Pioneers go 4-0 over spring break

OC coeds improve to 6-2 with wins over Summit, Century, Beaverton and North Salem

BEND - Oregon City's softball team came through with an impressive showing over spring break, winning four games in two days during a round robin tournament in Bend.

The Pioneers bounced Summit 3-1 and Century 3-0 on March 24, and followed with shutouts of Beaverton (1-0) and North Salem (4-0) on March 25.

The wins put the Pioneers at 6-2 on the season, as they prepared to return to league play this week.

'It's a lot better than the 2-6 that we were last year at this time,' said Oregon City coach Dave Adelhart.

Adelhart said his Pioneers have become a lot better defensive ball club and 'our pitching has been excellent.'

Sophomore McKenzie Marshall has done most of the pitching. Entering play this week she had 32 strikeouts in 32-1/3 innings and a 1.73 ERA.

Chelsea Mitchell, Katlyn Taylor and Mary Lugar are all hitting better than .300, Adelhart said.

'I'd like for us to improve our hitting,' Adelhart said. 'I'd like to get more people involved.'

Marshall and Bri Winkle teamed up to pitch a 2-hitter in last week's game with Century, striking out six batters and walking two.

Lugar had a big game at the plate, going 3-for-3, with a first-inning home run.

Taylor drove two more runs across with a three-bagger in the sixth.

Marshall went the distance in the 1-0 shutout of Beaverton, allowing just two hits, while striking out nine.

Beaverton pitcher Megen Ickler pitched a five-hitter, striking out 12. But two errors proved costly.

The Pioneers took advantage of Beaver defensive miscues to score the game's only run in the top of the seventh. Regan Drake reached on a throwing error, advanced on a fielder's choice and passed ball, and scored with two down when Mitchell reached on an overthrow at first base.

Winkle went the distance on the hill in the 4-0 shutout of North Salem, striking out six, walking two and yielding three hits.

Oregon City leadoff hitter Samie Genskay, Lugar and Kate Schimmel starred at the plate.

Genskay went 3-for-3, with a double and two runs scored; Lugar smacked a two-run triple in the fifth frame; Schimmel hammered a two-out home run in the fourth.

The Pioneers (6-2, 1-0) were scheduled to entertain Putnam this afternoon. They play at Milwaukie Friday and at Lakeridge next Monday.