The Rangers muster one hit as they drop a 15-4 decision to the Cardinals

by: ESTACADA NEWS: PARKER LEE - Estacadas Skylar Hunter makes a tag at second base during last weeks home loss to 3A Corbett. The Estacada softball team won its home opener on March 27, but the Rangers couldn’t make it 2-0 on their home turf on Thursday. The Corbett Cardinals were in town and they were in the zone at the plate. They batted their way to a 15-4 win in six innings over Estacada, completely ignoring the misty rain that sprinkled throughout the contest.

Corbett proved early on at Estacada that it was seeing the ball unusually well. The Cardinals struck in the first inning with two runs thanks to a long bomb from Brooklyn Detherage. The deep home run was the first ball to leave the field at Estacada since it was constructed prior to last season.

The Cardinals broke the game open in the second frame by erupting for six runs. They got some help from Estacada with a few walks and errors, but they came through with four hits in the inning to make the Rangers’ mistakes hurt. An RBI-double by Alicia Dearixon was the blow that really demoralized Estacada.

Corbett added four more runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a commanding 12-0 lead. The Cardinals looked poised to end the game early with the mercy rule, but Estacada showed some fight. The Rangers took advantage of a cluster of Corbett errors to score four runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 12-4 game.

The Cardinals tacked on a run in the fifth inning and seemingly scored another on a single by Delanie Garrett, but the umpires ruled that the runner on first left early and was called out. The run was taken off the board and Corbett’s lead after the fifth was nine runs, not 10, so the game went to the sixth inning.

Dearixon and pitcher Lindsay Miller each doubled and scored in the sixth, then the Cardinals shut down Estacada in the bottom of the inning to invoke the mercy rule.

Six Corbett hitters had at least two hits in the game. Dearixon went 4-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored. Detherage was also 4-for-5 with three runs, but added two RBIs and the homer.

Miller was 3-for-4 with a walk and three runs at the plate. She threw a complete-game one-hitter in the circle. She struck out seven Rangers and did not allow an earned run.

Estacada had a few opportunities outside the fourth inning to cut into Corbett’s lead. The Rangers got a runner on base with less than two outs in the first and sixth innings to give themselves a chance. Skylar Hunter led off the bottom of the first by slapping a grounder to the right side that the first baseman couldn’t handle. She stole second to get into scoring position, but she was stranded. In the sixth, Kassidy Runyon delivered Estacada’s only hit and advanced to second on an error, but she too was left on the base paths.

The Rangers suffered a tough 6-4 loss at Taft on Friday to close out the preseason. They traveled to Gladstone on Monday to begin conference play, but fell 8-0.

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