Knappa hosted a big Logger showdown Tuesday with Vernonia in Northwest League softball action.

Vernonia belted four home runs, a double and a triple to highlight an 11-1 win over Knappa.

Pitcher Joyce Everett scattered five hits with 13 strikeouts and five walks to lead Vernonia, while her team collected 10 hits off Knappa.

Knappa's Emily Nicholson had a double and Laicee Hendrickson collected two of Knappa's five hits.

Vernonia was led by Nita Cook (3-for-3, two runs scored) and freshman Brooklynn Walters, who had two hits, including a home run and four RBIs. Jordan Walters, Everett and Cook also had home runs for Vernonia.

Knappa pitcher Madelynn Weaver had to work her way out of a bases-loaded, no outs situation in the top of the fifth, which she did by striking out three in a row to keep Vernonia's lead at 5-1.

Vernonia improves to 6-1 in league play, ahead of second-place Knappa (5-4).

Knappa hosts Nestucca for a single game Wednesday, then plays a doubleheader Friday at Vernonia.

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Daily Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or ghenley@dailyastorian.com.

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