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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Last-inning Taft loss tightens West Valley League softball race


A defensive lapse allowed Amity to score two times in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday and overcome a one-run deficit for a 5-4 West Valley League home softball victory over Taft.

“This was a big game for us and we fell just short,” Taft Coach Sandy Stuart said.

The first-place Lady Tigers (14-8, 6-1) lost their first league game of the season after scoring three times in the top of the seventh to rally from two runs down after the Warriors tallied three runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 3-1 lead.

Senior centerfielder Keeley Graham and senior second baseman Brennae Huskey collected two hits each off Taft sophomore starter Emma Coulter to lead the way for the Warriors (8-6, 4-2).

Senior shortstop Morgan Croxford, senior third baseman Callee Roberts and senior catcher Breaha Wright drove home runs for Amity.

Taft was led by sophomore catcher Hailee Danneker with a double, triple and three RBIs. Freshman shortstop Claira Tolan also had two hits for Taft, which collected six hits off senior right-handed starter Brittnie Brown, who struck out nine.

“We scored late in the game, but were unable to stay composed through the bottom half of the seventh,” Stuart said.

Taft committed three errors and walked five Warrior hitters for the game.

“We got excited about the runners on base and made a defensive error,” Stuart said. “Overall, we are an offensively strong team and we couldn’t find the gaps today.”

Freshman outfielder Kyla Knott and senior third baseman Naomi Rini had Taft’s other hits, and both scored runs, along with Tolan and sophomore second baseman Kayla Lininger.

“We had some solid hits right at fielders and we left some runners on,” Stuart said. “Hopefully, we can learn from this game and how intense it felt and move forward through the rest of league.”

Dayton (6-1, 15-6) defeated Sheridan 19-0 Tuesday to share first place with the Tigers in league play.

The Tigers are at third-place Santiam Christian (9-5, 4-3) at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Amity 5, Taft 4

TAFT                 AB  R  H BI
Kyla  Knott           4  1  1  0
Naomi  Rini           3  1  1  0
Hailee  Danneker      4  0  2  3
Emma Coulter          4  0  0  0
Claira Tolan          3  1  2  0
Alyssa  Tanksley      3  0  0  0
McKenzie Evenson      3  0  0  0
Corey VanDamme        3  0  0  0
Kayla Lininger        2  1  0  0
TOTALS               29  4  6  3

AMITY                AB  R  H BI
Keeley Graham         4  0  2  0
Brennae Huskey        3  1  2  0
Gabby Rolston         4  1  1  0
Morgan Croxford       2  1  1  1
Callee Roberts        2  1  1  1
Brittnie Brown        3  1  1  0
Breaha Wright         3  0  1  1
Gracee Wright         3  0  0  0
Kira Hand             3  0  0  0
TOTALS               27  5  9  3

TAFT TIGERS                   010 000 3 — 4
AMITY                         000 003 2 — 5

LOB–TAFT 6, AMITY 11. ERR–Naomi  Rini, Hailee Danneker, Claira Tolan, Gracee Wright, Callee Roberts. 2B–Hailee  Danneker, Callee Roberts. 3B–Hailee  Danneker. HBP–Kayla Lininger. SACB–Callee Roberts. SB–Morgan
Croxford, Keeley Graham, Brittnie Brown.

TAFT                            IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Emma Coulter                   6.00    9    5    4    5    4    0
Brittnie Brown                 7.00    6    4    0    1    9    0
WP–Emma Coulter, Brittnie Brown. BB–Naomi  Rini, Morgan Croxford (2), Brennae Huskey, Brittnie Brown, Callee Roberts.

Taft roster/schedule

Class 3A West Valley League standings

Class 3A OSAA rankings

Jim Fossum
Jim Fossumhttp://SilverandBlackToday.com
Homepage Executive Editor and former longtime Sports Editor of the near-200,000 circulation Las Vegas Review-Journal, Fossum brings 40 years of award-winning experience covering virtually every facet of print and digital journalism to Lincoln City Homepage. The former longtime reporter for the Newport News-Times and Lincoln City News Guard is also Editor-in-Chief and Senior Columnist for SilverandBlackToday.com, which covers the NFL's Oakland (Las Vegas) Raiders.


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