It wasn’t the most inspiring performance by the Roseburg High softball team Wednesday, but it didn’t need to be.

There was no do-or-die situation for the Indians, who hosted Sprague of Salem in a tune-up game for the OSAA Class 6A playoffs. Roseburg scored all of its runs in the opening two innings with two outs and shut out the Olympians, 6-0, at Stewart Park.

The 15th-seeded Indians (16-9 overall) meet No. 18 Roosevelt (20-6) at 4 p.m. Monday at home in a first-round game.

“We came out with a win. I think we could have put in a little more effort,” admitted Roseburg senior second baseman Alexa Ligon. “Everybody kind of came out tired today. We were a little shaky on defense and our offense could’ve been better as well. But we got the hits when we needed them and held them at the plate.”

The Indians finished with nine hits off Sprague right-hander Shae Barna and Roseburg’s Madysn Blevins tossed a four-hitter en route to her fourth shutout of the season.

“We didn’t hit the gas pedal like we should’ve,” surmised RHS junior shortstop Marinda Carlyle. “We should’ve really 10-runned that team. As soon as we came out with those hits in the first two innings we didn’t accomplish any more. We really need to work on getting those hits towards the end of the game because that’s not going to take us very far in the playoffs.”

Ligon and Samie Bergmann each went 2-for-3 for the Tribe, while Katie Ladd was 2-for-4. Blevins was 1-for-2 with a walk, ripping a two-run homer.

“Overall, it was one of those cruise control games,” said Roseburg coach Brad Deaver. “Our pitcher (Blevins) was more overpowering to their hitters, but we still need to clean it up on defense. We have to pick up that energy for the playoffs.”

Blevins, a junior right-hander, struck out six and walked none against the Olympians (11-14), the sixth-place team out of the Greater Valley Conference.

The Indians opened with a four-run first inning behind four hits, two walks and one error. Hannah Goodin stroked a two-run single and Ligon contributed a run-scoring single in the inning.

In the second, Bergmann singled and Blevins followed with her two-run blast for a 6-0 advantage.

Sprague had scoring opportunities in the fourth and seventh innings, but was turned away. In the seventh, the Olympians had runners on first and second with one out, but Blevins fanned the last two batters to end the contest.

Sprague 000 000 0 — 0 4 2

Roseburg 420 000 x — 6 9 3

Barna and Lenaburg; Blevins and Bergmann. WP — Blevins (16-9). LP — Barna. 2B — Munger (S), Ladd (R), Allen (R). HR — Blevins (R).

Sports Editor Tom Eggers can be reached at 541-957-4220 or email teggers@nrtoday.com.

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