Scappoose softball clips Rainier's rally
Indians take down Class 3A No. 1 Columbians
The Class 4A No. 3 Indians didn't let Class 3A top-ranked Rainier get hot on Monday in Scappoose.
Kendal Bailey struck out eight Columbians in a complete 5-2 win.
Rainier (7-1 overall) was the state runner-up to Dayton last year after winning state titles in 2013 and 2014.
"I can trust the the girls [behind me] and I can put the ball closer to the plate," said Bailey, who also allowed seven hits and a walk. "We work on energy and starting up and staying up, even in practice right before the game. Every team is a team I want to beat."
Hadley Enos led the Indians (5-2) with an RBI single in the first and fourth innings, and Nicole Lukinbeal and Gabie Kreuger landed an RBI each.
"It was quicker pitching than we've seen so far, so our lead had to be quicker so we could trigger quicker," Kreuger said. "We got on [Rainier junior Haley Schimmel] and hitting is contagious, so we hit like we know we can."
Schimmel went three innings and fanned three Scappoose batters. Senior defending Class 3A All-State Pitcher of the Year Sarah Probasco threw four frames and set four down.
"I've known [Probasco] for awhile," Bailey said. "We wanted to see what Rainier could do."
Columbians sophomore Lena Lentini cut the Indians lead to 3-1 scored on a Scappoose misfire to second in the fourth.
Junior Jadyn Crape's single scored senior Megan Hackenberg and Rainier trailed 5-2 in the sixth.
The Columbians grounded out to Bailey for the first two outs at the same score in the top of the seventh. Junior Julia Taylor reached first base as her groundout to Bailey took a Columbians bounce. Junior Kami Gray got on with a single before she and Taylor reached second and third, but Bailey set the next batter down on strikes.
"Mentally and physically, this is one of the best games we've played," Indians coach Cijay Koler said. "We had girls who weren't used to being in those positions. We had a freshman [Taylor Johnson] come into right field and play well."
Class 3A No. 10 Clatskanie had a much tougher time against the Indians for its first loss on Thursday in Scappoose.
Scappoose (4-2) scored four runs in the first inning and five in the second to win 11-0 in five.
Sage Harrison came up with three hits and five RBIs for the Indians, and Hannah Galey drove in two runs with two hits as the Indians outbatted the Tigers (6-1) by a 9-1 count.
Bailey pitched a one-hit shutout and struck out five.
The Indians, whose 3.4 runs allowed per game is fourth in the state to No. 3 Elmira, No. 5 McLoughlin and No. 7 Banks, are scheduled to host Class 3A No. 2 Dayton at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
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Scappoose 5, Rainier 2
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