Canby softball sneaks into third place in league
Canby softball has really started to click in the waning weeks of league play.
After a rough stretch that saw the Cougars start their season 2-13, the team has turned it around, winning its last three contests, including an upset of the streaking Tigard Tigers on Friday, May 10.
Canby got the ball rolling with an 18-4 rout of Lake Oswego on Monday, May 6. Canby took over early in the contest, scoring all 18 runs within the first three innings to 10-run the Lakers by the fifth. Senior Kamryn Mobley was the most productive member of the team offensively, racking up four hits, four RBIs, and three runs in four at-bats. Fellow senior Parker Allhands and freshman Kalea Jensen each recorded a pair of hits in the contest as well.
The first inning against Lake Oswego was all about singling and taking advantage of the infielder's errors to run up an early 7-0 lead. While there was singling in the bottom of the second, a pair of doubles from Mobley and freshman Ashley Peterson did the most damage. In the bottom of the third inning, Jensen tripled into right field to record two RBIs, and move Canby up to 17-0 at that point.
From the mound, starting freshman pitcher Jaiden Lee pitched the first three innings and gave up no runs, and pitched 35 strikes on 55 pitches. The Canby defense also stepped up for its starting pitcher, recording five flyouts and one groundout during her tenure on the mound against the Lakers.
Canby followed that performance up with a gutsy 10-8 road win over Oregon City on Wednesday, May 8. Despite trailing 8-2 heading into the seventh and final inning, the Cougars would not be denied, putting eight runs on the board to secure the road win.
In the top of the seventh inning, Peterson singled on a pop fly to bring in Allhands for the score, pushing Lee to third base. On the next at-bat, Mobley crushed a line drive triple into center field to bring home Lee and Peterson. Canby now trailed just 8-5.
It was dicey though, in that final inning. Two at-bats later, Mobley stole home to bring the deficit to just two, but Canby sophomore Kellie Peters was caught stealing second. In the next at-bat, junior Nicole Michelson grounded out. Canby now had two outs, and two runs to go.
Next up, freshman Abigail Loomis needed just three pitches before she singled on a line drive into left field, a hit that pushed Jensen to third base. Up next, sophomore Allison Morris connected on the first pitch, singling to first base and bringing Jensen across home plate. Canby now trailed by just one run, 8-7.
The winning run was decided by Allhands, who singled on a ground ball into left field, but advanced to third base on the throw. Loomis crossed home plate, and Morris did as well. Allhands stole home on a wild pitch, and Canby led 10-8. After shutting out the Pioneers in the bottom of the seventh, the game was decided.
Finally, on Friday, May 10, Canby beat Tigard 7-6 to quietly move into third place in league, and once again Canby had to battle back from a deficit.
After trailing Tigard 4-2 heading into the bottom of the third inning, Canby was able to draw even with Tigard thanks to a run and an RBI courtesy of Michelson. The junior had one run, two hits, and an RBI on the day.
Once again though Mobley had a stellar day at the plate. The senior, and recent Linfield softball commit, had three runs and two RBIs in four at-bats. Freshman Kalea Jensen had the next biggest line in the box with a whopping five RBIs for the game.
From the mound, Lee struggled against the consistent Tigard bats. The freshman gave up 12 hits and five runs, as well as four errors, but pitched 60 strikes on 81 pitches over five innings.
Canby is now 7-16 overall, and 6-5 in Three Rivers League (TRL) play, which sits them firmly in third place. The team squares off with West Linn (4-7 in TRL, 6-19 overall) on Monday, May 13 in the final league game of the season. After that, Canby has two scheduled road games against Banks (18-5) and Corvallis (7-13) on Tuesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 16, respectively.