SOU closes CCC home schedule with No. 10 LCSC, WWU
The No. 10-ranked Southern Oregon softball team settled on another split Friday, bouncing back from a 4-0 loss with a 3-2 win against Hope International (Calif.) at Bastanchury Park.
All-American HIU pitcher Allie Puentes shut out the Raiders (4-2 overall) with a three-hitter in the opener. The junior, whom SOU defeated to advance to the NAIA World Series in 2021, struck out five and got all the support she needed when Makenna O’Toole led off the Royals’ half of the first inning with a home run.
Williams left the potential tying runner stranded at third base in the seventh inning, inducing a Hannah Macias groundout to seal the victory.
Sarah Kerling scored SOU’s other run in the second as Donovan got caught on a first-and-third play.
The Raiders played error-free defense for the second and third games in a row.
They’ll be on the road again next week, visiting Simpson (Calif.) on Friday for their final tune-ups before the start of Cascade Conference play.