NHS softball taking its lumps early
The Newberg softball team got off to a rough start, suffering a pair of blowout losses to Sunset and Glencoe after opening the season March 15 with a 3-1 home loss to South Eugene.
The Tigers fell behind 2-0 after two innings, but pitcher Jayden Yoder settled down over the next several to keep the Axemen off the board.
Quinn Porter helped get the offense going with a leadoff double in the bottom of the fourth inning. Giselle Benetti then bunted Porter over to third and she scored on a passed ball. Zimri Lemonds then drew a walk to put the winning run on base, but a pop up and strikeout ended the threat.
South Eugene then added a run in the top of the seventh and despite giving up seven hits, held on for the win.
The going got much rougher Friday, though, as visiting Sunset posted 12 runs in the third inning en route to a 15-1 victory. The Tigers managed just three hits in the loss.
It was a similar story Monday versus traditional power Glencoe, as the Crimson Tide jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings and invoked the mercy rule by adding seven more in the top of the fifth.
The Tigers were scheduled to host Cleveland Wednesday, but will then be off until Monday, when they will play Franklin in the first of four games in two days at the Milwaukie Spring Break Tournament.
Newberg 22, Union 22 – Newberg got tries from sophomore prop Isaih Hurtado-Shore and junior lock Max Boenish, as well as a conversion from Geoff Carstensen, to take a 12-0 lead at halftime. Union opened the second half with three consecutive tries and a conversion to make it 17-12. Senior scrum half Camrin Pilcher scored to tie the contest 17-17 and after Union pulled ahead 22-17, senior fullback Cameron Sutton scored in the final five minutes to force the draw.
St. Paul 4, Neah-Kah-Nie 0 – Jaidyn Jackson allowed two hits in five innings to pick up the victory for the Buckaroos. St. Paul broke through for three runs in the third and added an insurance run in the fourth, chasing starting pitcher Bryce Bridger from the game.
St. Paul 16, Portland Christian 6 – Starter Justin Herberger left the game after three innings with the Bucks leading 5-2, but Portland Christian scored two in the top of the fourth and two in the top of the fifth to knot the game at 5-5. St. Paul promptly answered with 10 runs in the bottom half of the fifth to invoke the mercy rule and improve to 3-0.