COOS BAY — Clinging to a 4-1 lead in the top of the sixth inning Friday, Marshfield pitcher Kaylee Hall needed something to happen.
The Siuslaw Vikings were threatening with runners at second and third with one out in the nightcap of Friday’s Far West League doubleheader and appeared poised to cut into the Marshfield lead.
But Hall got a weak grounder to Cedar Wood at first base, who applied the tag and threw home to Sterling Williams for the tag and double play. Marshfield turned another double play in the seventh to hang on for the 4-1 win and sweep the three-game series with the Vikings. Marshfield also beat Siuslaw 13-3 in the opener after beating the Vikings on Thursday as well.
“Those are things we try to work on every day,” Marshfield coach Brooke Toy said of the unusual double play in the sixth. “The tag at first and the throw to home, that’s something we just worked on and it was fresh in her mind.”
Hall needed a short inning in the sixth. The senior lefty threw 23 pitches in the fifth as Siuslaw got on the board on a Lexi Smith ground rule double down the left field line. Hall got a grounder to Hannah Rossback at second to limit the damage that inning to just one run.
But the sixth didn’t start well. Nina Aaron, Elissa Hurley and Hayley Meier each singled to start the frame. Marshfield got an out on the last of those, somehow. Meier popped one up behind second base and Karina Skurk, playing deep, couldn’t get there. Aaron, though, was tagging at second in case the ball was caught and was thrown out at third for the first out.
After a wild pitch allowed Hurley and Meier to move up, Hall got the double play to end the rally and grab what was left of the momentum. Hall held Siuslaw to five hits, three in the sixth, with three strikeouts and six walks.
“Just getting past that first inning for her is her struggle,” Toy said. “But once she settles in she’s pretty good.”
“I was trying to move the ball and keep them off balance so that the defense could make some plays and not get any balls that weren’t playable,” Hall said.
Marshfield took its lead early, but didn’t do much offensively after that.
Dahlia Soto-Kanui led off the home half of the first inning with a single, stole second and moved to third on a groundout. She scored on another groundout, this one from Hall, to give Marshfield a 1-0 lead. Sterling Williams then walked and Sierra Ward, who was courtesy running for the freshman catcher, stole second, got to third when the throw to second skipped into center field, and scored on a wild pitch to put the Pirates up 2-0.
Cedar Ward led off the second with a single and got to third on a couple of wild pitches. She scored on a third wild pitch for a 3-0 lead and Marshfield didn’t score again until the fifth when Williams came across from third on the back end of a double steal after Kaylin Dea took off for second and the Vikings tried to throw her out.
Marshfield only had six hits, with Williams and Rossback both doubling. Marshfield couldn’t figure out left-handed reliever Aaron. After chasing starter Abby Codray by scoring a run in the second and getting Pirates to second and third, Aaron pinned down the Pirates to the tune of one run and three hits over the last 5 2/3 innings with five strikeouts.
“I do think that defense kept us in this game because the offense fell off,” Toy said. “This is the fourth time we’ve played them, and three times in two days. I’m glad we kept the mental game in there and that was what we talked about before. Just really proud of how we played and came out on top.”
In the opener Marshfield lashed 12 hits and scored four in the first and three in the next two innings to run away with the win.
Hannah Rossback went 4-for-4 with a double, triple, three RBIs and three runs. Soto-Kanui, Cedar Ward and Skurk each scored a pair of runs. Sierra Ward drove in a pair and Hall, Williams, Kaylin Dea and Skurk all had RBIs.
Jorney Baldwin-Chee allowed seven hits over the five innings with two strikeouts and one walk.
On Thursday, the Pirates beat the Vikings 10-6 in their league opener, which had been delayed because of rain earlier in the week and then moved to Coos Bay with Marshfield as the visiting team.
Williams had a double and home run, two runs and four RBIs in the win. Hall had three runs and two RBIs, Rossback had a single and double and two runs, and Soto-Kanui had three runs.
Ariel Rosinbaum had two hits and two runs for the Vikings.
Marshfield plays North Bend in the Civil War series next week. Marshfield hosts the Bulldogs at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, then visits for a doubleheader on Friday starting at 1 p.m.