Lady Indians drop softball pair to Yamhill-Carlton
Losses take Scappoose out of title chase, but not playoff chances
The Scappoose Lady Indians found themselves fighting to hold onto third-place in the Cowapa League softball race following a doubleheader loss to Yamhill-Carlton last Friday.
The Tribe kept it close in both games, losing the first 5-3 and the second just 2-0.
With the losses, Scappoose had dropped to 2-4 in the Cowapa League, tied with Astoria and Seaside.
The good news for Scappoose is that they are done with doubleheaders against Banks and Yamhill-Carlton, and they 10-runned Tillamook and Seaside in their single-game meetings with them. Astoria was beaten badly against Gladstone earlier in season, and by Yamhill-Carlton last week. Scappoose also lost to those teams but played much closer games. The pair met on Tuesday and the Tribe beat Astoria 12-2 to earn sole possession of third place in the Cowapa League.
In the first game last week, Yamhill-Carlton got out in front of Scappoose early and held on for the win. Two walks, an error, sac bunt and a single allowed them two runs in the first inning. They added a second run in the second inning off two errors.
Scappoose finally got on board in the third. With two outs, Sophia Hart doubled and Lacey Updike followed with a walk. An error put Cassidy Hoglund on base and allowed Hart to score. A walk to Lexi Courtney loaded the bases, and Avery Jones singled to score a run. A strike-out ended the threat.
YC got two insurance runs in the fourth inning. An error, two singles, and a double accounted for those runs. Scappoose did cut off one potential run at third base.
Courtney led off the sixth with a home run, and Jessie Dykes made it to third on an error. A fly to right and a strike-out ended the last threat.
Updike pitched the entire game for Scappoose, striking out five, walking four, and giving up six hits.
The second game was even closer. Neither team was able to score for the first three innings, but Yamhill-Carlton got the lead with a run in the fourth off an error and a single. It stayed 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth. A walk and two errors sent the second run in.
Scappoose got runners to base in two of the first four innings, but didnt have a serious threat. Allison Wedgworth reached base in the fifth, was moved up by Kendal Bailey and attempted to score on an error but was cut down at home. The Tribe left runners at the corners when the last out was made. The Tribe challenged again in the sixth by getting Updike and Hoglund to base, but then three straight outs ended their chances.
Bailey and Updike shared pitching duties in the contest.
Scappoose was scheduled to host Tillamook in a doubleheader on Friday. The team goes to Banks on Tuesday and then is at Seaside for a doubleheader on Friday, May 3. They wrap up the regular season the following week with a single home game against YC and a doubleheader against Astoria.