EL DORADO — A five-run first inning set the tone for host Union Mine in its 14-2 Sierra Valley Conference win against El Dorado Thursday.
Home runs by Laura Dager and Mickaela Robertson added runs in a game called in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.
Doubles by Calista Almer, Shyanne Winje, Dager and Robertson along with Sarah Phillis’ single opened up a 5-0 lead.
The Cougars and coach Marci Brown were determined to make this game close after a 13-10 setback in first meeting.
“I think we just came into that game a little too anxious,” El Dorado’s Maria Gadow said.
Brown added, “These girls have a lot of talent; I believe in them. But this was a hard day.”
Winje singled and scored in the bottom of the second to make it 6-0 before the Cougars scored twice as Hailey Harkley walked and Kailey Olcott and Trinity Jackson both reached on errors.
The D’backs plated six runs off five hits in the third as Dager clubbed a two-run shot to drive in Jessica Dager.
“Ever since I started playing for (Union Mine head coach Rob) Diggle, I’ve been improving on my hitting,” Laura said.
“She’s starting to develop into a good player,” said Diggle of Dager. “You’re pretty fortunate when you have (six) freshmen come in and make contributions.”
Union Mine added two more on an RBI double from Monique Wilson, who scored on Winje’s (3-for-4) double to right-center field.
The D’backs finished with 15 hits. Laura Dager, Madelynn Heape, Almer and Robertson had two each while Miah Linson, Phillis, Halie Scott and Jessica Dager had one hit each. The Cougars were limited to three hits.