Bookout raps the game-winner in a 7-6 extra-inning victory
Oregon Citys unheralded softball team got a confidence-booster on May 21, when the Pioneers knocked off Lincoln, 7-6 in eight innings, in a practice game.
The Cardinals (16-10) were ranked 13th in the state at the end of regular-season play, while Oregon City (16-10) was ranked 24th.
It was pretty positive for us, said Oregon City coach Dave Adelhart. It shows when they stay focussed, dont give up and dont let the little things get them down, they can play some great softball.
The Pioneers trailed 6-1 through the first 4-1/2 innings, but then their bats came alive, and they outscored their guests 6-0 down the stretch.
At first we were reaching with our bats, and we were blooping it up, said Adelhart. But then we started hitting the ball hard.
It was a team effort. Led by Brianna Spencer (2-for-5), Ashley Dugan (2-for-4, 3 RBI) and McKenzie Anderson (triple), eight Oregon City players put the bat on the ball for hits.
Anderson and Morgan Bookout had the key hits in the bottom of the eighth, when the Pioneers scored their winning run.
With one down, Anderson ripped a triple down the left-field line. Bookout then hammered the next pitch through the left side of the infield, plating Anderson. And the Pioneers celebrated the hard fought, come-from-behind victory.
Katelyn Weatherly made the Cardinals pay for an error in the bottom of the fourth when she put the Pioneers on the scoreboard with a run-scoring single to left.
The Pioneers added two more runs in the fourth. Spencer reached on an error, stole second and scored when Anderson reached on an error. Bookout reached on a fielders choice, advanced on a stolen base and wild pitch and scored on a run-scoring base hit by Dugan, making it a 6-3 ball game.
The Pioneers tied things up at 6-6 with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. With two down, Spencer reached on a base hit, Anderson and Bookout walked, and Dugan cracked a two-run single. Bookout then scored on another Cardinal defensive miscue.
Spencer pitched for Oregon City, striking out three, walking two and hitting one batter, while scattering 11 hits. She was supported by near error-free defense.
The Pioneers made a big defensive stand in the top of the eighth. Lincoln put runners on first and second with no outs, but Spencer and her teammates then retired Lincoln batters in order.
Oregon City was to play Special District 2 champion Thurston on May 26 in a first-round game of the Class 6A state playoffs. The Colts (17-9) were ranked ninth in the state entering the game and they had won seven of their last eight games.