The Philomath High softball team took a 4-0 lead into the sixth inning on Tuesday morning against Scappoose but the Indians rallied for five runs and then held on in the top of the seventh to steal a 5-4 victory at the North Medford Spring Break Invitational.
Later in the day, Class 5A Eagle Point took a 13-3 win over the Warriors.
Against Scappoose, freshman pitcher Evy Remington cruised through the first five innings with a no-hitter and 14 strikeouts. The Indians’ only base runners came on three walks and an error but all were stranded.
Scappoose faced a new Philomath pitcher to start the sixth and took advantage of three walks while hitting a pair of doubles. At that point, Remington re-entered the circle but the Indians tied the score on a passed ball and importantly moved a runner over to third. Scappoose then took the lead on an infield ground ball.
Remington’s pitching performance was stellar with no hits or runs allowed, four walks and those 14 strikeouts in a 123-pitch workout. (The runs that scored in the sixth when she was pitching were inherited).
Scappoose pitcher Abby Stansbury, meanwhile, threw a two-hitter with no walks and five strikeouts.
Philomath opened the game with a double by Presley Reichhuber and Kyla Berger followed with a single to send her home. Berger later scored on an Ahnika Tryon ground-out. But the Warriors didn’t have a hit the rest of the game as Stansbury and the Indians settled into a groove.
In the fourth, Philomath went up 3-0. Scappoose committed three straight errors to load the bases with one out. Kori Galvan hit a grounder that scored Remington. Then in the fifth, Reichhuber led off with a ground ball that turned into a four-base error for a 4-0 PHS advantage.
Scappoose went to 4-1 with the win.
In Philomath’s second game, Eagle Point scored eight runs in the second inning and went on to the 10-run victory in six innings. Philomath committed six errors in the game with nine runs by the opponent being unearned.
The Eagles had a 9-0 lead before Philomath scored its first runs in the bottom of the second. Remington hit a one-out single and moved up a base on a Galvan single. Mia Bennett put the ball in play to move Remington to third while Galvan was forced out at second. Bennett then stole second to give the Warriors two runners in scoring position.
Freshman Hannah Bennett, in her first varsity plate appearance of the season, brought them both home with a two-run single.
Eagle Point countered with two runs of its own in the top of the third to go up 11-2. The Warriors scored a run in the fifth for their third run. Ashlynn Barron, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, came around to score on a Remington single.
The Eagles (5-2) scored two in the sixth to take a 10-run lead. Eagle Point had nine hits in the game with Madysin Gray going 3 for 4 and Baylee Mullen finishing 2 for 4.
Remington was 2 for 3 for the Warriors.
In the circle, Elizabeth Morales-Marquez threw five innings and allowed seven hits and three earned runs with four walks and one strikeout. Mackenzie Hiner finished the game and allowed two hits and one walk in one inning of work.
Philomath will now take the rest of the week off from competition with the season resuming on March 28 at home against Cascade to open conference play.