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Wildcats have a huge hitting day from Natalie Adams and a shutdown pitching performance from Maddie Erickson.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Wilsonville sophomore third baseman Grace Wilson gets ready to make a catch during her team's 7-0 win over Corvallis in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs at Wilsonville High School on Wednesday, May 25.Right where they want to be.

The members of the Wilsonville softball team, after months of hard work and preliminaries, are right where they want to be — in the Class 5A state playoffs and chasing a state title.

The Wildcats took the first step on that journey on Wednesday, May 25, when they rolled past Corvallis 7-0 in the first round of the playoffs at Wilsonville High School.

"Overall, the team did great," said senior second baseman Natalie Adams, who went 3 for 4 at the plate (including a double and a triple) with two RBIs and two runs. "They kept the energy up the entire game and continued to make adjustments throughout the game."

"I feel that we have performed like Wilsonville softball. That's all we can do on the given day," said senior pitcher Maddie Erickson, who went 2 for 3 at the plate with a homer, one RBI and one run scored, and threw seven innings, allowing no runs on three hits and two walks while striking out 16. "Some days our game is a little bit more put together and other days it might not be, but that gives us the opportunity to grow and for different individuals to step up and get things started."

With the win, the team's 18th straight, the second-ranked Wildcats improved to 25-3 overall after winning the Northwest Oregon Conference. No. 15 Corvallis, meanwhile, lost for the third time in its final four games and finished at 15-12 overall after placing fifth in the Mid-Willamette Conference.

Next up, the Wildcats will host No. 7 Eagle Point (19-8 overall after finishing second in the Midwestern League) in the quarterfinals at 5 p.m. Friday, May 27.

Wilsonville started the game at a dead sprint, with Erickson throwing a shutout first inning, then hitting a leadoff solo home run to right field in the bottom of the frame.

Erickson helped her team make it 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning when she hit a two-out double to right and Adams followed with an RBI double to center that drove in junior pinch runner Hannah Wilken.

The Wildcats then put the game away with three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth. Highlights from the fifth included Erickson's RBI triple to left and sophomore Madeline Holly's run-scoring single, while in the sixth, junior Taylor Hadden hit a two-run single for the final 7-0 margin.

"The result of the game is more than just a win," Adams said. "It motivates us to keep working hard and allows the team camaraderie to stay high."

"This is a special group of girls that is not only making history for our school, but our community," Erickson added. "This is important to us because a lot of us play club and haven't been a part of the youth program since we were very young, and we take pride in wearing Wilsonville across our chests again."

Holly finished 2 for 4 at the plate for Wilsonville, while sophomore Holly Jensen led Corvallis went 2 for 3 at the plate.

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