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Softball: Offense alive in Tribe's rout of Tilly

A second-inning grand slam from Sage Harrison highlights an offensive-riddled afternoon as Scappoose bats past Tillamook 12-1


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Senior Lacey Updike swings for a double, scoring two runners in the bottom of the third to put Scappoose on top 10-1 over Tillamook.Normally when a team pitches against Scappoose senior Lexi Courtney, they'd rather walk her than take their chances at seeing a pitch fly over the outfield fence. That's exactly what Tillamook tried in the league opener, but they made a crucial mistake: sophomore third baseman Sage Harrison.

With the Indians already leading 4-0 in the bottom of the second, Harrison crushed the ball out to left field and beyond, batting home a grand slam to put the game out of reach in the early going.

Scappoose never looked back, allowing just one run and tacking another handful before finishing off a 12-1 blowout of the visiting Cheesemakers to kick off Cowapa League play on Tuesday night.

Senior Lacey Updike got the offensive onslaught off to a solid start, tripling to center field before being batted home by Jessie Dykes in the bottom of the first. Harrison singled a few plays later for her first RBI to bring home Dykes.

In the second inning, it was business as usual once again. Dykes singled to left field, droving home Allison Wedgeworth, followed by a single from Nicole Lukinbeal to score Shelbie Butler and push Dykes to third. Courtney was walked on the next at bat, though she fouled twice, bringing Harrison to the plate for one of the absolute highlights of the young season: RBIs two through five.

The Indians got a double from Updike in the third to score Wedgeworth once again, and tacking on a run from Ashley MacInnis to give Scappoose a nine-point advantage. The home team might not have scored in the fourth, but their bats definitely didn't go silent. Scappoose didn't take a strike in the inning, getting contact on all three at-bats before being gobbled up by the Tillamook defense.

The 'Mooks walked Wedgeworth and Butler to start off the fifth, but Updike delivered once again, cracking a walk-off double to score Butler and Mary Jane Reser to finish off Tillamook 12-1.

And for Scappoose, it was a sigh of relief. Tillamook was the first Class 4A team they'd faced since March 28 ranked out of the top 15 in the state, facing off against No. 10 Taft, No. 6 McLoughlin, No. 7 La Salle and No. 13 Central.

Scappoose will travel to top-ranked Banks (8-0, 1-0 Cowapa) on April 18, and they'll need every ounce of their offensive firepower. The Braves are one of the best in terms of runs allowed, giving up only 24 through eight games, and will toss out the first pitch at 4 p.m., with the second game of the double header beginning at 6 p.m.

SUMMARY

Scappoose 12, Tillamook 1 (5)

Scappoose High School

TILL 001 00 – 1 4 0

SCAP 262 02 – 12 10 1

Scappoose

Hits (10): Updike 3, Dykes 2, Lukinbeal, Harrison 2, Wedgeworth, MacInnis

HR (1): Harrison

RBIs (12): Updike 4, Dykes 2, Lukinbeal, Harrison 5

Runs (12): Updike, Dykes, Lukinbeal, Courtney, Harrison, Wedgeworth 2, Butler 2, MacInnis, Reser