Double play secures win over reigning champs
Monday, April 15
CLACKAMAS — Centennial's softball team used a pair of four-run spurts to break open its 12-9 win at Clackamas on a rainy Monday.
After falling behind twice early in the game, the Eagles took their first lead 4-3 when Trislyn Schmelling sent a line drive to left field to score Naomi Maldonado in the fourth inning. A fielder's choice, a sacrifice fly and a passed ball allowed three more runs to trickle across before the inning was finished.
Centennial got it going again in the sixth inning with Charlotte Marcum banging a lead-off double to center field. The Eagles would go on to load the bases with no outs.
Chelsea Arndt sent an RBI-single through the left side, and Mia Bratcher whacked a line drive that deflected off two gloves on the infield and allowed two more runs across.
Centennial's first five batters found their way on base, and the Eagles saw their lead grow to 11-5.
Clackamas got back in contention with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, but that would complete its scoring.
Arndt hit an RBI-double to the right-field fence to build Centennial's lead to 12-9 in the seventh.
"It didn't matter what our lead was, scoring runs is all that mattered — that is what helps you win the game," Arndt said.
Clackamas looked to answer when A. Moe hit a lead-off double to right field, but the Cavaliers would quickly be retired. A ground ball came to Schmelling on the right side, who calmly scooped it up, reached out in front of her to tag the runner as she passed by, then fired a sharp throw to first to end the game with a double play.
"I moved up right away, so I'd be in the right spot for the tag," Schmelling said. "I secured the ball, got the runner and went to one."
Centennial hit 14-for-34 (.412) with six players coming up with multiple hits. Charlotte Marcum led the charge by going 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored, while Mia Bratcher belted one over the left-field fence to lead off the second inning.
"There were a lot of odds against us today with it raining and half our team is sick," Marcum said. "But we kept our heads in it and kept the momentum on our side."
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