Tualatin rolls to win in softball playoff opener
TUALATIN — The Tualatin High School softball team got its postseason trek off to a roaring start.
The Timberwolves, the defending Class 6A state champions, opened the playoffs by scoring a 5-0 win over Madison in a Class 6A first-round game played Monday at Tualatin High School.
With the loss, Madison the No. 4 team out of the Portland Interscholastic League, and the No. 29 team in the final OSAA power rankings, finished its season with a final overall record of 14-12. Tualatin, the Three Rivers League champion, and the No. 4 team in the power rankings, improved to 22-5 with the victory. The Wolves also advance to the second-round of the state playoffs, where they'll host Franklin in a game set to start at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Tualatin High School.
Junior left-hander Tia Ridings pitched Tualatin to the first-round victory on Monday. In seven shutout innings of work, Ridings gave up three hits, while striking out 12 and walking two. She also had a hit at the plate.
Freshman Leanna Rosenbaum helped lead the Tualatin offensive attack, going 2 for 3 at the plate with an RBI. Senior Emily Johansen went 1 for 3 with a run scored and two RBIs. Senior Lily Marshall went 1 for 3 with an RBI.
Junior Kaylee Mo went 1 for 3 with a run scored. Senior Andrea Gomez, junior Bella Valdes and junior Nicole Webb each scored a run. Freshman Ella Hoyle drove in a run.
Franklin, the No. 2 team out of the PIL, and the No. 20 team in the power rankings, brings an overall record of 17-10 into Wednesday's second-round playoff game.
Tualatin, if it wins the second round contest, will host either Clackamas or Jesuit in a state playoff quarterfinal game on Friday.