The Newport High School softball team came close to a breakthrough April 27, but a seventh-inning rally fell short as the Cubs dropped their eighth straight, a 12-7 loss at the hands of Philomath in 4A-3 Oregon West Conference action at Yaquina View Elementary in Newport.
Newport entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 12-5 before junior pitcher Taylor Schaffner followed sophomore Tori Johnson’s one-one single with a double that advanced Johnson to third. She scored on a passed ball, and Schaffner added a second run on a dropped third strike that allowed freshman infielder Emry Belloni to reach first.
Warriors pitcher Mackenzie Hiner then halted Newport’s comeback attempt and retired the next two Cubs on popups to close out the Philomath victory.
Freshman starting pitcher Evy Remington tripled and had two RBIs to pace the Warriors’ four-hit attack. In the circle, she surrendered four hits, three walks and no earned runs in 4 1-3 innings of work with 10 strikeouts.
Ahnika Tryon and McKenzie Hauck each doubled for the Warriors, who started the week 6-5 in league games, 7-9 overall.
Freshman first baseman Sheala Simmons doubled for Newport, which slipped to 1-9, 3-14.
The Cubs, who hadn’t won since back-to-back wins the final two days of March, were scheduled Monday to host league-foe Woodburn at Yaquina View. Newport won the teams’ first meeting, a 10-0 Cubs’ victory in Newport. The Bulldogs entered Monday’s game 0-9, 0-11.
PHS 314 112 0 — 12 4 4
NHS 200 210 2 — 7 4 4
Evy Remington, Mackenzie Hiner (5) and Jenae Traglia. Taylor Schaffner and Emma Schaffner. W — Remington. L — T. Schaffner.
PHILOMATH — Kyla Berger 0-3, Ashlynn Barron 0-3, Kori Galvan 0-3, Hiner 0-1, Ahnika Tryon 1-3, Remington 1-4, Adrianna Hunter 0-0, Mia Bennett 0-3, McKenzie Hauck 1-1, Elizabeth Morales 1-3, Traglia 0-2, Presley Reichhuber 0-2.
NEWPORT — T. Schaffner 1-2, Emry Belloni 0-4, E. Schaffner 0-4, Alexa Cleveland 1-4, Sheala Simmons 1-3, Haley Wiles 0-2, Nazalia Garcia 0-1, Madelene Baley 0-2, Natalie Parranto 0-1, Alea Schriver-Acosta 0-1, Kaylee Hart 0-1, Caliyah Covington 0-2, Tori Johnson 1-1.
2B — Tryon, Simmons, Hauck, T. Schaffner. 3B — Remington. RBIs — Berger, Barron, Remington 2, Bennett, Hauck.
Taft splits with Rainier
At Lincoln City, coming off a pair of humbling home losses earlier in the week to second-ranked and undefeated South Umpqua, the No. 4 Tigers raced to an early lead April 29 in taking the opener of a home 3A-SD 1 doubleheader against Rainier. But the Columbians responded in the nightcap, and sent Taft to its third loss in four games in a 14-8 defeat.
The Tigers, who began this week 4-1 in league games, 11-5 overall, scored four times in the bottom of the first inning of the opener, added two more in the second and a single run in the third to help wash away the taste of their twin bill against the Lancers a few days prior.
Junior outfielder Bridgett Marsh and sophomore pitcher Hailey Weaver hit solo home runs, and senior infielder Addie Gates was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Taft in the first contest. Weaver earned the win in the circle in a complete-game effort, allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks and striking out one.
But it was the Columbians who struck early and often in the second contest, scoring 12 during the course of the opening three frames. Relief pitcher Jamie Knox was 5-for-5 for the Columbians, and Kendall Crape drove in five runs.
Seniors Gates and Chloe Peterson paced the Tiger bats in the nightcap. Peterson had three RBIs and a double, while Gates singled, doubled and plated a pair.
The Tigers were slated Monday to host 4A Tillamook for a single game before 3A-SD 1-foe Willamina travels Friday to Lincoln City for a doubleheader.
RHS 001 000 3 — 4 7 0
THS 421 001 x — 8 7 0
Miley Cook, Lacey Mankinson (6) and Delaney Fortelney. Hailey Weaver and Nat Gates. W — Weaver. L — Cook.
RAINIER — Emmalee Melvin 1-4, Jamie Knox 1-2, Mankinson 2-4, Fortelney 1-3, Kendall Crape 0-3, Shylee Heath 0-1, Stella Lindahl 0-3, Anna Monk 0-3, Miley Cook 2-2.
TAFT — Gates 0-1, Addie Gates 2-3, Liv Coulter 0-3, Chloe Peterson 3-4, Weaver 1-3, Angelea Deaton 0-12, Alexis McDougal 0-1, Jorden King 0-3, Allyson Hall 0-2, Bridgett Marsh 1-3.
2B — A. Gates. HR — Marsh, Weaver. RBIs — Mankinson 3, Fortelney, Peterson, A. Gates, Marsh, Weaver.
RHS 345 020 0 — 14 15 3
Taft 330 002 0 — 8 3 1
Lacey Mankinson, Jamie Knox (3) and Delaney Fortelney. Hailey Weaver and Nat Gates. W — Knox. L — Weaver.
RAINIER — Emmalee Melvin 3-5, Knox 5-5, Mankinson 2-4, Fortelney 3-3, Kendall Crape 1-5, Shylee Heath 0-4, Stella Lindahl 0-4, Anna Monk 1-4, Miley Cook 0-4.
TAFT — Gates 0-2, Addie Gates 2-4, Liv Coulter 0-3, Chloe Peterson 1-4, Weaver 0-3, Angelea Deaton 0-4, Jorden King 901, Alexis McDougal 0-2, Allyson Hall 0-1, Bridgett Marsh 0-3, Piper Delameter 0-0.
2B — Crape, Monk, Knox, Mankinson, Peterson, A. Gates. RBIs — Melvin, Knox 2, Mankinson, Fortelney 2, Crape 5, Peterson 3, N. Gates, Deaton, A. Gates 2.
- On April 28, Waldport snapped its three-game 2A/1A-SD 4 losing streak with a 9-7 defeat of Myrtle Point/Powers in Myrtle Point before falling 6-5 later that day at Coquille. The Irish, who started the week 4-5 in league games, 4-12 overall were scheduled Tuesday to visit Gold Beach before returning to the road for a 4:30 p.m. Friday intra-county matchup against Siletz Valley/Eddyville Charter in Siletz.
- Siletz Valley/Eddyville Charter dropped an 11-1 decision April 28 on the road against the Newport JV, then lost 15-2 the following day to Myrtle Point/Powers in Myrtle Point. The Warriors headed into their scheduled Tuesday league game at Reedsport sitting at 0-6 in league, 0-7 overall.
- Unranked Toledo, which stands atop the 2A/1A-SD 4 standings, moved to 9-0, 13-6 last Friday after beating Gold Beach by forfeit. Toledo went into its scheduled Tuesday game at Myrtle Point/Powers on a nine-game winning streak. Eight of those nine wins came via shutout, including the previous five. Officially, the Boomers’ forfeit win counts as a 7-0 victory.