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Byers strikes out 13 during pitcher's duel

The Mt. Hood CC softball team was eager to prove itself when it travelled to rival Clackamas CC on Tuesday afternoon.

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hoods Megan Marcy keeps her eye on the batter from third base.

South Region

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Mt. Hood CC
Clackamas CC

The Cougars swept a doubleheader between the teams a month ago, and Mt. Hood responded by reeling off nine straight league wins to climb to the top of the South Region standings.

When they took the field on Tuesday they were looking to prove that they were the team to beat.

“It’s been a roller coaster ride for all the teams in our league this year,” Saints coach Meadow McWhorter said. “We are learning to break the game up, to win the inning, to win the at-bat — they have really bought into that.”

The Saints won the opening at-bat Tuesday when Darian Lindsey connected on a double out of the lead-off spot. Mt. Hood won the inning with Rachel Rutledge hit an RBI-single and Megan Marcy came through with a two-run homer to put the Saints on top 3-2 — a lead they would not surrender.

The aces for both teams, Kayla Byers for Mt. Hood and Emily Marchbanks for Clackamas, put zeroes on the board through the next four innings.

Byers finished the game with 13 strikeouts.

Clackamas bounced back to split the doubleheader with a 10-5 win in Game 2.

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