The Enterprise-Joseph Cubs lost one and won one during a softball double-header with the Irrigon Knights during their first outing of pre-season play last week.

The Cubs came up short, 3-2, in the first game on the Irrigon field Thursday, March 22, while it defeated the Knights, 5-3, in the second game.

“(Pitcher) Katie Edison struck out 12 and didn’t walk anyone,” coach Travis Huffman said about the losing effort. “But we had three throwing errors that cost us.”

Enterprise-Joseph scored both of its runs in the sixth inning, with Sidney Cooney, who made it on base on an error, and Shelby Graning, who was walked, putting points on the board for the team.

Graning scored on a hit by Edison, while Callyn Steward – who hit two for three during the game – made a double in the sixth inning.

“We didn’t hit the ball real well. We only had four hits during the game,” said Huffman.

He reflected about the first game: “I wasn’t disappointed. They did pretty well for only practicing outside three times.”

Though the weather was nice in Irrigon on game day, the double-header didn’t start until 4 p.m., and the second game was called after four innings because of darkness at the unlighted ballfield.

Winning pitcher was Cooney, who pitched three innings before Edison took over the mound in the fourth. The coach said Cooney got into a little bit of trouble in the second inning, when Irrigon loaded the bases, but in the end escaped with only one run by the Knights.

The Cubs scored three runs in the third inning of the short second game – with Cooney, Graning and Anna Rinehart (pinch running for Callyn Stewart, who pulled a muscle) – making it home, and two in the fourth, with sisters Noel and Holly Taylor each scoring a run for the team.

Getting RBIs to their credit in the game were Katie Edison, who hit a double, and Amy Edison,who hit a single, to bring their teammates home.

Last year the Cubs finished first in league with a 19-4 game record, and Huffman said he expects to see another successful season, despite the fact he has only five returning players.

“I think we’ll do well. We have the team to do it. … We have some work to do and these new girls need to step up, but I think they will,” Huffman said.

The Cubs next play the Vale Vikings in Vale Friday, March 30, with the first game of a double-header to start at 1 p.m.

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