The Falcons drop three of four games

Last week was a very tough week for La Salle Prep's softball team.

Starting pitcher Loryn Williams got hurt in an automobile accident on April 27 and the Falcons then lost three of their next four ball games.

In Williams' absence, the Falcons lost in away games with North Marion (9-4) and Madras (12-2 in five innings), and they won a home game with Molalla 3-1.

Williams returned last Friday and the Falcons gave third-ranked Gladstone a run for its money in a 3-1 loss.

The three losses dropped La Salle (13-7, 5-4) to fourth place in the Tri-Valley Conference standings — back of Gladstone (16-1, 8-0), Madras (9-9, 5-3) and North Marion (9-7, 4-3).

“Now we're in a battle with Madras and North Marion [for a berth in postseason play],” said La Salle coach Walt Stockfleth. “We need to win all three of our games this week, and win out, if we can, to get a home game in the playoffs.”

Stockfleth noted that the top three teams from the TVC advance to postseason play, and he said that the No. 1 and No. 2 teams from the league will have their playoff opener at home.

La Salle has a home game with Madras this afternoon, and the Falcons have a home game with North Marion on Friday.

La Salle would have beaten North Marion in last week's game with the Huskies, except the Falcons committed five errors in one inning. Trailing 3-1, North Marion scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth on five errors, a triple, two doubles, a walk and a sacrifice fly.

Freshman Emily Goodman pitched, striking out four, walking two and hitting one batter, while giving up nine hits.

Goodman (2-for-4) and Shannon Stockfleth (double) led the Falcons in a six-hit attack in the loss.

The Falcons left their bats at home on April 29, when the Madras White Buffaloes won 12-2 in five innings. La Salle had only three hits and the Falcons committed five errors in that game.

Goodman and freshman Jaden Gloden pitched, giving up 12 hits.

The Falcons came to life and stung the ball for 16 hits on April 30, as they dispatched with Molalla 11-1 in six innings.

Goodman pitched, striking out nine and walking one, while giving up just three hits.

“Emily pitched really well,” said Stockfleth. “She kept the ball down and hit her spots.”

Makenzie Cook (3-for-5) led the Falcon hit parade with a solo home run, a double and four RBI. It was the first round-tripper of her high school career.

Betsy Rivera went 3-for-4, with a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Stevie Carlos (2-for-3) smacked a two-run double; Goodman (2-for-4) plated two runs with a pair of base hits; Stockfleth (2-for-4) rapped a double and a single.

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