Softball: Galey one shy of home-run record, bats Indians to playoffs
Hannah Galey hits her 11th home run as the Indians win 12-3
Hannah Galey knew it as soon as she had rounded first base: her at-bat in the first inning had produced a home run, the 11th of her season and one shy of the school record. The lanky freshman had both fists in the air by the time she hit second base, and rounded third to the cheers of her teammates.
Scappoose rolled past Junction City 12-3 in the play-in round of the OSAA postseason on Thursday afternoon, capitalizing on six errors from the visitors and getting off to an early and dominant lead.
But for Galey and the Indians, there was more on the line than just reaching the 16-team championship bracket. She wanted the school's home run record and knew she was close, but Scappoose had a solid helping of pride to play for.
Ranked fifth at the end of the 2015 regular season, Scappoose was passed over for a bye in the first round in favor of Newport. It not only meant the Indians would have to participate in a play-in game, but it also means Scappoose will have to travel in the first round.
Galey said the team came into the game with something to prove: they belonged amongst the top teams in the state, and they set out to make sure every one knew it.
Scappoose didn't take long to make their first statement, taking a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly from Gabie Krueger in the bottom of the first. Then came a single from Sage Harrison, followed by Galey's historic homer the 11th in her freshman season.
The Indians scored four more in the bottom of the second to take a 7-1 lead and appeared headed for an early finish in five innings, but the visiting Tigers fought back. Junction City's defense held in the bottom of the third and fourth innings, allowing a single hit from Kendal Bailey between the pair of frames.
Scappoose got their offense rolling once again in the bottom of the fifth, and very nearly came up with a walk-off base hit. Harrison, Hadley Enos and Nicole Dougherty each hit singles to score runs, the last of which batted Enos home to give the Indians a 10-1 lead with one out. Junction City's defense stepped up with their backs against the wall, catching a popup and an infield fly ball to strand runners on the corners.
Junction City scored two runs in the top of the sixth, but Scappoose answered with a pair of runs before closing out the Tigers in the top of the seventh.
Scappoose will travel for the technical 'first' round of the playoffs, with the most likely location being a road game at Elmira just west of Eugene.
With the highest seed out of any team in the play-in round, Scappoose should get the lowest-ranked seed to have gotten a bye meaning No. 11 Elmira, who won the Sky-Em league. The May 27 first-round match ups will be decided after the final play-in game has gone final, either Friday or Saturday, depending on the weather.
Scappoose 12, Junction City 3
JUNC 010 002 0 3 7 6
SCAP 340 032 x 12 12 0
Runs-hits-RBIs: Dykes 3-2-2, Lukinbeal 1-0-1, Krueger 2-2-2, Harrison 1-3-2, Galey 2-1-2, Enos 1-1-1, Dougherty 1-2-1, Bailey 0-1-0, Scharmann 1-0-0
Hits-strikeouts: W-Bailey 7-3; Pitchford 12-1
UPDATE: The home run record was not 10, as was previously thought. The mark was set at 12 home runs by Lexi Courtney in 2013.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT