Medford, despite a 7-4 win by the Indians.
The start of the nightcap was more to Campos’ liking, though.
The Indians exploded for 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning and whipped the Panthers 11-0 in five innings, completing a Southern Oregon Hybrid doubleheader sweep Saturday afternoon at Stewart Park.
Roseburg improved to 4-1 in conference play and 8-3 overall, while South dropped to 1-5 and 4-13. The Indians are one game behind North Medford in the SOH race.
“We had a long conversation between games,” said Campos. “I saw (in the first game) we got up and definitely let ’em back in it, we didn’t play with energy and enthusiasm and gave them the momentum (going into the second game). But we did a good job in the first inning. We hit the ball hard.”
Roseburg sent 16 batters to the plate in the first, chasing South starter Rachael Moore after she could only get one out. The Tribe stroked six hits and took advantage of five walks and one hit by pitch, with Sydney Reynolds and Megan Larkin each getting two hits in the frame.
“We seem to have one or two innings where we have a little slump and (Campos) told us we had to focus and get our energy back up,” said Larkin, a senior shortstop who had four hits on the day. “That (first inning) was fun, kind of phenomenal.”
Reynolds ignited the big inning, ripping a double to left-centerfield to score pinch-runner Jayde McDowell, who was summoned after Akers led off with a walk. Larkin followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0 and the Indians were on their way.
Jessa Perkinson, Akers and Allyssa Hunt added run-scoring singles, and Chelsey Luiz had an RBI walk to deflate the Panthers.
“I’m happy. We played well, played as a team,” Hunt said. “We let one mistake get to us in the first game, but came back. We weren’t swinging at bad pitches and waited for our pitch. We’re still not as consistent as we should be (offensively) ... we should have more big innings.”
Akers went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, while Reynolds and Larkin both were 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Akers took care of business in the circle, allowing two hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.
“Makinna threw better in the second game,” Campos said. “Her pitches were working a lot better. She threw more dropballs and changeups.”
In the opener, Roseburg led 7-0 before the Panthers made it interesting with two runs each in the fifth and seventh innings. Hunt was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Larkin 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs to lead the Tribe’s nine-hit attack.
Akers gave up six hits, fanning nine and walking two. Krystal Williams had two hits in three at-bats and Moore was 2-for-4 for the Panthers.
S. Medford 000 020 2 — 4 6 4
Roseburg 213 100 x — 7 9 1
Newman and Garrett; Akers and Conklin. WP — Akers (7-3). LP — Newman. 3B — Larkin (R).
S. Medford 000 00 — 0 2 1
Roseburg (11)00 0x — 11 8 1
Moore, Newman (1) and Garrett; Akers and Conklin. WP — Akers (8-3). LP — Moore. 2B — Williams (SM), Reynolds (R).