Play at the plate keeps Pios out of W column

Play at the plate keeps Pios out of W column

By Myles Boyns for LCPioneers.com

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers resumed their series against the Puget Sound Loggers coming up short by scores of 7-2 and 4-3. Due to a weather delay on Saturday, game two continued Sunday in the top of the third with the Loggers at-bat with a runner on first and no outs.

Game 2

In the top of the third, the Loggers' Camille Goo hit double, which led to Kaitlyn Webster and Mackensie Pearlstein scoring to put Puget Sound ahead 2−0 for the first runs of the game. During the bottom of the third, the Pios' Zoe Juarez hit a single for Lewis & Clark's first hit of the day. Ana Zimmerman was walked to give the Pios a runner on first and second. The momentum carried over to Ateisha Norton who hit a double to score Juarez and Zimmerman and tie the game at 2-2.

Even though the Pioneers got three hits in the bottom of the fourth, Puget Sound's defense stopped the Pios momentum and didn't allow a score.

Strong defensive play led to stronger offense for the Loggers at the top of the fifth. A single from Puget Sound's Amber Popovich led to a double and an RBI from Jessica Gott, putting the Loggers up 3−2. Goo hit another single, which led Gott home, giving Puget Sound a 4−2 lead.

The Pios switched pitchers with Megan Anderson throwing the rest of the game. However, the Loggers scored two more runs before the inning was over to lead 6-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, Hannah Urbach came in as the catcher. Anderson allowed no hits for the whole inning. However, in the top of the seventh, she allowed a single to Lia Nakamoto. Nakamoto stole second, which led to a collision with Pios' Juarez who was shaken up. She appeared to be okay as she continued to play in the game.

Puget Sound went on to win this game 7-2.

Game 3

In the first pitch of the top of the second inning, Puget Sound's Goo hit a home run to center field to move the Loggers up 1−0. Puget Sound scored again on a sacrifice fly by Pearlstein, which set up a Marissa Oda run. The Loggers led 2−0 heading to the bottom of the second.

At the bottom of the fourth, Emily Drevdahl reached out on an error, which put her on first base. Ateisha Norton walked, which put Drevdahl on second. This led to Sydney Cross hitting a single for an RBI, which Drevdahl scored from second base. Headed into the top of the fifth, Loggers led 2−1.

In the bottom of the fifth, Paige Salavea hit a single. On the very next pitch, Juarez hit a sacrifice bunt, advancing Salavea to second, but as she rounded toward third, she was tagged out, not making it back to the base.

At the top of the sixth, Puget Sound's Goo hit another single, which led to the Pios switching from Savannah Dickson to Megan Anderson as their pitcher. She allowed two more hits and Puget Sound added a couple more runs, taking a 4−1 lead.

Lewis & Clark answered back in the bottom of the sixth with two runs of their own. Garcia got a single but advanced to second on a sacrifice hit by Drevdahl. Frankie Warden hit a single which led to an RBI and a Garcia run. Norton was walked, which put Warden on second. She scored on a hit by Cross, her second RBI of the game, putting the Pios within one by the score of 4-3. Heading into the top of the seventh, anticipation from both teams increased.

After strong pitching from Anderson only allowing one hit, the Pios prevented Puget Sound from scoring, giving themselves a chance for a comeback. After Urbach was walked, Loggers' Kasey Stern came in to pitch for Jessica Gott. Due to a wild pitch, Urbach advanced to second. Garcia hit a sacrifice bunt, which moved Urbach to third with one out.

Next up to bat was the Drevdahl. She hit a fly ball to right field to Puget Sound's Pearlstein who threw to home plate and Urbach was tagged out for a doubleplay that ended the game, 4-3. 

The fourth and final game of the series is postponed and will be made up at a later date. The Pios next game is Saturday against George Fox at the Huston Sports Complex. The doubleheader begins at noon.

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