Scappoose softball shuts out Newport in state quarterfinals
Second seed Indians will host No. 3 Cowapa League champion Banks in semifinals on Tuesday
It's Indians and Braves in the Class 4A state semifinals.
All in, all together, all the time.
The Tribe sealed a 10-0 quarterfinal defeat of Newport with six sixth-inning runs on Friday in Scappoose.
No. 2 Scappoose (24-4 overall) will host No. 3 back-to-back Cowapa League champion Banks (21-3), which bounced the Indians from last year's quarterfinals, at a time to be determined on Tuesday.
The Indians/Braves winner plays No. 1 twice-defending state champion McLoughlin (Milton-Freewater) or No. 4 Gladstone in the title game on June 4 at the Oregon State University Softball Complex in Corvallis.
Nicole Dougherty rounded third on Ashley MacInnis' sixth-inning single to shortstop on Friday and was the winning run as the No. 7 Oregon West Conference champion Cubs (23-6) mishandled the hit.
"If there are two outs and we get a hit, we're going home," said Dougherty, a sophomore all-Cowapa League honorable mention. "We got a hit, and when it went over the pitcher I wasn't thinking about the score they bobbled it and I took off."
The win was the Indians' 11th shutout of the year and their 16th win of at least 10 runs.
MacInnis, an all-conference honorable mention outfielder, singled Allyah Cates across in the fourth inning and broke a scoreless tie.
"It was such a relief," Scappoose sophomore all-conference shortstop Hannah Galey said. "I'm so proud of my team for making the adjustments to not only the umpires' strike zone but also to what the was throwing. We made our adjustments, capitalized when we could and finally scored when we needed to. It was also nice to take some of the pressure off of Kendal [Bailey]'s shoulders and give her some breathing room on the mound."
Galey's single scored Taylor Johnson and Jessie Dykes in the fifth, and Sage Harrison singled to center to score Galey, all before the first out.
"Stay up," said the Indians to start the sixth as Galey again singled Johnson and Dykes across. Harrison launched a home run to right and scored Galey, and Dougherty dodged Newport sophomore catcher Grace Paranto at the plate.
"When we start, you can't stop it," Scappoose junior all-league second base Nicole Lukinbeal said. "We wanted to win it for [sophomore all-league third base Gabie Krueger, who competed with the Indians band in Vancouver, Canada, on Friday] so she could be here for the semis."
Bailey, the senior Cowapa League Pitcher of the Year, threw all six innings for four hits, a walk and struck out seven.
Cubs junior Skylar Szabo went 5.2 innings for 12 hits, 10 runs seven earned four walks and two strikeouts.
Scappoose broke Newport's 16-game streak that began after losing 10-4 to the visiting Indians on April 9 at Yaquina View Elementary School.
Newport did, however, blank them 5-0 in the first state round in 2014.
The Cubs beat visiting No. 10 Marshfield 8-4 in the first round on Wednesday.
The Tribe, which won the 1995 Class 3A state championship, reaches its first state semifinal since 2008 and seeks its first championship appearance since 2007.
Scappoose has won 12 games in a row since falling 4-1 and 5-4 on April 22 in Banks.
The Indians took 17-10 home revenge from the Braves on May 10 but have nevertheless yielded five of the last seven head-to-head.
Banks beat visiting No. 14 South Umpqua 12-3 in the first round and No. 11 Ontario 5-1 at Hillsboro Stadium in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Scappoose beat No. 15 Yamhill-Carlton 11-1 on Wednesday and unleashes the best Class 4A offense (12 runs per game) and the second-best defense (2.3 runs allowed behind No. 4 Gladstone's 1.9) of the four remaining teams.
No. 5 Skyline Conference champion Henley averaged 13.9 runs but fell 1-0 at Gladstone in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Sixth-seeded Sky-Em League champion Elmira scored 11.9 runs before losing 3-1 to visiting Ontario in the first round.
Banks carries the second-best remaining offense (10.5 runs) and the third-best defense (3.2).
The Braves won the Class 3A title in 1999 before repeating as Class 4A champions in 2012-13.
McLoughlin chases its third state title in a row and in school history this season.
Scappoose 10, Banks 0 (6 innings)
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2B S: Kendal Bailey, Nicole Dougherty, Jessie Dykes. HR S: Sage Harrison. RBIs S: Hannah Galey 4, Harrison 3, Ashley MacInnis, Nicole Dougherty.