Nicole Lukinbeal, Gabie Krueger, Hannah Galey, Hadley Enos and Nicole Dougherty all-state for Scappoose softball
Nicole Lukinbeal, Gabie Krueger, Hannah Galey, Hadley Enos and Nicole Dougherty's infield expertise won Class 4A all-state applause in the Indians' quarterfinal run.
Lukinbeal, a senior at second base, and Gabie Krueger, a junior catcher, are first-teamers, Galey is a second-team junior shortstop, and juniors Hadley Enos and Nicole Dougherty are respective all-state third-teamers at first base and at pitcher.
"It's very exciting," Scappoose coach Cijay Koler said. "Each of these girls deserved all-state recognition."
Galey, Krueger, Lukinbeal, Enos and Dougherty were the respective leader, second, third, fourth and sixth in Tribe batting average as the Indians (23-5 overall, 13-2 Cowapa League) scored 353 runs, the fourth-most in all of the Oregon School Activities Association to Class 3A semifinalist Scio (415), unbeaten Class 4A champion Henley (400), which clipped Scappoose's playoff sprint, and Class 5A champion Marist Catholic (374), even more than in last year's semifinal streak (340).
Lukinbeal batted .574 for 24 singles, six doubles, three triples, three home runs, drove in 29 runs and scored 38 times, and played to 37 assists, 45 putouts, a pair of double plays and a triple play as the Indians allowed but four runs per game.
"It feels amazing to be recognized for all of my hard work," Lukinbeal said. "Even though my team and I didn't go as far in the playoffs, I feel like we represented Scappoose very well, and that showed when we were selected all-state. I was so surprised and happy that I got to finish my senior year strong and earn first-team."
Krueger's .574 average sparked 36 singles, 14 doubles, five triples, seven home runs, 60 RBI and 57 scores, and compiled 18 assists, 88 putouts and two double plays.
"It's very cool and I am very honored to be given that title," Krueger said.
Galey led Scappoose batters with a .608 average, 18 singles, 10 doubles, six triples, a new school-record 14 home runs, 60 RBI and scored 56 times, and piled up a team-high 50 assists, 41 putouts and five double plays.
"I was a little disappointed that I got second team and not first team, but it's still an honor to be named one of the best in the state, and it pushes me to want to be even better and improve on my weaknesses," the Cowapa League Player of the Year said.
Enos, with a .482 average, launched 29 singles, nine doubles, three home runs, 41 RBI and 31 runs, and kept runners off-base with 15 assists, 161 putouts, four double plays and a triple play.
"I worked very hard this season and was very proud with the outcome," Enos said. "It feels great to be all-state, and I'm also very proud of my other teammates who got all-state as well. I know we worked super hard this year."
Dougherty, a true triple threat, pitched to a 14-4 record for 78 hits, 28 of 65 runs earned, 58 walks, 70 strikeouts and a 1.934 ERA through 23 appearances and 101 1/3 innings as she batted .420 for 21 singles, six doubles, two triples, 17 RBI and 10 runs, and assisted for 27 outs, 22 putouts and two double plays.
"I wasn't expecting it, but it feels pretty great," Dougherty said.
The Indians reached at least the Class 4A quarterfinals for the third year in a row in pursuit of their first championship since their Class 3A title in 1995.
Class 4A All-State Softball
First team: Nicole Lukinbeal, sr., 2B; Gabie Krueger, jr., C.
Second team: Hannah Galey, jr., SS.
Third team: Hadley Enos, jr., 1B; Nicole Dougherty, jr., P.