A grand slam from sophomore Sage Harrison in the first inning sparks a massive offensive afternoon
Perhaps it was the ocean air, or the fast-approaching threat of rain, but something got under the Indians heels on Thursday afternoon, sparking Scappoose to a blinding start on offense and helping the road team to cruse 20-5 over Seaside.
And its not often that one can say the game was over in the first inning, but lately, things tend to go haywire when sophomore Sage Harrison steps up to the plate.
Harrison was batting fifth, one place behind senior slugger Lexi Courtney. Perhaps the pitching staff was paying too much attention to Courtney, striking out the cleanup batter in her first at-bat, because they completely overlooked Harrison.
With the bases loaded thanks to three walks in a row, Harrison made contact with the 1-0 pitch, sending it out of the park for her second grand slam of the year.
But Scappoose still wasnt done. The Seagulls walked three more, setting up senior Lacey Updike to knock in an RBI. Shelby Butler and Amanda Schlosser were sent home on another pair of mistakes by the Seaside pitcher, bringing Courtney back up to the plate for her second try.
This time, Courtney delivered, cracking a deep fly ball to center field and scoring Updike, Jessie Dykes and Nicole Lukinbeal.
Quite all of the sudden, the road team was up by ten runs, looking untouchable heading to the bottom of the first inning.
The second half of the period, though, proved to be nasty for Scappoose.
The Indians, in a likely attempt to save their top-two pitchers for Fridays showdown with Yamhill-Carlton, started freshman Julia Ferguson, and the Seagulls pounced on the youthful pitcher. Seaside picked up a hit and two runs before sophomore Kendal Bailey stepped in to pitch, but the Seagulls werent finished.
Bailey struck out the first batter with ease and seemed to have a second on the ropes, one strike away from retirement, but the home nine finally found another hit, scoring once again to inch within 10-3 with just one out and the bases loaded. An error scored another for the Gulls, and a grounder from senior Brittany Dodson opened the way for Seaside to score a fifth before Scappoose finally closed the inning.
A blowout? Not if Seaside had a say.
Unfortunately for the Seagulls, thats about as far as their rally stretched. Seaside couldnt keep Scappoose off base in the second inning, giving up three quick runs before Harrison was back up to bat. This time, smartly, she was walked.
The Indians capped off a second-inning streak with seven more runs and scored three in the top of the fourth, but allowed Seaside to get past first base only once the rest of the way.
Bailey gave up just three hits over the final five innings, striking out four and walking none. Harrison and Courtney tied for team-high honors, each finishing with four RBIs to lead Scappoose past Seaside.
The Indians, in the event of a somewhat-dry day, will take on No. 2 Yamhill-Carltons stingy defense in a top-10 matchup on Friday afternoon at Oscar Peterson Elementary. First pitch between the Indians and Tigers will be thrown out at 4 p.m.
Scappoose 20, Seaside 5
Broadway Middle School, Seaside
SCAP 10-7-0 04 – 10 9 1
SEAS 500 00 – 5 4 5
Hits (9): Updike 3, Courtney 2, Harrison, Wedgeworth 2, Reser
RBIs (16): Updike 3, Dykes, Lukinbeal 2, Courtney 4, Harrison 4, Reser, Schlosser
Runs (20): Updike 3, Dykes 3, Lukinbeal 3, Courtney, Harrison 2, Wedgeworth, Ferguson, Reser 2, Butler 2, Schlosser 2