La Salle Falcons battle, notch three wins
The Falcons get good pitching and they pound out 35 hits in wins over Roosevelt, Philomath and Cascade
Ranked fifth in the state, La Salle Preps' girls softball team put three more games in the win column last week, defeating Roosevelt (5-0), Philomath (5-3) and Cascade (9-6) in games played April 2 through April 4.
La Salle junior Loryn Williams pitched 17-1/3 innings and recorded 29 strikeouts in the three games.
Williams fanned 13 and walked one, while giving up just two base hits in the shutout of Roosevelt. She had nine strikeouts and walked only one batter in a complete game with the Cougars. And she had seven strikeouts in 3-1/3 innings of relief in the Philomath win.
The Falcons took hitting practice against their opponents in the three games, pounding out 35 hits.
Williams (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Shannon Stockfleth (3-for-3) led an 11-hit attack against Roosevelt. Freshman Rylee Maben doubled for La Salle's only extra base hit in that game.
The Philomath game went down to the wire, with La Salle pushing two runs across in the top of the seventh.
Freshman Jasmine Gloden started things off in the seventh with a drag-bunt single. Makenzie Cook followed with a run-scoring two-bagger that put the Falcons up 3-2. A sacrifice fly by freshman Emily Goodman then pushed what would prove the game-winner across.
There was some drama, as Cascade had some success playing small-ball in the bottom of the seventh. The Cougars pushed one run across and they had the tying runner at third base, when Williams fanned the next two batters to retire the side and end the game.
Sophomore Nicole Schreiber (3-for-4) headed up a 10-hit Falcon offensive attack, driving in two runs.
Goodman had the big stick in the Cascade game, going 4-for-4 and driving in three runs with a bases clearing double in the second frame.
The contest was a seesaw affair. Cascade led 3-0 at the end of the first inning and 5-4 heading into the bottom of the fifth.
I was proud of the girls, said La Salle coach Walt Stockfleth. They're fighters. Every time Cascade took the lead they'd battle back.
The Falcons (7-3) begin Tri-Valley Conference play this week. They host North Marion this afternoon and they entertain Scappoose in a nonleague game on Thursday.