Wildcats break out the bats in sixth and seventh innings to advance to 6A state championship game on Saturday

TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - The Westview softball team beat Oregon City 7-1 in the Class 6A semifinals on Tuesday to advance to the state title game on Saturday.

The exultant roar reverberated from the back of the Westview softball team bus to front, clattering the glass windows, turning heads of gasping parents as it rolled away from Oregon City High School into the evening back toward 185th Avenue.

It was an unconfined celebration befitting of an underdog officially shedding the moniker it so badly wants to abide by and stepping into its vast potential all in a seven-inning span, in a game the Wildcats supposedly weren't supposed to win.

The us-against-the-world Wildcats, squaring off against the state's best pitcher in Morgan Hornback and No. 1 Oregon City in the 6A semifinals, came in with a Texas-sized chip on their shoulder and are now on the doorstep of a state championship.

Hammering Hornback with round-the-lineup slugging in the sixth and seventh innings while playing determined defense and relying on their freshman dynamo pitcher Mia Patino, Westview shook Oregon City with a dominant 7-1 semifinal win over the Pioneers on Tuesday to advance to the 6A state championship game on Saturday. The No. 5 Wildcats will play No. 3 North Medford at the Oregon State softball complex at 4 p.m.

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