Sports & Outdoors

Loggers softball struggling, but has time to grow

Loggers softball played two double headers on Sunday, March 30 and Monday the 31 after a series of game cancellations due to weather.

The Loggers played two games against the Willamette Bearcats on March 30, winning the first game of the day and losing their second. Sunday’s win was their first conference win of the season.

Their first game of the day was a close match. Puget Sound scored the first run of the game when sophomore Lisa Colombo (Los Gatos, Calif.) hit a single allowing senior Taylor Jones (Keizer, Ore.) to run to home. The Loggers ended the first inning 1-0.

Willamette started the second inning strong, scoring their first run of the game. The rest of the game was neck and neck. Both teams scored two runs in the second inning.

The game remained tied until an exciting seventh inning. The Bearcats scored three runs in their last inning of the game but the Loggerå were able to get 4 runs and a victory.

Freshman Kristi Nagamine (Honolulu, Hawaii) hit a single to right field, which brought senior Chelsea Lindroth (Everett, Wash.) home and setting Jones up at third. A single by Colombo brought Jones home, bringing the score to 6-5. The final two runs came when Campbell hit a RBI that allowed Nagamine to run home. The games final play came when Colombo ran home after a single hit by junior Marissa Jeffers (Issaquah, Wash.).

The Loggers lost their second game to the Bearcats on the 30. They tied at the bottom of the third when they got two runs, but those would be the Loggers only runs of the game. The game ended 8-2.

Freshman Bailee Larson (Tacoma, Wash.) had a good game when she had her first hit of the season, hitting a double. Bailee has a .981 fielding percentage and is definitely a player to watch.

Monday, March 31 was another whirlwind day for the Loggers as they played another double-header, this time against the Linfield Wildcats. The two games had been previously scheduled for the 29 but were postponed due to weather. Rain has been a problem throughout the season, forcing the rescheduling of games against Northwest, Pacific and Lewis and Clark.

The Loggers played at 2:00 pm and again at 4:15 on Monday. They lost both games to Linfield.

The final score of the first game was 14-0 and the second game ended at 8-0.

March was a busy month for the Loggers.

They played 21 games in three different states, traveling as far as Texas to play Texas Lutheran and Trinity University in the middle of the month.

The Loggers have played two games a day almost every time they have played, with the exception of a single game against Pacific.

They typically play four games a weekend, with only a brief rest between games.

This has been a tough season for the softball team. They have a record thus far of 2-22 with eight games left.

The team works hard though and has not gone without success.

Jones, the team’s shortstop, was named the Northwest Conference’s Fielder of the Week the week of March 25.

The women will hit the road for games against Pacific on April 5 and George Fox on the 6.

They will return home for two games against Pacific Lutheran on April 12 and will finish the season at PLU with two more games on April 13.