Lady Dawgs’ first loss comes with shutout by Cavaliers

BY GINI DAIVS / THE CRESWELL CHRONICLE

The Creswell Lady Bulldogs suffered a 0-10 five-inning shutout by the visiting Blanchet Catholic Cavaliers on March 21.

It was the only game of the week for the Lady Dawgs; a scheduled game against Dayton was rained out on Friday, and Saturday’s game against Lowell had to be rescheduled because not enough Creswell players were available that day due to other commitments.

Riding a 3-0 preseason record going into their fourth nonleague contest, “the game against Blanchet was not quite what we were expecting,” Giles said. “We were having a lot of positive energy in practices and were improving in a number of areas, but for most of our players, the lack of game experience really showed.”

Several unforced defensive errors cost the Lady Dawgs. “We were a bit unfocused,” Giles said.

Carly Ayer went 1-for-2 for Creswell’s only hit of the game. “We had a lack of discipline at the plate, swinging at pitches that were nowhere near the strike zone,” Giles said.

Brielle Wolf recorded the shutout loss in the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Dawgs, giving up six earned runs on nine hits – including a triple and two doubles – striking out three and walking three in five innings.

Giles credited the Cavaliers’ skill and experience in capitalizing on Creswell’s offensive and defensive shortcomings in the game: “Credit to Blanchet for taking advantage of our miscues; they are just too good for us to make those mistakes and hope for a win,” Giles said.

“But I have no doubt we will shore up the defense and return to our normal offensive output in time for our next game,” he said.