The Kingsmen thump Clackamas and Milwaukie, win a 2-0 thriller from Oregon City

MILWAUKIE - Ranked No. 6, the Rex Putnam Kingsmen played like one of the state's top teams last week, shutting out opponents in four Three Rivers League softball games.

The Kingsmen out-hit their opponents 60-12, as they dropped Oregon City 2-0, bounced Milwaukie 16-0, and humbled Clackamas 16-0 and 6-0.

'The hitting's really come around,' said Putnam coach Tiffany Strnad. 'It doesn't seem to matter whether it's a fast pitcher or a slow pitcher. We're hitting the ball all through the lineup….

'They've been working real hard and they are reaping the rewards.'

Friday's rout of Milwaukie was the Kingsmen's eighth shutout in 10 league games.

The Kingsmen (12-4, 10-0) entered play this week four games up on second-place Lakeridge (9-6, 6-4) with the league season a game short of being half over.

'We've still got over half the season remaining, so we can't let up,' said Strnad. 'The other teams in the league are in a dogfight [for a playoff spot], and everyone wants to get us.'

The biggest surprise last week was the way Putnam handled league rival Clackamas on April 17. The Kingsmen's 16-0 drubbing of the Cavaliers was possibly the most lopsided game in the history of softball between the two schools.

'It's never been like this against Clackamas,' said Strnad. 'The kids were definitely motivated after Monday.'

Strnad explained that her Kingsmen were leading the Cavaliers 8-0 in the fourth inning of an April 14 game with Clackamas when that game was rained out.

The Kingsmen hammered the ball for 21 hits in six innings on April 17. Ronni Sayres led the hit parade, going 4-for-4, with a double, four runs scored and two RBI.

Lauren Harvey (3-for-5) had a two-run home run, five RBI and she scored twice.

Other top sluggers included: Danielle Sayres (3-for-5, 3 runs), Jade LeBaron (3-for-4, double, 3 RBI, 2 runs) and Missy Eberhardt (3-for-4, 2 RBI).

Harvey pitched, striking out seven, walking no one and allowing four hits.

The Kingsmen reached two Clackamas pitchers for 11 hits in their 6-0 win on April 15. The Kingsmen had only one batter strike out.

They put the Cavaliers away in the second inning when they scored four runs on five hits and a Cavalier error. Emily Kirk plated two runs with a double; Sami Parr singled in a run; and Kirk scored on a wild pitch.

Harvey struck out six and walked one in a 4-hitter.

The April 16 game with Oregon City was a barnburner. The Kingsmen didn't score until the bottom of the sixth in the 2-0 victory.

Heroine honors went to Kirk.

Harvey and LeBaron got things started in the sixth with back-to-back singles. Kirk powered a two-out single up the middle to bring two runs across.

The Kingsmen turned two double plays that helped hold the Pioneers at bay. The biggest came with a runner at first base in the top of the seventh.

Oregon City power hitter Bri Winkle stepped to the plate and powered a fly ball to deep left field.

'It was almost a home run,' said Oregon City coach Dave Adelhart. 'That ball clears the fence and it's a tie ball game.'

Danielle Sayres, who was playing deep, hauled in Winkle's fly and fired a rocket to Sami Parr, who relayed to Eberhardt at first in time to complete the double play.'

'It was a great game to watch!' said Strnad.

Harvey had nine strikeouts and walked no one in a 2-hitter.

Oregon City pitcher McKenzie Marshall struck out five and walked one, while yielding six hits.

The Kingsmen punished the ball for 22 hits in Friday's 16-0 five-inning rout of Milwaukie.

Sami Parr (4-for-5) headed the offensive assault with a double, three singles, four RBI and three runs scored.

Harvey (4 RBI, 2 runs) and Kirk had three hits apiece. Ronni Sayres smacked a pair of doubles, driving in two runs and scoring three times.

Every Putnam starter got a hit.

Harvey struck out nine, walked no one and gave up two base hits.

The Kingsmen play at Lake Oswego (9-7, 4-6) on Friday and at Lakeridge next Monday.

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