Cubs start season with two victories

<I>Hector del Castillo/Chieftain</I><BR>Pitcher Katie Edison avoids a throw to first base by catcher Summer DeSpain.

UNION - Cubs came out slugging.

The high school softball team of girls from Enterprise and Joseph used hitting to win its first two games at Union. Just two innings into this season, the Cubs had already plated seven runs. The March 26 opener against Heppner ended as 12-7 victory. The next morning, against Central Linn, the Cubs posted three runs in the third inning. Those proved to be enough, as they held on to win by a score of 3-2. But later in the afternoon, bats quieted in a 10-0 loss to Pilot Rock.

"It'll make us want to do better," said senior Summer De Spain, who scored three runs against Heppner and doubled home two teammates against Central Linn. "We hit good the first two games. We should hit like that all the time. If we play as good as we can, we'll do fine."

Over the weekend, a pair of sophomores took care of the pitching circle. Katie Edison worked 10 innings and recorded 9 strikeouts. Whitney Schaefer started the opener and overcame a rough first inning. As sleet peppered the field, Heppner jumped ahead 4-0. But the Cubs promptly took control, as Schaefer surrendered only one more run over the next three innings before giving way to Edison.

Early on, the batting lineup provided plenty of support. In addition to De Spain's three runs against Heppner, senior Bailee Reimer, senior Mariah Warnock and sophomore Shelby Graning each scored twice. The Cubs also took runs from junior Hannah Graham, Schaefer and Edison. Schaefer came back the next morning to score against Central Linn, as did senior Josey Kohlhepp and junior DaLynn Roberts.

This weekend, the Cubs will stick to the road. They begin April 1 at Athena. The following afternoon, they will go to Irrigon. Action wraps up the next day at Union, where the Cubs will begin their schedule against league rivals.

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