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Pioneers come up short at West Linn

But they're still second in the TRL standings after six games

WEST LINN - The Oregon City Pioneers learned on April 10 that you can't overlook anyone in Three Rivers League softball, as they dropped an 11-inning game 3-2 at West Linn.

'It took us a while to get going,' said Oregon City coach Dave Adelhart. 'They came out pumped up, and we were just the opposite.'

Oregon City pitcher McKenzie Marshall did her part. The sophomore talent fanned 17 batters and walked one in a 4-hitter.

The Pioneers struck out 10 times and walked four times, while making contact for seven hits.

'We couldn't get the hits when we needed them,' said Adelhart. 'We left 11 runners on base. We had three called third strikes with runners in scoring position.'

Each team scored only once in regulation play.

Oregon City scored a single tally in the top of the fifth on base hits by Samie Genskay, Chelsea Mitchell and Mary Lugar.

West Linn answered in the bottom of the fifth, scoring on a base hit and a two-out triple by freshman Sommer Figone.

Both teams then went scoreless until the 10th inning.

Under the international tiebreaker, Oregon City started the 10th with Regan Drake at second. Drake advanced on a sacrifice by Genskay and scored on a double by Kate Schimmel.

West Linn answered in the bottom of the 10th, scoring on a sacrifice and a fielder's choice.

And the Lions platted the game-winner with two down in the 11th, scoring on a sacrifice and a bloop single.

The Pioneers rallied around Marshall and timely hitting in their 6-1 win at Lakeridge. Each team had six hits, but Marshall had 15 strikeouts in the seven-inning game.

'McKenzie just amazes me,' said Adelhart. 'She's very, very relaxed on the mound. We just keep it fun for her and that's when she throws her best.'

The Pioneers scored in three different innings and they led 6-0 before the Pacers got on the scoreboard in the last of the seventh.

Genskay, Oregon City's leadoff hitter, was in form, hammering out a double and a single and scoring two times.

Marshall helped her own cause with a run-scoring double.

Bri Winkle smacked a run-scoring double and Schimmel also hit a two-bagger.

Oregon City (9-4, 4-2) finished the first round of league play tied with Clackamas (6-6, 4-2) in second place in the TRL standings.

The Pioneers play at Putnam this afternoon and they entertain Lake Oswego (8-4, 3-3) on Friday.