Clackamas rallies around Zehr to start the league season 3-0
Clackamas High School diamond girls continued on fire last week, launching their Three Rivers League season with wins over Lake Oswego (12-1) , Oregon City (6-1) and Lakeridge (3-0).
Last Fridays shutout of Lakeridge was the Cavaliers 10th win in a row, after a 0-3 start to the season.
We talked to our pitchers, said Dave Just. We told them we want them to throw strikes, and theyve bought into it. Theyre throwing strikes and were playing defense behind them.
Amanda Zehr did all of the Cavaliers pitching last week and the 5-5 sophomore was outstanding, throwing two one-hitters and allowing no hits and no baserunners through the first 4-1/3 innings of the third game.
Amanda is throwing well for us right now, Just said. Her confidence is up. Shes getting ahead of hitters and throwing strikes.
Zehr started off last week striking out 14 batters and walking no one while throwing a one-hitter in the 12-1 rout of Lake Oswego. Lake Oswegos only hit was a lead-off single in the bottom of the sixth.
Zehr also threw a one-hitter in the 6-1 win over Oregon City, striking out three and walking one. Sophomore outfielder Taylor Katzmarek got a leadoff single in the top of the fifth for Oregon Citys lone hit in that game. Oregon Citys only run was unearned.
Last Friday, Zehr struck out two and walked one in the 3-0 win over the Pacers, while she scattered five hits. And her teammates played near flawless defense behind her.
The Cavaliers struck early against the Pacers, scoring two runs in the first inning on two hits and some heads up baserunning; and one run in the second on a walk and a timely double to right-center by Allie Anderegg.
Sophomore outfielder Ashley Filler led off the first with a base hit, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a single up the middle by Melissa Noble. Noble moved to second on the throw home, stole third and scored on a passed ball.
Noble (2-for-3) had two of the Cavaliers five hits in the win.
The Cavaliers scored all six of their runs in the first two innings in their 6-1 win over Oregon City.
They scored four times in the first inning on two walks, two hit batsmen and two base hits. Filler and Mariah Scholes (2-for-4, 2 runs) had the only hits in the inning.
Two more runs scored in the second on a walk, an error and a run-scoring base hit by Vanessa Oakden (2-for-4, 2 RBI).
The Cavaliers had their bats working in their April 8 trouncing of Lake Oswego, as they stung the ball for 17 hits and scored in six different innings.
Filler (4-for-5, one double, 4 runs, 2 RBI) led five Clackamas batters who connected for three or more hits.
Cassie Haehlen (3-for-4, 3 runs) stung the ball for a solo home run, her second round-tripper of the year.
Other big sticks included: McKenzie Giancola (3-for-5, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Scholes (3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBI, 2 doubles), and Anderegg (3-for-4, 2 runs).
The Cavaliers play Canby (8-5, 1-2) on the road this afternoon and they entertain Lake Oswego (0-6, 0-3) on Friday. Area youth players and the Clackamas High School community are invited to attend Fridays game, which is being played on Happy Valley Softball Day.
Clackamas (10-3, 3-0) was the only Three Rivers League team that finished the first week of the league season without a loss in league. Lakeridge (8-5, 2-1) and West Linn (6-5, 2-1) finished the week in second place.