Softball: Scappoose dominates Astoria to claim Cowapa League's third seed
Kendall Bailey gets a near perfect game in the Indians' 16-0 defeat of Astoria, hitting a grand slam to cap the one-hit shutout
With a pair of dominant victories over Astoria to close the season, Scappoose has officially wrapped up the third seed in the Cowapa League. They will likely host a play-in game early next week, claiming one of two wild-card berths in group B.
The first win, a 7-3 victory with senior Lacey Updike in the pitchers' circle, came by way of a six-run burst in the top of the third inning. Scappoose was forced to erase a sloppy start to the contest in which the Indians committed three errors and surrendered an early lead in the first two innings.
They'd go on to give up six more, but thankfully the Fishermen had a few wrinkles in their game as well. With the bases loaded and two outs in the books in the top of the third, Lexi Courtney hit a routine grounder between second and third base, but it scuttled past shortstop Taylor Mickle and into the outfield, allowing Jessie Dykes and Nicole Lukinbeal to score and give the road team their first lead. Courtney punched in a third run moments later, and a grounder to center field from Amanda Schlosser batted home another pair, butting Scappoose up 5-1.
The Fishermen went on a few mini-flurries down the stretch, but weren't able to take advantage of the copious Scappoose mistakes on defense and fell short of a game-winning rally.
In the second contest, there wasn't a shred of doubt as to who belonged in the postseason.
Sophomore pitcher Kendall Bailey came just a hit and an error away from a perfect game, tossing five strikeouts as the Indians blasted Astoria 16-0. The lone hit, a single to left field from Kenney Rub, came early in the first inning and was the only time Bailey even felt any pressure. Not once did Bailey ever tread in dangerous waters with misplaced pitches, instead throwing 35 strikes in 46 pitches.
Even when she stepped out of the circle and up to the plate, Bailey was next to unstoppable. With Courtney having already homered once each in the first and second innings, Bailey put the final nail in the coffin late in the bottom of the fifth. Scappoose already had garnered a pair of hits and loaded the bases when Harrison was hit by a pitch. Schlosser flied out, and it looked as though the Fishermen would escape only facing a 12-run deficit.
That's when Bailey showed up and swung at her very first offering. The ball continued to rise and rise, gliding far over the center field fence for a grand slam, scoring Dykes, Lukinbeal and Harrison and securing the Indians' second shutout of the week as they await their paring for the first game of the postseason.
As of Thursday evening, the Indians are ranked ninth in the power rankings. No. 2 Yamhill-Carlton and No. 1 Banks will both be selected for Group A, which advances teams directly to the first round of the OSAA 16-team bracket, surpassing the play-in round. Per the OSAA playoff qualification rules, Scappoose will move up to group B, giving the Indians a home game in the play-in round.
Seeding is determined by power rankings as well, putting the Indians behind Ridgeview for the berth in Group B, pitting the Tribe against the second-lowest ranked three-seed from the seven Class 4A leagues. Should the playoff match ups be set on Thursday evening, the play-in round would pit Scappoose against No. 28 North Valley, likely on Tuesday, May 20.
As is the nature of sports, everything is likely to change before the rankings freeze at 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 18. Continue to check in as the last results are finalized on Friday and Saturday.
Scappoose 7, Astoria 3
SCAP 006 000 1 – 7 4 9
ASTO 100 110 0 – 3 4 5
Hits (4): Butler, Dykes, Courtney, Schlosser
RBIs (4): Butler, Harrison, Schlosser 2
Runs (7): Butler, Dykes, Lukinbeal 2, Courtney, Ferguson, Bailey
Win: Updike (7 IP, 4 hits, one walk, six strikeouts)
Scappoose 16, Astoria 0
SCAP 525 04 – 16 14 1
ASTO 000 00 – 0 1 2
Hits (14): Updike 2, Dykes 3, Lukinbeal 2, Courtney 2, Wedgeworth, Bailey 3, Reser
RBIs (15): Updike, Dykes 2, Lukinbeal 2, Courtney 5, Bailey 4, Reser
HR (2): Courtney 2
Grand-slam (1): Bailey
Runs (16): Updike 2, Dykes 4, Lukinbeal 2, Courtney 2, Harrison, Wedgeworth, Bailey 2, MacInnis, Ferguson
Win: Bailey (5 IP, one hit, no walks, five strikeouts)