The Philomath High School softball team played for the first time in 11 days on Friday afternoon with a major road test at Stayton and lost a close one, 5-3. The loss was the first for the Warriors since March 29 and ended a four-game winning streak.
Stayton (15-2 overall, 9-2 Oregon West) came through in the fifth inning to pull out the win on its home field. The game had been tied 3-3 but the Eagles scored two runs without getting a hit. The inning’s first two batters reached on a walk and hit by pitch and moved around the bases. Stayton took the lead with Isabelle Trevino scoring on a wild pitch and added another with Christine McCants making it home on a passed ball.
Philomath (5-7, 4-3) scored two runs in the top of the first for the early lead. Kyla Berger singled, stole second and third and scored when Ahnika Tryon reached on an error. Kori Galvan, who had reached on a walk, scored the other run on a ground ball put into play by Mackenzie Hiner.
Stayton scored single runs in the first, second and third innings to build a slim lead. Trevin walked and later scored on a Jessica Rule single in the first. Base runners scored in the second and third innings on passed balls.
Philomath tied the score, 3-3, in the top of the fifth. Elizabeth Morales-Marquez opened the inning with a walk and Jenae Traglia followed with a single to right field. Two batters later, Berger singled to right to send Morales-Marquez home.
Stayton picked up the win despite collecting just two hits. Hiner started and threw one inning, allowing one hit and one walk. Evy Remington threw five innings and allowed one hit and two walks with seven strikeouts.
Trevino allowed four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in a seven-inning performance for the Eagles.
At the plate, Berger and Traglia both went 2 for 3 for the team’s four hits.
Philomath is scheduled to play three games next week — Wednesday at Newport, Thursday at home against Cascade and Saturday at home against Sweet Home.