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Scappoose softball buries Yamhill-Carlton in first round of Class 4A state

Second-seeded Indians win 11-1 in six innings, will host No. 7 Newport in quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. on Friday


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - From left, Hannah Galey, Nicole Lukinbeal, Hadley Enos, Kendal Bailey and Gabie Krueger celebrate an out in the second-ranked Indians' 11-1 Class 4A state first-round defeat of No. 15 Yamhill-Carlton in Scappoose.Kendal Bailey and the Indians whipped ex-Cowapa League bully Yamhill-Carlton in Wednesday’s Class 4A state first-rounder.

Scappoose exploded for seven third-inning runs and beat the visiting 15th-seeded Tigers 11-1 in six.

The No. 2 Indians (23-4 overall) held Yamhill-Carlton (9-18) to a single hit.

“We expected to be nervous and shaky, but Nicole [Lukinbeal] kicks butt out there [at second base],” said Bailey, the senior defending Cowapa League Pitcher of the Year and all-state first-teamer. “The umpire called a small strike zone, but I told the girls, ‘I’m going to put it in there, so go after the hits that come through.’”

Scappoose will host No. 7 Oregon West Conference champion Newport (23-5) — which beat the Indians 5-0 in 2014’s first round — in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Indians fell to eventual state runner-up Banks in the quarterfinals last year.

Yamhill-Carlton beat Scappoose three times in 2014 as it won the Cowapa League championship in 2014, then realigned and claimed the Oregon West Conference title in last year’s state semifinal run.

The Tigers, this year’s Oregon West third-placers who beat Tri-Valley Conference runner-up Corbett 5-4 at home in the play-in round, have yet to win a state crown.

The Indians won their only state championship in Class 3A in 1995.

Scappoose, second to third-seeded Banks in the Cowapa League for the second time since Yamhill-Carlton left, figured the Tigers out this time around.

“We started seeing the ball and making good contact, and our energy got up and we capitalized on a bunch of their errors,” said Hannah Galey, a sophomore defending all-state first-team shortstop.

Yamhill-Carlton senior and returning all-state third-team infielder Ember Armstrong singled junior Abigail Berhorst across in the top of the first, but Bailey bunted Galey home from third in the second.

Jessie Dykes tripled Lukinbeal across in the third, and Gabie Krueger’s double scored Dykes.

Sage Harrison walked to load the bases, and Bailey’s single pushed Galey and Krueger across.

Allyah Cates’ groundout sprung Harrison, MacInnis reached on an error at shortstop to score Sara Mills, and Hadley Enos singled in MacInnis.

“I expected it was going to be like that,” Indians coach CiJay Koler said. “We were walking into it knowing it could be our last game.”

Bailey singled Galey home in the fourth, and Cates did the same for Harrison.

Krueger read a Tigers error at first and beat the throw home from third to seal the 10-run rule with an out in the sixth.

“We get the timing down, and once there’s a connection, it’s infectious,” Bailey said. “We like to jump on it as soon as we get it.”

Bailey pitched all six innings, walked four and struck out two.

Yamhill Carlton junior Emily Lockhart went 5.1 innings for seven hits, 11 runs — six earned — a walk and two strikeouts against nine errors.

The Indians have won 11 games in a row — including conquests of Banks and Class 3A No. 3 Rainier — by an average of 13.5 runs.

Newport, out for its first state title, beat visiting 10th-seeded Far West runner-up Marshfield 8-4 on Wednesday and has won 16 in a row since Scappoose whacked the Cubs 10-4 on April 9 at Yaquina View Elementary School.

Scappoose scores 12.1 runs — third to No. 6 Elmira (11.9) and fifth seed Henley (14.4) — and allows 2.4 — third to fourth seed Gladstone (1.96) and Elmira (1.43).

Senior all-state first-team shortstop Makiah Johnson and Newport bring 8.7 runs home and give up 3.7.

The state semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday, from which the winners advance to the state championship game on June 4 at the Oregon State University Softball Complex in Corvallis.

Top seed McLoughlin seeks its third state title in a row after Banks repeated in 2012 and 2013.

Scappoose 11, Yamhill-Carlton 1 (6 innings)

YC 100 000 — 1 1 9

S 017 201 — 11 7 1

2B — S: Jessie Dykes. 3B — S: Hannah Galey. RBIs — YC: Ember Armstrong; S: Kendal Bailey 4, Dykes, Gabie Krueger, Allyah Cates