Century upsets Crater in 5A quarterfinals

HILLSBORO — The incredible run by the Crater softball team came to an end in the Class 5A state quarterfinals on the wet Hillsboro Stadium field Friday.

Pitcher Montana McNealy shackled the potent Comet offense and helped Century High of Hillsboro upset three-time defending state champion Crater, 3-0.

Century will play at The Dalles-Wahtonka in Tuesday's semifinals.

The Comets (18-8), who collected 19 hits against Madras in Tuesday's playoff victory, were no-hit through six innings by McNealy. Crater's first hits of the game came on back-to-back singles Moriah Lines and Haley Fox to open the seventh. But McNealy responded by retiring the side on three straight fly outs.

"(McNealy) threw a whale of a ball game," Crater coach Chris Arnold said. "The McNealy girl really had command of the riseball. We didn't do a good job laying off. We weren't very disciplined at the plate."

McNealy struck out six and walked six.

But a key factor was Crater stranding nine runners on base. The Comets had runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings.

"We had opportunities but weren't able to convert," said Arnold. "(McNealy) did a good job in situations that she needed to."

Crater sophomore pitcher Renee Murphy had Century blanked through three innings. Then the Jaguars pushed across two runs in the fourth.

Murphy got hurt from the bottom of Century's batting order when Mandy Wruble delivered an RBI single and Kylie Wruble followed with a run-scoring double.

Century scored its third run an inning later when Ashley Worthey pounded a one-out triple and scored on a passed ball.

"Only one team each season ends on that positive note," said Arnold. "Everyone else's season in the playoffs ends with a loss. It's difficult when your expectations are so high."

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Murphy and Haga; McNealy and Worthey. W — McNealy. L — Murphy. 2B — Cen: K. Wruble. 3B — Cen: Worthey.

MAZAMA 8, LIBERTY 6 — At Klamath Falls, Darian Hamilton's two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning pushed Mazama to a win in the Class 5A quarterfinals at Oregon Institute of Technology.

Hamilton finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs.

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Baggerly and Filan; Valenta and Hamilton. WP — Valenta. LP — Baggerly. 2B — L: S. Meeuwsen 2, Filan, LaMotte, Hall; M: Hamilton.

Class 3A Playoffs

ROGUE RIVER 3, HARRISBURG 1 — At Rogue River, McKenzie Cates' pitching and the hitting by Ashley Rabitoy and Kailin Honea helped advance Rogue River into the state semifinals.

The Chieftains, the No. 2 seed from the Sunset League, will host Willamina, a 3-1 winner over Regis, in Tuesday's semifinals.

Cates struck out nine, walked two and allowed five hits in a complete-game effort.

Rabitoy's two-run homer in the fifth inning gave Rogue River a 3-0 lead.

Honea went 3-for-4 to pace the Chieftains' nine-hit attack.

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Cote and Ferrill; Cates and Jessee. W — Cates. L — Cote. 2B — RR: Honea, Cates. HR — RR: Rabitoy.

Class 2A/1A Playoffs

KENNEDY 13, BUTTE FALLS 0 — At Butte Falls, singles by Mariah Moore, Joli Hobbs and Tamika Funk was all Butte Falls could manage against the top seed from District 3.

Kennedy pitcher Brooke Jaeger struck out 14 and allowed two hits in six innings on the mound.

Kennedy led 8-0 after three innings.

The District 4 No. 3 seed Loggers finished the season with a 12-8 record.

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Jaeger, Donahue (7) and Altaraz; Moore and Hobbs. W — Jaeger. L — Moore (9-4). 2B — K: Halter, McKay.

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