Glencoe softball, Hillsboro baseball eliminated from playoffs
Not this year.
After dominating Westview two days prior and in the process advancing to the state quarterfinals, Glencoe's playoff run ended with a 4-2 loss to No. 3-ranked Sheldon this past Friday, May 24, at Sheldon High School.
"We played competitive and defiantly fought back," Glencoe's Morgan DeBord said. "But softball is all about timely hitting and Sheldon strung together the right hits at the right time."
The Crimson Tide fell behind early 2-0, but scored one in the fourth inning and another to tie the game in the top of the sixth before the Fighting Irish pushed two across in the bottom of the sixth, then put the visiting Tide down in order in the seventh for the win.
Glencoe was led by Ellie Ravins who finished 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Jensen Becker and Dana Butterfield who tallied a hit and RBI apiece. Butterfield also threw all six innings for the Tide, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out nine.
Sheldon pitcher Camille Leach went the distance, allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out 13 and walking just one. Rylee Valentine led the Irish with two hits and two runs scored.
The loss was a bitter end to an otherwise successful season for the Tide, one which saw Glencoe go 23-6 and undefeated in league play en route to the Pacific Conference crown.
"Overall, we went undefeated in league, which was a goal of ours from the beginning," DeBord said. "We did our best to win every inning and to keep our energy level up, which helped us succeed."
Hillsboro no-hit in playoff loss to Central
The Spartans' strong regular season finish garnered them a playoff berth, but also pitted them against No. 1-ranked Central — and the Panthers were too much.
Hilhi pitcher Kammeron Mecham started the game and performed admirably against the 5A's top-ranked team, allowing no earned runs on four hits while striking out five and walking one. But it was the Spartans' inability to get the bats going that ultimately did them in, suffering at the hands of the Panthers' Kaleb Kantola, who allowed nary a hit over seven innings, striking out eight and walking one en route to a 2-0 Central win Wednesday, May 22, at Central High School in Independence.
After two scoreless innings to start, Central got both of their runs in the third, starting the inning with a lead-off hit-by-pitch, moving the runner over with a sacrifice bunt, then plating their first run on an error and the second with a two-out Ruben Cedillo single to right.
That's all they needed, as the Spartans managed just one base runner, getting a sixth inning lead-off walk from Mason Siller.