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Softball: Indians fall from unbeaten ranks

Indians beat La Grande in a barn-burner, but can't get the offense started vs. No. 6 Taft or No. 2 Mcloughlin


A sodden, rain-shortened victory was the one highlight for Scappoose over the weekend, as the Indians went 1-2 at the Mac-Hi tournament in Milton-Freewater and dropped from the unbeaten ranks. The field they were facing, though, was a tough one. After outlasting La Grande in the tournament opener, Scappoose battled No. 6 Taft and No. 2 Mcloughlin, losing both games and scoring just one run in each contest.

Senior Lexi Courtney's bat was finally silenced in the final two games, getting no hits in seven at-bats, though she was struck out only once. This was in stark contrast to the Indians' lone win: four hits, two RBIs and no strikeouts.

It was Courtney's single to left field in the first inning against La Grande that gave Scappoose their first lead, scoring fellow senior Lacey Updike. The Indians were up 2-0 heading to the bottom of the third, but a pair of errors handed La Grande four runs.

Scappoose answered with four of their own in the fourth inning, but the Indians made another error in the bottom of the fourth and allowed La Grande's Addie Hagerman and Kali Avila to dash for two more scores, tying the game at six.

At this point, La Grande had six runs, and no RBIs. The Indians were struggling on defense, committing four errors, all of which had resulted in at least one score for the Tigers.

In the bottom of the fifth, La Grande finally picked up their first RBI. Sophomore Avery Albrecht knocked a pitch deep into right field, rounding to third base and sending senior first-baseman Kendall Kirkland home to give the Tigers a 7-6 lead. Albrecht scored on the next play, and La Grande picked up two more RBIs from sophomore Mattie Spencer to take a 10-6 lead heading to the sixth inning.

That's when the hot-streak fizzled to a halt. After scoring 10 runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, La Grande's offense dried up. The Indians, by contrast, turned on the afterburners.

Freshman Nicole Lukinbeal, sophomores Jessie Dykes and Kendall Bailey, and senior Shelbie Butler each batted in a run in the sixth, with Dykes sneaking in to home on a passed ball to give Scappoose an unlikely 11-10 lead.

The defense stepped up in the bottom of the sixth, and the Indians were able to steal two more runs in the seventh and load the bases before the umpire called the game due to rain.

Against No. 6 Taft on the following morning, things weren't quite as easy on offense. Scappoose picked up six hits – four more than Taft – but only managed to score once. The Indians committed another three errors, including the one that handed Taft their first run in the third inning. The Tigers scored another two runs in the fourth, and though Scappoose was able to get eight players on base in the fifth and sixth, the lone from Bailey was scored on a wild pitch.

It was the defense that bottled up Courtney. Twice she was flied out, not managing to find an open hole in the outfield. The other two chances, she got on base by fielder's choice as another runner was tagged out.

The story with No. 2 Mcloughlin, who hosted the tournament, was much the same. Dykes scored on a passed ball in the second inning, and the Indians didn't scratch the scoreboard the rest of the way. Scappoose garnered four hits, but also laid down four more errors including three in the fourth inning that saw the Pioneers score both of their runs to take a 2-1 lead. McLoughlin struck out five batters over the final two innings, shutting down the Indian offense for the second time in as many games.

Scappoose will look to pick things up with a pair of games in the post-spring break schedule, bettling Clatskanie (3A) on the road on Tuesday, April 1 and hosting Central on Wednesday, April 2.

Clatskanie has yet to lose a game as of the morning of Monday, March 31, and has only allowed eight runs in their four wins combined. They'll face an undefeated Vernonia (2A) team twice on Monday afternoon.

Both of the Indians' games will begin at 4:30 p.m.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 13, La Grande 10

SCAP 110 405 2 – 13 13 4

LAGR 004 244 X – 10 9 3

Scappoose

Hits (13): Updike 3, Ferguson, Lukinbeal 2, Courtney 4, Butler 2, Wedgeworth

RBIS (9): Updike, Ferguson, Lukinbeal 2, Courtney 2, Dykes, Bailey, Butler

Runs (13): Updike 2, Ferguson 2, Lukinbeal 3, Courtney 2, Dykes, Butler, Wedgeworth, MacInnis

SUMMARY

No. 6 Taft 4, Scappoose 1

SCAP 000 010 0 – 1 6 3

TAFT 002 200 0 – 4 2 1

Scappoose

Hits (6): Ferguson 2, Dykes, Wedgeworth, Harrison, Bailey

Runs (1): Bailey

RBIs:

SUMMARY

No. 2 Mcloughlin 2, Scappoose 1

SCAP 010 000 0 1 4 4

MLGH 000 200 0 – 2 4 2

Scappoose

Hits (6): Updike, Dykes 2, MacInnis

RBIs (0):

Runs (1): Dykes