6A softball — Newberg drops back-to-back conference games to McMinnville and Hillsboro

Having won three straight games, including a 4-0 win over Century April 14 to start the week, Newberg’s positive momentum came to a screeching halt in disappointing losses to McMinnville and Hillsboro last SETH GORDON - Seth Gordon / Newberg Graphic
Down the pipe - Madison Plummer unleashes a pitch Friday in Newberg's 12-6 loss to visiting McMinnville, which exploded for six runs in the second inning and four in the third to hand the Tigers their first league loss of the season.

The Tigers outhit the visiting Grizzlies 15 to 13 April 16, but didn’t give themselves much of a chance by committing five errors and spotting their rival a 10-0 lead through three innings.

Newberg answered with four runs in the bottom of the fourth, but managed just single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Paityn Willoughby and Katrina Reichenbach collected three hits apiece, with Willoughby also driving in three runs. Starter Emily Bromagem took the loss, which gave McMinnville its’ first Pacific Conference win of 2014.

The Tigers shot themselves in the foot with errors and dug themselves an early hole Friday versus Hillsboro, which scored 10 runs on seven hits.

Newberg’s eight errors had a lot to do with that, helping the Spartans to go up 8-2 after four innings and hold on for their first league win this season, as well.

Steve Richard’s team rallied for five runs in the final innings, but it was too little, too late.

Reichenback, Ashton Porter, Madison Plummer and Annie Sackett all collected two hits in the loss, while Bromagem drove in two runs.

Plummer pitched all six innings to take the loss.

Newberg (9-5, 1-2 Pacific Conference) travels to Glencoe Wednesday before hosting Tigard Friday.

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