Scots unable to solve Lakeridge under lights
|David Douglas Scots|
LAKE OSWEGO — The David Douglas softball team could not crack the code during a 7-0 loss under the lights at Lakeridge High on Monday night.
The Scots had their chances early with Lilly Center knocking a single to center field in her first at-bat. She scooted around to third base, but a pair of fly outs to right field prevented her from coming home.
In the second inning, Sarah Henry drew a lead-off walk but a pair of strikeouts stranded her at second base.
Lakeridge was having similar trouble getting runners around the bases.
In the first inning, David Douglas catcher Jocelyn Barnard made a quick throw down the line to trap the Pacers' lead-off runner in a hot box between second and third base. A sharp throw from Bailey Haga allowed Center to chase the runner down for the out.
Later in the inning, Lakeridge drew a pair of walks and advanced those runners to second and third. But they were stranded when Scots' shortstop Shayla Slossar reached above her head to snag a line drive, raising her bare hand to secure the catch as the ball slipped down her glove.
In the second inning, Lakeridge loaded the bases with one out. David Douglas pitcher Jordan Maxwell battled back from being behind in the count against each of the next two batters. Slossar gloved a hopper and fired home for the force out, and Maxwell took care of the third out herself flipping her glove over to catch a pop-up in front of the pitcher's circle.
Through two innings, the teams had combined to strand eight runners.
Slossar turned away the Pacers again in the fourth, stranding two more when she charged to the edge of the pitcher's circle to catch a spinner on the run.
The Pacers would would build a 2-0 lead before the dam burst with a flood of five runs in the sixth inning. Holly Beeman's three-run triple to the left-field corner put the game out of reach.
"I went up there knowing I just needed a base hit to get some momentum going," Beeman said. "That hit allowed us to build some energy and the game became more fun."
David Douglas failed to get a runner past first base over the final five innings. A double play ended the third, and the Scots went down 1-2-3 in the seventh.
Maxwell finished with seven strikeouts.
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D. DOUGLAS 000 000 0 — 0 4 1
LAKERIDGE 001 015 x — 7 8 0
Total bases — DD Lilly Center 2, Keller, Slossar; LAK Holly Beeman 3, Summer Mickey 3, K. Beeman, Bjornson, Nelson, Opferman, Paulson. LOB — DD 6, LAK 13.
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