The Warriors score three times in the first to beat Beaverton

BEAVERTON — The Aloha softball team knew it just needed a win to get it MILES VANCE - METRO ACTION - Beaverton shortstop Cory Meyer tries to make a play while Aloha's Katie Newton slides into second base during the Warriors' win at Beaverton on April 11.

Beaverton needed the exact same thing.

In the end, it was the Warriors who got what they needed, scoring three times in the top of the first inning and using that fast start to accelerate past the Beavers 10-0 in five innings at Beaverton High School on April 11. That win, following a Metro League-opening loss to Westview, set the Warriors off on a three-game winning streak and into second place behind the Wildcats.

“I feel confident now,” said Aloha senior pitcher Kiana Wood, who went 1 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs and also threw a four-hit, five-strikeout shutout. “I'm ready. I'm ready for the rest of the season.”by: MILES VANCE - WING IT - Aloha senior third baseman Katie Newton makes a throw to first base during her team's 10-0 Metro League win over Beaverton at Beaverton High School on April 11.

“Westview was a wakeup call for us,” added Aloha junior designated hitter Katie Buchanan, who went 1 for 3 and drilled a two-run homer in the fifth inning. “I think it was good for us.”

Beaverton, meanwhile, lost again on Friday but got its first league win on Monday — a 6-2 win over Sunset — and moved to 1-3 and fifth place.

“We knew that last game we didn't do as well as we wanted so this game we had to get back on our feet and win,” said Beaverton sophomore catcher Ione Gassner, who had one of her team's four hits. “We looked good in our warm-ups, but we just kind of died as soon as they started scoring.”

“We didn't think they were going to come out that fired up and swinging,” added Beaverton senior first baseman Kristy Rutz, who went 1 for 2 at the plate. “We knew it was going to be a good game, but I think we just need to be a little more prepared and stay a little more humble for next time.”

The Warriors got things rolling right away with a leadoff walk to Michelle Silva and then a one-out triple to right-center field by Wood for a 3-0 lead. Then, after a walk to Katie Newton and a Beaverton error that loaded the bases, Aloha junior Shelby Radcliff blooped a soft liner over third base to plate two more runs for that 3-0 edge.

“I always like being visitors so we can get runs right away,” Wood said.

“That was good to get the momentum going,” Buchanan said, “and then we just had to keep focused after they switched pitchers.”

“Prior to the game we were all really motivated, but we were shocked they came out with three runs in the first inning,” Gassner said.

Wood handed out a couple walks in the bottom of the first, but survived unscathed and then saw her offense tack on two more runs in the top of the second, another in the third and four more in the fifth. In the second, Mackenzie Sibert led off with a walk, Silva reached base on an error and both moved up on Alexa Bailey's bunt. Wood drove in one run with a groundout, and Silva scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0.

In the top of the third, Radcliff reached base on a one-out Beaver error, and scored with two outs when Ali Locke tripled down the right field line for a 6-0 lead that effectively ended Beaver pitcher Mackenzie Spencer's day..

And in the climactic fifth, Newton walked to open the frame and Buchanan followed with a home run to center field off Beaverton pitcher Savannah Dickson. The Warriors' final two runs came on RBI singles by Emily Powers and Silva.

Beaverton had solid scoring chances in the second, third and fourth innings, but could not bring any to fruition. In the second, Beaverton's Tatjana Schroeder had a bunt single and went all the way to third on an Aloha error before Wood struck out Shelby Blasingame. In the third, both Gassner and Rutz had singles, but were stranded when Wood struck out Kaitlin Collins. And in the fourth, McKenzie Miller led off with a walk and Casey Wise was hit by a pitch, but Wood bore down again for three straight outs to end the threat.

For the game, Silva scored twice and drove in a run, Newton walked twice and scored twice, and Courtney Coombs added a single and another run. Emily John had the Beavers' other hit in the loss.

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