Lake Oswego Renegades rally to win 14U C state championship
The Lake Oswego Renegades softball team came all the way back.
The Renegades, competing in the 14U C state championship in Albany over the weekend, rallied from a Saturday loss and won three times on Sunday to claim the tournament title.
Lake Oswego went 5-1 in the tournament, including two straight over previously unbeaten Cascade Christian on Sunday to claim the tournament championship.
After starting the tournament 2-0, the Renegades lost to Cascade Christian 7-4 on Saturday evening. But on Sunday, Lake Oswego knocked off Sweet Home 13-4 to get into the final where they had to beat Cascade Christian twice to win the title.
In the first game against Cascade Christian, the team came back from a five-run deficit to win 11-8 and force a deciding game in the double-elimination tournament.
In the final game, the Renegades were once again down by five runs with two innings to go and still trailed 7-4 in the final inning when Hannah Brink hit a triple with the bases loaded to tie the game at 7-7.
The Renegades took the lead at 8-7 after Lexi Smith knocked in Brink for the go-ahead run, but Cascade Christian was not done. Cascade tied the game in the bottom of the seventh and the game then went to the International Tie Breaker in the eighth.
There, the Renegades' Ella Peake hit a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs and power the team's 11-9 victory and state championship.
Peake threw all five games for the Renegades over the three-day tournament. Offensively, the Renegades were led by Natalie Lathrop, Ella Fuentes and Lindsey Ahrend, who all had on-base percentages of over .700 for the six games of the tournament. Defensively, the team got some amazing plays by shortstop Lexi Smith, second baseman Lily Cuyuch and center fielder Ashley Heffernan.
Catcher Summer Allen and first baseman Katelyn Smith provided steady leadership at their respective positions as they had all season long.