HUNTING HENLEY: No. 9 Scappoose softball out to ruin top-ranked Hornets' perfect season
It's the No. 9 Indians' turn to attempt what no one else has pulled off this year.
Scappoose (23-4 overall), after finishing eighth-seeded Yamhill-Carlton (17-10) quickly in the first Class 4A round for the second year in a row, this time 12-2 in six innings with 12 unanswered runs -- including five in the fifth -- on Wednesday in Yamhill, is scheduled to hit the road for a five-and-a-half-hour, 309-mile trip to Skyline Conference champion Henley (27-0) for a 3 p.m. quarterfinal on Friday in Klamath Falls.
"[It's exciting] being able to go up against an undefeated team and getting a shot at beating them," said Sara Mills, a sophomore whose third-inning two-run home run sparked the Tribe's 15th win of at least 10 runs.
The game will air live online at The Winner CBS Sports Radio 1240, and the winner will face the five seed La Grande/13th-seeded Elmira winner in the quarterfinals at a time to be determined on Tuesday.
"We are excited to be able to continue playing," Indians coach Cijay Koler said. "We know that if we lose we are done with our season, and we are not ready for that. Our goal is to not finish, wishing we could have done more."
The Hornets and all-state talents McKenna Armantrout (a senior catcher), Briea Baley (a senior infielder), Jess Pettigrew (a senior outfielder), Lilly Poe (a sophomore right-handed pitcher) and Kaila Mick (a sophomore infielder) sealed their 15th shutout of the year in 7-0 fashion against 16th seed Ontario at home on Wednesday.
Henley scores the most runs (14 runs per game) and allows the fewest (2) in the state after losing 1-0 in 10 innings in the quarterfinals at Gladstone last year.
The Hornets did, however, survive three preseason games by a single run: 9-8 against Class 5A No. 9 Lebanon in Medford, 1-0 against 10th-seeded Gladstone and 4-3 against Class 6A Grants Pass, both in Klamath Falls, and no other team in the Skyline Conference ranks higher than 11th.
The Tribe, in at least the quarterfinals for the third year in a row, puts up the second-most runs (13) and gives up four, and gave second-seeded state champion Banks (24-1) its only loss on April 21 in Scappoose.
Galey leads Indians batters with a .623 average, 18 singles, 10 doubles, six triples, 14 home runs, 60 runs batted in and 56 scores, and Krueger (.581, 35 singles, 14 doubles, five triples, seven home runs, 60 RBIs and 57 runs) and Lukinbeal (.500, 24 singles, six doubles, three triples, three home runs, 29 RBIs and 38 runs) follow.
Nicole Dougherty throws to a 14-3 record on the hill for 68 hits, 25 of 55 runs earned, 57 walks and 68 strikeouts through 96 1/3 innings.
In Yamhill on Wednesday, after Tigers senior Emily Lockhart doubled in senior Abbey Berhorst to left field with an out and scored on an Indians error at third base in the home half of the first, Mills tied it in the third with a one-out home run that freed Taylor Johnson for the tie.
"I had two strikes on me, so I was swinging at anything close," Mills said.
Hannah Galey's solo shot to center, her 14th long ball of the year and the school's new single-season record according to coach Cijay Koler, put Scappoose ahead for good, up 3-2, in the next at-bat.
Belle Erhardt's single to center scored Hadley Enos before the first out in the fourth, and Allyah Cates came home just before Yamhill-Carlton turned a double play to retire the side in the fourth.
In the fateful fifth, Gabie Krueger's one-out double to right sprang Galey, Enos doubled to center to bring home Krueger and Megan Dews, Erhardt singled to center again and sent home Enos with two outs, Nicole Lukinbeal's single to center plated Erhardt, Mills' grounder to center scored Johnson, and Lukinbeal crossed home plate for a 10-run advantage on Galey's grounder to third just before the Tigers pulled another double play.
Yamhill-Carlton flew out, struck out and grounded out in order in their half of the fifth.
Nicole Dougherty pitched all five innings for a pair of unearned runs, four hits, two walks and struck out five.
The Tribe also aced the play-in round with their fourth shutout of the year, 9-0, over Tri-Valley Conference third-place Estacada (12-14) at home on Friday, May 19, in which the Tribe scored four runs in the fourth and three in the sixth.
Krueger's one-out first-inning triple to right freed Lukinbeal, and Lukinbeal's two-out triple to right scored Taylor Johnson in the second.
Mills tripled to left with the bases full and sent home Peyton Fisher, Johnson and Lukinbeal with an out in the fourth, then crossed home plate on a two-out Estacada fielder's choice at shortstop.
Krueger's one-out home run to right sprang Lukinbeal in the sixth, and Dougherty's double to left cleared Megan Dews.
Dougherty pitched the entire shutout for four hits, walked two and struck out four.
Class 4A softball state quarterfinals
Who: No. 9 Scappoose and top-ranked Henley
Where: Klamath Falls
When: 3 p.m. Friday
Leading off: The Indians can end the Hornet's perfect season
Scappoose 9, Estacada 0
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 4 1
S 1 1 0 4 0 3 x -- 9 11 2
Scappoose 12, Yamhill-Carlton 2 (5 innings)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
S 0 0 3 2 7 -- 12 13 1
YC 2 0 0 0 0 -- 2 4 2