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Pioneers, Cavs are off to a good start in TRL softball


Oregon City and Clackamas win two of three games in the first week of league play

Oregon City and Clackamas both got off to a good start in Three Rivers League softball.

The Cavaliers (5-8, 2-1) opened league play last week with wins over Lake Oswego (11-1 in five innings) and Oregon City (4-2), and a 2-1 loss to TRL leader Lakeridge (8-2, 3-0).

The Pioneers (7-6, 2-1) earned wins over West Linn (2-1) and Canby (10-4).

The unheralded Cavaliers lost a barnburner to fourth-ranked Lakeridge last Friday.

Trailing 1-0, the Pacers scored two runs with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning to claim the 2-1 win.

Lakeridge pitcher Chayse Pearson ignited the two-out rally with a solo home run. Senior Alicia Loiler followed with a double, and freshman Kelley Ericson then earned heroine honors, plating Loiler with a base hit.

The Cavaliers threatened in the top of the seventh, advancing runners to second and third with one down. But Pearson saved the day, retiring the next two batters on strikes to end the game.

For the game, Pearson recorded six strikeouts and walked one batter, while yielding only four hits — two each to Sammy Haehlen (2-for-3, double) and Alize Godinez (2-for-3).

Amanda Zehr pitched for Clackamas, striking out four and walking no one, while giving up seven hits.

Both teams scored early in last week's 4-2 Cavalier win over Oregon City.

Clackamas scored two runs in the top of the first on a leadoff base hit by Ashley Filler, a run-scoring triple by Cassie Haehlen and an Oregon City error.

Oregon City answered with two runs in the bottom of the first, scoring on base hits by Kaitlynn Donaca, Brianna Spencer, McKenzie Anderson and Devin Hally, and one Cavalier error. Anderson and Dugan drove in the runs.

Clackamas scored the game-winners in the top of the seventh, thanks to two Oregon City miscues. Madisen Vrabel and Maddy Oakden both reached on errors, Alize Godinez and Filler singled to bring the winning run across, and an insurance tally followed when Cassie Haehlen drew a bases loaded walk.

Led by Filler (3-for-4), Cassie Haehlen (2-for-3) and Godinez (2-for-3), Clackamas earned a 9-7 edge in hitting for the game.

Zehr struck out six and walked no one in a complete game.

For Oregon City, Spencer struck out five and walked two, while yielding two earned runs.

Clackamas began last week with an 11-1 five-inning trouncing of Lake Oswego.

The Cavaliers stung the ball for 11 hits in the runaway win, and Zehr (7 strikeouts, no walks, 3 hits) was supported by error-free defense.

Godinez (3-for-4, 3 RBI, one double) and Oakden (2-for-4, two-run double) headed the hit parade.

Oregon City's game with West Linn was a long one. The Pioneers outhit their rivals 10-4, but they committed six errors and left a host of baserunners on base.

With the score tied at 1-1, Morgan Bookout platted the winning run with two down in the bottom of the fifth.

Donaca got things started with a one-out double, moved to third on a groundout by Spencer, and scored on Bookout's base hit to left.

Hally pitched, striking out four and walking three. Oregon City coach Dave Adelhart said that Hally threw 118 pitches.

The Pioneers had their bats working in last Friday's 10-4 win at Canby. Led by Bookout (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Dugan (3-for-5), they pounded out no fewer than 14 hits, as they scored runs in five different innings.

Still, the game was closer than it should have been. Canby pitchers walked nine Oregon City batters and the Pioneers left 12 baserunners stranded.

Hally (3 strikeouts, 2 walks) yielded six hits in a complete game.

In games scheduled today, Oregon City hosts Lake Oswego and Clackamas hosts Canby. On Friday, Oregon City plays at West Linn and Clackamas plays at Lake Oswego.