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No. 5 Wildcats give up 10 runs in the second inning, fall in 6A state title contest to Black Tornado

TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - The Westview softball team lost in the Class 6A state championship game to North Medford on Saturday.

The silver second place trophy nobody wanted, sat idly on the first base chalk, lonely and barely touched with a few specks of infield dirt already accumulating on the base of the ostracized award.

Westview first baseman Ananya Koneti looked down at it with disdain, her arms crossed. Emma Williams stared out at right field and walked to the Wildcats' last team huddle near the rightfield fence without so much as an acknowledgment of the keepsake. Shortstop Valeti Fifita couldn't help but crack a small smile as the stream of Westview softball players paid the prize no mind and solemnly strolled away.

Meanwhile, out in left, North Medford was busy posing for pictures with their mega-watt smiles and shimmering gold medals. In a battle of blue-blooded programs, it was the Black Tornado who broke the game open with a 10-run second inning that ultimately clinched the Class 6A state championship an 11-3 win on Saturday at the Oregon State softball complex. It was North Medford's first state title since 2013.

Finally, Westview's Catriona McKay and Reece Martin, the final two Wildcats to walk off the field, looked at each other in almost "nose goes" kind of pickle. Neither wanted to lug the trophy off of the field as if picking up the award would signify the finalization of their team's fate. Finally, McKay begrudgingly picked up the already rejected relic and began her slow trek to meet her teary-eyed teammates.



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