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No. 5 Scappoose softball will welcome 25th-ranked Estacada in Class 4A play-in round shootout

Indians survived Class 6A Roosevelt 10-9 at home on Wednesday in regular-season finale

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Sophomore Sara Mills and the No. 5 Indians will host 25th-ranked Estacada in the Class 4A play-in round on Friday.

The Indians' hopes for a return to the Class 4A semifinals start with a likely high-scoring home play-in rounder against Estacada on Friday.

Scappoose (21-4 overall) is scheduled to host all-Class 4A seniors Hailey Clark (catcher), Skylar Hunter (infielder) and the Rangers (12-13), who last reached the postseason in back-to-back Capital League Tournaments in 2008 and 2009 in search of their first state championship, at 4:30 p.m.

The Tribe scores 13 runs per game, the second-most to top-ranked Henley (14) against four, and Estacada puts up seven and gives up six.

The winner will advance to the first round at a time and place to be determined on May 24.

Henley (25-0), which also holds opponents to two runs per game, is the championship favorite, though second-ranked defending champion Banks (23-1), with the third-best offense and the fifth-best defense, cannot be forgotten.

Hannah Galey leads the Indians attack with a .634 batting average, 16 singles, 10 doubles, six triples, 13 home runs, 57 runs batted in and 54 scores, and Gabie Krueger (.580, 35 singles, 13 doubles, four triples, six homers, 56 RBIs, 55 runs) and Hadley Enos (.494, 29 singles, six doubles, three homers, 39 RBIs, 29 runs) follow.

Nicole Dougherty pitches to a 12-3 record through 84 1/3 innings in 20 appearances, 25 of 53 runs earned, 60 hits, 53 walks, 59 strikeouts and a 2.075 earned run average, and Masyn Clark (4-1 through 30 1/3 in seven appearances, 11 of 16 runs earned, 38 hits, five walks, 11 strikeouts and a 2.538 ERA) is next in the rotation.

In the Indians' last go-rounds before Friday, they needed all hands on deck as they survived Class 6A Roosevelt (Portland, 14-9) 10-9 at home on Wednesday after falling 4-3 at No. 3 Class 3A runner-up Dayton (20-2) on Tuesday.

Scappoose led 10-4 through two innings, but the Roughriders brought home three in the fifth and two more in the sixth but could not complete the comeback.

Enos' four RBIs and two scores sparked most of the offense, and Krueger and Galey both crossed home plate twice.

Dougherty threw the first 3 1/3 innings for six of seven runs earned, nine hits, two walks and struck out two, and Savanah Nowak relieved the final three for one of two runs earned for a hit and a walk.

Against Dayton, the Pirates led 4-0 until Sara Mills scored on a sixth-inning wild pitch to break the shutout with two down, Dougherty's triple to right freed Galey and Allyah Cates' fly-ball single to center brought home Dougherty, but a subsequent flyout retired the side.

Dayton pulled a shortstop-to-first double play in the seventh and sealed the win with a groundout to shortstop.

Class 4A state play-in

Who: No. 5 Scappoose and 25th-ranked Estacada

Where: Scappoose

When: 4:30 p.m. Friday

Leading off: The winner advances to May 25's first round

Dayton 4, Scappoose 3

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

S 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 -- 3 10 3

D 1 1 0 2 0 0 x -- 4 3 1

Scappoose 10, Roosevelt 9

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

R 0 4 0 3 2 0 0 -- 9 10 3

S 4 6 0 0 0 0 x -- 10 7 2