Trip has plenty of runs, fun for Indians
Lots of runs, lots of fun.
That was the Scappoose softball team's spring-break trip to Redmond in a nutshell.
The Indians came home with only one win out of four games, but what a win it was — 22-2 over Summit.
And two of the losses were high-scoring, one-run affairs — one going extra innings.
The Indians scored 46 runs in two days, and gave up 38.
Offense, obviously, continues to look like it will be the team's strength this season.
And the high output was only part of the memories the team made during its stay in Central Oregon.
"It was great for bonding," said first-year head coach Catherine Baggett, who had experienced similar good times and softball growth in previous years on the coaching staff.
As usual for the March trek by Scappoose softball to a drier climate, the Indians settled into a local house. This was a new one they found through Airbnb, and it provided all the necessary amenities — including a pool table and foosball table.
"We had tournaments in both," Baggett said. "We played some other fun games, too — charades-type stuff. The girls all helped cook and clear. They made team T-shirts."
And, somehow they had time to play four times in little more than 24 hours, at a couple of different locations.
For the record, the Indians lost (in order) to Philomath/Alsea 12-11 in eight innings, to Lincoln 14-4 … then beat Summit … then fell to host Redmond 10-9.
The Summit game was halted after 3 1/2 innings because of a tournament time limit. Scappoose jumped on the Storm for seven runs in the bottom of the first, then got 13 runs in the second.
"Everybody was hitting and walking," Baggett said.
The Philomath game on Monday afternoon arguably had the most drama. Philomath led 4-0. Scappoose came back to lead 6-4 after three innings and 8-5 through four innings. Philomath regained the lead with four runs in the top of the fifth, and the Warriors took an 11-8 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
Scappoose scored three times to force extras.
But Philomath's No. 9 hitter, freshman Reagan Larson, hit a solo home run over the fence in the eighth, and the Warriors blanked the Indians in the bottom half of that frame, getting the final two batters on strikeouts.
Baggett lamented two big missed opportunities for her team.
"We had the bases loaded twice with no outs and were unable to produce," she said.
Philomath totaled 19 hits, 10 for extra bases; Scappoose had 17.
The Indians took the field again right away to face Lincoln of the Portland Interscholastic League. The Cardinals outhit Scappoose 12-6 but needed a late surge to secure the nonleague win.
Lincoln led 5-0 after two innings, only to give up two runs to the Indians in both the third and fourth innings, as Scappoose pulled to within 5-4.
Taylor Johnson, Scappoose's senior left fielder, tripled and drove in two runs against Lincoln, and junior second baseman Sophi Hering went 2 for 2.
The finale against Redmond was a wild one, too. The Panthers were cruising with a 10-0 lead going into the sixth inning. Scappoose scored six times in the sixth and three runs in the seventh to come up just short.
"The sixth inning, we started with a couple of walks, then linked some hits together," Baggett said.
And the Indians had a chance to do even more damage, but failed to add to their tally after loading the bases with one out.
In the seventh, highlights included singles by sophomore Grayce DeLoach and senior Jenna Hatcher, and Hatcher coming home on a squeeze bunt by Johnson.
The Indians will make one more — shorter — trip before they open Northwest Oregon Conference play. They have a game booked for South Albany at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Scappoose's league season begins at Wilsonville at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 9.