Softball: Oregon City lets opener slip away vs. Central Catholic, 11-10
Oregon City's softball team will want to file Thursday's season-opener against Central Catholic under the heading: "Ones That Got Away."
Central Catholic's Kimberly Pulido tagged up at third base on Aurora Prettyman's foul pop out behind first base and then raced home win the game-winning run, lifting the Rams to an 11-10 come-from-behind victory at Delta Park in North Portland.
Oregon City scored six runs in the first inning and four in the fifth to take a 10-4 lead, but Central Catholic stormed back with three runs in the fifth and three in the seventh to pull even.
In the eighth, the Pioneers had the potential go-ahead run at second with one out, but the threat fizzled when the runner got caught in no man's land between second and third on a grounder to the shortstop and was tagged out.
Pulido opened the Central eighth with a bloop single to shallow center off Oregon City right-hander Preslie Ritz, who was working her fifth inning in relief of starter Aliyah Kelly.
Central's Bri Perkins then put down a sacrifice bunt along the third-base line that not only advanced Pulido to second, but also got her to third when nobody for the Pioneers went to cover the base after third baseman Avery Borkus fielded Perkins' bunt.
Prettyman, the Rams' sophomore first baseman and No. 6 hitter, then looked at a called strike from Ritz before lifting the next pitch into foul territory behind first base.
Oregon City second baseman Hannah Vickery made a running catch, but all of her momentum was directed toward foul territory. In the time it took Vickery to stop, turn, and throw home, Pulido had tagged and was more than halfway down the third-base line.
Pulido scored easily, beating Vickery's throw by two or three steps.
"You always want the win," Oregon City coach Dave Adelhart said. "Now that we didn't get the win, we're going to take a look and see what we need to do to grow from it. And that's really what the game is all about.
"You're here to teach kids and hopefully they learn from it and we as coaches learn from it. I told the girls, 'I learned a lot today watching you guys.' And I learned some things that we need to work on and that's what our practices will be about."
Oregon City got off to a brilliant start, sending 12 batters to the plate in the first inning and scoring six runs on five hits, four walks, one Central Catholic error, and one wild pitch.
After the Rams scored one run in the first inning and three runs in the third, the Pioneers sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth and scored four runs on five hits and another Rams' error, pushing their lead to 10-4.
Oregon City led 10-7 in the seventh when Central's Logan Kelly drove a two-out double to the gap in right-center that scored Gabi Codino and Dani Calcagno, and then Brenda Pulido followed with a single to right that scored Kelly with the tying run.
Oregon City's Jordyn Duntley and Borkus had three hits each and drove in two runs apiece, while Vickery added two hits to pace the Pioneers' 12-hit attack.
Kelly pitched the first three innings for Oregon City, allowing four runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Ritz worked 4 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits with four walks.