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Douglas defense answers the call

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - David Douglass Kailey Ritchardson is welcomed to the plate after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning of Mondays 8-4 win over St. Helens. The David Douglas softball team shut down a couple of comeback attempts to pick up a quality 8-4 win Monday over a St. Helens squad that reached the 5A quarterfinals last season.

The Scots got out to a quick 5-0 second inning lead, powered by Kailey Ritchardson's two-run homer to left field in her first at-bat.

The Lions closed the gap in the middle innings, pulling to within 5-4 after Brooklynn Sheer led off the sixth with a home run. St. Helens went on to put the tying run on base with nobody out.

Tierra Ramsay was next to take a swing, sending the ball looping toward center field only to have the Scots' Sydney Wallstrum react quickly from her spot at second base, stretching her glove hand above her head to snag the catch.

Wallstrum got the next one as well, this time on a simple pop-up in front of her on the infield, while Ritchardson ended the inning by getting in front of a hopper on the third-base side.

St. Helens also had the tying run on base in the fourth inning, but a Shelby Muldoon three-pitch strikeout sent the Lions back to the dugout.

David Douglas (4-4) evened its preseason record with a 10-6 win at Parkrose on Tuesday.

Look for expanded coverage in our Friday, April 1, print edition.

View photos from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.