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Softball: Indians break losing streak

by: CORY MIMMS - Kaitlyn Burke pitching on Friday, April 11, against Tillamook. The Indians came back in the seventh inning to pick up a narrow 12-11 win.After opening league with a 10-2 loss to North Marion on Monday, April 7, the Indians broke their eight-game losing streak with a 17-4 win over Estacada on Wednesday.

“[Jessica] Williams again pitched a complete game with [Kenzi] Kluken catching,” Coach Carol Grauer said about Wednesday’s game.

Williams had six strikeouts, two walks and only gave up three hits.

“The team did an outstanding job hitting,” Grauer said.

Kluken led the way with a grand slam in the second inning, along with three runs and six RBIs for the game. Williams was two for three with two runs and two RBIs, while Danae Castaing went two for two with two runs and two RBIs.

“The team finally showed confidence in their hitting skills,” Grauer said. “We are working on getting rid of the errors.”

Molalla followed up its win over Estacada with a barn burner 12-11 win over Tillamook on Friday. The girls had 12 runs on 15 hits with three errors.

Kaitlyn Burke started on the mound. She had five walks with one strikeout. In the fifth inning Brittni Callahan replaced Burke for two innings. Burke finished the game out in the seventh.

Going into the last inning, the Indians were down 11-8. Grauer said she told the girls not to think about it and just “go up and hit that ball and keep running.” The girls listened, as six of their 15 hits were in the last inning, with three in a row.

Rylee Elliot lead the hitting with three for four and three runs. Burke went two for three with two runs. Castaing had another solid game as well, going three for four, and Kaitlyn Carrier and Kaylee Larson matched each other two for four with two runs each. Kluken had a triple and two RBIs. But it was Lexy Shirley who picked up the winning run on a passed ball with the Indians sitting on two outs.

“I am very pleased with the way the team kept their eyes on both the ball and the game,” Grauer said. “Their focus and desire showed up, and what more can a coach ask for?”

For the remainder of the season, the Indians are in league. They play La Salle at home on Tuesday, April 15, and then go to Madras on Thursday, April 17. The games this year start at 5 p.m.




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