PHS senior Grace Bennett field a throw to third base during Wednesday's regular-season home finale vs. Newport. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Newport vaulted out to an 11-1 lead and then held off a determined Philomath squad in a 13-7 softball final Wednesday afternoon on the Warriors’ home field.

The two teams completed the game despite a few stoppages because of heavy rainfall. Philomath, making its final home appearance of the season, recognized its outgoing seniors before the contest. The Warriors have seven seniors on the roster — Hannah Beck, Mia Bennett, Grace Bennett, Kori Galvan, McKenzie Hauck, Adrianna Hunter and Elizabeth Morales-Marquez.

One of those seniors, Galvan, got Philomath on the scoreboard in the second inning with a one-run single that brought in Janae Traglia, who had opened the inning with a walk.

The Warriors scored twice in the third. Kaylie Kohler was hit by a pitch and later scored on a passed ball. Adrianna Hunter walked and later scored on a Presley Reichhuber single.

In the fourth, the Warriors added two more. Kohler hit a one-out double and later scored on a Traglia single. Hauck walked and ended up reaching home as the result of Newport errors.

Philomath’s final two runs were scored in the sixth. Kohler and Hauck hit back-to-back doubles to bring in the team’s sixth run of the afternoon. Hauck later scored on an error for the seventh.

For the Warriors (5-18 overall, 4-10 Oregon West), Kohler went 2 for 2 with three runs, Reichhuber was 2 for 3 and Galvan finished 2 for 4. Hauck scored twice. Ahnika Tryon and Hunter both saw time in the circle.

Victoria Johnson had a 3-for-4 game for the Cubs (13-10, 8-6). Natalie Paranto drove in three and Ivy Ruddiman hit a two-run homer.

Philomath is scheduled to play its season finale at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Sweet Home.

Brad Fuqua

Brad Fuqua, Philomath News

Brad Fuqua has covered the Philomath area since 2014 as the editor of the now-closed Philomath Express and currently as publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He has worked as a professional journalist since 1988 at daily and weekly newspapers in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Arizona, Montana and Oregon.

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