Pioneer softball team falls to Yamhill-Carlton

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MILTON-FREEWATER - Mac-Hi could not solve Yamhill-Carlton's Leah Cram here in non-conference girls softball action Friday.

The Tigers' Cram took a two-hit shutout to the seventh inning before the Pioneers could break through, but it was too little as Yamhill-Carlton won, 5-1.

"She (Cram) mixed it up, and she's a lot different than what we saw last night (a 6-1 loss to Touchet)," Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian said. "We couldn't get on her and we were mentally frustrated because we saw overpowering speed (by Touchet's Nicole Brown) last night, and then tonight we go to slow junk ball. It's hard to get prepared for that."

An RBI-single by Chanel Jensen, her first of three hits and three RBIs on the day, gave Y-C a 1-0 lead with the Pioneers coming to bat in the home first.

Mac-Hi's Belen Betancourt was plucked with two outs in the second. Kalyn Odam followed and worked a walk, but Cram got a strikeout to end the Pioneer threat.

The first four hitters singled to lead off the Tiger third, with Jensen's RBI single and Jordan Semon's run-producing single being the key blows, as the Tigers gave Cram all the runs she would need.

"They had that one inning where they got three," Christian said. "We had a couple of runners on, but couldn't move them in."

Shawny Garcia blooped a single over the shortstop's head with one out in the Pioneer fourth to end Cram's bid for a no-hitter. Cram induced a double play liner to end the Mac-Hi threat.

Kaitlin Erm came on in relief for the Pioneers to open the fourth. Erm went the rest of the way and only gave up three hits and one unearned run, while striking out four.

"Kaitlin did well," Christian said. "She's fresh because she's been gone and missed all those games (at the Riverside Tournament Monday and Tuesday). It was nice to see her pitching well after the break she had."

Andrea Roeder led off the Mac-Hi fifth with a triple down the left-field line, but Cram retired the next three Pioneer hitters in order to strand Roeder at third.

Mac-Hi staged a seventh-inning rally as Lauren Sams led off with a single to right. One out later, Odman singled down the third-base line, and Jayme Freemantle, who ran for Sams, attempted to score.

The ball got there before Freemantle, but Freemantle slid into Tiger catcher Jensen and the ball came loose. Mac-Hi cut the lead to 5-1, but that was all it could do as Cram once again pitched out of the jam.

The Pioneers drop to 7-2 after finishing their spring break with six games in five days, and travels to Ontario Saturday to open Greater Oregon League play.

"Some things are klicking more than others right now," Christian said. "We've had a long week. We've got to get back to the routine stuff that we were doing in getting to 7-0. Thank gosh, we have all next week to work in the cages and work on live pitching and stuff."

Yamhill-Carlton 103 000 1 - 5 9 2

Mac-Hi 000 000 1 - 1 4 6

Cram and Jensen; Garcia, Erm (4) and Harrington, Sams (4).

HR - none.

Hits - Y-C: Rayer 3, Jensen 3, Christenson, Semon, Frank; Mac-Hi: Garcia, Roeder, Sams, Odman.

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