The Philomath High School softball team opened the season Wednesday with a 6-0 loss at Class 5A Lebanon. The game was largely a pitchers’ duel between Lebanon junior Alivia Holden and Philomath freshman Evy Remington.
Both Holden and Remington went the distance for their respective teams and allowed a combined six hits and three walks with 29 strikeouts. Holden allowed just one hit for the home-team Warriors with two walks and 14 strikeouts. And Remington, making her high school debut, allowed five hits, four earned runs and one walk with 15 strikeouts.
Lebanon took a 2-0 lead in the second inning without getting a hit. Senior Laurel McGuigan opened the inning by reaching on an error, stole second and third, and scored on a passed ball. Sophomore Emma Sheets walked and then followed the same pattern with steals of second and third, and scoring on a passed ball.
The score remained 2-0 until the fifth inning when Lebanon connected on back-to-back home runs. Junior Adria Harter opened the fifth by reaching when she was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, junior Christine Berg singled. Later with two outs, senior Trinity Holden connected on a three-run home run. Alivia Holden followed with a solo home run.
Philomath broke up a no-hitter in the top of the fifth inning when sophomore Ahnika Tryon singled. Junior Mia Bennett later worked a walk to give Philomath a second base runner but the threat ended on a strikeout.
In the seventh, the Warriors again got two batters on base — Tryon on a walk and Remington reaching on an error. But Alivia Holden regrouped and struck out the last two batters to end the game.
Trinity Holden finished 3 for 3 to lead Lebanon (1-0).
Philomath (0-1) will play in Lebanon again on Saturday but only as a neutral site. The Warriors will face La Grande at 10 a.m. and Gladstone at 2 p.m.