La Salle is fading down the stretch
The Falcons let a game with Madras get away from them
Last week was a rough week for La Salle Prep's softball team.
The Falcons (10-9, 5-7) finished the week tied with North Marion (13-9, 5-7) and Madras (13-10, 5-7) in third place in the TVL, after dropping games to Madras (3-2 in eight innings) and North Marion (5-1). Only the top three teams from the league are guaranteed berths in postseason play and the Falcons entered play this week with three league games remaining.
North Marion and Madras are ahead of us in the power rankings, so we have to get a big win this week over Gladstone (21-2, 10-2) or Molalla (16-4, 11-1), and then end the [regular] season with a win over Estacada (1-18, 0-12) on Friday, said La Salle coach Walt Stockfleth.
The Falcons were scheduled to host fourth-ranked Molalla on Monday (May 6) and they are scheduled to entertain second-ranked Gladstone this afternoon.
La Salle started last week strong, beating Estacada 10-0 in six innings on April 29, when sophomore Loryn Williams (10 strikeouts, one walk) pitched a two-hitter. No one from Estacada advanced to third base.
The Falcons had 11 hits in the game, led by Makenzie Cook (2-for-3), Shannon Stockfleth (2-for-4, 3 RBI) and Nicole Schreiber (2-for-3, 2 RBI).
La Salle put the Rangers away in the first inning, scoring five runs on base hits by Averi Johnson, Ellie Mulvaney and Beka Leone, a two-run double by Sydney Chvilicek, a hit batter, a walk, a groundout and one Ranger error.
Last week's game at Madras was one that the Falcons let get away from them. La Salle was leading 2-0 heading into the top of the seventh when the Falcons gave up two runs on three singles and an error. The tying run scored on an infield error.
Madras scored the game-winner with two down in the top of the eighth when two Falcon defenders collided on a pop fly between shortstop and left field.
Johnson (2-for-4) and Mulvaney (2-for-3) led La Salle to an 8-6 edge in hitting in the losing effort.
Williams pitched, striking out five and walking no one.
Madras pitcher Jamie Moe struck out six and walked four.
Last week's 5-1 loss at North Marion wasn't pretty. The Falcons committed three errors and they got outhit 7-4.
Williams (2 strikeouts, one walked) pitched in the loss.