Tribe comes close to advancing but falls two runs short against Sisters

The Scappoose Lady Indians pulled within two runs of Sisters in the late going and had the tying runs on base when the last out was made in a 4A state play-in game last Thursday.

The loss eliminated Scappoose from further post-season play. Sisters, a Sky-Em League team, advanced to the state playoffs against Molalla.

“The team is young, but we could have played better,” Scappoose coach Steve Hoglund said. “The rain followed us all the way over there. When we got there it was a 30 percent chance of rain and they were putting water on the field. It was a lot of things—the (rain) showers, a three-hour bus ride. We made a lot of mistakes.”

Sisters, 18-6 and ranked 13th, was a favorite going into the contest, but Scappoose gave them a ball game for the first two innings, and then whittled away at an Outlaw lead the rest of the way.

Cassidy Hoglund provided much of the Scappoose offense. She had a first inning homer to put Scappoose in front in the first inning, added a double in the fourth, and then Sisters decided not to pitch to her, intentionally walking her twice. She reached base all four times and scored three times.

An error after a walk and a single scored a run for Sisters in the bottom of the first. Another single, a walk and a passed ball gave them a 2-1 lead.

Neither team could score in the second, and Scappoose went down in order in the third. For Sisters, a single, an error, a double, a single and a passed ball allowed them to score four times and make it a 6-2 game in the bottom of the third. They added their last run in the fourth off a single, and an error.

“We made some mistakes in the third,” Hoglund said. Kendal Bailey came in to pitch for Lacey Updike and did a credible job, giving up just one run the rest of the way. Scappoose had a 4-1 scoring advantage in the last four innings.

Scappoose would answer in the fourth with the double from Hoglund and a single from Avery Jones to score her. Jessie Dykes also singled.

The Lady Indians added a third run in the fifth when Ashley MacInnis singled, Sophia Hart followed with a single, Updike was safe on a fielder’s choice that put MacInnis out, and walks to Hoglund and Lexi Courtney sent one run home. A strike-out left three runners stranded on base.

The Lady Indians took one more run at Sisters in the seventh inning, with two outs. Updike reached base on a double, Hoglund was walked, and Courtney and Jones followed with singles to score both runners. The Lady Indians were within two. A long fly to left ended the game.

Scappoose pounded out 10 hits in the contest, including three extra-base hits. They also had three walks, committed four errors, and struck out 12 times. Updike pitched the first 2-2/3 innings for Scappoose and Bailey finished.

Sisters had just six hits in the game, but three of them came in the third, along with a walk. They also had three walks in the game.

Hoglund concluded that it was a tough season for the Lady Indians. Just about every team they played in pre-season and two league teams were in the top 10 in the rankings. The Lady Indians were close in most of those games, but never could pull off a big win over them.

Yamhill-Carlton (No. 6) advanced to the 16-team bracket with a 10-0 win over Ridgeview in five innings. Banks, by virtue of their league championship and No. 2 ranking, got a bye. YC was at Sutherlin (No. 14, 16-9, Far West League champion) on Wednesday and Banks hosts North Marion (No. 20, 16-11, fifth place Tri-Valley league).

Hoglund said it had been a good year for the Indians and thanked their banner sponsors: Kendall Liday, DDS; Robert Andreotti, DMD; Columbia River PUD; Fultano’s Pizza; and Sonia Fuller.

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