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Softball: Indians win walk-off

Three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning spur Scappoose past Central 9-8


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Sophomore Sage Harrison's run in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a three-run rally to take down Central 9-8 in dramatic fashion.There's one thing for sure, they've certainly got enough experience in close games.

Scappoose pulled off another softball thriller on Wednesday afternoon, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh, to walk off the field clutching a 9-8 victory over visiting Central.

And for the Panthers, it couldn't have been a bigger meltdown. All three of the Indians' runs came on errors, of which Central committed six in the game.

Central got the error party started early. Senior Lacey Updike opened the scoring by darting home on a missed pitch by the catcher. A few minutes later, the Panther center fielder struggled to come down with an easy fly ball hit from sophomore Sage Harrison, allowing Harrison to reach first base and scoring freshman Nicole Lukinbeal and senior Lexi Courtney to put the Indians up by three after the first inning.

The Panthers picked up a run in the second, and made plays on defense to shut down Scappoose in the bottom of the second, grounding out three players to close the inning without any further harm.

The third inning was when sophomore Kelsi Christenson finally came to play. She was co-MVP of the team as a freshman, breaking the single-season home run record, RBI record and slugging percentage record and she showed every ounce of that might, sending the ball far over the right center field fence and tying the score at three.

The Indians finally went ahead once again in the bottom of the fourth thanks to an RBI triple from Updike to score Allison Wedgeworth to take a short-lived 4-3 lead.

Central answered, pouncing on a pair of errors in the top of the fifth to first get on base and eventually rush home, scoring a second time on a passed ball to put the Panthers up 5-4.

Scappoose stormed right back, scoring on an RBI double from Lexi Courtney and a single from Harrison to score Courtney, but things were about to go dark for Scappoose.

With the bases loaded, #9 hit a bomb, landing the ball deep in center field. #1 scored. Then #15 scored, and when #6 skipped over the plate, though #9 was caught stealing home a few moments later and a quick double play ended the Panthers' tear, the scoreboard was no longer a pretty sight: Central 8, Scappoose 6. Three up three down for the Indians on offense set up a huge seventh inning, and the defense came to play, putting out the first two batters before sophomore Kendall Bailey struck out a third from the circle.

It was all down to this, the bottom of the seventh. And with the bases loaded, life started to breath into the Indians once again. Jessie Dykes hit a hard grounder to third base, but the Panther third baseman couldn't nab the ball from the air, grasping at empty space as Lukinbeal bolted from third to home, giving energy to the Indian rally.

Bailey hit a quick grounder to third base, which Central picked up and threw to home, tagging out Courtney at the plate. That's where the Panthers got greedy. They tossed to first, hoping for the double play to end the game, but missed. Dykes darted home, tying the game at eight runs each. Moments later, Wedgeworth hit an easy grounder to the Central shortstop, only to see the last of the Panther meltdowns open the chance for Harrison to score, closing the miracle rally for Scappoose.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 9, Central 8

CENT 012 023 0 – 8 6 6

SCAP 300 120 3 – 9 7 4

Scappoose

Hits (7): Updike 2, Lukinbeal 2, Courtney 2

RBIs (3): Updike, Courtney, Harrison

Runs (9): Updike, Lukinbeal 3, Courtney 2, Dykes, Harrison, Wedgeworth