PREPS: Parkrose softball hits new territory
Two eastside Portland high school softball teams had memorable play-in games last week to crash the state playoff field.
In Class 5A, the Parkrose Broncos made it to the Oregon School Activities Association playoffs for the first time under coach Ken Blume, who took over in 1993.
Parkrose won a play-in game at Bend, 5-1, on Friday to make the 16-team 5A field.
The now-16th-seeded Broncos will play at No. 1 seed Dallas (22-4) on Wednesday.
Parkrose was the No. 6 finisher in the Northwest Oregon Conference. The Broncos put it all together at Bend, which was second in the Intermountain Conference, had won four of its previous five games and finished 18-9.
The Broncos (7-18) got four-hit pitching from junior right-hander Janell Killborn, had nine hits of their own and played errorless in the field.
Killborn struck out six and walked three.
Parkrose never trailed. The Broncos scored single runs in the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, and gave up a run in the fourth.
Senior left fielder Erica Anyanwu homered over the right-field fence in the sixth and had a double and two singles.
• In 6A, David Douglas advanced by beating Sunset 8-5 in last week's play-in round.
The Apollos led 3-0 after an inning and a half, but David Douglas got four runs in the bottom of the fourth, then stretched its lead to 7-3 in the fifth.
Sunset tallied twice in the sixth, but DD got its final run in that frame, and ended the game on a 6-4-3 double-play turned by freshman shortstop Shayla Slossar to sophomore Lilly Center to junior Bailey Haines.
For the Scots, junior Kailey Ritchardson had two hits, junior Jennifer Oliva-Lopez had two RBIs, and junior Sydney Wallstrum went the distance.
David Douglas (11-15) was slated to play at No. 3 North Medford on Monday in the opening round of the 6A tourney.
• Also headed to OSAA play is the Catlin Cabel baseball team. The Eagles downed Clatskanie 5-0 in a Friday league playoff game. That earned Catlin (10-8) a first-round game Wednesday at No. 1-seeded Stanfield/Echo (22-2).
Senior Matt Maynard's nine-strikeout one-hitter blanked Clatskanie. Senior catcher Ari Bluffstone was 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs.
"Our motto all year has been to put on your hard hat and come to work, and that's exactly what we did," coach Daniel Flores says.
Other starters for the Eagles: junior first baseman Roland Scott, sophomore second baseman Wyatt Hoke, senior shortstop Nate Post, junior third baseman Ned Williamson, senior left fielder Jacob Adler, senior center fielder Jasper Gordon and junior right fielder Fritz Frerichs.