In a game that saw the Canby softball team continually battle back from deficits, the final run just didn't materialize in an 11-10 loss to Mountainside Monday afternoon.
Despite the loss, Canby head coach Tyler Kraft liked what he saw offensively.
"We finally started swinging the bats like we can, totaling 14 hits for the game," Kraft said.
Mountainside would have to stave off Canby most of the day, but despite building a four-run lead in the sixth, the Cougars came roaring back only to fall just short. Allie Mead, Kenna Kraft and Jaiden Lee each pushed across a run in the final frame and the Cougars had the tying run on third base, but just couldn't get it across the plate.
"I was very proud of how we competed and battled offensively, answering them every time they scored, we came back with runs of our own," Kraft said. "We stranded the tying run on third in the seventh inning.
"It was a great softball game by both teams," he added.
Regan Rourke got the start on the mound for Canby and would surrender seven runs on seven hits over four innings, with one strikeout. Abigail Loomis came on for two innings out of the bullpen.
"Our pitchers are still in early season form, giving up six walks and four home runs in the game," Kraft said.
The Cougars got a pair of home runs of their own, from Lee and Brooke Herron. Mead and Herron led the offense with three hits apiece in the game.
Canby 16, Lake Oswego 14
Canby got back on the winning track Wednesay as the offense continued to roll, beating Lake Oswego 16-14.
"I loved how we came out swinging the bats offensively," Kraft said. "We are starting to find our offense in a big way. Our pitching staff is still working out the kinds and gave up 11 walks."
The Cougars scored early and often, building a 12-run lead in the third inning, then had to hold off Lake Oswego for the win.
Ella Kiehl led the way for Canby, driving in five runs on the day in a 2-for-3 effort at the playte. She drove in runs on a groundout in the first, a home run in the second and a single in the third.
Overall, Canby had 11 hits on the day, with Lee, Kiehl, Mead and Kraft all having multiple hits.
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