Scots lose their lead late against Putnam
|Rex Putnam Kingsmen|
|David Douglas Scots|
CLACKAMAS — The David Douglas softball team held the upper hand most of the way only to see Rex Putnam sneak in front late for a 3-2 win Tuesday at the North Clackamas spring break tournament.
Bailey Haga drilled a two-run line drive to center field to put the Scots onto the scoreboard before they had registered an out. Back-to-back strikeouts left Haga stranded at third base.
Rex Putnam tried to answer in the bottom of the first, but Scots' shortstop Shayla Slossar scooped a grounder off the turf and made a quick throw for the out at first base. Haga quickly relayed the ball home where Jocelyn Barnard tagged out a runner well in front of the plate to complete the double play.
The Scots carried their 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning when Rex Putnam made its move.
The Kingsmen put together three straight hits capped by Rhyann Butler's single up the middle to tie the game at 2-2.
Rex Putnam continued with the hot bats into the sixth inning with Faith Vadelund and Anna Keller leading off with back-to-back singles.
Two batters later, senior Melia Croydon stepped into the batter's box with two outs and the winning run at second base. She smacked a first-pitch double to the left-field fence.
"I was done losing. I really wanted the win," Croydon said. "Those earlier base hits put people on, and that was the make or break for us."
David Douglas went to pinch-hitter Jordan Maxwell to lead off the seventh, and she delivered with a single through the right side. A pair of ground-outs allowed her to scoot around to third base, but the door home remained shut.
The game ended with a bouncer to the right side, which Madison Clark gloved without any trouble, making a soft toss to first base to end the game.
"There was a considerable amount of pressure at that point, but I've been in worse situations," Kingsmen pitcher Croydon said. "I focused on keeping the ball inside, usually they don't hit those as well."
David Douglas pitcher Caitlyn Ewell went the distance, striking out five and giving up two walks. Croydon also finished with five strikeouts in a complete-game effort for the Kingsmen.
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This story is slated for our Friday, March 29, print edition.