Lady Indians pick up first softball win
Scappoose treks to Eastern Oregon but plays just one game
It was just their second game of the season, but the Scappoose Lady Indians got their bats going against La Grande on Saturday to post an 11-4 win.
The Tribe girls travelled to Milton-Freewater for a four-game tournament, but rain allowed them to get in just one contest.
'We really started hitting the ball,' an elated Scappoose coach Dean Smith said.
The game was the first for Scappoose since a 4-0 loss to Gladstone on March 23. The team has yet to play a game on their home field. They were at Rainier on Monday and are at Astoria next Tuesday, April 10. Weather permitting, they might try to get in a home game later this week.
The game with La Grande was a close one for the first five innings.
Scappoose led off the game with a run when Amara Templin singled, advanced on a sacrifice by Haley Wight, and scored on a single by Kennedy Bailey.
La Grande responded with two runs off a walk and two singles in the bottom of the frame.
The Lady Indians would tie up the game in the third inning. Templin led off with a double, advanced on a play at first, and scored on a single by Lexi Courtney.
The Tribe took the lead in the fifth when Cassidy Hoglund singled, advanced and scored on hits by Courtney and Bailey.
La Grande would knot the score once more with one run off a triple and a double.
Scappoose would break the game open in the top of the sixth with eight runs. Sophia Hart started the rally with a single, and Lacey Updike and Brittany Catlow added singles to score one. Templin and Micaela Brooks reached base on fielder's choices, and Hoglund followed with a single. Errors put Courtney and Kara Kuiper on, and then Hart doubled, and Updike and Catlow singled before the last out was made.
La Grande got their last two runs off a walk, an error and two singles in the seventh.
Sophia Hart was 3-4 hitting, while Hoglund, and Courtney each went 3-5 on the day.
Updike and Catlow were each 2-4. Templin was 2-5.
Smith said Updike had a good day pitching. She gave up six hits, but scattered four walks. She had one strikeout.
Scappoose isn't scheduled to play again until they travel to Astoria on Tuesday, but they may try to book a doubleheader on Friday.
Score by innings:
Scappoose 11, La Grande 4
Scappoose 101 018 0-11 18 1
La Grande 200 001 1-4 6 3
Lacey Updike and Kennedy Bailey; Kelly Walker, Elle Abel (6) and Jenny Tracy