The Cougars win the nightcap 5-2 to end Mt. Hood's win streak at 29 games
OREGON CITY A showdown between the Northwests two best softball programs left nothing settled, as Clackamas CC put together one big inning to salvage a split against Mt. Hood on Monday night.
Mt. Hood seemed to be on its way to its 30th straight win after Ashlee Mueller smacked a pinch-hit home run in the second inning, and Mercedes Green knocked another one over the fence in a hurry in the fourth inning for a 2-0 lead.
Mueller almost sent another ball out of the park with a drive toward the left-field foul pole that was gloved by the Cougars Morgan Brown just short of the wall.
Clackamas did all of its damage in the bottom of the fourth inning. Clackamas loaded the bases with a walk, an error and a hit batter, setting the stage for Nicole Lehman to tie the game with a two-run double that dropped between a pair of rushing outfielders.
Clackamas added to its lead with an RBI-single by Cassidy Edwards, a wild pitch and an RBI-double by Rashaun Sells to make it a 5-2 lead.
Mt. Hood had a chance to answer in its next at-bats when Laura Lesowske and Kasidee Lemberger connected on back-to-back singles to lead off the fifth. The Saints looked to keep the rally going when Shea Lindsey sent a hopper in the dirt. But Edwards scooped up the ball at shortstop, reached out to tag the lead runner and fired a quick throw to second to complete a double play.
The Saints went down in order in the sixth inning before mustering one last threat in the seventh. Megan Reed took the first pitch of the inning through the right side for a single, but a ground ball to Kiara Vasquez at first base ended the game with the tying run standing in the on-deck circle.
Both teams are left tied atop the South Region standings with 11-1 league records, meaning the league title likely wont be decided until Clackamas visits Mt. Hood to end the regular season on May 9.
Clackamas pitcher Breann Morrison scattered seven hits during a complete-game effort that saw her strike out four batters. Mt. Hood starter Ann Marie Guischler gave up only two hits and struck out five, but was hurt by issuing six walks.
Mt. Hood won the first game 5-4 in eight innings, led by Lemberger, who went 2 for 3 at the plate and scored twice, while Morgan Entze knocked one over the fence.
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