Softball team takes Banks to nine innings, Gulls take just five to down

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Avery Jones is safe at home during the Tribe's 10-run third inning against visiting Seaside. The game ended after 4 -1/2 innings with Scappoose leading 12-2.The Scappoose Lady Indians came close to upsetting top-ranked Banks in the rain on Friday, but weren’t as close in a second meeting on Monday.

Tuesday they got back on the winning track with a five-inning 12-2 win over visiting Seaside.

The Tribe let Banks know they’d been in a game on a gloomy, very rainy Friday in Scappoose.

Scappoose had several chances to put Banks away, but some clutch plays by the Lady Braves, and some missed chances by the Tribe ended in a nine-inning, 5-2 loss.

Banks got on board first in the contest when a runner reached base on a fielder’s choice, and a double by the next batter sent her home. They made it 2-0 in the third with a run off a single and a double. Scappoose would hold them scoreless until the ninth.

The Tribe pulled within one on a Cassidy Hoglundby: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Cassidy Hoglund jumps for the plate after hitting a home run against Banks last Friday. homer in the fourth, and then tied it up in the bottom of the sixth on a homer by Lexi Courtney.

Scappoose might have scored the go ahead run in the sixth when Hoglund’s sharp shot to left center was hauled in on a nice play by the Banks center fielder. Courtney followed with the homer.

The Lady Indians’ best chance to end it was in the bottom of the eighth. Lacey Updike reached base on an infield single that left first base uncovered. Hoglund then reached base on a shortstop error. That brought up Courtney, but she was unable to get her third hit of the day.

Banks got runners to second and third with a single and a double in the ninth. One runner was cut down at home. A triple then sent two runs home, and a single scored the last run for Banks.

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Home run swing. Scappoose's Lexi Courtney smashed this ball over the fence for one of Scappoose's two runs against Banks.Lacey Updike had a good game for the Tribe. She scattered seven hits in the first eight innings before giving up the four in the ninth. She had just one strike-out, but her only walk was in the first inning.

Friday’s game was supposed to be a doubleheader, but the length of the first game, darkness and the dampness postponed the second meeting until Monday.

Banks didn’t really let Scappoose into the second contest. They got a run in the first, then pushed over eight runs in the third inning off seven hits, a walk, and an error.

Scappoose was only able to come up with two runs on a homer by Courtney. The Lady Indians struck out 10 times in the game.

Although Scappoose found itself down to Seaside 2-1 after 2-½ innings, they made up for it with 10 runs in the bottom of the third. Sophia Hart led off the inning with a walk, and then Hoglund cranked out a homer to left center. A walk, singles by Avery Jones and Jessie Dykes, two errors, another walk, singles by Hart and Updike, plus a three-run double by Hoglund accounted for those runs. Hoglund had two hits and five RBIs in the inning. She got her third hit, a single, and ended the game in the fifth when she drove in Hart. She was just a triple from hitting for the cycle. Hart was three for three in the game with a walk and Dykes was two for two and hit by a pitch.

The games left Scappoose at 2-2 in league play, a game behind Yamhill-Carlton, and two behind Banks.

The Lady Indians have a big doubleheader Friday at YC. They go to Astoria Tuesday, April 23 and host Tillamook in a doubleheader on April 26.

Banks stayed at No. 1 in the rankings, and Yamhill-Carlton is fifth. Scappoose is currently 16th.

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