Canby faces off against two of the best pitchers in the league, struggle offensively as they drop pair

Kenna Kraft swung a hot bat for the Canby High softball team in its season opener Monday, and the rest of the squad followed suit.

Kraft had two hits and 4 RBIs in leading the Cougars to a 13-3 win over Beaverton.

"We got off to a slow start in some areas, but overall we were very pleased with the girl's efforts and how they battled throughout the game," coach Tyler Kraft said.

This game was a close one into the fifth inning, but Canby unleashed a flurry, scoring nine runs in the fifth to blow it open.

FILE PHOTO - The Canby High softball team got its season off to a good start with a 13-3 win over Beaverton on Monday.

The runs came courtesy of a pair of singles from Kraft, another by Regan Rourke, as well as walks from Abigail Loomis and Bree Marino, a key double from Ava Carroll and a sacrifice fly from Allie Mead.

Ella Kiehl got things started in the first with a walk. She'd eventually score the first run of the game and this shortened season.

Loomis got the start on the mound for Canby, going three innings and allowing three hits and three runs while striking out six. Rourke came in to pitch the final two innings of a game that was over in five due to the 10-run rule.

Overall, Canby's offense put up nine hits in the game. Carroll led the way with three hits, while Mead and Kraft both had multiple hits on the day.

Another key element in the Cougar's game, and one that put pressure on Beaverton's defense, was Canby running wild on the base paths. The Cougars recorded nine stolen bases for the game – four of which came from Kraft.

Tualatin 4, Canby 0

The Canby offense just couldn't get going Thursday against Tualatin. Ava Carroll led the offense, going 1-for-3 on the night, while Loomis was on the mount for five-plus innings. She gave up four runs on six hits, striking out three.

Lakeridge 7, Canby 0

Canby fell behind early and could never get the offense untracked in this league loss on Friday.

Mead and Carroll each had a hit in the game and Rourke went 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and four hits, while striking out six. Loomis finished up the game on the mound. "We have faced two of the better pitchers in our league in our first two conference games," coach Ty Kraft said. "We have struggled to get going offensively, but it's a long season and we are positive we will get things back on track." Canby is 1-2 overall, 0-2 in league play.

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