By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– Cascade didn’t back down to Stayton in the Eagles 10-6 win at Cascade High School Monday afternoon.as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning and led by that margin going into the third inning.
Even when Stayton began to pull away, leading 7-3 going into the bottom half of the sixth inning, the Cougars pulled their rival in thanks to a three-run Malia Scanlan home run that made it a 7-6 ball game going into the seventh inning. Keeping pace with the second-ranked team in 4A with the harsh Spring conditions with the rain and wind.
“Our past few games we haven’t started until the fourth inning and that’s really a big thing. I feel like for our game, we need to start early and that game’s ours. Minus the errors and that game’s ours,” the Cougars Cassidy Crabtree said.”To bring it back was kind of crazy. Yeah they hit the home run, but it was a big game but on the long-road it’s fine.”
Timely hits starting in the third inning and settling down defensively in the second allowed the Eagles to build that four-run lead to weather the brunt of Scanlan’s home run in the sixth inning. Stayton’s been in games like this before this season, as had Cascade with both teams hovering around that Top-10 mark in the classification and sitting 3-0 entering the Oregon West Conference about Monday.
Similar slow starts plagued the Eagles throughout the season as well points Kenzi Hollenbeck. Something, like their Turner-counterparts, have been making a conscious effort to correct coming down the stretch of the regular season.
“We need to start the game with more energy, but I felt like we played well overall and we’ll see where that goes with more energy,” Hollenbeck starts. “We came out a little slow, I don’t think our energy was quite there yet, but we finished really well…it was one good hit was all it took and we all just built it off of that.”
Knowing what they were capable of, Stayton went back to work in the top half of the seventh inning. Getting two on base before Jessica Rule helped her cause with a home run, driving three in to rebuild the four-run lead with the Eagles shutting the door in the next half inning with three-straight outs after a Amyah Miranda lead-off single to start the inning.
Crabtree led the Cougars with three hits, Scanlan led the home squad with 3RBI’s. Rule also drove in 3RBI’s, Riley McCalmant cpmtronited another two. Hollenbeck (three), and Christine McCants (two) had multiple hit games for Stayton.
The senior in Rule struck out ten while Cascade freshman Jari Stegman struck out seven in the game.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald