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Rangers blitzed by Molalla

The Indians use a grand slam to secure a 17-4 win in April 9s softball contest


by: ESTACADA NEWS: PARKER LEE - Estacadas Kaylee Schaffer slides in safely at second base during last weeks home loss to Molalla. The Estacada softball team could not have run into Molalla at a worse time. The Indians busted out their best game of the season on April 9 and buried Estacada 17-4 on the Rangers’ home field.

Molalla delivered big hits in clutch situations throughout the game, the first of which came in the top of the first inning. The first two batters of the game reached safely, but Estacada made a pair of solid defensive plays in the infield to record two outs. The Rangers were one strike away from getting out of the inning unscathed when Molalla’s Danae Castaing lined a shot down the line in right field. Both base runners scored and Castaing was in with a double.

Estacada got one run back in the bottom half of the first inning as Kaylee Schaffer creatively worked her way around the bases. She drew a one-out walk and stole second with a head-first slide to move into scoring position. With two outs, Emma Burke bounced a grounder to the right side that skidded off the glove of Molalla’s second baseman. Schaffer never stopped running and scored all the way from second, even though the ball never left the infield.

After surrendering the two early runs, Estacada was in decent shape as it trailed 2-1 entering the second. Ranger pitcher Elsie Gleason gave up a leadoff single, but struck out the next two hitters. The following two Indians reached to load the bases for Kenzi Kluken. Gleason and the Rangers were again a strike away from escaping the inning with no damage, but Kluken then turned on a pitch up in the strike zone and belted it over the center field fence for a grand slam.

Molalla added two more runs in the inning to take an 8-1 lead. Gleason left the game with an apparent hand injury in the second inning, forcing Estacada to call upon the bullpen. Molalla’s surge of power was not slowed down by the relief pitcher and it tallied nine more runs in the contest to earn the 13-run victory.

The Rangers dropped a pair of contests to Crook County on Friday in a non-conference doubleheader. Estacada returned to Tri-Valley Conference competition on Tuesday in a tilt with Madras.



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