EL DORADO — With the end of the season nearing and a playoff berth the goal, every game is a must win for Union Mine’s softball team. Three teams will advance from the Sierra Valley Conference and the Lady Diamondbacks currently hold that final spot.
Entering Wednesday’s game with El Dorado, the D’back were 4-3 and first-place Cosumnes River (6-0) was pitted against Vista (5-1). The Cougars have yet to win a game and on any given day anything can happen — but there would be no upset Wednesday as the D’backs rolled to a 13-0, five-inning shutout.
Audrey Osborne went four innings in the circle for Union Mine, striking out five and allowing just three Cougars to get on base. Brianna Yates singled in the fourth, Christina Auger walked and Deanna Herrerra was safe on an error. All were left stranded with Auger the only Cougar to get as far as third base in the game.
Tori McLaury relieved in the fifth, retiring the side on an unassisted out by Taylor Rasmussen at first, a pop-up to the catcher and a strikeout. Emily Smith started for El Dorado and was relieved in the fourth by Hailey Richards.
Sarah Phillis put the D’backs’ first run on the board in the bottom of the first with a home run over the hill in left field. Andrea Barnes singled and went home on Jessica Dager’s ground-out. Union Mine capitalized on three Cougar errors, Auger’s double and a single from Rasmussen to score two more runs in the second and made it a 5-0 game with a run in the third.
The D’backs batted around and put the game out of reach in the fourth. Phillis, Barnes, Amy Pedretti, Katie Helmholz and Rasmussen all singled and Holly Harnage and Dager both doubled to go along with two El Dorado errors and a pair of walks to score eight runs. The game was stopped midway through the fifth on the 10-run rule.
Union Mine will be looking for even more offense Friday as it takes on Vista in Folsom. First pitch is at 4:15 p.m.