West Linn softball hits its way past Newberg 21-11
The bats were out in force on Monday night in West Linn.
Together, the two teams combined for 34 hits and 32 runs at Rosemont Ridge Middle School, with the Lions' eight-run fifth inning finally capping their 21-11 victory over the Tigers.
"Especially in a high-scoring game like that when they were scoring a bunch of runs, we had to just keep fighting back and win every inning," said West Linn senior designated hitter Kaitlin Lampson, who went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and four runs scored, including a walk-off line drive single to left field in the fifth.
"When they started off (with a 2-0 lead), it was kind of a wake-up call," said West Linn senior shortstop Brooke McKelvey, who went 5 for 5 with six RBIs and four runs scored. "But once we started hitting, it was like, 'We can do this. It's our turn.'"
The win was West Linn's third straight in Three Rivers League play and squared their TRL record at 3-3 (9-7 overall). Newberg, meanwhile, has split its last four games and fell to 2-4 in league and 3-15 overall.
The offensive fireworks started in the top of the first inning and never relented, with both teams scoring in every at-bat until the Lions' eight-run fifth. The Tigers kicked things off with two hits and two runs in the top of the first, including an RBI bloop single to left from Zimri Lemonds.
West Linn answered with four runs in the bottom of the first, that at-bat highlighted by run-scoring singles from Lampson and Paige Mueller, and an RBI groundout by Weston Miller.
Newberg came back to tie the contest at 4-4 in the top of the second on an RBI single to left from Quinn Porter and a run-scoring double to center by Samantha Teran.
Undaunted, the Lions came back again in their half of the inning, scoring three times to lead 7-4. Taylor Maxwell started things with a triple to right and scored on McKelvey's bloop single to center. McKelvey stole a base and later scored on Megan Talbert's double. After Lampson doubled off the center field fence, Talbert was thrown out trying to score on a wild pitch and Mueller singled to plate Lampson.
Newberg got a solo homer from Lemonds in the third, while West Linn scored twice to push its lead to 9-5, both of its runs coming home when McKelvey tripled to left-center.
The Tigers cashed in with another bomb in the fourth, with Teran hitting a two-run homer to center field and a third run scoring on Lemonds' hit to right. The Lions responded with four runs in their half of the inning to push ahead 13-8, getting an RBI single to left by Lexi Grein, a sacrifice fly from Maxwell and a two-run single to center by McKelvey.
Newberg just kept on hitting in the fifth and scored three times to close within 13-11, getting an RBI by Katelynn Evans and a two-run homer to left-center by Teran.
But the Lions — as they did every inning of the game — came back to win the inning, exploding for five hits and eight runs to end the contest. The first two runs of the frame came home on a Newberg error following Mueller's hit to right, the next on an illegal pitch and the fourth on another error following Maxwell's single.
McKelvey then knocked in two more with a single to right, Talbert singled to left to make it 20-11, and Lampson ended the contest with a line drive single to left field for the final 21-11 margin.
After the game, the Lions acknowledged the importance of their victory.
"Coming in, knowing that they beat Canby and we lost to Canby, we were a little apprehensive," McKelvey said. "Then seeing that they could hit, we know that next time we play them at their home, we'll have to bring it again."
"We have a goal — it's playoffs," Lampson said. "We are going to get there. We're going to do everything we can to get there and win all the games we can in the next couple of weeks."
For the game, Talbert went 4 for 5, knocked in two and scored twice, Grein was 2 for 3 with one RBI and two runs scored, and Maxwell went 2 for 4 and scored twice.
For Newberg, Teran went 3 for 3, knocked in five and scored three times, Lemonds was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and one run, and Evans and Porter were both 2 for 4 with one RBI and two runs scored.