The Lions manage just five hits against the Irish in 9-0 playoff loss on Monday

It ended all too soon for the West Linn softball team.

The 19th-ranked Lions, playing at No. 14 Sheldon on Monday in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs, started slowly, never got their bats going and eventually dropped a 9-0 decision to the Irish.

"On paper, this should have been a much tighter game," West Linn coach Monica Sorenson said to The Register-Guard newspaper. "But you can't have that many errors and not hit and expect to win. It just wasn't there for us today."

The loss snapped the Lions' three-game winning streak and ended their season with a 14-12 overall record after finishing the Three Rivers League season in a tie for third place. Sheldon, meanwhile, won for the third time in its past four games and improved to 21-7 following a third-place tie in the Southwest Conference.

According the Register-Guard, West Linn managed just five hits in the contest and also committed five errors. The Irish amassed 16 hits, led by Emma Neuman's two-run triple, a two-run double by Jordan Henderson, and RBI hits from Nikkie Wagoner, Haley Sams, Anna Boyd, Henderson and Neuman.

"(There were) no great highlights or stats. We just never seemed to get into a rhythm," Sorenson added.

For West Linn, the game marked the final appearances for seniors Avery Esau, Anna Butts, Kaitlin Lampson, Shay Hicks, Megan Talbert, Brooke McKelvey, Weston Miller and Kennedy Roby.

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