Rangers keep pace early before falling to Tillamook
Estacada's softball team had its chances early before giving way to Tillamook 15-2 in the team's season opener Friday.
The Rangers found themselves within 3-2 in the third inning when Ashley Runells, Izzy Hagel and Rylie Canifax strung together a series of singles, and Chloe Parkinson capped the scoring spurt with a sacrifice fly.
Estacada had a chance to pull even, but Tillamook shortstop Nessa Hurliman chased a ball into foul territory for a catch that stranded a Ranger runner at third base.
Estacada stayed in contention by escaping trouble in the fifth inning after the Cheesemakers started out with back-to-back walks. Hagel gloved a come backer in the circle and alertly fired to third base to force out the lead runner. Moments later, she caught a tall pop up for the second out, and Parkinson gobbled up a roller to end the inning.
Tillamook would put the game out of reach with four runs in its next at-bats, expanding its lead to 10-2.
Estacada had numerous scoring chances early in the game with Hagel knocking a double past the left fielder in the first inning, but a ground out prevented her from coming home.
Trinity Murin launched a double to the same part of the park to lead off the second inning, but another ground out kept the Rangers off the scoreboard.
Estacada left a runner at third base in each of the first four innings.
Canifax led the Ranger bats by going 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Hagel struck out three batters during six innings in the circle.
The Rangers travel to Redmond for a Spring Break tournament that starts Monday.
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