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Scappoose softball aims higher

Indians look to improve on last year's state quarterfinals run


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Class 4A all-state first-team pitcher Kendal Bailey (front) and the Indians are out to improve on last year's state quarterfinal run.Last year’s Class 4A state quarterfinal run was only the beginning.

The Indians, second to top-ranked Banks in the Cowapa League before falling to the very same Braves at state, graduated outfielders Elizabeth Scharmann and Allison Wedgworth and first base Ciara Powers.

“We’re pretty much the same girls as last year, which makes it easy,” Scappoose coach Cijay Koler said. “We want to move forward, and we’re excited. Every single one of our girls is able to contribute, and every team plays us as if we’re their best competition.

Senior Kendal Bailey was an all-state first-team pitcher and the Cowapa League Pitcher of the Year. Sophomore shortstop Hannah Galey was a first-team infielder, senior Sage Harrison was a third-team catcher, junior second base Nicole Lukinbeal was a third-team infielder and senior Jessie Dykes was an honorable mention outfielder.

The ninth-ranked Indians allowed an average of three runs a game last season — fourth-best in the state — and scored 305 runs, second only to Banks.

“Last year we were a young team with a young mindset in calling situations,” Bailey said. “We want to take it to teams who took it to us in basketball. We’re very positive, always looking to get better, and working on our weaknesses. We clicked right away [with Koler last year], and she melds with all of us.”

The Indians’ schedule includes Cascade, which reached the first round of the state playoffs, Newport, which reached the state quarterfinals, and Banks, which bounced the Indians in the state semifinals and fell to McLoughlin in the championship.

“We’re all playing together in my final year,” Harrison said. “We have about nine returners, which is really great, and we’ve been waiting since the last game last year. We all have a good bond, we’re all friends and we play well together. This year we’ll probably do better than we ever have.”

State is scheduled to begin on May 25. The championship game is set for June 4 at the Oregon State University Softball Complex in Corvallis.

Scappoose won the Class 3A state championship in 1995 and was state runner-up in 1993 and 2007.

Schedule

March 14 at North Marion, 4:30 p.m., Aurora

March 15 at Cascade, 4:30 p.m., Turner

March 18 vs. Union (Wash.), 4:30 p.m.

March 21 at Bend Tournament

March 22 at Bend Tournament

March 29 vs. Clatskanie, 4:30 p.m.

April 8 vs. Dayton, 4:30 p.m.

April 9 at Newport, noon

April 12 at Valley Catholic, 5 p.m., Beaverton

April 15 at Astoria, DH, 3:30 p.m.

April 19 vs. Tillamook, 5 p.m.

April 22 at Banks, DH, 3:30 p.m.

April 26 at Seaside, 5 p.m.

April 29 vs. Valley Catholic, DH, 3:30 p.m.

May 3 vs. Astoria, 5 p.m.

May 6 at Tillamook, DH, 3:30 p.m.

May 10 vs. Banks, 5 p.m.

May 13 vs. Seaside, DH, 3:30 p.m.