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Softball: Taft sweeps Warrenton

The Daily Astorian

Published on March 18, 2018 6:30PM

Last changed on March 19, 2018 10:10AM

Warrenton pitcher Niqui Blodgett faced a tough Taft team Saturday, one day after striking out 12 batters in a win at Nestucca.

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Warrenton pitcher Niqui Blodgett faced a tough Taft team Saturday, one day after striking out 12 batters in a win at Nestucca.

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Warrenton infielders Melia Kapua, left, and Dani Bue, center, try to chase down a Taft baserunner in Saturday’s first game.

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Warrenton infielders Melia Kapua, left, and Dani Bue, center, try to chase down a Taft baserunner in Saturday’s first game.

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WARRENTON — Warrenton softball fans got a sneak peak at a future league matchup, as the Warriors hosted the Taft Tigers for a nonleague doubleheader Saturday afternoon.

The two teams will both be a part of the Coastal Range League, beginning with the 2018-19 school year.

In Saturday’s nonleague twinbill, the Tigers scored a 7-0, 24-4 sweep over the Warriors.

Taft pitcher Emma Coulter struck out the first four batters she faced, on her way to a no-hit shutout in Game 1.

Coulter allowed a few base runners on infield errors, but the sophomore controlled the game from start to finish.

Taft teammate Alyssa Tanksley drove in the first run, a single in the third that scored Naomi Rini.

Madison Clanton’s double in the fourth brought in Caitlyn Rundstrom, and sophomore Hailee Danneker had a two-run single in the fifth. Lilly Salsbery capped the scoring with a two-run double in the top of the seventh.

In Game 2, Warrenton pitcher Niqui Blodgett took a line drive off her forehead in the first inning. Freshman Shelby Chester finished in the circle. Blodgett suffered a concussion, but will not miss any games.

Kenzie Ramsey and Rachel Dyer had two hits apiece for the Warriors.

Warrenton won the junior varsity game, 12-11, in walk-off fashion.

Brianna Quaschnick had a line drive off the fence for the game-winning run, helping the Warriors rally from a four-run deficit in the sixth inning.


Warriors defeat ‘Cats


CLOVERDALE — The Warriors began the weekend with a 15-8 win at Nestucca Friday.

Melia Kapua drove in five runs, with a triple in the first inning, singles in the second and third, and a double in the seventh.

Warrenton led 10-7 after just three innings, then scored twice in the fourth and added two more in the sixth to pull away.

The Lady Warriors racked up 19 hits, three apiece for Kapua and Niqui Blodgett, who had a double and scored twice.

Dani Bue, Lilly Thomas, Rachel Dyer, Natalie Duncan and Paisley Baker all had multiple hits for the Warriors, who drew six walks and three hit batters.

Baker had a double and drove in four runs.

Blodgett and Mia McFadden combined on a seven-hitter, with Blodgett striking out 12 in six and two-thirds innings for the win. She threw 140 pitches, 89 for strikes.

The Warriors stranded 14 base runners.



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