Tualatin softball team rolls to win in playoff opener
TUALATIN — The Tualatin High School softball team got off to a nearly-perfect start to the Class 6A state playoffs.
The Timberwolves, with junior Megan Woodward and freshman Tia Ridings combining to pitch a no-hitter — and coming up just one walk away from a perfect game — opened postseason play by scoring a 4-0 win over Lincoln in a state-playoff first-round game played Monday at Tualatin High School.
With the win, Tualatin, the Three Rivers League champion and the No. 7 team in the OSAA power rankings, improved to 22-3 on the season. The Wolves also advanced to host McMinnville in a state playoff second-round game on Wednesday. Results of that game weren't available when the Times went to press.
Lincoln, the No. 4 team out of the Portland Interscholastic League, and the No. 26 team in the power rankings, finished its season at 13-13-1.
Woodward pitched the first five innings for Tualatin in Monday's playoff opener. She gave up no runs on no hits, while striking out 10 and walking none. Ridings threw the final two frames. She gave up no runs on no hits, while striking out three and walking one. Woodward also added a double and an RBI at the plate in the win.
Senior Sammi Caron helped lead the Tualatin offensive attack. She went 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI. Sophomore Andrea Gomez went 2 for 2. Senior Amanda Reser hit a double and scored a pair of runs. Junior Taylor Alton had a hit and a run scored. Freshman Bella Valdes and sophomore Emily Johansen each had a hit for the Wolves.
Tualatin, if it won its second-round game on Wednesday, will be back in action on Friday, when it faces either Jesuit or Grants Pass in a state playoff quarterfinal game. If the Wolves were to play Jesuit, that game would be played at Jesuit High School. If the Wolves were to play Grants Pass, that game would be played at Tualatin.
The semifinal round of the state playoffs is set for Tuesday.