Jesuit shuts down the Southridge offense and rolls to a big win

by: MILES VANCE - HERE IT COMES - Jesuit freshman pitcher Korey Oleson delivers a pitch in the first inning of her team's 11-1 Metro League home win over Southridge last week.

BEAVERTON — Up and down and down and up and down and …

Welcome to the 2013 Metro League softball season, at least in the way that the Jesuit and Southridge softball teams are playing it.

The Crusaders and Skyhawks — currently tied for third place in league play at 2-2 — took another lap on the roller coaster Friday afternoon at Jesuit High School. This time, it was the Crusaders who were on the upswing, scoring twice in the second inning, three times in the third and eventually ending the game with a five-run sixth to win 11-1.

“Coming back from Wednesday, I think we were just ready to play like we can again,” said Jesuit senior left fielder Jessica Wyatt, who went 1 for 4 at the plate, scored once and drove in two runs. “We came out and we really wanted to win and I think it showed.”

“That was great for our team,” said Jesuit freshman third baseman Victorya Stallworth, who went 2 for 3 with a double in the win. “I'm really happy. We wanted to get back on track because we're all about winning the week.”

Southridge, meanwhile, knew they could play better and knew they would have to as well.

“We struggled in the circle, offensively and defensively — it wasn't our best day,” said Southridge senior shortstop Shae Nelson, who went 2 for 3 at the plate and knocked in her team's lone run. “It was just one of those days.”

Jesuit pitcher Kory Oleson threw two shutout innings to open the game, and gave her team a chance to break through in the bottom of the second frame. There, Southridge made back-to-back errors to send Wyatt to second base, she took third on Ali Schultheis' single and scored on a double steal with Stallworth at the plate. Stallworth then doubled to right field to bring home Schultheis for a 2-0 lead.

After another scoreless Southridge at-bat, Jesuit tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the third. Oleson kicked things off with an infield hit, Kelsey Downey stepped up next with a double, and pinch runner Catherine Enger scored on Makaela O'Malley's grounder. Emily Allen followed with a walk, rounded first and raced to second on the play where she drew a throw that allowed Downey to score. Wyatt then hit a grounder to second base and Allen beat the throw home to make it 5-0.

The two teams traded runs in the fifth inning, with Southridge's Kylie Kushiyama leading off with a single to right, moving up on Maddie Weaver's hit and scoring on Nelson's single to center to cut the Jesuit lead to 5-1. In their half, the Crusaders got Allen on base with one out, then brought her home on Wyatt's one-out double to right-center.

Jesuit then ended the game on its next at-bat, getting a single from Stallworth, a walk to Erin Perry, another single by Oleson to make it 7-1. Two batters later, O'Malley singled off second baseman Sophie Herman's glove for two runs, Allen drove in a fourth run and Wyatt a fifth for the final 11-1 margin.

“I think it was definitely mental and building off each other,” Wyatt said. “One person got going and then the next person — it was a good team effort.”

“After we got a three-out easy inning, we had a bunch of energy and confidence,” Stallworth said. “We just wanted to stay back and watch the ball and turn on it and hit the ball past the outfield. That was our goal.”

For their part, the Skyhawks just wanted to get to their next game and play better.

“Usually, we can put the ball in play better, and on defense, we're usually more solid,” Nelson said. “But I feel we do have a good shot in league. We'll just keep pushing through.”

In upcoming games, Jesuit plays at Sunset at 5 p.m. Friday and hosts Westview at 5 p.m. Monday,, while Southridge plays at Beaverton at 5 p.m. Friday and at Sunset at 5 p.m. Monday.

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