SALEM, Ore. — After dropping the opener of their final road series of the season, the UBC Thunderbirds bounced back to win the double-division against the Corban Warriors with a complete shutout shooting performance. of Shae Sever.
Shortly after the end of Saturday’s double dive, the seniors of both teams were honored in a special ceremony.
Senior southpaw Holly Gonzales pitched a full game for the host Warriors in the first contest and picked up a win, while fellow senior Kaycee Arase hit a home run in the third frame.
The visiting team came out strong and recorded two hits in the first inning, scoring one. For the Warriors, Maddie Ogles, combined with a Thunderbird error, scored a run after savvy base Taylor Beasley advanced her to third while Ogles was at bat.
A hard-hit ball deep left of Paia’Ala Wilcox-Molina’s bat was lost in the sun and scored both Madison Wyllie and Anastasia Iosia.
In the top of the third, UBC shook the sticks and scored three runs on four hits to take a one-run lead with Nicole Salas, Hanna Hansenand Emily Horne each picking up an RBI.
Then, with two outs late in the third, the senior Arase went to the yard to tie the game at four.
It was quiet at Warrior Field until the bottom of the seventh when Karla Calderon picked the right field line, just in time for pinch hitter Sarah Bradshaw to homer right to win Game 1 in walk-mode. off by a final score of 6-4.
Gonzales went the distance for the Warriors by scattering nine hits and four runs in the contest, totaling his eighth win of the season.
Game two of the doubleheader has begun in favor of the Thunderbirds. At the top of the third, Mia Valcke mark a circuit Avery Hilpert take a 2-0 lead. So Emma Dorval doubled to the right and Hansen laid down a sacrificial bunt, moving Dorval to third. The Thunderbird shortstop then scored on a wild pitch, taking the visitors to a 3-0 lead.
UBC tacked on another run in the fifth and then held the Warriors scoreless for the rest of the game.
Sever allowed just five hits and seven strikeouts for his fifth win of the season.
Sunday will see the conference series rubber game with the first pitch set for 11:00 a.m. PT, followed by a non-conference affair.