Three-run homer is a bright spot

Gini Davis - The Creswell Chronicle

Morgan Janshen powered a three-run homer, but it wasn’t enough as the Creswell Lady Bulldogs suffered two nonleague losses last week. Creswell fell 2-18 to host Monroe on April 3 and 5-13 to visiting Cascade Christian on April 5.

The league opener, scheduled last Friday against Coquille, was rescheduled because of rain.

At Monroe, Creswell got just five hits: Carly Ayer went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI, McKenzie Traetow went 1-for-2 and scored, Lauren Heater was 1-for-2, Brielle Wolf and Josie Worsham were 1-for-3, and Lexi McCrory scored.

Wolf opened in the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Dawgs, giving up 14 runs (nine of them earned) on 10 hits, striking out one and walking three in 2 2/3 innings.

Korynn Fitzjarrell pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits, striking out three and walking one.

Players’ absences because of spring break, the concert band’s Disneyland trip and other school-related events have hampered the Lady Dawgs over the past few weeks.

“We have not had a full team practice in three weeks and it is definitely showing its effects,” said Head Coach Brett Giles. “We were extremely rusty and not prepared to face a team that was focused and sharp. It wasn’t just one area, it was in all phases – hitting, pitching and fielding.”

Against Cascade Christian, six errors in the first inning buried the Lady Dawgs, who were in danger of being shut out before Janshen slammed her three-run homer in the fourth.

“Morgan hit our first homer of the season, but we still looked awfully rusty,” Giles said. “We put ourselves in a deep hole in the first inning by not fielding the ball; we had a season’s worth of errors in that game.”

Creswell did get seven hits, paced by Janshen’s 1-for-3, three-RBI home run effort. Ayer went 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run; Wolf went 1-for-3 with a double and scored; Savannah Taylor was 1-for-4 and scored; Aubrie Hatch was 1-for-2; and Heater was 1-for-4.

“Our offense started to come around but we still left a lot of opportunities to score on the field,” Giles said. “We were able to chip away at their lead until our defense again fell flat in the sixth inning.”

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