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Scappoose opened season 6-0 through the first two weeks of NWOC league games.

PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Scappoose third baseman Ashley Berns tracks the ball after a hit from St. Helens at the rivals April 19 game. Berns went down with a knee injury later in the game, which has been diagnosed as a season-ending ACL tear.Scappoose softball has earned a strong start to the season, going 6-0 in initial league games and defeating rival St. Helens.

"Scappoose-St. Helens is always a matchup, so it's a very exciting win," Scappoose coach Lindsey Johnson said.

Senior co-captain Ashley Berns tore her ACL during the game against St. Helens, but Johnson said the rest of the team "stepped up to the plate," with a freshman coming in to replace Berns.

"It was a very surreal win for us because we had a player injured, but we did great," Johnson said of Scappoose's 11-1 win.

Berns told the Spotlight she suffered a full tear of her ACL, which will require surgery, putting an end to her high school softball season. The timeframe to recover from a tear of the ACL, a vital ligament in the knee, can be six months or more.PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Junior Jessica Nelson rounds second base.

"My knee kept going towards home and my body towards third (base)," Berns said.

Johnson said Berns' injury was particularly unfortunate, given it's her final high school year.

"But she's in good spirits and she's a great team player. … She has since been at our games and our practices — and with a great attitude," Johnson said.

Berns is thinking positive, and she's definitely not about to drop off the team just because she's on the shelf with an injury.PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Scappoose junior Abby Stansbury pitches the ball to a St. Helens batter at an April 19 home game.

"I believe that regardless of me being in the dugout or the field, I can still be a leader and help my team in other ways. It's important to me to support my teammates, even though I'm not able to play," Berns said.

Berns made the first team all-state last year.

Junior Abby Stansbury made honorable mention for all-state last season. This year, she and junior Jessica Nelson are the team's two pitchers.

Nelson described herself and Stansbury as "the blonde bombers." Together, the two are "a force to be reckoned with for pitching," as she put it.

The team's toughest competition still awaits: Wilsonville, which was also 6-0 in league coming into the match against Scappoose.

"Our team unity is very strong, and I think that's very helpful on the field. They all trust each other and play that way," Johnson said.PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Senior Mikala Marshall makes a catch in Scappoose's first 2022 game against St. Helens, which Scappoose won 11-1.

Johnson said the team's hitting has improved since the start of the season. "We know we can be strong hitters, we just needed to be disciplined," she said.

Senior co-captain Kenzie Hoag also said the team had the most room for improvement in offense, "but we are slowly warming up."

Hoag, who plays second base, said the team was strongest on defense, in part because of the team unity.PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Scappoose sophomore Addison Marshall prepares for a pitch from St. Helens.

"We work really well together and make a lot of good plays," Hoag said. "We are really finding how to work together and how to make these games go the best that they can. We are all very close, and I believe that it shows when we play."

View more photos from Scappoose's game against St. Helens here.

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