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The 10-game winning streak is a distant memory as the Cougars look to renew their success as playoff dawns

After pulling together for a 10-game winning streak early in the season, the Canby High softball team has found the going a little tougher in the homestretch.

Despite losing seven of its last nine games, including three one-run games in the last four outings, the Cougars seem destined to host a playoff game in the post-season, most likely on May 23.

FILE PHOTO - The Canby High softball team has dropped 7 of its last 9 games after being ranked as high as No. 2 in the state, but hopes to get back to its winning ways as state playoff action begins next week.

Canby was ranked No. 2 in the state at one time, but now sits at 5-7 in league play and in fifth spot as they await a non-leaguer to finish things off.

The Cougars dropped a 4-3 decision to West Linn on May 16, then took a 2-1 loss to Tualatin on May 18.

"We have lost a handful of one-run games in the last inning and just couldn't finish or get timely hits when needed," coach Ty Kraft noted. "It's a long season and we have been battling injuries and sickness all season. We are hoping to get some needed rest going into the playoffs and get back to our winning ways.

"Our girls have had the goal to win the first two games of state and make it into the top eight and then see what happens from there," Kraft added. "We have the athletes to do it and hope we can get healthy enough to make it happen." The Cougars dropped a 3-2 non-league decision to Southridge on May 19. They begin their playoff run on May 23 with a visit from North Medford. Game time is 5 p.m.


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