By Jeremy McDonald
DALLAS, Ore.– Dallas’ Maddie Doig joked that she finally had a good game against Central’s Emily Cole.
Monday afternoon felt like a mid-March day instead of Mid-May, but for the last time this Spring season the Dragons and the Panthers will meet on the softball field.
Cole came out firing. Seven innings, ten strikeouts against Dallas. The Dragons Kadence Morrison and Katie Buchholz each combined for 12 strikeouts, six apiece in the late season game. Doig’s three-hits, was a game-high as Dallas only had six in the game. Chloe Zajac, Madelyn Loughary and Clara Woosley each had a hit in the game.
Zajac’s 2RBI deep single in the first and Doig’s RBI Single in the third were the only scores in the 3-0 ballgame.
“Our defense today was definitely one of our best days. We played confident like we should…this was my last game on this field and I was excited to come out here and play out here,” Doig said. “I was happy with how we took advantage of our opportunities.”
“I think we did pretty well, I don’t know how many hits they had. We kept it in the infield for the most part, I mean we’ve had some hits (against us)…but I think we did a pretty good job in the infield and outfield,” adds Cole.
The Panthers managed four hits in the contest, threatening in the sixth with two runners-in-scoring position with no outs. But Buchholz and her defense settled in to neutralize the threat with three-straight strikeouts. Keeping the shutout in check going into the bottom half of the inning.
“It’s tough when we don’t get those (runs) in, but we had runners in scoring position so that was good,” Cole said, who went 2-for-2 hitting.
Peyton Foreman and Kaitlyn Brian each had a hit in the game as Central finishes the season at home versus South Salem. The Dragons travel to Lebanon to close out the Spring six-week season.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald