Canby's softball team punched its ticket into the 6A playoffs for the 24th year in a row with a dominating 7-2 road win over Reynolds in a qualifier game last Thursday.
The Cougars took quick charge with three runs in the first inning and put the game out of reach with another scoring spurt in the fourth.
Mya Pottratz got the winning rally started with a shot that fell in front of a glove in right field. Pottratz never hesitated around first base and slid into second with a lead-off double. Teammate Morgan Block followed with a single to the same part of the field, while Bailey Shorter was next into the box sending an RBI-single to center field. Madi Miller drew a four-pitch walk in the next at-bat, and the Cougars had put four batters on base without Reynolds mustering an out.
Two batters later, Emily Hewitt sent a two-run single into the grass, and Cassidy Posey finished the burst with a sacrifice ground ball that put the Cougars in charge 7-0 at the game's halfway point.
The Raiders tried to climb back within striking distance by loading the bases in the bottom of the fifth, but the threat was turned away when Canby's Savannah Tuli tracked down a high fly ball in the left-field gap for the third out. She accounted for all three outs in the inning, highlighted by a catch on the run in deep center field to send the lead-off hitter back to the dugout.
Canby starting pitcher Emily Goodman threw a complete game, gave up two earned runs and struck out two Reynolds' batters while also accumulating two hits and two RBI, Kamryn Mobley led the Cougars with three hit and Posey added two hits.
Canby advances to play at No. 2-ranked Jesuit in the first round at 5 p.m. Monday – after the Herald went to press.