Roseburg tuned up for a key Southern Oregon Hybrid softball doubleheader with defending state champion North Medford with its most productive offensive performance of the season against Sheldon Tuesday at Stewart Park.
The Indians finished with season highs in hits and runs, exploding for 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning as it crushed the Irish 15-0 in a nonleague game.
Roseburg (12-3 overall) won its seventh straight contest. The Tribe is one game back of the Black Tornado in the SOH race at 6-1, and the two clubs meet Friday in Medford beginning at 2 p.m. North Medford — which defeated the Indians 6-1 in Roseburg on April 8 — is ranked No. 2 and Roseburg No. 9 in the OSAA 6A power rankings.
“Our confidence is really high,” said Roseburg senior second baseman Sydney Reynolds, who led Tuesday’s rout with a 4-for-4 effort. “We know we can do it, we want to do it. We have to be aggressive (against North). We’ve seen Maryssa (Becker, North pitcher) a bunch of times and know we have to lay off her riseball, but need to be aggressive when we get ahead in the count.”
The Indians sent 16 batters to the plate in the first, stroking 10 hits and were aided by three errors and two walks by Sheldon (9-8). Makinna Akers had two hits in the inning, including a three-run homer to left field, and Reynolds and Allyssa Hunt each had a pair of hits.
Game, set, match.
“That was nice. It was nice getting that big of a lead,” Reynolds said. “Everyone was hitting, everyone was excited. Nice weather ... nice having that positive energy and a big confidence boost.”
“Our girls are really hitting the ball,” said RHS coach Tony Campos. “We’ve been doing a lot of different things and the girls are getting a lot of confidence at the plate.
“We want to be aggressive, because most pitchers are trying to get ahead in the count. When we go down to North Medford, if we’re not ready on the first pitch, you’re not going to have much to swing at after that. We need to make sure we at least shorten up (our swings) and try to put the ball in play and put some pressure on their defense.”
Akers went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, freshman Baylee Wyscaver was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and Hunt 2-for-4.
Akers, who has four homers on the season, raised her batting average to .413.
Sahalie Doe had two of Sheldon’s three hits.
Akers and Hunt shared the pitching duties, with Hunt tossing the final 2 2/3 innings to pick up her first win of the season.
Sheldon 000 00 — 0 3 7
Roseburg (10)50 0x — 15 14 0
Radloff, Montoya (3) and Walker; Akers, Hunt (3) and Conklin. WP — Hunt (1-0). LP — Radloff. HR — Akers (R).