By LANCE MASTERSON
Of the Keizertimes
Let’s just say that the McNary batters zeroed in on the McKay pitcher.
The Lady Celts improved to 17-0 with another rout of the Royal Scots. This time by a 13-2 score.
This marked the teams’ third meeting of the season, and none of these games lasted more than five innings.
What made this game memorable was McNary’s display of power. Hannah Bouska, Hailey Decker, Courtney Castronovo and Nichole McDonald – just call them the Bash Sisters – launched rockets over the outfield fence. Three of the home runs came in the same inning.
McDonald, who has been batting an injured thumb, also made some noise on the mound by pitching a three-hitter for the win.
The girls, ranked second in the state, have clinched the top seed in the Central Valley Conference. They will host a team from the Mt. Hood Conference next Friday (May 21).
Before the playoff opener, the Lady Celts traveled to West Salem Thursday, May 13, to take on West Salem. Win this one and the Lady Celts’ goal of a perfect regular season will be realized.
See next week’s paper for more information.
McNary 18, McKay 0
Monday, May 10
The Celts walloped McKay, 18-0, on Monday, May 10.
Hento, the team’s starter, picked up another win by striking out six while allowing only one hit.
Hento didn’t walk a batter and faced only 16 batters.
Decker led the offensive onslaught with three runs and two RBIs on two triples and a single. But Decker got plenty of help as Deven Hunter, Castronovo, Brooklyn Ross and Hento each added two hits.
McDonald, Ross and Castronovo each drove in three runs.
McNary 6, Redmond 3
Friday, May 7
It was one of the closer games of the season, but the Lady Celts varsity softball team prevailed, 6-3, against Redmond in league action from Friday, May 7.
The game originally scheduled for earlier in the week was postponed because of rain.
The close score notwithstanding, McNary never trailed.
The Lady Panthers outhit McNary, 9 to 8, and played better defense, committing one error to the hosts’ three, but couldn’t score more than one run against Hento in any inning.
Hento helped her cause by not walking a batter and striking out three. One of the runs against her was unearned.
The top of McNary’s order, Bouska and Olivia Yarbrough, combined for four hits, two runs and two RBIs. Genetta Bennett added two RBIs and double.