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Cavaliers battle back in loss to 5A champs

Clackamas rallies from a 5-0 deficit, but falls one run short in loss to Sandy


by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Clackamas hitter Ashley Filler takes a cut in the batters box during Tuesdays 5-4 loss to Sandy.The Clackamas High softball team wasn’t going to let the reigning 5A champs get on the bus without a fight Tuesday night, coming up just short in a 5-4 loss to Sandy at the Hoodview complex.

The Cavaliers found themselves down 5-0 after a Sandy explosion in the third inning — a string a six straight hits highlighted by Jennifer Burns’ RBI-double down the right-field line.

Sandy had to make the most of those runs because they wouldn’t add another after Clackamas sent reliever Maddie Vrabel to the pitcher’s circle. The Pioneers went down quickly in the fourth when Samantha Haehlen reached up to snag a line drive at her shoulder to prevent a hit to right field. Infield teammate Maddi Oakden sent Sandy back to the dugout by fielding a one-hopper off the turf.

While Sandy was silenced on the scoreboard, Clackamas was also frozen at zero after seeing seven straight batters retired.

That string ended in the sixth inning when Cassie and Samantha Haehlen started out with back-to-back singles. Two batters later, each would come home when McKenzie Giancola sent a shot into the left-field gap that hopped the fence for a ground-rule double.

Jade Haehlen sent a roller through the middle to close the gap to 5-3. Sandy kept the tying run in the batter’s box when Hannah Holliday collected back-to-back outs at third base.

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Cavaliers starter Amanda Zehr winds up in the pitchers circle, while Sandys Sammie Byron is on the move on the base paths.

Sandy appeared to be on its way to the buses when Paige Allinger recorded a pair of quick outs at first base, highlighted by a lunging catch to get the lead-off hitter. But Clackamas caused a few nervous moments after Cassie Haehlen popped a solo shot over the left-field fence to make it a one-run game.

The suspense was short-lived when Mattie Burns gobbled up a ground ball for the final out.

The Cavs are 0-3 in one-run games in the young season.

Sandy opened the scoring on an RBI-single by Jennifer Burns in the second inning. Clackamas limited the early damage when Samantha Haehlen caught a tall pop-up in front of the Sandy dugout to strand runners at second and third.

View a photo gallery from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.




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