Spencer, Anderson, Bookout are big sticks in a 19-5 rout

The Oregon City Pioneers were at the top of their game in an April 1 high school softball game with Sunset.

They pounded out no fewer than 19 hits in four innings of offense, en route to a 19-5 shellacking of the Apollos.

And while the Pioneers had their bats working, sophomore Brianna Spencer was at the top of her game in the circle, striking out nine, while scattering five hits and yielding just two earned runs.

“We were 100 percent from the first pitch,” said Oregon City coach Dave Adelhart. “We scored seven runs in the first inning.”

The Pioneers added eight runs in the second inning, when they batted around. Junior infielder Morgan Bookout had a two-run home run and a run-scoring single as she batted twice and came through with three RBI in the big second frame.

Big sticks for the game were Spencer (4-for-4), McKenzie Anderson (4-for-4) and Bookout (3-for-4).

The Pioneers weren’t as fortunate in an April 4 game with Tigard, when they battled, but came out on the losing end of a 5-3 score.

“It was a good, intense game, against a decent team,” Adelhart said.

Trailing 3-2, the Tigers stole the game, scoring two runs in the fifth frame and an insurance tally in the sixth.

The Tigers pushed the winning run across with a two-out single in the fifth frame, when they strung three hits together.

Oregon City junior centerfielder Taylor Katzmarek (2-for-3) had her bat working, pounding out two doubles and scoring two runs..

Pioneer junior Kaitlynn Donaca (2-for-3) also scored for the Pioneers. Bookout connected for a run-scoring double in the top of the fifth.

The Pioneers (5-3) entertain Putnam (6-3) this Thursday. They begin Three Rivers League play next Monday, when they play host to West Linn (2-6).

EDITOR’S NOTE: In a softball preview article that appeared in the April 2 edition of the Clackamas Review and Oregon City News, we inadvertently left Oregon City sophomore Kendall Krause out of the article. Krause is playing outfield and third base for the Pioneers this season.

Adelhart said of Krause: “Kendall has shown great improvement over the last year, in both her fielding and hitting. We look forward to good things from her in the future.”

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