Grizzlies break out bats, knock off Newberg
NEWBERG – In its last three games, the McMinnville softball team has pushed a total of 10 runs across home plate.
In Wednesday’s Class 6A Pacific Conference game against rival Newberg, the Grizzlies hit the 10-run mark in the first three innings.
McMinnville racked up 14 hits and starting pitcher Kaleigh Scanlon weathered a late push by the Tigers in a 12-6 win over Newberg.
“Team-wise, this is probably the best-hitting team McMinnville’s had in years,” Mac coach Courtney Seifert said. “And throughout the whole order. That’s important.”
The Grizzlies (6-6, 1-1 Pacific) scored six runs in the second inning and four runs in the third, an advantage great enough that Newberg’s four-run fourth inning still kept the Tigers at a distance.
“We did good job of just stringing hits together,” Seifert said. “We just got on a roll. We did a great job of not stranding baserunners.”
Newberg (9-3, 1-1 Pacific) lit into Scanlon for 14 hits and the Mac freshman issued four walks, but Scanlon struck out six batters and worked her way out of jams consistently over 6 2/3 innings pitched. Sydney Reeser recorded the game’s final out for McMinnville.
“(Scanlon) was hitting her spots and keeping the ball low, which is what she needs to do,” Seifert said. “She needs to know that if she can’t hit the corners, she shouldn’t leave it over the plate. To Newberg’s credit, they hit the ball well.”
Senior Jacinda Swiger finished 3-for-5 as the Grizzlies’ leadoff hitter. Sydni Dix went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI, and Sam Henlsey ended the game 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI.
Makayla Khatewoda, and Reeser had two hits apiece, while Marina Jorgenson doubled and had two RBI for McMinnville.
The Grizzlies host Tualatin tonight at 5 p.m. at the McMinnville softball field. Mac then travels to Glencoe for a 5 p.m. Monday tilt.
Tigard 8, McMinnville 5
Marina Jorgenson went 2-for-2 from the plate, but the Tigers battered the Grizzlies for 16 hits to win Monday’s Class 6A Pacific Conference contest at the McMinnville softball field.
The Grizzlies led 5-2 after four innings before Tigard scored four runs in the sixth inning to take the lead for good.
Sam Hensley and Kamrie Hoggard both doubled for McMinnville.