Game tight until Molalla takes slight lead in seventh inning

by: JEREMY DUECK - Scappoose's Amanda Schlosser takes a cut at the ball during last week's game with Molalla. The Lady Indians kept the game close, but three late runs gave the visiting Indians the win. The Scappoose Lady Indians are improving and have kept all of their games within a run or two, but have only emerged with one win in five outings.

Their 12-7 victory over Cascade aside, the Tribe has generated just four runs in four other games, but defensively they lost by only two runs in two games and one run in two other games.

In their last contest before a trip to Mac-Hi for a tournament over spring break, the Indians fell to Molalla, 4-2.

“It was just before spring break and I think their minds were elsewhere,” Coach Steve Hoglund said.

The game with Molalla was close all the way. The visiting Indians got on the board in the second inning with a run off a single and an error. They had another runner at third when the last out was made.

The Tribe’s Lexi Courtney tied up the game with a solo homer in the fourth inning. The Lady Indians had threatened in the second when Courtney walked and got all the way to third with a sacrifice from Avery Jones and a stolen JEREMY DUECK - Scappoose's Kendal Bailey pitches during last week's game with Molalla.

Scappoose threatened again in the fifth when Kendal Bailey singled and tried to score on a single by Shelbie Butler. She was cut down at the plate. Butler made it to third, but couldn’t score.

Molalla pushed across three runs in the top of the seventh. An error, single, sacrifice, error, and another single sent those three runners home.

Scappoose didn’t go quietly in the bottom of the frame. Jones was hit by a pitch to lead off and stole second and third. She scored on a double by Bailey. Bailey advanced to third on a stolen base, but a strike-out, and fly to right ended the contest.

The Tribe girls had just four hits in the game. Bailey was two for three, including the double, and Courtney one for two with a walk and the homer.

“We’ve had a little trouble getting our bats going, but it’s getting better,” Hoglund said.

The Tribe, currently ranked 20th in the Oregon School Activity Association power rankings, played in the Mac-Hi Tournament on Thursday and Friday. They had Sweet Home (ranked 12th) and Taft (6th) on the first day, followed by two other teams the second day.

They play Grant in Wilshire Park in Portland on April 5. They start league play at Tillamook on Tuesday, April 9.

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