Scanlon, big bats lift Mac over Lake Oswego
McMinnville softball ended its season opener with a walk-off.
Minus the drama.
Gillian Bonnett singled in Josie Smith in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Grizzlies sealed a shutout of Lake Oswego, 10-0, in Wednesday’s Class 6A nonleague contest.
McMinnville (1-0) collected nine hits and seven walks off Lakers pitcher Madison Armstrong, who absorbed the loss. Bonnett, a freshman who entered the game in the fifth inning, went 2-for-2 with the game’s final RBI, the lone Grizzly with multiple hits.
“I give them credit for being patient, kind of sitting back and waiting for a pitch,” Mac coach Courtney Seifert said.
Grizzlies freshman Kaleigh Scanlon was a catalyst within the pitching circle and in the batter’s box in her first varsity softball game. Scanlon threw a complete-game one-hitter, walking two and striking out six, on 66 pitches.
“She’s definitely confident out there,” Seifert said. “She knows what her job is, and she goes out there and does it.”
In the second inning, Scanlon punched a double down the left field line, bringing home fellow freshman Sydni Dix for the first run of the game. McMinnville added three more runs – on a Jacinda Swiger RBI single and a two-run single by Makayla Khatewoda – to give Scanlon extra cushion when Lake Oswego (0-1) came up to bat.
Dix scored her second run of the game in the third inning, on a fielder’s choice by second baseman Kristin King. That would be more than enough run support for Scanlon, who did not allow the Lakers a baserunner in the final three innings.
“It definitely helps when you have runs behind you,” Scanlon said. “I felt like I did as best I could.”
Seifert began to empty the Grizzlies’ dugout in the fifth inning, and the runs kept coming. Lacy Wilbur smacked a two-run double off Armstrong, followed by a Sam Hensley RBI single. In the sixth inning, Scanlon scored her second run of the game on a Lake Oswego throwing error before Bonnett finished the Lakers off.
Nine runners left on base represented the only blemish to McMinnville’s performance on the day.
“We won 10-0,” Swiger said, “and that sets our season.”