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Woodburn baseball and softball conclude seasons, Kennedy teams clinch league titles

Woodburn baseball

The Woodburn baseball team wrapped up its return to a varsity schedule last week with three losses to the Philomath Warriors.

The Bulldogs fell 14-4 at Philomath on May 6 and returned to Woodburn on May 7 for an 18-2 defeat. Woodburn's season ended Thursday at Philomath in a 5-1 loss.

Woodburn (6-17, 2-16 Oregon West) finished the season in seventh place in the conference standings.

Woodburn softball

The Woodburn softball team finished its 2019 spring schedule as the team returned to conference play following a three-year stint at the independent level.

The Bulldogs (0-23, 0-18 Oregon West) concluded its season last week with an 11-0 home loss to Newport on May 6, followed by losses of 17-3 at Cascade on May 7 and 10-0 at Philomath on Thursday.

North Marion softball

The North Marion softball team split its final two games of the regular season and awaits the final results of the OSAA rankings to determine if the team will advance to the state playoff round.

The Huskies (13-9, 8-7 Tri-Valley) lost to Gladstone 15-7 on May 7 on senior night, and followed with a 15-5 victory at Corbett on May 9, erasing a four-game streak of losses.

North Marion finished tied for third with the Molalla Indians (14-10, 8-7) in the league standings and need to claim one of eight at-large play-in berths to continue their season.

Gervais softball

After opening the season with a 9-1 record in league play, the Gervais softball team is looking to recover from the team's first consecutive league losses this season.

The Cougars (11-11, 9-4 Special District 2) dropped a double-header to open the week against the No. 10 Santiam Wolverines on May 6, falling by scores of 9-3 and 12-6.

Gervais' tough streak continued in a May 8 road game at Colton (13-9, 9-5), letting an early 4-0 advantage slip away as the Vikings scored seven runs over the final four innings, culminating in a walk-off run scored with two outs on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Cougars finished the week with a victory, beating the visiting Sheridan Spartans (3-15, 2-12) 15-5 after dropping nine runs in the opening inning of the game.

Jasmine Fernandez led the team at the plate, going 3-of-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Natali Barrera and Regina Vargas matched with three RBIs of their own.

Veronica Esquivel struck out six and gave up two earned runs for the victory, while Marisol Ayala struck out two in an inning of relief.

Gervais was scheduled to wrap up the regular season this week with a home game against No. 8 Kennedy (16-4, 14-0) on Monday, followed by a double header at Culver (3-13, 3-10) on Wednesday.

Kennedy baseball

The No. 2 Trojans completed their fifth straight series sweep against a league opponent last week, dropping the Culver Bulldogs in consecutive games to improve to 22-2 overall and 15-0 against Special District 1 opponents.

Kennedy mathematically secured a league championship with the sweep over the Bulldogs (11-12, 9-6) who entered the series in second place in the conference standings.

The Trojans opened the series with a 13-6 home win on May 6 and traveled to Culver for a 15-5 victory on May 9. Kennedy concluded the series with a 12-2 win at home on Friday.

The Trojans finish the regular season this week with a three-game series against the Sheridan Spartans.

Kennedy softball

The No. 8 Kennedy softball team's 14-game streak of victories came to an end last week after falling 11-2 to the 3A No.1 Clatskanie Tigers on May 6.

But the team returned to its winning ways two days later, taking down the No. 10 Santiam Wolverines 15-5 on May 8, followed by an 11-1 home win on senior night against the Regis Rams on May 10 to clinch a fourth-consecutive conference titles for the Trojans.

Kennedy finishes the regular season with three straight home games this week, the first of which was scheduled for Monday against the Gervais Cougars, followed by a non-conference game at Western Christian on Wednesday and a final game at Sheridan on Thursday.

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