GRANTS PASS — The Tigard High School softball team tried to put together a late rally, but the Tigers came up one run short.
Tigard, trailing Grants Pass 3-1 going into the top of the seventh inning, got one run in the frame, but couldn't come up with the equalizer, as it fell 3-2 in a Class 6A state playoff first-round game played Monday at Grants Pass High School.
With the win, Grants Pass, the No. 3 team out of the Southwest Conference, and the No. 15 team in the OSAA power rankings, improved to 18-9 on the season. The Lady Cavers also advanced to play at Jesuit in a state playoff second-round game on Wednesday.
Tigard, the No. 2 team out of the Three Rivers League, and the No 18 team in the OSAA power rankings, ended its season with a record of 19-7.
Junior Ashley Davis led the way for Tigard in Monday's playoff game. Davis went 2 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs. She also pitched well, giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits, while striking out five and walking two.
Freshmen Emily Paulson and Grace Nelson each scored a run for Tigard in the contest. Freshman Elli Dardis had the Tigers' only other hit.
The loss marked the final high school game for Tigard's one senior, Amanda Prince.