The Saints get a key victory on Saturday despite trailing for most of the contest.

GRESHAM OUTLOOK: MATT RAWLINGS - Sarah Stanfill lays down a sacrifice bunt in Mt. Hood's win in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Softball (Game One)

Team Score
Mt. Hood

OREGON CITY — It may have been ugly, but at the end of the day it goes down as a victory for the Mt. Hood softball team.

Despite trailing for most of the game, the Saints rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth inning to squeak out a 7-5 victory over Clackamas in the first game of a doubleheader.

"A win is a win, no matter how we get it," Mt. Hood head coach Brittany Hendrickson said. "My team is finding a way to win and that is something to be proud of."

Kennedy Jansen led the Mt. Hood offense by going 3-for-3 at the plate. In the circle, McKenzie Pierce was able to grind out a complete game, giving up three earned runs.

Kayla Clayton gave the Saints the 1-0 lead out the gate with an RBI-single. However, Pierce found herself in immediate trouble when she went out to the mound for her first inning of work.

Six straight Clackamas players reached base before Pierce could record a single out. Pierce was able to retire the next three hitters she faced to get out of a bases loaded jam, but significant damage was done as the Cougars scored three runs in the frame.

Mt. Hood responded with another run in the top of the second when Taylor Lawson showed off her great speed by scoring on a popup to the second baseman, cutting the lead to 3-2.

Pierce found herself in trouble once again in the bottom of the third with runners on first and second with nobody out. But a controversial call by the field umpire later in the inning ended up being the source of a huge momentum shift that favored the Saints.

Look for extended coverage in the April 3 print edition.

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