White squad bests Black in SOU spring football game

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon Football Spring Game went to the White squad, 28-14 over the Black team, on Friday night at Raider Stadium, four months ahead of the Raiders’ 2018 opener at Eastern Oregon.

Michael Roots scored a pair of touchdowns for the winners, including a 41-yard rush that put the White tam up for good, 14-7. Jaylen Tregle, a redshirt in 2017, later added a 41-yard touchdown pass to tight end and senior-to-be Ben Bachman, who also redshirted last year due to injury. Isaac Hurd had the other score on a pitch from one yard out.

Wyatt Hutchinson had the lone TD pass for the Black team on a fade to Jordan Suell from the 3-yard line. Rey Vega earlier rushed in a 10-yard score.

Complete coverage and statistics will not be available due to SOU’s hosting of the Cascade Conference Softball Tournament.

SCORING SUMMARY

WHITE — Michael Roots 1-yard run (Macus Montano kick), 7-0

BLACK — Rey Vega 10-yard run (Jaxon Clark kick), 7-7

WHITE — Michael Roots 41-yard run (Marcus Montano kick), 14-7

WHITE — Isaac Hurd 1-yard run (Marcus Montano kick), 21-7

WHITE — Ben Bachman 41-yard pass from Jaylen Tregle (Marcus Montano kick), 28-7

BLACK — Jordan Suell 3-yard pass from Wyatt Hutchinson (Jaxon Clark kick), 28-14

Softball

Another superlative regular season for the Southern Oregon University softball team was duly rewarded Thursday night, when seniors Harlee Donovan and Kelsey Randall highlighted the Cascade Collegiate Conference awards banquet held prior to the CCC Tournament.

Donovan, a senior catcher from Half Moon Bay, Calif., became the first Raider to receive the CCC Player of the Year award since 2003 and also attained a Gold Glove. Randall, a senior shortstop from Concord, Calif., became the first player in team history to land on the All-CCC first team four times and the first player in conference history to earn four Gold Gloves.

Jessica Pistole was voted the CCC Coach of the Year for the second time in her four-year tenure with the Raiders after leading them to a conference regular-season title with a record of 22-5. They were 41-12 overall and ranked No. 8 in the NAIA heading into the CCC Tournament, which they opened with a 5-2 victory over British Columbia, Friday at University Field.

Sophomore pitcher Gabby Sandoval and freshman outfielder Olivia Mackey joined Donovan and Randall on the All-CCC first team, while freshman second baseman Hannah Shimek and freshman first baseman Tayler Walker received honorable mention. The Raiders also claimed five of the 10 Gold Gloves that were awarded as Donovan, Randall, Sandoval, Walker and sophomore center fielder Hannah Wessel were all recognized.

Donovan, who was also a first-team selection in 2017, her first year with the team, leads the CCC in seven major offensive categories going into the postseason: batting average (.453), slugging percentage (.753), on-base percentage (.576), hits (68), RBI (59), walks (44), total bases (113). She’s totaled 26 extra-base hits, including eight home runs. Defensively, she was the toughest catcher to run on in the circuit and threw out a CCC-high 13 would-be base-stealers during the regular season.

Randall, who will go down as one of the most accomplished players in conference history, has posted a .369 batting average with nine doubles, nine triples, two home runs, 56 runs scored and a conference-record 48 stolen bases on 50 attempts. Her 32 bases on balls rank second in the CCC only to Randall. This season, she’s also broken conference career records for hits (319), stolen bases (147) and triples (28).

Sandoval is enjoying one of most dominating seasons for a Raider pitcher in the last decade at 20-6 with a 1.83 ERA. She’s tossed 16 complete games, including five shutouts, with a .230 opponents’ average, and in conference games she went 12-3 with a 1.52 ERA.

Mackey, meanwhile, had the highest batting average for a freshman in conference play (.426) in team history. She’s at .400 overall with 10 extra-base hits and 18 runs scored.

Walker (.352, 24 runs, 11 XBH) and Shimek (.324, 43 runs, 30 steals) have also headlined a freshman class that has stepped up to help SOU hit .338 cumulatively, which would stand as a team record.

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