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Galey sends first-inning grand slam to center, Indians win 10-0 in five innings

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - The Indians celebrate sophomore Hannah Galey's first-inning grand slam in Tuesday's 10-0, five-inning defeat of visiting Tillamook.It’s getting ever harder to catch the No. 1 Indians in action.

Lately, games last but five innings.

Scappoose (12-2 overall, 4-0 Cowapa League), a winner of nine in a row, made 10-0 work of visiting Tillamook on Tuesday and has not allowed a score in its last 16 innings.

“I really think the girls were determined [to win in five innings] because it was so hot,” Indians coach Cijay Koler said. “We told them before the game that the sooner they get three outs the sooner they can sit in the dugout, and the more they hit the longer they can sit.“

Scappoose has won six games in five innings so far.

Gabie Kreuger bunted down the third base line to load the bases before the first out in the opening frame, and Hannah Galey’s one-out grand slam scored Nicole Lukinbeal, Taylor Johnson and Kreuger.

Johnson’s bunt to left loaded the bases before the first out in the second, Kreuger scored Ashley MacInnis and Lukinbeal on a Cheesemakers error at shortstop, Sage Harrison’s groundout scored Johnson, and Bailey’s single to right sprung Kreuger.

Johnson’s single to center scored Allyah Cates in the third, and Kreuger’s double to left scored Lukinbeal for the run-rule clincher.

Kreuger landed three RBIs and scored twice.

Nicole Dougherty three-hit Tillamook (4-9, 0-5) through five innings and struck out five.

Fifth-ranked Astoria could not stop the Indians either.

Scappoose seized a 4-1 road win in Friday, April 15’s opener and blew the Fishermen out of the water, 20-0, in the five-inning nightcap.

Astoria (4-4, 1-1) led through three innings of the opener as senior Taylor Mickle scored on a first-inning Indians error at third, but Galey’s single to center in the top of the fourth scored Peyton Fisher, Kreuger and Harrison, and Galey came home on a Fishermen error at third.

Galey came away 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and a score for Scappoose (11-2, 3-0).

Bailey pitched seven innings for six hits, an unearned run, two walks and nine strikeouts.

Kreuger batted 4-for-5 in the nightcap with a triple, seven RBIs and three scores. Harrison went 3-for-5 with a double, five RBIs and scored twice as the Indians speared a seven-run second inning and a six-run fifth.

Bailey threw five innings for two hits, a walk and nine strikeouts.

Scappoose has beaten the Cheesemakers and the Fishermen in each of the last seven respective contests.

The Indians bring 10.6 runs home per game (third to fifth-ranked Elmira and South Umpqua), and allow 2.3 runs, the fourth-best defense to No. 6 Banks, Elmira and No. 2 Gladstone.

Scappoose has beaten third-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.

Johnson leads the Indians with a .833 batting average, three RBIs and 14 runs scored. Harrison bats .561 with three home runs, 31 RBIs and 12 scores. Kreuger sports a .532 average, 22 RBIs and 17 runs.

Bailey, the defending Cowapa League Pitcher of the Year and all-state first-teamer, holds a 1.313 ERA against 53 hits, 28 runs — 11 earned — 22 walks and 64 strikeouts.

Scappoose is set to enter a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader at Banks on Friday.

The Braves (8-2, 4-0), winners of their last six games, took last year’s Cowapa League title and beat the Indians in three of last year’s four contests including the state quarterfinals.

“We’re always excited for the Banks game,” Koler said.

Scappoose 4, Astoria 1

S 000 400 0 — 4 7 1

A 100 000 0 — 1 6 2

2B — S: Hannah Galey. RBIs — S: Galey 3.

Scappoose 20, Astoria 0

S 172 46 — 20 21 0

A 000 00 — 0 2 5

2B — S: Hannah Galey, Sage Harrison, Nicole Dougherty. 3B — S: Gabie Kreuger. RBIs — S: Kreuger 7, Harrison 5, Galey 2, Taylor Johnson, Hadley Enos, Dougherty.

Scappoose 10,

Tillamook 0

T 000 00 — 0 3 4

S 441 01 — 10 6 0

2B — S: Gabie Kreuger. HR — S: Hannah Galey. RBIs — S: Galey 4, Kreuger 3, Kendal Bailey, Taylor Johnson, Sage Harrison.