by Randy Parks
The Hilanders’ Shelbi Sims makes a catch on a pop fly against Culver. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)
The Burns softball team hosted Culver on Friday, March 15, and earned a split in the doubleheader, improving their season record to 1-2.
The Bulldogs won the opener 9-2, and the Hilanders bounced back to take the second game 12-8.
Burns was unable to get any offense going in the first game, falling behind 2-0 after two innings, and then surrendering six runs in the third.
Culver tacked on one more run in the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, Kiana Nyborg reached first on catcher interference and scored on Kylee Fisher’s triple to left. Fisher came home on a fielder’s choice, but that’s where the rally ended, as the Bulldogs got the victory.
Burns got the bats going early in the second game, scoring one run in the first, three in the third and two in the fourth.
Leading 6-5 in the bottom of the fifth, the Hilanders scored six runs to take a comfortable lead, and eventually, the win.
Burns opened their season on Tuesday, March 12, with a 12-1 loss to Crook County in Prineville.
The Hilanders JV and varsity teams travel to Redmond on Friday, March 22, for a doubleheader with Ridgeview at 2 p.m.