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Woodburn softball falls to Sisters, Stayton; No. 1 North Marion cruises through week, preps for showdown vs. Gladstone

PMG PHOTOS: PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn senior Marina Salazar is among six seniors who will finish their softball careers with the Bulldogs this week.Woodburn softball

The Bulldogs went winless in its two games last week, falling 22-5 at home to Sisters on May 1 before falling 20-3 at Stayton on May 2. Woodburn will conclude its season this week, including senior night that was scheduled for Monday against the Newport Cubs.

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Gervais softball

The Gervais Cougars picked up a pair of league wins to continue to make a push in the state playoff race. Gervais (10-8, 8-1 Special District 2) opened the week with a 14-2 win at Jefferson (6-11, 5-6) on April 29 and concluded with a 17-0 victory over the Delphian Dragons (0-13, 0-11) on Thursday.

The Cougars drew 16 walks against Jefferson, leading to a big victory despite recording just six hits. Abby Saalfeld led the team with four runs scored, while Regina Vargas had four RBIs on the day. Senior Veronica Esquivel struck out nine and gave up just two hits in the win.

Esquivel got the start against the Dragons to end the week, striking out 10 in four innings before sophomore Marisol Ayala wrapped up the final inning with a pair of strikeouts. The pair combined to limit Delphian to just two hits in the game, while the Cougars racked up 17 runs on five hits on the other side of the ball.

Sarah Saalfeld led the team on offense, going 2-for-3 with four runs scored, while Abby Saalfeld, Vargas and Esquivel drove in three runs each.

In between, the Cougars dropped a 13-2 non-conference game to the independent Western Christian/Salem Academy team.

The two wins put Gervais into a tie for second place with the Santiam Wolverines (13-3, 8-1), who have won six straight and 12 of their last 13 games.

Gervais and Santiam were scheduled to play a double-header at Gervais High School on Monday.

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North Marion baseball

The No. 1 North Marion Huskies (21-2, 12-1 Tri-Valley Conference) added three more victories to their resume last week, forging a league-deciding game against the defending state champion Gladstone Gladiators (15-8, 12-1) this week.

North Marion opened the week on the road, taking an 18-1 win at Molalla that included a grand slam from senior Nic Iliyn as part of a 12-run second inning. Iliyn finished the game with a team-high five RBIs, while fellow senior Griffin Henry gave up three hits and struck out 13 in the win.

The Huskies followed with a trip to Madras on May 1, where Grant Henry and Iliyn each went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the team to a 12-2 victory. Grant Henry added a team-high four RBIs, while junior Brady Hansen struck out nine and gave up four hits and two earned runs in five innings.

North Marion returned home to conclude the week, using a combined performance from pitchers Ryan Olson and Grant Henry to score a 10-1 win.

The Huskies plated eight runs across the first three innings to take an 8-1 lead, with starting pitcher Olson striking out five and while giving up five hits in the first four innings of play.

Grant Henry took over in the fifth, pitching three scoreless innings to secure the win. He added three RBIs on a pair of hits, while Iliyn went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored.

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Kennedy baseball

The No. 2 Trojans remained flawless in league play last week, sweeping the Colton Vikings (6-11, 5-7 Special District 2)) in a three game series.

Kennedy opened the week on the road, taking a 4-1 victory over the Vikings on April 29 before coming home to outlast Colton in an 11-10 May 1. The Trojans finished the week with an 11-0 shutout in a Friday road game.

Kennedy (19-2, 12-0) will take on the Culver Bulldogs (11-9, 9-3) this week in a three-game series that was scheduled to begin in Mount Angel on Monday.

A sweep over Culver would clinch the district title for the Trojans.


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