Mt. Hood overcomes an early deficit to take Game 2 by a 7-4 count

by: THE POST: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hoods Maycee Abendschein leads off from first base during the Saints doubleheader last week against Lower Columbia.The Mt. Hood CC softball team saw its bats come alive in Game 2, just in time to salvage a split Tuesday against South Region rival Lower Columbia with a 7-4 win.

The Saints overcame an early deficit and gained a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning when Courtney McCarthy sent a double off the center-field fence. Lower Columbia’s Mackenzie Martin gave chase, crashing into the wall to retrieve the ball. She dropped to the grass, and the team trainer made the long run to the outfield to check her status.

Mt. Hood’s Maycee Abendschein did her best to keep Martin healthy during the next at-bat by lifting a towering hit to nearly the same spot. But this time, the ball easily cleared the fence. The only threat of harm was a potential neck injury, as the Red Devil outfielders twisted to watch the ball fly out of the park.

The Saints put the game out of reach with a three-run spurt in the sixth inning to take a 7-1 lead.

Heather Jett and Kylee Gaspar led the Saints with multiple hits. Gaspar’s RBI-double tied the game in the second inning, and the Saints went ahead to stay on a solo homer by Bianca Hancock in the next at-bat.

Brittney Dawson threw the first four innings, giving up one run and striking out three.

? Lower Columbia won the first game 4-2 with Sonny Dorhofer scoring the winning run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning. The Red Devils added an insurance run on an RBI-single by Allison Paladeni.

The Saints took an early lead on a Gaspar double in the second inning only to see Lower Columbia move ahead with two runs in the fourth. Mt. Hood tied the score 2-2 on an RBI-single by Teauna Hughes in the fifth.

Centennial High graduate Kali VanCleave hit 3 for 4 to lead the Saints, while Abendschein and Hughes also finished with multiple hits. Pitcher Anne-Marie Guischer piled up nine strikeouts in the loss.

The splits leaves Mt. Hood (7-3) tied with Clackamas for first place in the South.

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