It ended all too soon for the Lake Oswego and Lakeridge softball teams.
The Lakers and Pacers played their way into the first round of the Class 6A softball state playoffs, but their second seasons lasted just one game each.
McMinnville 2, Lake Oswego 1 (9 inns.)
For No. 25 Lake Oswego, the exit was a particularly painful one, a 2-1 loss to No. 8 McMinnville when the Grizzlies got a walk-off home run from Payton Hudson in the bottom of the ninth inning at McMinnville High School on Monday, May 20.
Hudson's homer ended an extra-inning battle between the two teams, with Lake Oswego getting a solo home run from Marin Penney to lead off the top of the sixth, and McMinnville tying the game in the bottom of the seventh when Brynn McManus singled and scored on Kayden Sullivan's sacrifice fly.
Hudson then ended the game in the bottom of the ninth, spoiling a great effort by Penney, who threw a complete game, allowing just two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out seven. She also went 2 for 3 at the plate with her team's lone RBI and run.
For McMinnville, Hudson threw nine innings, allowing a single run on six hits and three walks while striking out 10.
The loss marked the final game for Lake Oswego seniors Penney, Layney Lombardo, Vivian Rittenour and Kyrah Walls.
The Lakers, the fourth-place finishers from the Three Rivers League, finished their season with two straight losses and a 12-16 overall record. The Grizzlies, the Pacific Conference runners-up, won for the seventh time in eight games and improved to 19-8; they will host No. 9 Tigard in the second playoff round on Wednesday, May 22.
Roseburg 7, Lakeridge 1
No. 26 Lakeridge, meanwhile, fell 7-1 to No. 7 Roseburg in its first-round contest at Stewart Park in Roseburg on Monday. The Pacers were tied 1-1 with the Indians after 1 1/2 innings, but Roseburg poured across six runs in the bottom of the second inning to pull away.
The Pacers managed seven hits — including doubles by senior Kathryn Beeman, sophomore Summer Mickey and sophomore MacKenzie Nelson — but just one run against Indians' pitcher Madysn Blevins, who didn't issue a walk and struck out 10.
Beeman and Nelson hit back-to-back doubles in the second inning for their team's lone run. For the game, Beeman was the only Pacer with more than one hit, going 2 for 3 at the plate.
Freshman Holly Beeman pitched all six innings for Lakeridge, allowing seven runs (just one earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out one.
The loss marked the final game for Kathryn Beeman, the team's lone senior.
The Pacers, the sixth-place finishers from the Three Rivers League, finished their season with three straight losses and a 12-14 overall record. The Indians, the third-place team from the Southwest Conference, won for the fourth straight time and improved to 17-9; they will host No. 10 Barlow in the second playoff round on Wednesday, May 22.
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