By Brad Mosher
A six-run rally in the sixth inning helped visiting Siletz Valley hand Neah-Kah-Nie a 12-10 loss in Friday’s home softball opener in Rockaway Beach.
The visiting Lady Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Siletz wouldn’t have the lead again until the sixth-inning rally.
The Lady Pirates scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and made it a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning with two more runs.
With a total of three more runs in the third and fourth inning, the Pirates built up a 10-5 lead after four innings.
With weather a factor during most of the game, the home plate umpire told the coaches that with windy, rainy conditions the game could be cut short after five innings if the visitors didn’t score in the top of the fifth.
The Pirates held the Warriors to one run, which prompted a celebration after the third out. That proved to be premature, with the rain stopping during the inning.
After scoring 10 runs in the first four innings, the Pirates drew blanks in the final three innings.
Down by a 10-6 score in the sixth inning, the Warriors scored six runs to take the lead and get their first win of the season.
The biggest blow was a bases-loaded triple by freshman Mahala Fisher.
According to the Pirate coach, there was some good and some things to learn in the loss.
“We battled from the first inning,” she said. “We put 10 runs up, but they got 12.
“Siletz came back on us in the last couple of innings and scored seven runs on us.
“Defensively, we still need to clean up some things,” she added.
Hannah Grider went five and a half innings on the mound and was replaced by Maddie Lambert. “She (Hannah) pitched a great game.”
Neah-Kah-Nie will play the Warriors again April 3 on the road, then travel to Cloverdale to face the Lady Cats Tuesday.