Eugene — The Midwestern League season had been a rough outing for North Bend so far, as the Bulldogs sat at 0-6 in league play entering their Saturday doubleheader in Eugene against Churchill. Playing on a turf field with some wild weather over in North Eugene, North Bend erupted like a volcano and went off on the Lancers, putting up 28 runs en route to their first wins in league play this season.
The first game of the doubleheader started with three straight walks to load the bases for North Bend, and with two more walks, it was 2-0 Bulldogs with the bases still loaded and no outs. Mia Reymon would score on a wild pitch and Allison Burgmeier hit a sacrifice fly to extend it to a 4-0 North Bend lead. North Eugene loaded the bases to start the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs on an error and wild pitch to make it 4-3 North Bend after an inning. In the second, Reymon came up with two runners on base and cranked a bomb to left center, a three-run shot that extended it to 7-3 Bulldogs. North Bend added three more runs in the third on Churchill miscues, making it 10-4 Bulldogs after three innings. Despite a late Lancers charge, North Bend hung on to defeat Churchill 11-8 in Game 1 and pick up their first win in league play. Mia Reymon went 2-3 with a homer and 6 RBI’s, Allison Burgmeier picked up 2 RBI’s on sacrifice flies.
Just like deja vu, North Bend loaded the bases to start the second game against Churchill. A Lancer error opened the scoring for North Bend, followed up by a Hayden Napier single that brought home two more runs and made it 3-0. The Bulldogs tacked on five more runs from Churchill miscues to take a quick 8-0 lead after a half-inning against the Lancers. Churchill picked up a run in the bottom of the inning, but North Bend quickly struck back on another Lancer error and a sacrifice fly to make it 10-1. After loading up the bases again, Emma Spalding knocked in a run on an RBI single to make it 11-1. Sarah Shore and Mia Reynon hit two more singles that produced more runs, then more errors and a McKenzie Breakfield single eventually set the score at 18-1 after 1 1/2 innings. Churchill wouldn’t put up a fight like in the first one, allowing North Bend to put up a three-inning mercy rule dub 19-4, completing a sweep of the Lancers by a combined 28-12 score.
With the sweep, the Bulldogs have momentum entering their next doubleheader against Willamette in a week back in Eugene. Churchill faces Ashland in a doubleheader next Saturday at home.