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Tillamook is last hurdle between No. 5 Indians softball and Cowapa League championship game

Scappoose has beaten Cheesemakers 10 times in a row by a 14-2 average

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior Nicole Lukinbeal and the No. 4 Indians celebrate her third-inning grand slam in a 14-2 Senior Night defeat of Seaside on Monday in Scappoose.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians junior Hannah Galey (4) reaches home plate after her first-inning home run to center against Seaside.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians juniors Gabie Krueger, left, and Hadley Enos celebrate a run against Seaside on Monday.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians sophomore Sara Mills approaches third base on a fifth-inning line drive to center against Seaside.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians junior Nicole Dougherty winds up a pitch against Tillamook.

The No. 5 Indians are destined for a Cowapa League championship game at second-ranked Class 4A champion Banks.

Their third and final meeting with the Braves (17-1 overall, 9-1 Cowapa League) is a 5 p.m. rubber match on Tuesday after the rivals split their doubleheader on April 21.

In immediacy for Scappoose (16-2, 9-1), a winner of its last four games, is a chance for a season sweep of Tillamook (5-11, 4-6), which the Tribe beat 20-1 on April 18, in a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Friday at Otto Petersen Elementary.

The Indians score 14 runs against four while the Cheesemakers put up four and give up 12.

"[Everybody getting to run bases and score is] pretty nice, and it boosts people's confidence if they haven't been having great at-bats prior," said Hannah Galey, a junior shortstop. "It also gives everyone in the dugout more energy, which in turn helps us hit even more."

Scappoose has beaten Tillamook 10 times in a row with three shutouts by an average of 14-2.

In the meantime, the Tribe beat host Astoria (8-11, 5-5) 10-1 for a season sweep on Wednesday.

Sara Mills drove in three runs and scored twice, and Nicole Lukinbeal and Nicole Dougherty both came up with a pair of RBIs as the Indians scored three runs in the second, sixth and seventh innings.

Dougherty also pitched a complete game for an unearned run, five hits, three walks and struck out six.

Lukinbeal celebrated Monday's Senior Night with a third-inning grand slam in a 14-2, five-inning home win over Seaside (3-15, 1-8).

With a 3-1 lead in the home half of the third, Hannah Galey's one-out sacrifice fly to center brought in Gabie Krueger, and Nicole Dougherty drew a walk with the bases loaded and scored Hadley Enos.

Lukinbeal's two-out home run to center freed Allyah Cates, Mills and Hanna Ragan and broke open a 9-2 lead.

Taylor Johnson increased the lead as she freed Payton Fisher with a single to center before the first out in the fifth. Cates walked in Lukinbeal with two outs and the bases loaded, Mills' line drive to center brought in Johnson, and Cates sealed the evering as she came home with a Seagulls error in center field.

Lukinbeal led the fireworks with five runs driven in and three scores, and Hannah Galey's two RBIs and a pair of trips home including a first-inning solo home run came with Mills' twin RBIs and a score.

"We have a big team this year with a lot of great players," said Enos, a junior at first base. "It's great to get everyone in the game because everyone loves to play and run the bases and contriburte to a big win."

Dougherty pitched all five innings for two unearned runs, three hits, four walks and struck out seven Seagulls.

The Indians led Valley Catholic (4-12, 1-8) to a similar fate with 12-1 (six innings) and 18-7 wins on Friday in Beaverton.

In the opener, Scappoose led 7-1 into the sixth until Enos' two-out line drive to left scored Johnson and Krueger with an error. Dougherty's grounder to right brought in Galey and Enos, and Sandra Fry's single to right brought in Megan Dews.

Galey's second-inning home run sprang Johnson and Krueger on the way to three RBIs and three scores, and Enos and Dougherty brought two respective runners home.

Dougherty went the distance on the hill for an unearned run, two hits, three walks and struck out two.

Galey's sixth-inning grand slam broke the closer open for the final score as she piled up four RBIs and three scores. Enos landed four RBIs and scored, and Mills drove in three Indians and got home four.

Masyn Clark threw 3 1/3 innings for four unearned runs, three hits, two walks and a strikeout, Dougherty went 2 1/3 for an earned run, three hits, two walks and struck out two, and Jenna Hatcher worked a third of an inning for two earned runs, three hits and a walk.

Scappoose 12, Valley Catholic 1 (6 innings)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

S 4 3 0 0 0 5 x -- 12 16 2

VC 1 0 0 0 0 0 x -- 1 2 3

Scappoose 18, Valley Catholic 7

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

S 2 5 0 1 6 4 x -- 18 10 3

VC 2 0 0 4 1 0 x -- 7 9 12

Scappoose 14, Seaside 2 (5 innings)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

SEA 0 1 1 0 0 x x -- 2 3 2

SCAP 2 1 6 0 5 x x -- 14 11 2

Scappoose 10, Astoria 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

S 0 3 1 0 0 3 3 -- 10 16 1

A 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -- 1 5 1