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Cougars gave up six runs in third inning to fall behind, end long-term stint at 6A on six-game losing skid

All it took was one inning to dash Canby softball's title hopes.

A six-run third inning for the visiting North Medford squad was the difference maker in a first-round playoff game, which the Cougars ultimately lost 7-4 on Monday, May 23.

Canby made a pair of errors and gave up three hits to give the Black Tornado a 4-0 advantage partway through the inning. Another error and a sacrifice fly brought in two more runs and the Cougars found their backs against the wall less than halfway through the game.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Canby senior Abigail Loomis gave up just six hits in seven innings pitched, striking out five North Medford batters in the playoff game.

Junior Ava Carroll got Canby on the board in the bottom of the inning, driving freshman Madison Bigej on a hard line-drive into centerfield. North Medford ended the inning on a double play and Canby trailed 6-1. North Medford scored another run in the top of the fourth inning to extend the lead.

It was in the bottom of the fifth inning that Canby answered back in a big way. After singling her way on base, junior McKenna Kraft advanced to second on a passed ball and then to third on a Carroll single. Then senior pitcher Abigail Loomis singled a ground ball to the shortstop allowing Kraft to score and Carroll to score on a North Medford error.

In the next at-bat, junior Natalie Just hit a line drive to bring in courtesy runner Chloe Moll. Canby now trailed 7-4, but that was where the scoring stopped.

After starting the season 13-2, the Cougars finished the season 2-9, losing their final six games. Canby (15-11) will drop down into 5A next year. Canby softball has reached the postseason every year since 1994 but hasn't made it past the first round since 2011.


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