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Check out our previews of the softball teams at 11 Clackamas County high schools.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Lakeridge senior pitcher Holly Beeman returns to help the Pacers chase a Three Rivers League title in 2022.It's time.

Time for a full season. Time for a state championship race. Time to play without masks.

It's time for softball.

Clackamas County's high school softball players — after losing the entire 2020 season to COVID-19 restrictions and seeing 2021 limited to just six weeks with no state championship — are back to normalcy in 2022 for the first time since this year's seniors were freshmen.

With that as pretext, the varsity teams at Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, Oregon City, West Linn, Clackamas, Nelson, La Salle, Milwaukie, Putnam, Wilsonville and Gladstone are ready to go, a group that includes returning league champions from Wilsonville and Gladstone.

Read more about each team's 2022 prospects below.

Three Rivers League

Lake Oswego

Head coach: Chris Gobel

2021 record: 2-10 in TRL play, 6-11-1 overall

2022 outlook: "We have two quality pitchers this year … who are ready to compete in a full season. They will be surrounded by quality defense … which will help us be competitive in every game." — Chris Gobel

League contenders: Lakeridge, Oregon City, Tigard

Top pitchers: Junior Paris Richards, junior Ava Brenden

Top players: Junior third baseman Riley O'Mara, senior shortstop Chloe Carnegie shortstop, sophomore outfielder Lia Komitor

Lakeridge

Head coach: Katie Boos

2021 record: 8-4 in TRL play, 14-4 overall

2022 outlook: "We lost two all-state starters at key positions to graduation and transfer. While those are big shoes to fill, with two of the top pitchers in the league, we are looking to compete for a TRL title in 2022." — Katie Boos

League contenders: Tigard, West Linn, Lakeridge, Canby

Top pitchers: Senior Holly Beeman, sophomore Delaney Hoyle

Top players: Senior pitcher/utility Holly Beeman, sophomore pitcher/utility Delaney Hoyle, senior third baseman Ella Hoyle

Oregon City

Head coach: Mackenzie Washington

2021 record: 6-6 in TRL play, 11-7 overall

2022 outlook: "We are returning nine players this year and have added junior transfer Gina Allen at shortstop. This team will be strong, cohesive and experienced. I am looking forward to seeing all the pieces come together and seeing these girls compete for a league title." — Mackenzie Washington

League contenders: Tigard, Tualatin, Oregon City

Top pitchers: Sophomore Lily Riley, junior Allyson Nordling

Top players: Senior third baseman Phoebe Borkus, junior shortstop Gina Allen, sophomore outfielder Ally Pagel

West Linn

Head coach: Monica Sorenson

2021 record: 6-6 in TRL play, 10-7 overall

2022 outlook: "We're excited for this year. The Three Rivers League is always competitive and we're ready to compete." — Monica Sorenson

League contenders: Tigard, Lakeridge

Top pitchers: Junior Ava Sullivan

Top players: Senior shortstop Cydney Hess, senior catcher Ava Sin, junior outfielder Jenna Wheeler

Mt. Hood Conference

Clackamas

Head coach: Danielle McKay

2021 record: 8-4 in MHC play, 10-8 overall

2022 outlook: "We have a pretty good mix of newcomers and experienced varsity players. We should develop into a contender in the Mt. Hood Conference as the year progresses." — Danielle McKay

League contenders: Barlow, Sandy

Top pitchers: Senior Pressley Staudenmaier

Top players: Senior shortstop Kate Kraljev, senior third baseman Zoe Lam, junior center fielder Jordan Reichlein

Nelson

Head coach: Ken Gemma

2021 record: N/A (first-year school)

2022 outlook: "We're not going to commit to winning a league championship, but we'll compete. This is a new team, we're building the program, but we'll compete." — Ken Gemma

League contenders: Clackamas, Gresham, Barlow

Top pitchers: Senior Noel Julison, freshman Sofia Forbito

Top players: Senior Noel Julison, junior shortstop Kaylie Christopher, junior center fielder Ailee Young, freshman third baseman Sofia Forbito, senior second baseman Olivia Wooten

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Wilsonville senior Maddie Erickson, a Michigan commit, and the Wildcats believe they can challenge for both NWOC and Class 5A championships this spring.

Northwest Oregon Conference

La Salle

Head coach: Geoff Richter

2021 record: 5-6 in NWOC play, 7-7 overall

2022 outlook: "(Our) 2021 starting pitcher and catcher both graduated, but those were the only two seniors on a young team. With the experience of returning players, I think we have the talent to compete for a league title this season." — Geoff Richter

League contenders: Wilsonville, Scappoose

Top pitcher: Sophomore Layne Portash

Top players: Senior shortstop Ryley Vickroy, senior center fielder Elsie Buczkowski, junior catcher Halia Richter

Milwaukie

Head coach: Diana Williams

2021 record: 0-1 in NWOC play, 0-1 overall

2022 outlook: "We have a strong core of returning players with some talented new faces. We are looking forward to a lot of growth this season." — Diana Williams

League contenders: Wilsonville, St. Helens

Top pitchers: Junior Josie Hoff, junior Jazell Allen

Top players: Senior center fielder Aksana Gusinsky, junior catcher Aliza Hedden, senior second baseman Taylor Bergman

Rex Putnam

Head coach: Samantha Frost

2021 record: 7-5 in NWOC play, 7-5 overall

2022 outlook: "I'm excited to see what this group can do. We have a lot of solid athletes that are already coming together early in the season. I believe we have the talent this season to go after a conference championship." — Samantha Frost

League contenders: La Salle, Wilsonville, Putnam

Top pitchers: Junior Jessica Cracknell, sophomore Kendall Clark

Top players: Senior center fielder Lucy Rose, junior shortstop Shiloh Thompson, junior catcher/outfielder Sophia Lambert

Wilsonville

Head coach: Steve Harms

2021 record: 10-1 in NWOC play, 13-5 overall

2022 outlook: "(This is) likely the most talented group of softball student-athletes in school history. (It should be a) fun year for the girls, coaching staff and the Wilsonville softball community." — Steve Harms

League contenders: Wilsonville, Scappoose

Top pitchers: Senior Maddie Erickson (a Michigan commit), junior Anna Jardin (a Rhode Island commit)

Top players: Senior infielder Natalie Adams, senior utility Neina-Leilani Santer, junior infielder Catherine Classen, junior outfielder Taylor Hadden, sophomore catcher Maddie Holly, sophomore outfielder Mary Matthews, sophomore infielder Talia Valdez, sophomore outfielder Cali Weaving, sophomore infielder Grace Wilson

Tri-Valley Conference

Gladstone

Head coach: Emily Smith

2021 record: 9-3 in TVC play, 9-6 overall

2022 outlook: "We are excited about this team's potential." — Emily Smith

League contenders: "(It's a) very competitive league. Everyone is in the hunt." — Emily Smith

Top pitchers: Senior Allie Grant, junior Emerysn Stepp

Top players: Senior third baseman Carmen Collins, junior utility Emerysn Stepp Utility, junior center fielder Delaney McNett


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