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Softball: Wilsonville sweeps Milwaukie to cap busy week of NWOC action


Sarah Harms throws 11-strikeout gem as Wildcats top Mustangs

by: JEFF GOODMAN / FILE - Sarah Harms threw a complete-game shutout as the Wilsonville softball team defeated Milwaukie 5-0 on the road May 2.The Wilsonville softball team completed its season sweep of Milwaukie to cap a busy four-game week in league play.

The Wildcats earned a 5-0 victory on the road May 2, shutting out the Mustangs for the second time this season. They posted a 4-0 win in their Northwest Oregon Conference opener.

Wilsonville (5-15, 3-5 in the NWOC) started its week with a 7-2 triumph over Parkrose, but it couldn’t duplicate the success in losses to No. 4 Liberty and top-ranked Sandy.

Here’s a game-by-game look at the Wildcats, who are in fifth place in the league standings behind four top-10 teams:

Wilsonville 7, PARKROSE 2: Lauren Bell pitched a complete-game three hitter with two strikeouts and two walks as the Wildcats snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Parkrose on the road April 28.

“She did a very good job controlling the Parkrose girls at the plate,” first-year Wilsonville coach Mick Johnson said.

Leadoff hitter Hannah Lopez powered the team’s offense, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBI. Freshman outfielder Lauren Isaak added two hits and scored a run.

The Wildcats pulled away with four runs in the third inning.

Liberty 1, WILSONVILLE 0: Three pitchers kept the Wildcats close at home April 29 against the fourth-ranked Falcons, who scored the only run of the game on an error in the fourth inning.

Bell threw four innings before pulling a muscle in her back, Stephanie Stamnes added one scoreless inning with limited warm-up time and Sarah Harms chipped in two run-free innings.

“We had great pitching by committee to keep them at one run,” Johnson said. “We played a great game.”

But Wilsonville mustered just four hits against Liberty. Kylee Allen went 2-for-3, while Harms and Morgan Miller each added a single.

Sandy 10, WILSONVILLE 1: The Wildcats held their own against the top-ranked team in Class 5A for six innings, but they struggled down the stretch in their first meeting with the Pioneers at home April 30.

With Harms limited to four innings as she recovered from an injury, Wilsonville turned to Kirsten Oldenstadt for the final three innings.

“She did very well,” Johnson said of the program’s primary junior varsity pitcher. “Our wheels fell off defensively with multiple errors. We were in the game, but we lost track of our gloves. In the last inning, we didn’t make the plays we normally would.”

Freshman catcher Katie Enbody highlighted Wilsonville’s offense with three hits and the team’s only RBI. Lopez, Harms and Skyler Matthews also logged hits in the loss.

Wilsonville 5, MILWAUKIE 0: Harms stuck out the Mustangs’ first five batters en route to a dominant performance on the mound for the Wildcats.

Harms threw a complete-game shutout with 11 strikeouts while giving up just four hits and two walks on the road May 2.

“That really set the tone defensively,” Johnson said. “It really helped our girls get going.”

Wilsonville tallied a season-high 12 hits in the victory. Mackenzie Atwood went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, Allen went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run and Matthews added two singles, two walks and two runs. Lopez, Harms and ChiAnn Morris also recorded hits for the Wildcats.

By Jeff Goodman
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