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Scappoose softball crushes Valley Catholic, rises to No. 1

Indians allow Class 4A's fourth-best 2.8 runs per game

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - The Indians rose to first in Class 4A with Tuesday's 23-2 win in the Cowapa League opener in Beaverton.Swing away, but the Indians won’t let you score.

Scappoose (9-2 overall, 1-0 Cowapa League) became the top team in the state on Tuesday.

The Indians bring 10.5 runs home per game and allow 2.8 runs, the fourth-best defense to second-ranked Gladstone, third-ranked Elmira and sixth-ranked Banks.

Scappoose has beaten fourth-ranked back-to-back defending state champion McLoughlin (Milton-Freewater) and Class 3A’s top-ranked Rainier, second-ranked defending champion Dayton and No. 9 Clatskanie.

Madras, Clatskanie, Dayton and Brookings lasted five innings.

“Freshman year we weren’t all that close, but last year [Scappoose coach Cijay Koler] came in and said, ‘This is our motto, we’re an ohana [Hawaiian for ‘family’],’” said Scappoose senior Kendal Bailey, the returning Cowapa League Pitcher of the Year and all-state first-teamer. “We hadn’t mixed and hadn’t played a lot together, but when we’re out there we’re playing for each other.”

Valley Catholic was the latest such victim in 23-2 fashion as the Indians scored 12 in the first on Tuesday in Beaverton.

Sage Harrison landed four RBIs, and Hannah Galey launched a three-run homer to center in the second.

Nicole Dougherty two-hit the Valiants (5-4, 0-1) through five innings for two earned runs, walked four and struck out 12.

Scappoose beat Valley Catholic for the fourth time since the Valiants joined the Cowapa League last season.

Brookings took a 20-0 bashing in Saturday, April 9’s nightcap at Yaquina View Elementary School in Newport.

Ashley MacInnis went for four RBIs and scored twice as the Indians put seven runs across in the first inning and eight in the fifth.

“It’s huge, we need to be able to play together,” Koler said. “It’s not always going to be sunny days.”

Hadley Enos went for three RBIs and scored four times, Harrison came up with three RBIs and scored twice, and Galey, who homered to left in the second, kept the Indians running with two RBIs and three runs scored.

Dougherty two-hit the Bruins (1-10) through 4.2 scoreless innings, walked two and struck out six.

“If a player is down, you go up to her and say, ‘Ohana,’” Bailey said. “Even the parents wear it on the back of their shirts.”

Scappoose beat Newport (9-6, 3-0) by a 10-4 margin in the early game.

Harrison sent a three-run home run to center in the top of the second for the first of her four RBIs, and Galey sent a solo shot to left for the first of her three runs driven in.

Kendal Bailey went seven innings for seven hits, four runs — two earned — five walks and seven strikeouts.

The Indians are scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader at No. 5 Astoria on Friday.

Scappoose has taken the last five meetings from the Fishermen.

Scappoose 10,

Newport 4

S 340 020 1 — 10 11 3

N 300 000 1 — 4 7 3

2B — S: Allyah Cates, Nicole Lukinbeal, Hannah Galey, Hadley Enos; N: Ally Bachart. HR — S: Galey, Sage Harrison. RBIs — S: Harrison 4, Galey, Cates, Ashley MacInnis; N: Skylar Szabo, Kateri Whitehead

Scappoose 20,

Brookings 0

S 721 28 — 20 14 0

B 000 00 — 0 2 6

2B — S: Hannah Galey 2, Ashley MacInnis, Hadley Enos, Sage Harrison. 3B — S: Nicole Dougherty. HR — S: Galey. RBIs — S: Ashley MacInnis 4, Enos 3, Harrison 3, Galey 2, Gabie Kreuger, Taylor Johnson, Nicole Lukinbeal, Dougherty, Peyton Fisher

Scappoose 23,

Valley Catholic 2

S (12)54 20 — 23 11 2

VC 100 01 — 2 2 5

2B — S: Sage Harrison 2, Ashley MacInnis, Nicole Dougherty. HR — S: Hannah Galey. RBIs — S: Harrison 4, Galey 3, Lukinbeal 2, MacInnis, Allyah Cates, Nicole Dougherty, Jessie Dykes; VC: Katheren Bettermann, Noelle Mannen