Softball team plays spoiler vs. Huskies
Thursday, May 2
|North Marion Huskies (5 innings)|
Estacada High's maintenance crew may need to check the softball complex after the Rangers bashed ball after ball into the home run fence during a 14-4 win over North Marion last Thursday.
The Rangers, who entered the day with one Tri-Valley win, pushed across runs in every inning on its way to the mercy-rule victory, cut short after five innings.
North Marion gained the upper hand early with Lili Piercey sending a two-run single to center field in the first inning. But the rally was cut short when Estacada shortstop Kayla Streicher scooped a ground ball and got the lead runner with a throw home. Felicity Brouwer caught a high fly ball in left field to end the inning with the bases loaded.
Estacada took the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the first with Rylie Canifax kicking it off with a home run to center field. Jessica Ott followed with a single, stole second and scampered to third base on a wild pick-off throw. Trinity Murin was next up, fouling off a third strike, before drilling an RBI-triple that dived down and bounced past the left fielder. Brouwer beat out an infield single that brought Murin across the plate, and the Rangers would never trail again.
North Marion loaded the bases again in the second on two walks and a hit batter, but Estacada escaped unharmed after Emma Radie made a catch on the move in center field, and Ott caught a fly ball to right for the third out.
The Rangers would load the bases with only one out in the bottom of the second. After having a runner thrown out at home, Estacada cashed in with Ott putting a ball in play that allowed Izzy Hagel to sprint home standing up ahead of the throw. Murin followed with a big swing that clipped the top of the ball, leaving a hopper in front of the plate. Canifax zipped home, while the Huskies worked to collect the ball.
The Rangers broke the game open 11-3 with a six-run burst in the third inning that saw Chloe Parkinson, Canifax, Ashley Runells and Murin all hit doubles to the fence. During one stretch, Estacada bashed six straight hits, bringing across six runs while registering only one out.
Canifax finished the game 3-for-5, coming around to score each time she got on base.
Estacada pitcher Ryann Curtis went the distance in the circle, giving up two hits.
The loss hurt North Marion's postseason chances, putting North Marion one spot out of the 4A play-in qualifiers.
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This story is slated for our May 9, print edition.