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Lady Dawgs fall to ‘Cats, crush Billies

The Lady Bulldogs fell 1-11 in five innings to the host Glide Wildcats on April 9 but shut out host Pleasant Hill 20-0 in five innings on April 13. A game at Harrisburg scheduled for April 11 was rained out.
At Glide, “What looks like a blowout (by the score) was actually a close game until the fifth inning,” said Creswell Coach Brett Giles.
Down 0-4 after three, Creswell got on the board in the fifth. Izzy Ramirez singled and advanced to second on an error. Hallie Drago grounded out to first, advancing Ramirez to third, and Aubrie Hatch drove her in.
However, “The wheels came off in the bottom of the fifth,” Giles lamented, citing “a combination of hits, walks and errors” that resulted in seven runs for the ’Cats, clinching the run-rule win.
Ramirez was 2-for-2 and scored; Kuhnhausen was 1-for-2 with a double; Hatch was 1-for-3 with an RBI; Black and Amanda O’Reilly were 1-for-1.
As pitcher, Black gave up 11 earned runs on 17 hits, including a two-run homer; struck out three; and walked six.
“I thought our defense played well; we had a number of outs on hard-hit balls. And we had some good hits against both of their high-quality pitchers – we just needed to do a better job of stringing them together,” Giles said.
“Glide pounded out a number of hits against us that hopefully we can learn from before we face them again,” he added. “We needed to do a better job moving the ball around the plate and varying our speed.”
At Pleasant Hill, “our pitching, fielding and hitting were real good,” Giles said.
Creswell scored four in the first, with a two-RBI single by Black and a two-RBI triple by Kuhnhausen. The Lady Dawgs added six in the second, sparked by a three-RBI double by Black and Kuhnhausen’s two-run homer. “It was Kelsey’s first career home run,” Giles noted.
Kuhnhausen went 3-for-4 with a home run and a triple, four RBIs and two runs, while Black went 3-for-3 with two doubles and five RBIs.
Hatch went 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and three runs; and Myckenna Hurst went 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI and four runs; Morgan Janshen went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs; Lexi McCrory went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs; Hallie Drago was 2-for-4 with two runs; and Ramirez was 1-for-2 and scored.
But, “as proud of the offense as I was, it was the defense I really enjoyed,” Giles said, noting that the Billies reached third base just once.
Black gave up just two hits, struck out three and walked three. “Destiney did a great job keeping the batters off-balance, and when they did hit our defense produced outs,” Giles said.
With a three-game week looming, “Let’s hope we continue to play at a high level,” he said.



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