Oregon City rallies around Hally to put three games in the win column

The youthful Oregon City Pioneers appear to be figuring things out in softball.

After losing their first two games in Three Rivers League play, the Pioneers recorded wins in their next four league games. They recorded three shutouts last week, capping off the week with a 4-0 win at West Linn on Friday. Friday’s win began the second of three rounds of league play and it avenged an earlier 6-3 loss, in a game that was also played at West Linn

“I told the girls we had to win [Friday’s game at West Linn] to have a shot at having the tiebreaker in our series with them, and they came ready to play,” said Oregon City coach Dave Adelhart.

The Pioneers jumped on the Lions early, putting three runs on the scoreboard in the first inning. With one down, sophomore Kaitlynn Donaca reached on a fielding error, stole second, and scored on a base hit by Pioneer veteran Stefanie Snow. Sophomore Morgan Bookout singled, and freshman Bri Spencer brought two more runs around with a well-placed two-out single to left-center.

The Pioneers added their fourth tally in the third. Snow reached as a hit batsman and Bookout, senior Raina Drake and sophomore Ashley Dugan followed with singles. Dugan earned the RBI with her two-out base hit.

Drake (3-for-4), Bookout (2-for-4) and Dugan (2-for-4) headed up Oregon City’s offensive attack, as the Pioneers reached West Linn pitchers for 11 hits.

Devin Hally had a great week for the Pioneers last week. The up-and-coming sophomore struck out 11 and walked one in a two-hitter in the game with the Lions. She struck out 12, walked three and allowed four hits in a 2-0 shutout of Lakeridge; and she struck out eight, walked one and gave up just three hits in a 9-0 shutout of Lake Oswego.

“She’s really starting to mature as a pitcher,” Adelhart said. “She works really hard. And it helps that she’s got an experienced catcher like Stefanie [Snow] supporting her.”

The Pioneers scored single tallies in the fifth and sixth innings in the game with Lakeridge.

Sophomore Taylor Katzmarek drew a walk to lead off the fifth, stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Donaca, and scored on a RBI-goundout by Snow.

Spencer (2-for-3) got things started in the sixth with a one-out single, and Drake doubled her home with a well-hit ball to right-center.

Hally pitched herself out of a jam in the first inning, leaving the bases loaded when she retired the side with a strikeout. Lakeridge didn’t advance a baserunner to third the rest of the way.

The Pioneers stung the ball for 10 hits in the 9-0 win over LO and they supported Hally with error-free defensive play.

Katzmarek (2-for-4, 2 doubles, 2 runs scored), Drake (2-for-3) and Bookout (2-for-3, double) headed up the offensive fireworks.

Through play April 15, the Pioneers sported a .295 team batting average. Snow (.465, 7 RBI) and Dugan (.343) were the top sluggers. Katzmarek had a team-leading 11 runs scored and Bookout had a team-leading nine RBI.

The Pioneers (9-6, 4-2) had a rematch scheduled with league-leader Clackamas (13-3, 6-0) on Monday (April 22). They play at Canby (10-6, 3-3) this afternoon and at Lakeridge (8-8, 2-4) on Friday.

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