Banks snaps Scappoose in state semifinals
Partain's two home runs lift Braves to Saturday's Class 4A championship rematch with McLoughlin
Only MaKenna Partain and Banks could blow out the Indians' fire.
The reigning Class 4A player of the year launched a second-inning solo home run and a three-run shot in the sixth as the Braves upset the Tribe 7-3 on Tuesday in Scappoose.
The Indians (24-5 overall) reached the semifinals for the first time in eight seasons after falling 4-1 in last year's quarterfinal in Banks.
The No. 3 Braves (22-3) will face top seed and twice-defending state champion McLoughlin (Milton-Freewater) (25-5) in the championship game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Oregon State University Softball Complex in Corvallis.
Scappoose beat visiting Banks 17-10 on May 10, and sank the Pioneers 3-2 with sophomore shortstop Hannah Galey's walk-off homer at the Bend Tournament on March 21.
The Pioneers blanked the Braves 4-0 for their second title in school history last year on the very same field.
Banks won the 1999 Class 3A state championship and beat McLoughlin for the latter of their back-to-back Class 4A titles in 2012 and 2013.
Hannah Galey scored all three runs for the second-seeded Indians on Tuesday as Kendal Bailey bunted her across in the second inning, she homered to left-center in the fourth and Sage Harrison's flyout to center scored her in the sixth.
"I think it just became a slugfest because of how good both of us are," said Galey, a sophomore shortstop who went 3-for-3 and also doubled twice. "I don't think we really needed [to overpower the pitcher] or they needed it, but it sure helps. And they capitalized with it, and we couldn't."
Banks junior Mary Schorn's single to center scored Partain in the first, and junior Katie Ragsdale's double sprung freshman Hannah McCourt and Schorn for a very quick 3-0 lead.
Partain's two-out, two-strike home run to right-center gave Banks a 4-0 lead in the second.
"Bust it open," said the Indians in the fourth-inning huddle before Galey homered and Harrison singled to the left-center fence.
Partain's three-run homer to center broke the game open at 7-2 before the first out in the sixth.
"Now or never, do or die," said the Indians down 7-3 in the seventh, but three fly-outs sealed their fate.
Nicole Dougherty pitched the first three innings for the Indians for six hits, four earned runs and three strikeouts. Bailey threw the final four for five hits, three earned runs, two walks and fanned three.
Banks freshman Kaylin Hernandez four-hit the Indians for two earned runs in the first three innings. Freshman Michaela Shaw relieved her in the fourth.
Scappoose has gone to state in seven of its 10 Class 4A years after winning its only championship in Class 3A in 1995.
The twice-defending Cowapa League champion Braves have made state in seven of the last 10 years and in each of the last five.
The Tribe won its way into Tuesday with a 10-0 quarterfinal defeat of Newport and six sixth-inning runs on Friday in Scappoose.
Dougherty rounded third on Ashley MacInnis' sixth-inning single to shortstop and was the 10-run clincher as the No. 7 Oregon West Conference champion Cubs (23-6) mishandled the hit.
"If there are two outs and we get a hit, we're going home," said Dougherty, a sophomore. "We got a hit, and when it went over the pitcher I wasn't thinking about the score they bobbled it and I took off."
The win was the Indians' 11th shutout of the year and their 16th win of at least 10 runs.
MacInnis singled Allyah Cates across in the fourth inning and broke a scoreless tie.
"It was such a relief," Galey said. "I'm so proud of my team for making the adjustments to not only the umpires' strike zone but also to what the was throwing. We made our adjustments, capitalized when we could and finally scored when we needed to. It was also nice to take some of the pressure off of Kendal's shoulders and give her some breathing room on the mound."
Galey's single scored Taylor Johnson and Jessie Dykes in the fifth, and Harrison singled to center to score Galey, all before the first out.
"Stay up," said the Indians to start the sixth as Galey again singled Johnson and Dykes across. Harrison launched a home run to right and scored Galey, and Dougherty dodged Newport sophomore catcher Grace Paranto at the plate.
"When we start, you can't stop it," Scappoose junior second base Nicole Lukinbeal said. "We wanted to win it for [sophomore all-league third base Gabie Krueger, who competed with the Indians band in Vancouver, Canada, on Friday] so she could be here for the semis."
Bailey threw all six innings for four hits, a walk and struck out seven.
Cubs junior Skylar Szabo went 5.2 innings for 12 hits, 10 runs seven earned four walks and two strikeouts.
Scappoose broke Newport's 16-game streak that began after losing 10-4 to the visiting Indians on April 9 at Yaquina View Elementary School.
Newport did, however, blank them 5-0 in the first state round in 2014.
The Cubs beat visiting No. 10 Marshfield 8-4 in the first round.
Scappoose beat No. 15 Yamhill-Carlton 11-1 in six first-round innings.
The Indians also swept No. 10 Astoria, Valley Catholic, Tillamook and Seaside in three regular-season games, and bested Class 5A No. 8 Ridgeview, top-ranked defending Class 3A champion Dayton, and Class 3A No. 3 Rainier twice.
Galey led the Indians this season with 22 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs, 61 RBIs, 55 runs scored and a .490 batting average.
Harrison doubled 14 times, launched nine home runs, drove in 57 runs and scored 33 times.
Krueger piled up 10 doubles, five triples, two home runs, 48 RBIs and scored 42 times.
Bailey pitched to a 14-2 record through 109.2 innings against 90 hits, 54 runs 21 earned for a 1.340 earned run average, walked 48 batters and struck out 123.
Dougherty went 9-1 through 58 innings on 45 hits, 18 runs 12 earned a 1.448 ERA, 14 walks and 61 strikeouts.
Scappoose scored 11.7 runs second only to fifth-seeded Henley (13.9) against 2.5 per game tied with No. 5 Henley (2.5) for third behind No. 4 Gladstone (1.9) and No. 6 Elmira (1.4).
The Indians are 64-18 overall and 36-9 in the Cowapa League and have gone to state in each of the last three years.
Scappoose coach CiJay Koler arrived just before last season.
"CiJay knows exactly what's going on," Bailey said. "We got new girls, and the intensity is way up."
The Indians will continue their upward trend.
"CiJay played in college, so there's a good balance," Dykes said. "The team got closer and closer and closer, and we want to prove softball is a big deal."
Scappoose 10, Newport 0 (6 innings)
N 000 000 0 4 4
S 000 136 10 12 1
2B S: Kendal Bailey, Nicole Dougherty, Jessie Dykes. HR S: Sage Harrison. RBIs S: Hannah Galey 4, Harrison 3, Ashley MacInnis, Nicole Dougherty
Banks 7, Scappoose 3
B 310 003 0 7 11 0
S 010 101 0 3 6 2
2B B: MaKenna Partain, Katie Ragsdale; S: Hannah Galey 2. HR B: Partain 2; S: Hannah Galey. RBIs B: Partain 4, Ragsdale 2, Mary Schorn; S: Galey, Kendal Bailey, Sage Harrison