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Softball: Yamhill-Carlton jumps on Indian errors, sweeps Scappoose

Scappoose gives up 14 errors in two games, falling 12-1 and 3-1 to No. 2 Yamhill-Carlton


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Freshman Nicole Lukinbeal takes a swing in the first inning, but to no avail. Tiger pitcher Molly Smith was relentless in the first leg of the double header, striking out 13 batters and giving up only two hits.Monday’s matchup between the high-powered offense of Scappoose and Yamhill-Carlton’s voracious defense didn’t end well for the Indians. Yamhill-Carlton, ranked second in the state and in possession of Class 4A’s second-best defense, dominated Scappoose on Monday afternoon, beating the Indians 12-1 and 3-1 in a doubleheader and maintaining their spot behind No. 1 Banks in the Cowapa League standings.

The troubling part for Scappoose is that they managed only four hits against the Tigers, two in each game, but committed 14 errors.

Senior Lexi Courtney homered in the 12-1 loss for the Indians’ lone score of the game, but the Tigers came storming back, jumping all over senior pitcher Lacey Updike for nine hits.

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Senior Lexi Courtney jumps on to home plate after sending a pitch over the center field fence in the second inning of the Indians' 12-1 loss to No. 2 Yamhill-Carlton.Tiger ace Molly Smith, on the other hand, struck out 13 batters and walked none in six innings, giving up just two hits and one run on the homer from Courtney.

In the second game, the pitching from Yamhill-Carlton’s Emily Dravdahl was equally as impressive. Dravdahl struck out seven batters in 4.2 innings pitched, giving up two hits and one run in the second inning.

Sophomore Sage Harrison hit a hard grounder to right field for the Indians’ first hit of the game, and stole second a few minutes later on a wild pitch. With two strikes, two outs and Dravdahl quickly gaining confidence, it looked like Harrison’s hit might go to waste, but Scappoose finally came up with a big play from junior Mary Jane Reeser, who doubled to center field and drive Harrison home to give the Indians a slim 1-0 lead.

The Indians’ undoing, unlike in the first game, wasn’t from inside the pitchers’ circle. It was on defense, where Scappoose committed six errors, including ones that scored all three runs for the Tigers. Yamhill-Carlton scored on an error at shortstop in the sixth inning to tie the game. From there, Updike and sophomore pitcher Kendall Bailey stepped up, hoping to save the game and steal one from the second-ranked Tigers.

Updike pounced on two plays, getting under a pop fly from the Tigers’ Taylor Stepp, and scooping up a grounder for an easy out at first base. Bailey then struck out Emily Lockhart with three straight perfect pitches, giving the Indians a chance to take the game with a walk off in the bottom of the seventh.

The Tribe’s bats, though, couldn’t deliver. Yamhill-Carlton got a pair of strikeouts from Smith to close the inning, and four errors in the top of the eighth loaded the bases and let in another pair of runs, sealing the loss for Scappoose.

The Indians will be back in action on Tuesday evening at home, taking on Astoria at 5 p.m. The Fishermen are 1-3 in league play, and have given up 32 runs in their last two games.

SUMMARY

Yamhill-Carlton 12, Scappoose 1

YMHL 203 403 - 12 9 0

SCAP 010 000 - 1 2 8

Scappoose

Hits (2): Updike, Courtney

HR (1): Courtney

SUMMARY

Yamhill-Carlton 3, Scappoose 1

YMHL 000 001 02 - 3 3 1

SCAP 010 000 00 - 1 2 6

Scappoose

Hits (2): Harrison, Reser

RBI (1): Reser

Run (1): Harrison