By Jeremy McDonald
SANDY, Ore.– The Silverton Softball team battled through the elements Sunday morning and afternoon. The rain, the snow, the cold, the Foxes embraced the challenge and walked away with two wins, a 17-2 win over Grant before finishing up with a strong 5-1 win over St. Helens to finish up the Sandy Tournament 3-0 over the past two days.
McKenzee Peterson pitched ten innings, the first game against the Generals ending in three innings, striking out a combined 12 batters. Anchoring the defense that has been on target as of late as they go into the Mid-Willamette Conference this next week.
“Our defense and our offense really clutched up this weekend. Pitching, I give so much credit to McKenzee, she really worked hard this weekend and we all really worked hard with our defense and our hitting.” starts Brazen Henderson. “I think it’ll help us get ready for our conference, and it’ll help us with our league games. I’m excited for that and I think everyone’s been excited about how everyone’ss performed.”
Henderson had herself a home run in the top half of the third inning to give Silverton a then 3-0 lead on the Lions. St. Helens gave the Foxes a challenge with Andir Brooks in the circle pitching. The Lions sophomore’s movement on her pitches kept the Silverton bats from building consistency in their hits, but the Foxes found a way to adjust in-game not to let the bats go as cold as the Sandy air on this day. Building confidence into their first two conference games, against Woodburn on Wednesday at home and Lebanon on Friday on the road, to continue to build from coming out of Spring Break.
“She moved it. She threw a nice little change-up. we just had to adjust to their defense and I think we did really well. Hopefully we’ll start strong with Woodburn and Lebanon is going to give us a battle,” Kate Kofstad said.
Kofstad, Henderson and Brylie Parks each had two hits in the 5-1 victory over the Lions and each had an RBI in the game. Greyson Glivinski had a home run against Grant and drove in 5RBI’s in the win, Hannah Houts drove in another 3RBI’s in the morning victory.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald