A tough week for OC softballers

The Pioneers come up short in close games with West Linn and Putnam

OREGON CITY - Last week was a tough week for Oregon City's softball team, but the Pioneers finished the week strong.

Oregon City dropped hard fought games to West Linn (4-3) on April 14 and to Putnam (2-0) on April 16. The Pioneers closed out the week with a 6-0 shutout of Lake Oswego.

'We've got a strong rivalry with West Linn and West Linn came to play,' said Oregon City coach Dave Adelhart. 'The Putnam game was a battle. They didn't score until the sixth inning. The difference was they got the timely hits and we didn't. We've played Putnam close twice now.'

Adelhart said of Friday's game with the Lakers: 'We came out swinging the bats. It was our best hitting game of the year.'

The Pioneers reached Lake Oswego's pitcher for 13 hits. They put the game away in the second inning, when they strung together five hits and scored three runs, for a 4-0 lead.

Taylor Belmont led off the second with a triple, and McKenzie Marshall, Rachael Strong, Tori Hubbard and Samie Genskay all followed with base hits.

Kate Schimmel (2-for-4, 2 RBI) smacked a solo home run in the first inning.

Belmont, Genskay, Strong and Mary Lugar had two hits apiece on the night.

Marshall (4 strikeouts, 2 walks) pitched a 2-hitter.

A two-out single by Emily Kirk in the bottom of the sixth proved the difference in Putnam's 2-0 win over Oregon City. The Pioneers threatened when Winkle hit a fly to deep left in the top of the seventh. But Putnam outfielder Danielle Sayres hauled in the fly and turned it into a double play.

West Linn rallied from a 3-0 deficit with four runs in the top of the sixth. The Lions stung the ball for five hits in the pivotal inning.

Marshall pitched for Oregon City, striking out eight and walking one, while yielding seven hits.

Sophomore Carley Dolder pitched for West Linn, striking out five, walking one and yielding five hits.

Lugar had two run-scoring sacrifice flies in the losing effort. Genskay scored on a wild pitch.

Oregon City (10-6, 5-4) finished last week third in the TRL softball standings, trailing Putnam (12-4, 10-0) and Lakeridge (9-6, 6-4).

The Pioneers host Lakeridge this afternoon and Milwaukie (1-12, 0-9) on Friday.