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Cougar defense stands strong against disciplined Tiger offense, wins 5-1 with Carroll homerun to seal the deal.

Canby softball continues its impressive march toward the Three Rivers League opener. The Cougars defeated then-No. 1 ranked Newberg 5-1 at Canby High School on Monday, April 11, after inclement weather forced the game to be relocated from Newberg.

With the win, Canby inches back into the top 5 softball teams in the state, sitting comfortably at No. 4 as of Tuesday, April 12. Newberg falls to No. 2.

Canby, the designated away team, immediately got off to a strong start in the top of the first inning. Junior Ava Carroll singled on a bunt to third base from the top of the lineup, and fellow junior Natalie Just doubled to bring Carroll home in the next at-bat.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Canby junior Ava Carroll was the teams leading scorer against Newberg on Monday, April 11.

After Newberg collected a pair of outs in the ensuing batters and Just reached third base, Canby scored its second run. Just reached home on a wild pitch and was called safe by the umpire at the plate. Canby's defense held the Tigers scoreless in the first inning and went into the second 2-0.

The second inning was a showdown between Newberg pitching and Canby defense. In the top of the second inning, Newberg pitcher Serayah Neiss collected three strikeouts in four batters faced; in the bottom of the inning Canby pitcher Abigail Loomis struck out a batter, Just caught an infield fly and sophomore third baseman Kaylee Allen caught a runner stealing third.

Newberg got on the board in the bottom of the third inning thanks to an in-play home run from sophomore Brooklyn Mills. It was the last time the Tigers crossed home plate.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Canby senior pitcher Abigail Loomis collected nine strikeouts against Newberg in the teams non-league victory.

In the top of the fifth inning, Canby's Carroll hit a ground ball and reached second on an error, and on that same error Allen scored as well.

Canby's coup de grâce came in the top of the seventh inning. Carroll homered on a fly ball into right field, bringing in junior Bree Marino to score as well. Canby finished the game up 5-1.

Canby (8-2) faces Westview (8-4) on Wednesday, April 13. Newberg (11-2) will face current No. 1 ranked team Tigard (12-1) on the same day.

For the Cougars offense, Carroll led the way with two runs, two hits and two RBIs; in four at-bats, Just had a hit, a run and an RBI; Allen had a hit, a run and a walk; and Marino had a run and a hit. On the mound, Loomis gave up just four hits, one run, one error and one walk, and collected nine strikeouts in 26 batters faced.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Newberg senior Serayah Neiss led the Tigers from the mound against Canby, collecting 13 strikeouts against the Cougars on April 11.

Newberg's offense was championed by sophomore Brooklyn Mills, who had a run, a hit and an RBI; junior Kylee Harris had a hit and a walk; and seniors Brooke Allison and Neiss each had a hit.

Canby 10, Westview 3 The Cougars kept things rolling with a 10-3 win over visiting Westview on April 13. Ella Kiehl was a big catalyst for coach Ty Kraft's squad, driving in five runs in the win with a pair of doubles and single. Westview got off to a solid offensive start, but Kiehl and her teammates got things rolling themselves and behind the pitching of Abigail Loomis, the Cougars ran away for the win. Loomis lasted seven innings, allowing three hits and three runs while striking out 12. Westview's starting pitcher only lasted one and one-third innings after giving up four runs before being replaced. Offensively, the Cougars knocked out 13 hits on the day. Bree Marino, Ava Carroll, Kiehl, Kaylee Allen and McKenna Kraft all had multiple hits in the contest, with Kiehl, Carroll and Marino each having three hits on the day. The Cougars are 9-2 overall and in the midst of a six-game winning streak.

Canby 3, Tualatin 1 Canby continued its run with a 3-1 win over sixth-ranked Tualatin on April 16 as they snatched the lead late and held it. The game was tied at 1-1 with the Cougars at bat in the bottom of the fifth when Mckenna Kraft singled on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs and giving her squad a lead they wouldn't relinquish. "The pitching was strong on both sides," coach Ty Kraft said. "Abigail Loomis struck out 14, while Camille Schmitz sat down nine." Loomis got the win on the mound, giving up only three hits on the night and issuing no walks. Offensively, the Cougars had seven hits with Natalie Just and Kraft recording multiple hits. Just went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the way. The Cougars are now 10-2 overall and are 1-0 in Three Rivers League action, as well as the second-ranked team in the 6A level.

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