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Softball: Courtney's three home runs spur Scappoose

Senior Lexi Courtney homered thrice in the Indians' pair of games over the weekend, helping Scappoose to split games with La Salle and Roosevelt


Lexi Courtney's bat has finally come alive. The Scappoose senior had three home runs over the weekend, finishing with five RBIs and helping the Indians to split games with No. 7 La Salle and Roosevelt to close out their non-league schedule at 6-3.

The Indians found life difficult on Thursday against La Salle, falling behind 5-0 in the first inning and coming up empty handed after a rally in the sixth inning was snuffed out. That first inning, similar to the team's losses to No. 8 Taft and No. 4 McLoughlin, was full of mistakes by the road team.

Freshman Emily Goodman led off for the Falcons, and advanced on a walk, fielders choice and a wild pitch to reach third base. Junior Loryn Williams grounded to first base, but an Indian error allowed her to race past first to second, scoring Goodman and sophomore Nicole Schreiber. An error a few moments later put a runner on first and third, allowing junior Shannon Stockfleth to bat in a run on the next at-bat.

Scappoose let three more errors slip by before finally picking up a grounder to mercifully end the first inning five runs to pay for their five miscues.

The Indians got three runners on base in the top of the second, but didn't manage to score until senior Courtney smashed a ball over the center field fence for her first home run in several games. Scappoose picked up another run in the sixth thanks to an error by the La Salle pitcher that allowed Nicole Lukinbeal to score, and Jessie Dykes scored on an alert play to bring the Indians within four runs heading to the seventh inning, but it was too little too late, and the Indians fell 7-3.

For much of the game against Roosevelt on April 11, it looked like Courtney might go dormant once again. The teams played even through four innings, with the Indians taking a brief lead on an RBI from Dykes to score senior Lacey Updike. The Roughriders responded to score a pair in the bottom of the fourth, holding a 2-1 lead until the sixth inning arrived.

Then the floodgates opened. Dykes singled to center field, scoring Shelbie Butler and Updike to take a lead, and Scappoose was off to the races. Courtney stepped up to the plate and crushed it, sending the ball over the right field fence to score Dykes and Lukinbeal, putting the road team on top by a 6-2 score. Julia Ferguson drove home Sage Harrison a few moments later, leaving Roosevelt in shock, staring at a 7-2 hole.

Updike joined Courtney's home run party in the seventh, knocking her second pitch out of the park to open up the top of the seventh inning, and Courtney hit her second of the game to put the Indians on top 9-2 before the Roughriders were able to finally close out the seventh inning.

Courtney finished with four RBIs on two hits, leading an excellent offensive outing in which Scappoose batted home all nine of their runs. Indian ace Lacey Updike allowed just five hits, walking two with six strikeouts.

The Indians will start league play with a home game against Tillamook on Tuesday, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

SUMMARY

No. 7 La Salle 7, Scappoose 3

La Salle High School

SCAP 000 102 0 – 3 5 8

LASL 501 100 0 – 7 4 4

Scappoose

Hits (5): Updike, Lukinbeal, Courtney, Harrison, Wedgeworth

HR (1): Courtney

RBIs (2): Courtney, Wedgeworth

Runs (3): Lukinbeal, Courtney, Dykes

La Salle

Hits (4): Chvillicek, Stockfleth, Schreiber, Carlos

RBIs (3): Stockfleth, Williams, Rivera

Runs (7): Chvillicek 2, Goodman, Stockfleth, Schreiber, Williams, Carlos

SUMMARY

Scappoose 9, Roosevelt 2

Delta Park, Portland

SCAP 000 106 2 9 8 3

ROOS 000 200 0 – 2 5 3

Scappoose

Hits (8): Updike 2, Dykes, Courtney 2, Harrison 2, Ferguson

HR (3): Courtney 2, Updike

RBIs (9): Updike, Dykes 3, Courtney 4, Ferguson

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