SEASIDE - Before Wednesday, the Knappa softball team had played just one game in six days, and had not seen a lot of outside practice time.
But the Lady Loggers are making up for lost time, as they won their second game in two days Thursday with a 6-2 victory over Seaside at Wahanna Field.
The Loggers posted a 6-1 win at Nestucca the day before.
"I'm happy just to be playing, after being inside for so long," said Knappa coach Stan Sporseen, who has a few players who need all the outdoor action they can get. "We have three girls who have never played softball before in their lives. And all three were starting today."
In Thursday's game, the Loggers and Gulls were locked in a scoreless pitchers' duel through three innings.
Knappa starter Dani Donayri retired the first six batters in order before being relieved in the third by Kelsey Stanovich.
"My plan today was to get both pitchers in, since we have a doubleheader with Nestucca," Sporseen said. "That's a nice thing about softball - not having to worry about games getting back up. The only thing that's going to go out on a softball pitcher is her legs. Their arms can work all day long."
Donayri had thrown seven innings the day before, and Stanovich worked four innings Thursday before Donayri returned to throw the seventh.
Seaside finished with four hits, two by Stephanie Hanthorn.
The Gulls held a 1-0 lead after four innings. Kalee Coker drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth, following singles by Hanthorn and Geanna Harrison and a walk to Miranda Olson.
The Loggers answered with four runs in the top of the fifth, scoring all four runs with two outs.
Liz Mason reached on a fielder's choice and scored moments later on a triple to right by Addie Nichols.
Junior Leslie Hebert - in addition to making some fine defensive plays at shortstop - followed with a single to left to score Nichols, and Hebert sprinted home on a single by Donayri.
Cassie West had the fourth consecutive hit with a double to left to bring in Donayri for a 4-1 lead.
"We've really struggled to make contact so far, but we started to a little bit today," said Sporseen, whose team had just three hits in the win over Nestucca.
Knappa tacked on insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings, as Rachel Boardman scored on a grounder by McKayla Fuller in the sixth, and Donayri had a leadoff single in the seventh and scored on a grounder by Stanovich.
Six players had RBIs for the Loggers.
Seaside added a run in the bottom of the seventh, when Hayley Nice scored on a base hit by Breezy Brigham.
Donayri and Stanovich combined for five strikeouts and five walks, while the Loggers collected seven hits off Harrison.
The Gulls stranded 10 baserunners, as Seaside left the bases loaded in the fourth and sixth innings.
Knappa 6, Nestucca 1NESTUCCA - Before facing Seaside Thursday, the Loggers scored a 6-1 win at Nestucca in a Northwest League softball opener Wednesday.
Knappa held a 6-0 lead after four innings, as the Loggers took advantage of 10 walks by the Bobcats.
Logger pitcher Dani Donayri allowed just one hit on the day, as she threw 68 pitches, 57 for strikes. She had a perfect game through four innings, before the Loggers committed five errors over the final two innings.
Kate Shear, Cassie West and Lisa Santilli had one hit apiece for the Loggers.
Clatskanie 3, Astoria 2A seventh-inning rally came up empty for the Astoria softball team Thursday as Clatskanie left with a 3-2 victory over the Lady Fishermen in a nonleague contest at Lewis & Clark Grade School.
The Tigers led 3-0 after three innings before Astoria scored a run each in the fifth and sixth innings, and had runners at second and third with one out in the seventh, but could not bring across the tying run.
Shelby Coggins and Courtney Carlson each had a double for Astoria, while Ashley Beckman went 2-for-3.
Clatskanie pitcher Kiera Kallunki had six strikeouts and two walks, and Astoria's Maddy Daw struck out eight with six walks.