NORTH?MARION - The Dave's Food Mart 18 and under fast pitch softball team didn't get the result they were looking for in their first game Sunday at the North Marion Alaska Midnight Classic Tournament, losing to Canby 3-1.
"Unfortunate for us we lost Game 1 on Sunday which is not a good thing to happen," coach Tim Cary said. "That's the most important game to win because that dropped us into the losers bracket right away.
"We ran into a decent team, a decent pitcher."
Dave's did put up five hits against Canby's Sammie Broker and led 1-0 after a run in the fifth. But Canby answered with three runs in the sixth off Dave's Ashley Gregerson and finished the game with six hits.
Despite the disappointment, Dave's came back strong against Oregon City to finish play on a good note with a 7-4 win.
Dave's actually trailed in that game 4-3 going into the final inning but Steffane Oles came up with a big two-run double to put them ahead.
Stephanie Breshears started the inning with a walk, then stole second. After a strike out by Leini Alger, Makayla McKay walked to set up Oles' game-winning double.
Beca McGrath followed Oles with an RBI?single, then scored on error by Oregon City's shortstop.
Oles was 3 for 3 in the game. Alger was 2-4 against Canby with a double.
McKay picked up another win from the circle this summer after playing exclusively at shortstop during the high school season.
"We're still running pretty thin on pitching," Cary said. "We're asking girls that didn't pitch a single pitch all spring to come through for us and they're doing a great job."