Key game at home on Saturday for Fighting Shockwave
The Portland Fighting Shockwave women's football team has its biggest game of the regular season on Saturday, playing host to the Los Angeles Warriors.
The Women's Football Alliance game kicks off at 6 p.m. at Roosevelt High.
Portland is 4-0 after a 20-7 win last weekend at the Everett Reign. Los Angeles is 3-0.
The Fighting Shockwave and the Warriors are the two Division I-level teams on the West Coast. Saturday's winner likely will play host to a playoff game.
Portland and Los Angeles last met in a 2016 playoff game won by the Warriors, 14-7.
In the April 28 win at Everett, Portland scored two second-half touchdowns and rallied after Everett took a 7-0 lead on the first drive of the game.
The Fighting Shockwave led 8-7 at halftime thanks to a Rebecca Dawson touchdown run and two-point conversion in the second quarter.
Fourth-quarter touchdown runs by Dawson and Gabriela Johnson secured the win.
Saturday's visit from Los Angeles is the third of four regular-season home games for the Fighting Shockwave. Tickets are $10, and $5 for students, senior citizens and military members in uniform.
• The Oregon Ducks softball team heads into its final regular-season home series on track for a Pac-12 championship and up to two postseason home weekends.
A three-game sweep of No. 4 Washington in Seattle last weekend got the No. 2-ranked Ducks (41-7, 15-3 Pac-12) even with No. 1 UCLA atop the conference standings. Oregon took two of three from UCLA to begin conference play and thus owns the tiebreaker if the teams finish tied.
The Ducks play host to ninth-place Utah (7 p.m. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday) at Jane Sanders Stadium. A week later, they close conference play with three games at Cal.
Ducks shortstop DJ Sanders hit two home runs at Washington, including a grand slam in the ninth inning of a 7-2 Friday win to open the series.
Washington had not allowed more than four runs in a game all season. Oregon scored five in the ninth last Friday and followed with 4-2 and 5-3 wins — against a Huskies team that hadn't lost at home all season.
Washington was ranked No. 1 for nine weeks before facing UCLA and Oregon on consecutive weekends and losing all six games. (The Pac-12, which has nine softball programs, is pretty good at that sport).
Oregon got its usual strong pitching at Washington from Megan Kleist (17-5, 0.96 ERA) and Miranda Elish (17-1, 1.06 ERA). And the Ducks' defense delivered three rally-killing double-plays over the weekend, picked off a base runner at third just before a Huskies homer and throwing out a runner at the plate.
The Ducks will certainly play host to a NCAA regional May 18-20. With the No. 1 RPI in the nation, the Ducks are all but assured of hosting a super regional if they get through the regional.
— Paul Danzer