Canby — Let the battle commence! As I discussed on Sunday, the battle for some conference titles is going to start being narrowed down this week, and Monday’s battle between the Oregon City Pioneers and Canby Cougars were an example of that situation. Entering the day, Canby sat undefeated at 3-0 in Three Rivers League play, while Oregon City came in 3-1 with a loss to Tigard a couple weeks prior. Neither team is really equated to what some would describe as power offenses, so this one was fully expected to be a pitcher’s duel, and it definitely lived up to its hype!
In the circle, Lily Riley was money for the Pioneers, while Abigail Loomis was the force for the Cougars. Riley was sitting down Canby hitters with strikeouts at will in the first three innings, while a really good Canby defense was taking care of business for Loomis. After 3 1/2 innings and no score, the Cougars found themselves with an opportunity to strike with runners on second and third base. After Riley made it two outs on another strikeout, Loomis delivered a big 2 RBI single up the middle to score Ava Carroll and McKenna Kraft, making it 2-0 Canby after four innings of play. The teams traded goose eggs all the way up to the seventh inning, keeping the score at 2-0 Cougars over Oregon City.
In the top of the seventh, Loomis induced a pair of quick outs to pin Oregon City down to their final out of the game. Ally Pagel and Chloe Stromme reached on single, putting the clutch situation on the shoulders of Gina Allen and she delivered a clutch RBI single to keep the game alive with a 2-1 score. Nordling delivered huge for her team, drilling a near 3-run shot that turned into a 2 RBI double that handed Oregon City the 3-2 lead in the seventh. The next batter was Lily Riley and she added insurance with an RBI double of her own, extending the lead to 4-2 and ultimately finishing the game by the score of 4-2 over Canby.
With the win, Oregon City finds themselves in a possible 3-way tie for the Three Rivers League title if Canby can beat Tigard later this week, provided that the teams win the rest of their league games. For the Cougars, it was a crushing defeat that ended their hopes of an outright TRL title this season, but still provides hope for a share of the league title.