Softball season ends with 6-2 loss to Roseburg
- Matthew Sherman
- West Linn Tidings - Sports
The West Linn softball team's season ended in the first round of the playoffs on Monday following a long road trip to Roseburg.
Roseburg made an early burst of offense hold up en route to a 6-2 victory. The Indians put up a run in the bottom of the first inning and then the bats exploded in the second frame.
The Indians scored twice more and had runners on base when coach Jamie LeVeque made a pitching change. Roseburg continued to put the ball in play and the Lions' normally rock solid defense made some uncharacteristic errors.
When the dust settled, West Linn was trailing 6-0. The Lions got two runs back in the top of the third inning. Kylie Crawford hit a two-run double to the fence to cut into the deficit but that was as close as the Lions would be able to get.
Caroline MacAusland kept Roseburg's line-up in check after the second inning, not allowing the Indians to pull away any further but the Lions struggled to string hits together.
"We didn't hit the ball very well. They had a power pitcher who just went right after us and we couldn't catch up," LeVeque said.
West Linn was able to get its speedsters on base with Karly LeVeque reaching base four times and Brianna Barzola reaching three times but, aside from Crawford's double, the big hits didn't come.
"We were kind of handcuffed. When you're trailing early like that you don't want to have a potential run thrown out on the base paths so we had to play conservatively and that took the speed out of our line-up," LeVeque said.
West Linn will graduate five seniors this year in Sommer Figone, McKenzie Domann, Hannah Schmitz, Lauren Pyrch and Crawford, who was recently named the Three Rivers League player of the year.
Crawford hit .522 this season with an incredible .929 slugging percentage.
"She earned it. She had just a fantastic season both at the plate and fielding at first base," LeVeque said.