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Saloun Breaks Home Run Record, Phoenix Drops First Two to Oakland

Sam Saloun smashed her 19th career home run, breaking a GB Phoenix record in their game against the Oakland Grizzlies on Saturday, April 13. Green Bay Athletics photo

By Green Bay Athletics
For the Press Times

GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Phoenix softball team dropped a pair of games to the Horizon League’s second-place team on Saturday, falling to Oakland 9-1 and 7-4. The Phoenix will finish the series tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Game 1 |Oakland 9, Green Bay 1

Oakland didn’t wait to start the scoring, singling a run home in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead after one inning. The visitors quadrupled that lead with a three-run homer in the top of the second.

The Phoenix struggled to get the bats going, collecting their first hit in the fifth inning and scoring their first run in the bottom of the seventh. By that time, the Golden Grizzlies had built a 9-0 lead and contained Green Bay to one run to wrap up game one 9-1.

Green Bay’s run came after Kaylin Fahy hit into a fielder’s choice to score Lauren Porter.

The Green Bay Phoenix struggled on Saturday, falling to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 9-1 despite the efforts of L. Porter, who went 2-for-3.

Kelly Greene started and took the loss in the circle for Green Bay. At the plate, Green Bay was led by Porter, who went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Madyson Baker, Paige Hanson, and Jordan Meng were the other Phoenix to register a hit.

Game notes

Oakland outhit Green Bay 15-5.

Five Golden Grizzlies had multiple hits in the contest.

Sydney Campbell was lights out in the circle for Oakland, throwing seven innings of one-run ball.

Game 2 | Oakland 7, Green Bay 4

The Phoenix started game two on top, with Hailey Heckenlaible singling home Bella Herman to take a 1-0 lead in the first. Unfortunately for Green Bay, Oakland responded with seven unanswered runs.

Green Bay had runners in scoring position in multiple innings but was unable to capitalize until the bottom of the seventh. Sam Saloun got the scoring started with her record-breaking 19th career home run. That was followed up by an RBI triple from Hanson and an RBI single from Meng to bring the score to 7-4.

That left Green Bay with runners at first and second with one out, but Oakland reliever Mary Newton shut down the Phoenix rally to secure the 7-4 win.

Game notes

Every Phoenix starter reached base safely in game two.

Green Bay left 12 runners stranded on base in the loss.

OU slightly outhit the Phoenix 12-9.

The Phoenix drew five walks from Oakland pitching.

Saloun led the Phoenix at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a home run, RBI, and two walks.

Up next

Green Bay closed its weekend with its third game against Oakland on Sunday, April 14.

For the latest and most up-to-date information on Green Bay Athletics and Green Bay Softball, please visit GreenBayPhoenix.com.

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