Molalla softball team juggles rainy schedule
The wet mid-April weather has played havoc with the Molalla High softball program, seeing a week of action — and rescheduled action — wiped out. But on April 21-22, the Indians were able to play, though success is proving elusive. "We have been struggling with the weather but finally had a game," coach Amanda Bethune said. "We had to hunker down for a lightning and thunderstorm delay, about an extra 40 minutes worth of field cleanup to get it playable again, and an attempt to get a complete game in before sunset occurred. Somehow, we made it happen."
The Indians battled through the weather for a doubleheader with Estacada. Unfortunately, the Indians lost by 23-1 and 16-6 scores. In game one, the Indians and Rangers finished up a previously postponed game, coming out on the short end, 23-1. Molalla freshman Brooke Marshall pitched her first complete game, while Alison Wickham went 2-for-2 and scored the lone run. In the second game, Molalla got the bats going a little too late. Wickham, Jade Phillips and Kalea Lopes all had a pair of hits on the day. Wickham and Lorraine Soper both has two RBIs, while Lillian Mueller knocked a run in as well. "Jessica Hewitt had several great snags at third base, making outs at home and first base," Bethune said. "Jade Philips had a diving catch in centerfield in the third inning."
Corbett 20, Molalla 3 Molalla's other game of the week occurred April 21 and featured a 3-for-3 performance by Wickham at the plate, including a home run in the fourth inning. Lopes had a pair of hits and Codie Gump added a hit and RBI to the effort. Molalla is 0-3 in league play and 1-9 overall in a season that looks like the schedules will be in flux for a couple weeks as makeup games will need to be rescheduled.
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