Softball: Mistakes, walks hand No. 1 YC victory over Scappoose
The Indians gave up five runs in the first inning and never recovered
If not for a ghastly first inning against the top-ranked Yamhill-Carlton Tigers, Scappoose might be looking at things a little differently on Wednesday morning.
The Indians gave up five unearned runs in the top of the first with two outs already in the books and though they shut down the home team's offense and mustered a run of their own, were never able to recover and fell 6-1.
With two games left, Scappoose has no hope of jumping Banks for the second spot in the Cowapa League standings, and must rather turn their attention to Astoria, who could tie Scappoose for the third seed with two wins on Thursday.
Thankfully, Yamhill-Carlton is in the rear view mirror. The Tigers got their first runner on base after an error by the Indians, but Kendall Bailey responded to pick up the team's first strikeout of the afternoon. One batter was walked and another singled to load the bases, but Allison Wedgeworth got under a deep fly ball to left field, setting up Scappoose to dodge a bullet and close the inning and leave three Tiger runners on base.
The Indians, though, didn't handle the pressure well. Bailey walked the next four batters, and Ember Armstrong cracked a single to short stop, scoring the Tigers' first RBI of the game with a 5-0 lead.
Back-to-back doubles from Lexi Courtney and Sage Harrison knocked in a run for Scappoose in the fourth inning, and after Bailey and Wedgeworth were walked to load the bases, it looked like the Indians would have a chance to get right back in the game, erasing their early-game mistakes.
That's when Yamhill-Carlton showed why they remain as one of the best defensive teams in the state. Ashley MacInnis hit an easy grounder to the pitcher, who tossed to first base for the second out of the inning. The first baseman made the play and threw to home plate, where the Tigers were able to catch Harrison as she looked to score.
Scappoose didn't get on base the rest of the game, sitting back as Molly Smith struck out seven consecutive batters to close out the game.
The Indians will look to clinch the third seed with a doubleheader against Astoria on Thursday, May 15. One win between the two games would guarantee Scappoose a third-place finish in the Cowapa League, and given their current ranking at No. 10 in the power rankings, would likely secure a home play-in game ahead of the first round of the OSAA softball playoffs.
Yamhill-Carlton 6, Scappoose 1
SCAP 000 100 0 – 1 3 3
YMHL 500 001 x – 6 4 0
Hits (3): Dykes, Courtney, Harrison
RBI (1): Harrison
Run (1): Courtney