Tribe close in first three losses, unloads on Cascade

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappose's Kendall Bailey has handled the bulk of the pitching chores for the Lady Indians thus far. The Tribe has had three close losses, and then picked up a win over Cascade on WAednesday night. The Scappoose Lady Indians just couldn’t get over the top in their first three softball games, but finally put a mark in the win column with a 12-7 victory over Cascade in a match at Gladstone on Wednesday night.

The Tribe girls lost their opener to Gladstone 3-1, and then fell to Rainier 2-1. They followed with a 1-0 loss to La Salle on March 15. A game scheduled with North Marion was postponed by rain.

Scappoose was able to post 10 hits and get their offense on track against Cascade.

Sophia Hart led off the game with a single, Jessie Dykes advanced her to second with a sacrifice and Cassidy Hoglund followed with a double to score her. A single by Lexi Courtney scored Hoglund, and Lacey Updike singled to send Courtney home.

The Lady Indians would add two runs in the third and three in the fourth before Cascade could get anything on the scoreboard.

Hart led off the third with her second single of the game. She would be two for four on the day, reach base four times, and score four times. Dykes reached base on a walk, and an error and plays at first would allow the pair to cross the plate.

In the fourth, Kendall Bailey singled and Shelbie Butler was safe on a sacrifice bunt. Amanda Schlosser advanced them to a base and Hart reached base. They would score on a fielder’s choice and an error.

A single, a walk and three errors allowed Cascade a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning.

The Lady Indians would add three more runs in the top of the sixth. Highlights included doubles by Courtney and Avery Jones, plus singles from Hoglund and Butler.

Four hits, a walk, and an error would allow Cascade to score four runs in the bottom of the frame.

Kendall Bailey hurled the first six innings for the Tribe with Kendall Bailey relieving in the top of the seventh.

Against La Salle, Scappoose had their chances to score, but couldn’t push a run across. Courtney doubled in the second inning and reached third, but a strike out ended the threat.

Two doubles got La Salle their only run of the game.

Against Rainier, Scappoose came back from a one-run deficit to tie the game in the top of the sixth. Rainier would end the game in the bottom of the seventh with a walk-off homer.

Scappoose scored when Dykes and Hoglund reached base on singles, and Avery Jones got a hit to drive Dykes home. The Lady Indians had runners on second and third when the last out was made.

In their opener, Scappoose and Gladstone were tied until the Glads scored off a walk and a double in the seventh. Gladstone’s lead-off batter in the game scored off a pair of walks and a single.

The Lady Indians got their lone run off a Courtney homer in the second inning.

Scappoose was scheduled to host Molalla on March 22 and then goes to Milton-Freewater for the Mac-Hi Tournament March 28-29. They play Sweet Home and Taft on the 28th, and their next two opponents are determined by their record in the first two games. They don’t play again until April 5 at Grant.

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