Play of the Day: The best from May 4 high school baseball/softball
There's a moment in every high school baseball and softball game, an instant that makes the difference, a play that lifts one team to victory and sends the other to defeat.
For May 4 of the 2018 Oregon high school season, here's a look back at the Plays of the Day. To see complete game stories from all these contests, go to the Prep Baseball/Softball tab.
GRESHAM 6, CENTENNIAL 0: Gresham ace Jake Biesterfeld struck out 13 batters on his way to the shutout win to give Gresham the series sweep over Centennial on Friday. Centennial's Justin Funkhouser hit a lead-off double in the seventh to threaten the shutout, but Biesterfeld prompted a pair of grounders followed by a strikeout to complete the shutout.
CORBETT 11, ESTACADA 1: The Cardinals kept their postseason hopes alive, breaking their Friday game against Estacada open in the fourth inning. First, Corbett's Daphne Scott took a tiny hop in center field to come down with a catch that left the bases loaded in the top of the inning. Then, in the bottom of the inning, Morgan Stafford hit a two-run single through the right side and came home herself on Scott's sacrifice fly to put the Cardinals in command 6-1.
SCAPPOOSE 9, BANKS 6: With Friday's game tied 2-2 in the top of the fourth inning and two Scappoose runners on base, Hadley Enos singled to right field to plate the go-ahead run. A second runner was also waved to the plate and was beaten home by Halle Vandomelen's throw from right field. But the runner was called safe after veering wide to avoid the tag, setting off a wave of vitriol from the Braves home crowd and an ensuing argument with Banks coach James Wise. The call ultimately stood and the Indians went on to score two more in the inning and blow open a game both teams were desperate to win.
CROOK COUNTY 17, MOLALLA 8: With Molalla leading 7-5 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Cowboys loaded the bases. Then, with the infield in on the grass, Crook County's Payton Faust slapped a ball past Molalla second baseman Jeff Larsen. The single scored a run and led to a four-run rally for the Cowboys who went on to take control of the game with seven more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning at Crook County High School on Friday.
CROOK COUNTY 24, MOLALLA 0: In a game dominated by Crook County, the hit that most exemplified the Cowgirls' dominance was a massive hit from freshman Elizabeth Barker that was only a few inches from being a grand slam home run. Instead, Barker settled for 2 RBIs, getting junior Kalyn Martinez and senior Justine Brinkley around the bases and advancing senior Jillian Denney to third base towards the end of the second inning on Friday at Molalla High School.
WEST LINN 6, LAKE OSWEGO 2: With his team already leading Lake Oswego 3-0 in the top of the second inning on Friday, West Linn senior catcher Micah Gibson did his best to make things even worse for the Lakers. With the bases loaded and two outs on the board, Gibson lined a single to center field that brought home two more runners and paved the way for the Lions' 6-2 win at Lake Oswego High School.