Tribe stumbles in season opener, 4-0

The Lady Indians softball team didn't pick up a win in their season opener, but head coach Dean Smith was happy they finally got in a game.

'We were a little tight,' Smith said. 'Lacey Updike pitched a (really good) game. For as bad as we played, we did okay only to lose 4-0. It was the first time we'd been on the dirt all year.'

The wet weather has kept Scappoose from play for the first two weeks of the season, so they were happy to travel to Gladstone for the make-up game. They were slated to get in a doubleheader with Douglas on Tuesday. Friday and Saturday they go to Mac-Hi (Milton Freewater) for a tournament.

Scappoose had trouble generating much offense against Gladstone. The Gladiators' Nena Dudley struck out 11 batters and gave up just two hits in the late going. Updike struck out just one batter, but gave up only six hits. Cassidy Hoglund started the seventh with a single, and after an out, Updike had a double. Gladstone retired the side without allowing a run to score.

The Gladiators got their first two runs in the bottom of the first off a hit batter and a homer from Magan Dean. They added a run in the second off a two walks, a hit batter and an error. The last run came in the fourth off two singles and a double.

The Tribe defense was able to shut down Gladstone threats in the third, fourth, and fifth innings.

Scappoose travels to a game at Rainier on April 3, and starts league play in Astoria on April 10. They have an endowment game in St. Helens on April 11.

Score by innings:

Gladstone 4, Scappoose 0

Scappoose 000 000 0-0 2 1

Gladstone 210 100 x-4 6 0

Lacey Updike and Kennedy Bailey; Nena Dudley and Ashlee Muller.

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