Tualatin gets 2-0 win over Clackamas in playoff tilt
It's said that they can't win if they don't score.
And, so far in postseason competition, the Tualatin High School softball team hasn't let anyone score — and the Timberwolves keep on winning.
Tualatin picked up its third straight shutout victory, downing Clackamas 2-0 in a Class 6A state playoff quarterfinal game played Friday at Tualatin High School.
With the loss, Clackamas, the No. 2 team out of the Mt. Hood Conference, and the No. 12 team in the final OSAA power rankings, finished its season with a final overall record of 19-10. Tualatin, the Three Rivers League champion, and the No. 4 team in the power rankings, improved to 24-5. The Wolves also advance to the semifinal round of the state playoffs, where they'll face top-seeded Grants Pass in a game set to start at 4:30 p.m. at Grants Pass High School.
Tualatin junior pitcher Tia Ridings picked up her third straight playoff shutout in the victory over Clackamas. She gave up just two hits, while striking out 12 and walking one.
The Wolves scored both of their runs in the bottom of the third inning. Senior Lily Marshall got things started with a leadoff triple to left. Marshall would end up scoring on senior Andrea Gomez' two-out single to center. Senior Emily Johansen followed with a double to left field, driving in Gomez to make the score 2-0. And that's all Tualatin would need.
For the game, Johansen went 2 for 2 at the plate with two doubles, a walk and an RBI. Gomez went 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI. Junior Sydney Wagner and Marshall each had a hit for the Wolves.
Grants Pass brings an overall record of 26-3 into Tuesday's state playoff semifinal game. The winner of the semifinal game at Grants Pass will meet either Sunset or Sheldon in the Class 6A state championship game, which will be played Saturday at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene.