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The Pacers get solo homers from both Summer Mickey and Rachel Opferman in the loss

The Lakeridge softball team knew just how big a challenge it was facing on Monday.

The Pacers, ranked just 31st in the 2018 Class 6A state playoff field, were on the road to face No. 2 Clackamas on the Cavaliers' home field.

While Lakeridge didn't get the final result it wanted — the Pacers dropped a 12-3 decision in the first round of the playoffs — they were glad for the opportunity.

"Clackamas is a good-hitting team," said third-year Lakeridge coach Madison Collura. "We had no physical or mental errors and I am very proud of my team for making it this far."

And why not? With their sixth-place finish in the Three Rivers League and Play-In win over Liberty on May 15, Lakeridge won a place in the state playoff field for the first time since 2014.

Following Monday's loss at Clackamas, the Pacers ended their season with an overall record of 9-18, while the Cavaliers — the Mt. Hood Conference champions — won for the fifth straight time and improved to 23-5. They are scheduled to face No. 15 Roseburg at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the second round of the playoffs.

While Lakeridge had fewer offensive highlights than Clackamas in Monday's game, the Pacers definitely had some highlights. Freshmen Summer Mickey and Rachel Opferman both hit solo homers against the Cavs, while senior Sara Nyland came through with the team's other RBI.

Playing their final games for Lakeridge were Nyland, a second baseman, and senior shortstop Sailor Mickey.

"Next year, we hope to build off of this and make it even further in playoffs," Collura added.

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