4A softball: Gladstone stuns Banks in quarterfinals, 3-0
Gladstone's Madi Mott struck out the side in order in the seventh inning, putting the final touch on a six-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts as the visiting Gladiators overwhelmed No. 2-ranked Banks 3-0 in Friday's OSAA Class 4A softball quarterfinals.
Emily Clinkscales had two hits and drove in two runs to key an eight-hit attack that helped carry the Gladiators (22-6) into Tuesday's semifinals against Tri-Valley Conference-rival Crook County, a 6-3 quarterfinal winner over No. 3-ranked McLoughlin.
Gladstone took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Sabrina Ward led off with a single and scored on Clinkscales' two-out single to right.
In the third inning, Desiree Alvardo and Clinkscales drew walks from Banks' starter Michaela Shaw, setting the stage for Kinzi McLeod's two-out single that scored Alvardo to give the Gladiators a 2-0 lead.
Gladstone extended the lead to 3-0 in the fifth when Mott doubled with one out and Clinkscales followed with an RBI-single to center.
Banks advanced one runner as far as third base and left three other runners stranded at second base, marking the first time the Braves (24-2) had been shutout since a 4-0 loss to McLoughlin in the 2015 state championship game.