The Philomath High School softball team stood toe-to-toe with No. 1-ranked Stayton Friday in an Oregon West Conference road game with a deficit of just 2-0 going into the fifth inning. The Eagles survived the threat, however, and broke out for four runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to end up with a 10-0 victory.
Stayton scored single runs in the first and third innings to establish the slim lead. Philomath had a couple of opportunities to get on the scoreboard but couldn’t push runs across. In the first, Kaylie Kohler hit a one-out double and Elizabeth Morales-Marquez followed with a walk but Stayton pitcher Kenzi Beougher worked out of the jam with back-to-back strikeouts.
Philomath also got runners into scoring position in the second, third and fourth innings but no runs resulted. In the fifth, Stayton turned a double play to negate Ahnika Tryon’s one-out single.
The Warriors stranded eight base runners in the game.
Tryon pitched the whole game and allowed nine hits, six earned runs and three walks with three strikeouts in a 105-pitch effort. At the plate, Kohler went 2 for 3.
Stayton’s Isabelle Trevino and Kenzi Hollenbeck each had two hits. Hollenbeck hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning. The Eagles (10-3 overall, 3-0 Oregon West) was ranked No. 1 in this week’s OSAAtoday coaches poll.
Philomath (1-10, 0-2) is scheduled to play at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at home against North Marion in a game rescheduled from a rainout earlier in the week.