Friday's top five: The biggest baseball and softball games from May 5
The weather was still iffy on Friday, but the action on the baseball and softball diamonds was anything but.
Despite the challenges presented by wet fields, slippery footing and rain-shortened contests, high school baseball and softball games did indeed get played on Friday.
Among the many games covered by Pamplin Media Group on Friday, there were some absolutely huge results that will shape the state power rankings for weeks to come.
In case you may have missed some of these landmark scores, here's a look back at Friday's top five games. You can see all our coverage by clicking on the Prep Baseball/Softball Tab — to see it, just hover over the Sports tab on all our websites.
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That eulogy you had penned for the Jesuit softball team's season?
The rough draft death notice praising their past existence while pronouncing the Crusaders' time of death?
Might want to rip it up.
Thanks to yet another well-crafted outing in the circle from junior ace Olivia Strickland, a big hit from burgeoning catcher Annalisa Williamson and a four-run geyser in the seventh inning, Jesuit was able to withstand archrival Westview 5-0 on Friday at Westview High School.
The Clackamas Cavaliers trotted off Oregon City's rained-soaked field after the final out of the sixth inning Friday, ready to continue the comeback they'd started in their previous at-bat.
They never got the opportunity.
With puddles of standing water forming across the field, the umpires deemed the conditions unplayable and called the game before the start of the seventh inning, handing the Pioneers a 4-2 Mt. Hood Conference softball win over the Cavaliers.
In what was considered a must-win game for Gresham to stay in contention for the Mount Hood Conference title, star pitcher Shianne Smith came through with arguably her best performance of the season.
The Seattle University commit pitched a complete game shutout, only surrendering one hit and striking out 11 as the Gophers hung on to beat Barlow 2-0 on Friday night at Sandy High School.
After enforcing the 10-run rule against Crook County Friday night, Molalla's baseball team will now effectively be playing Estacada on Tuesday for the Tri-Valley title.
Molalla thumped the Cowboys 20-6 in their last meeting and was able to grab the clean sweep Friday as the Indians pushed aside a slow opening pitching performance to eventually score ten unanswered runs and post an 11-1 victory in six innings.
It may not have been pretty, but it was effective.
The No. 3-ranked Banks softball team took care of business versus last place Valley Catholic Friday, May 5 at Banks High School. The Braves swept a doubleheader, handling a pesky Valiants club in a 9-5 game-one victory, and making quick work of them in the second, winning in five innings by a score of 14-1.