Tigard rolls to victory in softball playoff tilt
To say that the Tigard High School softball team got off to a good start in postseason play might be an understatement.
The Tigers opened the Class 6A state playoffs by rolling to a 10-0, five-inning win over Forest Grove in a first-round game played Monday at Tigard High School.
With the win, Tigard, the No. 2 team out of the Three Rivers League, and the No. 11 team in the Class 6A power rankings, improved to 23-4 on the season. The Tigers also advance to the second round of the state playoffs, where they'll face Glencoe on Wednesday, in a game starting at 5 p.m. at Glencoe High School.
Forest Grove, the No. 5 team out of the Greater Valley Conference, and the No. 24 team in the power rankings, finished its season at 14-14.
Senior pitcher Ashley Davis picked up the shutout victory in the circle for Tigard in the playoff opener. In five innings of work, Davis gave up three hits, while striking out seven and walking none.
Sophomore Emily Paulson helped lead the Tigard offensive attack in the win, going 3 for 4 at the plate with a double, a triple, a run scored and four RBIs. Junior Maddie Hoover went 3 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Sophomore Lexi Klum went 3 for 4 with a stolen base, three runs scored and an RBI.
Davis, sophomore Abby Soderquist and senior Caroline Riggs added one hit apiece. Freshman Katie Regalado scored a pair of runs.
Glencoe, which shared the Metro League title with Jesuit and Westview, brings an overall record of 23-4 into Wednesday's second-round game. The Crimson Tide is the No. 6 team in the OSAA power rankings.
Tigard, if it wins on Wednesday, will either host Sheldon, or travel to North Medford, for a state playoff quarterfinal game on Friday.