6A softball: Oregon City rolls past West Salem, 5-2
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Oregon City's Morgan Hornback got the job done on the mound and at the plate Wednesday.
Hornback checked West Salem on five hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts, and also went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, leading the Pioneers to a 5-2 home win over the Titans in the second round of the OSAA Class 6A softball playoffs.
Isabelle Lewis added a double and a triple and scored twice, helping highlight a nine-hit attack and carried the top-ranked Pioneers (25-2) into Friday's quarterfinals against McNary (21-5).
"The kids came out energized today and played like they know how," Pioneers coach Dave Adelhart said. "They were nice and loose and relaxed the whole day, and they're a tough team to beat when they play that way. It was a good day to watch them play."
After West Salem took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Oregon City turned around in the bottom half of the inning and got a run when Lewis reached on a one-out double and scored on a single by Hornback.
In the three inning, the Pioneers sent seven batters to the plate and scored three runs on four hits to take a 4-1 lead.
Lewis touched off the rally with a one-out triple and scored the go-ahead run on Zoie Iverson's single. Iverson went to second on a passed ball and then raced home on Hornback's double to left.
Hornback gave way to courtesy runner Hannah Stewart, who advanced to third on Jadwyn Parrish's sacrifice bunt, and then scored on Camryn Williams' two-out single.
Oregon scored again in the fifth when Hornback led off with a single, Stewart against went in as a courtesy running and stole second, and then scored on pinch-hitter Ashley Spencer's single.
West Salem scored a run in the seventh before Hornback slammed the door, sending the Pioneers into the quarterfinals for the second season in a row.
"We're very grateful to be in the final eight," Adelhart said. "The girls have worked hard for this all year. It has been their goal to finish better than they did last year and actually go all the way.
"It's one game at a time, and the next one happens to be in the quarterfinals."
Oregon City dropped an 8-6 decision to Glencoe in last season's quarterfinals. The last time the Pioneers advanced to the semifinals was in 1987 when they lost to Churchill.
OREGON CITY 4, LAKE OSWEGO 1: Morgan Hornback tossed a four-hitter with 15 strikeouts for the Pioneers, who a run in the fourth, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth to erase an early 1-0 deficit in Monday's playoff opener against the Lakers.
Tied at 1-1, Oregon City's Maddie Miller led off the fifth with a double, advance to third on Allie Edwards' sacrifice bunt, and scored on a passed ball. Zoie Iverson followed with a triple, scoring Edwards to make it 3-1.
The Pioneers added a run in the sixth on Camryn Williams reached base on an error by the Lake Oswego left fielder and then scored on an error another error by the left fielder.