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Scappoose softball breaks Banks, stays alive in Cowapa League race

Second-ranked Indians avoid season sweep at home against No. 3 Braves, 17-10

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Sophomores Gabie Krueger (left) and Hadley Enos (center) celebrate a run in the second-ranked Indians' 17-10 defeat of No. 3 Banks on Tuesday in Scappoose.

The Cowapa League championship is still wide open.

The second-ranked Indians made sure of it.

Scappoose beat No. 3 Banks 17-10 at home on Tuesday to avoid a season sweep, break the Braves’ 14-game win streak and cut their league lead to a single game.

The Indians (19-4 overall, 11-2), who avenged April 22’s 4-1 and 5-4 road losses, won their last league title in 1999 before falling to none other than the Braves (16-3, 12-1) at state.

“We’re pumped,” said Scappoose coach Cijay Koler after the dust settled on Tuesday. “That was huge for us, and that’s the team we know. What a game that was, being our benefit game.”

All proceeds from the contest went to Scout’s Love, in honor of Scout Daniel, who lost her battle with a congenital heart defect (CHD) at 10 weeks old on Nov. 15, 2014.

Scout’s Love “sends packages of joy to hospitalized CHD warriors.”

Scappoose and Banks wore respective red and blue uniforms with CHD awareness ribbons, and raffle tickets went to distributing information about Scout’s Love.

The Braves, who have nevertheless taken five of the last seven contests in the series, won last year’s league championship and bounced the Indians from the state quarterfinals in their runner-up campaign.

The Tribe jumped out 9-3 through two innings, but Banks junior Karlie Gerlinger scored freshman Hannah McCourt on an error at shortstop, senior MaKenna Partain singled in juniors Katie Ragsdale and Alyssa Rogers, Gerlinger scored on an Indians error, junior Shakayla Snyder walked in Partain with the bases loaded and the Braves trailed 9-8.

Not to be outdone, Hannah Galey scored on a wild pitch in the fourth, Ashley MacInnis doubled in Kendal Bailey and Hadley Enos, MacInnis came home when Jessie Dykes reached first on a Banks error in right field and Scappoose led 13-8.

“I’m feelin’ it,” shouted Nicole Lukinbeal, a junior, in the on-deck circle to set the Indians dugout hooping and hollering.

MacInnis sparked Scappoose with a 3-for-4, two-double, five-RBI outing. Bailey, Galey and Enos all drove in two runs.

Bailey, the defending Cowapa League Pitcher of the Year, threw the first three innings for five hits, eight runs — two earned — and a strikeout.

Nicole Dougherty clipped the Braves in the final four innings for five hits, two runs — one earned — and a strikeout.

“I wanted to win for Kendal, and I wanted her to have the win for when she goes off to college,” said Dougherty, a sophomore. “Having everyone on the fence gives you energy and excitement, and it makes you want to hit the ball.”

Partain, an infielder and the returning Class 4A All-State Player of the Year, went 3-for-5 with three RBI singles and scored four times. Freshman Michaela Shaw and junior Mary Schorn also drove in two runs.

Shaw also threw the first 3.1 innings against nine hits, nine runs — three earned — a walk and a strikeout. Partain threw the final 2.2 for five hits, eight runs — four earned — a walk and a strikeout.

Scappoose scores 12 runs per game, third in the state to No. 5 Elmira (12.6) and No. 6 Henley (15.2), and gives up 2.6, third to No. 3 Gladstone (2.1) and Elmira (1.2).

The Braves bring an average of 11 runs across and allow a fourth-best 3.3 runs.

The Indians host Seaside (9-13, 4-9), which they beat 12-2 on the road on April 26 for their seventh consecutive win in the series, in a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader on Friday before playing at third-ranked Class 3A state runner-up Rainier at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

Scappoose beat the visiting Columbians 5-2 on April 4 and have taken two of the last three head-to-head.

Banks hosts No. 10 Astoria, which it beat 11-6 on the road April 26, in a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader on Friday.

The Braves have taken the last six meetings from the Fishermen by an average of 11.7 runs.

Scappoose had no trouble in their doubleheader at Tillamook (7-15, 3-10) on Friday, May 6.

The Indians sealed the season sweep with a 22-3, five-inning nightcap after a 19-3, five-inning opener.

In the closer, Bailey, Lukinbeal, Sage Harrison, Gabie Krueger, Bailey and Dykes all landed three RBIs. Galey hit two doubles, a home run, two RBIs and scored four times.

Scappoose scored 14 runs in the fourth inning.

Dougherty went five innings for seven hits, three runs — two earned — a walk and nine strikeouts.

In the opener, Galey came up with two doubles, a home run, seven RBIs and scored three times. Harrison brought two runs home and scored twice.

Bailey five-hit Tillamook through five innings for three unearned runs and two walks.

The Indians have outscored Tillamook 51-6 in their three-game sweep this season and have beaten the Cheesemakers nine times in a row by an average of 11.9 runs.

Galey leads Scappoose with 11 home runs, 53 RBIs and 42 runs scored.

Bailey is 11-2 through 88.2 innings for 75 hits, 45 runs — 17 earned — 39 walks, 104 strikeouts and a 1.342 earned run average.

Scappoose 19,

Tillamook 3 (5 innings)

S 446 32 — 19 17 4

T 011 10 — 3 5 4

2B — S: Hannah Galey 2, Sage Harrison 2, Ashley MacInnis; T: Madison Smith. HR — S: Galey. RBIs — S: Galey 7, Harrison 3, MacInnis 2, Kendal Bailey 2, Nicole Lukinbeal 2, Hadley Enos 2, Gabie Krueger; T: Abby Doud, Smith, Holly Saindon.

Scappoose 22,

Tillamook 3 (5 innings)

S 023 (14) 3 — 22 18 3

T 020 02 — 3 7 7

2B — S: Hannah Galey 2, Ashley MacInnis, Kendal Bailey, Jessie Dykes; T: Lexie Zuercher. 3B — S: Dykes. HR — S: Galey. RBIs — S: Gabie Krueger 3, Nicole Lukinbeal 3, Sage Harrison 3, Dykes 3, Bailey 3, Galey 2, Taylor Johnson, Hadley Enos; T: Lexi Zuercher, Madison Smith.

Scappoose 17, Banks 10

B 215 010 1 — 10 10 4

S 540 413 x — 17 14 8

2B — B; S: Ashley MacInnis 2, Hannah Galey. 3B — S: Galey. RBIs — B: MaKenna Partain 3, Michaela Shaw 2, Mary Schorn 2, Shakayla Snyder; S: Galey 5, Kendal Bailey 2, Hadley Enos 2, Galey 2, Gabie Krueger, Sage Harrison.