Indians come up just short in softball opener
WILSONVILLE — It's a game of inches. Of innings. Of this play or that play.
At least it has been on more than one occasion this season for the Scappoose High softball team.
The latest example came Tuesday at Wilsonville. The host team took a big, six-run second inning that proved too much for Scappoose to overcome — although the Wildcats had to fight for their lives.
They manufactured a run in the bottom of the sixth to go ahead again, then held Scappoose scoreless in the seventh to escape with an 8-7 victory.
It was the Indians' third loss by one run. Scappoose is 2-5-1.
"They just outplayed us a little bit," Indians coach Catherine Baggett said. "If you take that one inning away …
"I'm just hoping we can close that one-run gap. We're scoring enough … we just need two more. One more to tie it, another one to take it."
Tuesday's defeat was the Northwest Oregon Conference opener for both teams.
And it was another outing in which the Indians showed their ability to hit and score. Only twice this season have the Indians tallied fewer than seven runs.
Scappoose retired the Wildcats in order in the first inning, ton four pitches, then scored in the second for a 1-0 lead. Junior Maddie Templin had a single and went all the way around to score on the play thanks to errors by Wilsonville.
"We came out really strong," Baggett said.
Then came Wilsonville's six-run explosion, fueled in part by some Scappoose miscues.
The Indians' offense then started chipping away. Scappoose got two runs in the third, two in the fifth and two in the sixth to tie the score at 7-7.
Scappoose finished with eight hits.
Senior Jenna Hatcher, a senior, went the distance on the mound and held the Wildcats to seven hits.
Senior Taylor Johnson, Scappoose's leadoff batter, had a double and two RBIs.
Sophomore Zoey Ellis, senior Jenny Ramirez, junior Sophi Hering and senior Sara Mills all drove in one run.
"Our bats are still doing great," Baggett said. "We've just got to figure out the defensive side and hold the other team down a little bit more."