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Tribe softball team earns play-in shot at Sisters


Tribe easily dispatches Astoria in both ends of DH

The Scappoose Lady Indians picked up two easyby: FILE PHOTO - Lacey Updike was expected to pitch in Thursday's game at Sisters. wins over Astoria on Friday last week to wrap up third place in Cowapa League play and earn a play-in game at Sisters on Thursday.

The team downed Astoria 13-4 in the doubleheader opener, and then whipped them 16-1 in a five-inning nightcap.

Sisters was 17-5 in the Sky-Em League, finishing second with an 11-4 record behind Elmira. The Outlaws finished the season ranked 13th. Scappoose (12-12, 9-6) finished ranked 18th. The winner of that game, played after our press deadline, advances to the 4A state playoffs.

“We have a young team,” coach Steve Hoglund said, “but no excuses. Winning and losing games is measured in inches. We have a lot of potential.”

Hoglund said he didn’t know a lot about Sisters, but felt the Lady Indians are capable of a win.

“If we can stay focused and play like we are capable of playing we can give them one heck of a game.”

The Lady Indians played some of the top-ranked teams in the state and played them close, but couldn’t quite pull off wins. They lost to top-ranked Gladstone 3-1, No. 2-ranked Rainier (3A) 2-1, then top-ranked Banks 5-2, and No. 6 Yamhill-Carlton 2-0.

There were no playoff or even play-in ramifications against Astoria. The Lady Indians jumped all over Astoria at the outset of the first game, scoring six first-inning runs, and then adding runs the rest of the way. The Lady Fishermen scored all four of their runs in the third inning.

Scoring three times each in the game were Lacey Updike, Cassidy Hoglund, and Jessie Dykes. Updike walked, reached base on a single and an error. Hoglund reached base twice on an error and a third time on a single. Dykes walked three times. Lexi Courtney scored twice, reaching base both times on singles. Avery Jones scored in the first inning after reaching base on an error and pitcher Kendal Bailey was walked and then scored. by: FILE PHOTO - Kendall Bailey has done much of the pitching for Scappoose this season.

Bailey gave up just two hits from the pitching rubber, struck out eight, and walked three.

Astoria could muster just a solo second-inning run in the nightcap game, while Scappoose pushed a total of 11 runs across the plate in the first two innings. They added four in the third, and one in the fourth to end it quickly.

Courtney led Scappoose in hitting, going four for four with a three-run homer, three singles and scoring four times. Hoglund also had a homer. Updike was two for four with two singles. Dykes was two for three, plus a walk and scored twice. Bailey was one for two with a run. Sophia Hart was hit by a pitch, walked and score twice. Shelby Butler singled, reached base on an error and scored twice. Ashley MacInnis singled, reached base on an error, walked, and scored once.

Updike handed the pitching chores for Scappoose, giving up three hits, walking three, and striking out three.

Should Scappoose beat Sisters, their opponent will be determined by rankings. The league champions and next two top-ranked teams received a direct berth to the play-offs. The remaining 16 teams, those second and third in their leagues, plus high-ranked teams were in the play-in games. The winners of the play-ins are seeded against the top eight, based on their rankings—No. 1 vs. the lowest ranked team, etc.

Sisters lost just five times on the season, four of those against higher-ranked teams, and just the last game, against Ridgeview to a lower-ranked team. They lost that 2-1. They beat league champ Elmira, 6-3 in their first meeting, but lost to them 5-3 two days later. They lost to Junction City in early May 1-0, but then beat them 3-0 two days later. Their only other losses were in their season opener against 8th-ranked Madras, 7-6, and to 11th-ranked Sweet Home, 7-5.