Tribe girls move up in rankings with the wins

The Scappoose Lady Indians finished off spring break with two wins and two losses at the Mac-Hi Invitational in Milton-Freewater.

The Tribe girls moved up on the Oregon School Activities Association power rankings with wins over Sweet Home (13-3) and Taft (12-5), but didn’t hurt themselves too much with losses to La Grande (9-8) and host McLoughlin (9-1).

“We improving and starting to hit the ball,” Scappoose coach Steve Hoglund said. “I tell the girls it’s not how you start but how you finish.”

The Lady Indians are coming around and ready to make a run at the Cowapa League title. The rankings at this point mean very little.

The Tribe has just one pre-league game left on their schedule, traveling to Grant on Friday, April 5. They start league play at No. 1-ranked Tillamook on Tuesday, April 9, and then have a doubleheader with league-favorite and fifth-ranked Banks on Friday, April 12.

Tournament games:

Scappoose 13, Sweet Home 3

The Lady Indians started to find their bats, scoring their most runs since the beginning of the season, in a 13-3 win over Sweet Home to begin the tournament.

The Tribe jumped on Sweet Home with four runs in the first inning and two more in the second. They added two in the fourth, one in the fifth, and four in the sixth. Cassidy Hoglund led Scappoose with three hits in four at bats, had a homer, and scored four times. Lexi Courtney was two for three with a grand slam homer, five RBIs, and also reached base on an error, and scored twice. Ashley MacInnis was two for three with two singles. Lacey Updike was two for four with two singles and a run.

Sweet Home got all their runs in the sixth inning off three singles and two errors.

Scappoose 12, Taft 5

The Tribe jumped on Taft with three runs to start the game, but then left Taft come back to move in front, 5-4, by the end of the fourth inning.

The Lady Indians responded with three runs in the top of the fifth, added one in the sixth, and four in the seventh for the final 12-5 win.

Sophia Hart had two singles, a double, reached base on an error and a walk, and scored twice. Jessie Dykes was twice hit by a pitch, walked and scored once. Cassidy Hoglund was two for five with a single and a solo homer. Avery Jones was four for five in the game with two doubles, two singles, and two RBIs, plus scored three times. Lacey Updike had two singles in five at bats. Allison Wedgeworth reached base four times. She was hit by a pitch, had two walks, and advanced once on an error.

La Grande 9, Scappoose 8

The Lady Indians put up a valiant effort against La Grande, but in the end a single and an error drove in the tying and winning runs.

The Tribe started the game with three runs off a double by Sophia Hart, single by Jessie Dykes, and double by Cassidy Hoglund and an error.

La Grande forged ahead in the third and led 4-3 going into the fifth.

Scappoose came back with runs from Ashley MacInnis (after a walk), a single by Dykes to score her, a double by Cassidy Hoglund and a play at first to score her.

La Grande took the lead again with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. A single, two walks, and a triple drove in those runs.

The Lady Indians bounded right back. Hoglund doubled and Lexi Courtney had her only hit, a two-run homer. Avery Jones then walked, stole second, and scored on a single by Updike.

La Grande rebounded to win the contest with the final two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Mac-Hi 9, Scappoose 1

Scappoose could come up with just one run off seven hits against Mac-Hi in their final spring break game.

Sophia Hart was three for four in the game with three straight singles, but couldn't tap the plate.

The Lady Indians lone run came in the fourth inning when Allison Wedgeworth singled, advanced on an error and scored on a single by Hart.

Meanwhile, Mac-Hi got a run in the second frame, added two in the fourth, and five in the sixth to put the game away. They had a lone run in the sixth inning to finish off the scoring.

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