Taft seniors bow out in style with 4-3 softball victory

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Four senior Taft High softball players bid farewell to the home crowd Monday in their final regular-season game, going out the way they hope to conclude their careers – with a dramatic comeback win.

Tiger Softball Senior Night 2018

Four senior Taft High softball players bid farewell to the home crowd Monday in their final regular-season game, going out the way they hope to conclude their careers – with a dramatic comeback win.

Posted by Lincoln City Homepage on Monday, May 14, 2018

McKenzie Evenson, Madison Clanton, Alyssa Tanksley and Naomi Rini each contributed in some fashion to lead the seventh-ranked Tigers to a 4-3 victory over Class 4A Yamhill-Carlton (10-15, 7-8) Oregon West).

Madison Clanton
Madison Clanton

“All of the seniors contributed to this win, which was a great feeling,” Taft coach Sandy Stuart said. “We played hard and were able to come from behind and bring home a big win at home against a tough 4A opponent.”

McKenzie Evenson
McKenzie Evenson

Sophomore catcher Hailee Danneker had two of Taft’s five hits to propel Class 3A Taft (17-8, 8-2 West Valley League) to the non-league victory.

Hailee Danneker
Hailee Danneker

“Their pitcher threw very hard and they were aggressive at the plate and on the bases,” Stuart said.

Taft scored two times in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game, 2-2. Leadoff hitter Kyla Knott reached and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Rini. Danneker then tripled and was knocked in by sophomore Emma Coulter, who started in the circle for the Tigers.

Yamhill-Carlton scored in the top of the seventh to take a 3-2 lead, but Taft’s seniors responded.

Claira Tolan
Claira Tolan

After Evenson reached on an error back to the box and Clanton walked, freshman Claira Tolan’s sacrifice bunt put runners in scoring position. Rini then singled on a two-out, two-strike pitch to drive home the winning runs.

Naomi Rini walk-off hit
Naomi Rini walk-off hit

“I was confident she would put the ball in play,” Stuart said.

Tanksley also pitched in with a great catch in center that made a big impact, Stuart said.

Alyssa Tanksley
Alyssa Tanksley

“The fact that they stranded so many runners just shows that our defense was able to make some plays and Emma was able to dig deep and finish all seven innings,” Stuart said. “She worked one batter at a time and moved the ball around. Now, we look forward to more very competitive games.”

Taft concludes its regular season at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at third-ranked Scio (22-2, 10-0 3A PacWest). The Tigers will meet conference champion Dayton at 3 p.m. Friday in a league playoff game.

“It was nice to win on Senior Night. We’re already looking to the next game,” Rini said. “Scio is a good team and we should be competitive.”

“I am proud of the determination we showed today,” Stuart said,

Taft 4, Yamhill Carlton 3

YAMHILL CARLTON      AB  R  H BI 
Jessica Mitchell      4  1  2  1
Jo Rivas              3  0  0  0
Josie Sibert          4  0  1  0
Megan Gaibler         2  0  1  1
Kyli Nabode           4  0  1  0
Daisha Crickmer       4  0  1  1
Lisie Kuttrell        1  1  0  0
Camille Kern          3  0  0  0
Maddy Bell            1  0  1  0
*Rachael Juarez       0  1  0  0
TOTALS               26  3  7  3 

TAFT                 AB  R  H BI
Kyla  Knott           4  1  1  0
Naomi  Rini           3  0  1  1
Hailee  Danneker      3  1  2  1
Emma Coulter          3  0  0  1
Alyssa  Tanksley      3  0  1  0
McKenzie Evenson      3  0  0  0
Madison  Clanton      2  1  0  0
Claira Tolan          2  0  0  0
Corey VanDamme        3  0  0  1
*Makena Cole          0  1  0  0
TOTALS               26  4  5  4

YAMHILL CARLTON      100 001 1 — 3
TAFT                          000 002 2 — 4

LOB–YAMHILL CARLTON 10, TAFT 5. ERR—Jessica Mitchell, Kyli Nabode, Camille Kern (2), Corey VanDamme. 2B–Megan Gaibler, Daisha Crickmer. 3B–Hailee Danneker. HBP–Lisie Kuttrell, Megan Gaibler. SACB–Naomi  Rini
Claira Tolan.

YAMHILL CARLTON                  IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Kyli Nabode                    6.67    5    4    2    1    7    0
TAFT
Emma Coulter                   7.00    7    3    3    6    8    0
BB–Lisie Kuttrell (2), Megan Gaibler, Jo Rivas, Maddy Bell (2), Madison  Clanton.

Taft roster/schedule

Class 3A West Valley League standings

Class 3A OSAA rankings

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