By Jeremy McDonald
MEDFORD, Ore.– Kaelynn Simmons is still knocking off the rust of the Winter Sports season in her second start of the season coming off a preseason concussion in Dallas’ game against Roseburg Monday afternoon.
She admits that it wasn’t the best on her part, but Simmons let her defense work behind her in the Spring elements that Southern Oregon presented Saturday afternoon in the 10-2 win in the front end of their double-header in Medford.
“Personally I didn’t feel like I did very well, I could do better with the count. But my defense backed me up and made really good plays and they did good,” said Simmons.
One situation of good defense came in the fifth inning where Roseburg loaded the bases down 5-1 to the Dragons that the defense stepped up big.
Following a Simmons walk that cut the game down to size at 5-2, a Madelyn Loughary put-out at home, Simmons striking out one of her seven batters and a Runner’s Interference quickly got Dallas out of the jam entering the sixth inning.
After that inning, the Dragons got the run back off a Maddie Doig Fly-Out before exploding for four runs in the top half of the seventh to put the game out of reach from the Indians as the defense continued to be stringent.
It seemed to be a trend to see Dallas and Roseburg meet up at the North Medford Spring Break Invite, but with league starting up next week it’s great to be facing these solid teams entering it. And with South Salem and Grants Pass to close out the Invite, there’s more of an opportunity to build the fire they’ve started entering Tuesday’s games.
“It was great, its really helping us entering league when we get back. Every year we’ve faced them right before league and it felt great to play a really good team entering league,” said Zoe Withlow, who finished with a team-high two-RBIs in the win over Roseburg. “Just keep the fire that we built today and go into tomorrow. Keep pushing through, this weather kind of sucks, we just got to keep pushing through and not let our heads get down.”
In their 14-5 rain soaked game over Forest Grove, the Dragons exploded for seven fifth inning runs on their way to the win. Simmons hit a homerun to go with three RBIs and 11 strikeouts in the circle.
Loughary and Ruby Earhart both added two RBIs each.