Despite 14-1 loss, young team still optimistic and learning lessons for the future

HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Marion pitcher Jasmine Calkins winds up to pitch against visiting Scappoose. The Huskies were defeated 14-1 on Saturday, March 31. Aurora—It was a tough afternoon for the North Marion Huskies on Saturday, March 31. The team suffered a 14-1 loss against the visiting Scappoose Indians softball team at the end of seven innings, and saw a three game winning streak snapped.

With the loss, North Marion falls to 5-5 ahead of its league play debut. Scappoose meanwhile moves on to 8-2 and makes it five games won in a row.

"Currently, we've got a young team," North Marion softball coach Jon Santos said. "Between an experienced team and an inexperienced team any day of the week an experienced team is going to take a W like that, and capitalize when they're supposed to capitalize. Overall, I'm very proud of my kids. They've grown a lot, and we're coming a long way from where we were."

Both teams competed evenly in the opening inning. North Marion was able to get a runner to home plate, and Scappoose answered in kind. At the top of the second inning, the visiting team took advantage of freshman pitcher Jasmine Calkins, and was able to notch another run.

It was a particularly bad third inning for the Huskies. Scappoose put seven runs on the scoreboard in the inning, and showed no signs of slowing as the game went on. In the fourth inning, the visiting team picked up run number 10, and at the top of the fifth the final nails were put in the coffin. Four more runs came in to put the final score at 14-1. HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Marion's Samantha Baylie coils up before the swing. Scappoose defeated North Marion 14-1 on Saturday, March 31.

"That team obviously has a lot of juniors and seniors, and they have experience playing, and we have almost all freshman," junior Samantha Baylie said. "We have a lot of growing room. They're almost at their tip-top peak, and we still have a long way to go."

North Marion struggled to put together any offense as the game continued, scoring no runs through the duration of the seven innings. In a particularly short second inning, the Huskies had just three batters and suffered a particularly quick double play at the hands of the Scappoose infield. After catching a fly-out in the infield and tagging the runner out at first base, the tenor was more or less set for the rest of the game.

"We're pretty inexperienced, but we just thought if we played as hard as we could then we could compete with this team and any team," North Marion senior Ally Umbenhower said. "We're young, but we're fighting. That's what we've got."

Despite the result, North Marion still has a lot of promise for the course of the season. The team is seated at third place in the Oregon West Conference and has the third highest scoring total of any 4A team in the state with 109 runs.

North Marion gets its regular season started with a pair of games against league foe Newport (5-4). Scappoose moves on to face Astoria (1-6) at home on Tuesday, April 3.

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