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Softball: Tribe's double header with No. 1 Banks goes sour

Banks tops Scappoose 10-3 and 9-2, maintaining their top spot in the Cowapa League and the top ranking in the state


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scappoose sohomore tossed 162 pitches in 11 innings on Friday for the Indians against No. 1 Banks.Scappoose has been on the positive side of offensive outbursts all season, scoring in double figures on five different occasions, and breaking the eight-run barrier in all seven of their victories.

Against top-ranked Banks on Friday, April 18, the Indians finally got a taste of their own medicine, thanks to the offensive buzz-saw that the Braves put to work.

Banks beat Scappoose 10-3 and 2-9 on Friday, handing the Indians consecutive losses for just the second time this season, and dropping the Tribe to fourth in the Cowapa League standings.

As with their early season losses to Taft and McLoughlin, both games came down to defensive mistakes. Scappoose committed eight errors in the initial loss, with five more to round out the second.

In the first loss of the double header, Scappoose actually took a 1-0 lead on Banks in the first inning, thanks to a big hit from Sage Harrison to score Lacey Updike. It was one of four runners the Indians advanced to first base, taking advantage of a walk and a pair of errors to get an early advantage.

From that point, though, Scappoose fell apart on the defensive side. Madison Soper, the Braves' junior catcher, singled hard to center field with a runner on second and third, but the Indians couldn't get the ball home fast enough, as Mary Schorn and MaKenna Partain rushed home to steal the road team's edge.

The Braves jumped up by five runs by the time the second inning was over, and though Allison Wedgeworth singled to score senior Lexi Courtney and Nicole Lukinbeal singled to score Updike, Banks knocked in four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead 10-3, leaping on four errors by Scappoose in the period.

Of the ten runs scored by the Braves, only two – the pair in the first inning – were earned, despite sophomore Kendall Bailey's six strikeouts over the final five innings. Bailey and Updike combined for four walks and eight hits, with Bailey taking the mound for the second leg as well, pitching 11 consecutive innings over a four hour period.

In the second game, Scappoose went on repeat, taking a 2-0 lead early in the first. This time, it was Courtney, who hit a hard ground ball with the bases loaded to score Updike. Lukinbeal scored on the next-at bat, taking advantage of a wild pitch from junior right hander Tiffany Snyder.

Once again, the Indians couldn't muster enough defense to slow Banks. The Tribe's lead was short lived, as the Braves rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the second off an error in the outfield. The third inning brought about more difficulties. Banks made moves six at-bats in a row, scoring three runs to go up 5-2 before sophomore Asley MacInnis got under a fly ball to close the period.

Banks knocked home another in the fourth, with two more coming in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a steal of home from Schorn and a single from junior third baseman Kindel Bailey to close the scoring.

This time around, it wasn't the defense that killed the Indians. Unlike the first contest, Scappoose gave up only three unearned runs, two coming off of Indian errors. The other six came from the tired hand of Kendal Bailey, who will likely rest for several games after throw 162 pitches between the two games.

Scappoose will have a face-off at Seaside on Tuesday, April 22 at 5 p.m. before beginning a tough double-header with No. 2 Yamhill-Carlton on Friday, April 25. Seaside has scored more runs than any team in the Cowapa, Tri-Valley, Far West and Oregon West leagues, but also has given up 113 runs in 13 games this season. Yamhill-Carlton, on the other hand, has only allowed 11 runs, good for the second-best mark in the state.

SUMMARY

Banks 10, Scappoose 3

Banks High School

SCAP 101 001 0 – 3 10 8

BANK 330 004 x – 10 8 3

Scappoose

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

RBIs (2): Lukinbeal, Wedgeworth

Runs (3): Updike 2, Courtney

SUMMARY

Banks 9, Scappoose 2

Banks High School

SCAP 200 000 0 – 2 5 5

BANK 113 202 x – 9 13 2

Scappoose

Hits (5): Updike, Dykes 2, Bailey, MacInnis

RBI (1): Courtney

Runs (2): Updike, Dykes