Centennial falls to McMinnville at tourney
CLACKAMAS — Centennial's softball team quieted McMinnville down the stretch, but couldn't make enough noise with their own at-bats to pull off a come back during a 7-3 loss to the Grizzlies at the North Clackamas spring break tournament Tuesday.
After falling behind 7-1 midway through the game, Centennial held McMinnville to zeroes the rest of the way. Mia Bratcher came up with back-to-back catches in center field to close out the fifth inning. In the sixth, Centennial pitcher Charlotte Marcum called everyone off to get under a towering infield pop up, and shortstop Ashley Hawkins gloving a sharply-hit hopper at shortstop to strand a runner at third base.
But the Eagles were silent on their end as well with four strikeouts through six at-bats to keep the score frozen.
Centennial made a move in the seventh when Shelby Hemmer drilled a two-run double to left field, but that would be the only noise the Eagles would make.
McMinnville never trailed after knocking in two runs in the first inning, highlighted by Adrianna Powell's ground-rule double to that slipped underneath the center-field fence. Centennial's Trislyn Schmelling scooped up a roller on the right side to strand Grizzlies at second and third.
Centennial got one run back in the bottom of the inning when Hadley Cook connected for an RBI-single. Grizzlies pitcher Payton Hudson put strike three over the outside edge to strand Centennial runners at second and third.
The Eagles got McMinnville's lead-off hitter in the second inning when Naomi Maldonado made a catch on the move at the right-field line. But a two-out error would send a pair of Grizzlies home, allowing McMinnville an early 4-1 lead.
The Eagles went 1-3 over the two-day tourney, opening with a 23-0 win over Milwaukie.
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