Clackamas powers to tourney win with clutch hits
The Cavaliers build a quick 9-0 lead in opening win over Centennial
The Clackamas softball team performed at crunch time to knock off Centennial 10-3 in the opening game of the Hoodview Spring Break tournament Monday morning.
The Cavaliers relied on some timely hitting to build a 4-0 lead after two innings all of their runs coming with two outs on the scoreboard. Clackamas hit 6 for 10 (.600) and scored six runs in two-out situations.
Clackamas put the game out of reach when its first five batters found their way on base in the third inning. A series of RBI-singles by McKenzie Giancola, Maddie Vrabel and Corey Erickson expanded the lead before Cassie Haehlen unleashed a triple to the right-field fence to put the Cavs up 9-0.
Clackamas also came up with some stellar defense in the early innings, highlighted by Giancolas unassisted double play at shortstop to end the second inning.
Centennial ended the shutout bid in the bottom of the third when Jennifer Watkins drew a lead-off walk and scampered home from third on a fielders choice by Jill Uyeda.
The Eagles added another run in the fourth after Madilyn Pienovi looped a lead-off single behind third base. She scored several batters later when Watkins drew a bases-loaded walk. Clackamas avoided further damage when Vrabel struck out the next batter looking. She scattered five hits in the game and struck out four.
Centennial made its final push in the fifth inning when Uyeda sent a laser into the right-field gap for a triple. He came home on a fielders choice by C.J. Fitzgerald in the next at-bat. Pienovi amped up the pressure a bit more with shot to center field that bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double.
But the Eagles couldnt get any more runs across, and an infield chopper ended the inning. The game was called after five innings due to the tournament time limit.
Clackamas added a 10-4 win over Aloha in their afternoon game.
View a photo gallery from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.