Gomes slam leads Panthers to one-run win in Oregon

File photo – Taya Gomes

A Taya Gomes grand slam was the difference on Wednesday, as the McKinleyville Panthers won a non-league softball game in Oregon.

The Panthers, who have a bye in the Big 5 this week, defeated Eagle Point 6-5.

Gomes was one of six players to hit successfully for the Panthers, finishing 1-for-3 with the big blast and four RBIs.

Mashell Stumpf continued to impress on her way to the victory in the circle.

The junior standout threw a complete game, allowing six hits and two walks and striking out nine.

She also was 1-for-4 with a double.

Her younger sister Liana Stumpf capped a big week with another base hit, just two days after leading her team to a come-from-behind win over the Hoopa Warriors.

Bailee Box, Trinity Preston and Taylor Wade each also had a base hit in the win.

With the victory, which was the team’s fifth straight, the Panthers improved to 13-6.

Eagle Point dropped to 3-6.

Next up, the Panthers will open the Charlie Lakin tournament on Wednesday at the Arcata Sports Complex.

File photo – Bailee Box

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