PHS freshman Jenae Traglia makes a play at the plate Monday against Cascade. The Cougars' Crystal Campbell was called safe. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

The Philomath High School softball team opened Oregon West Conference play on Monday with a 5-2 loss at home against Cascade. In addition to being the league opener, the contest also represented the first time the Warriors had played this season on their home field.

The matchup featured a battle in the circle between starters Hannah Walliman of Cascade and Evy Remington of Philomath. Walliman limited the Warriors to three hits and six walks with 10 strikeouts. Remington gave up six hits and four walks with seven strikeouts.

PHS freshman Evy Remington goes to the plate against Cascade on Monday. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

Cascade went up 2-0 in the third on two-out singles by Abby Jeppsen and Walliman. The Cougars added another in the fourth on a Caylen Metcalf single. In the sixth, Cascade took a 40 lead when Crystal Campbell walked and later scored on a passed ball.

Philomath got on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the sixth with a two-out rally. After a pair of fly-ball outs, Ahnika Tryon worked a walk and Remington followed with a double to drive her home. She later scored on a steal. Ashlynn Barron and Kyla Berger also reached on walks with both stranded in scoring position.

Cascade scored another run in the seventh with Emma Hilfiker connecting for a single and coming around later to score.

Remington finished 2 for 2 for the Warriors, which fell to 1-5 overall. Walliman and Metcalf both went 2 for 3 to lead Cascade (4-2 overall, 1-0 Oregon West). The Cougars have won three straight.

Philomath is scheduled to take the field Tuesday at Sweet Home.

Philomath’s Kyla Berger went 1 for 2. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)