Crater edges Churchill to reach semifinals

EUGENE — Haley Hevern came through in the clutch for Crater again in the Class 5A state softball playoffs.

The Crater High senior shortstop drove in the game's only run as the Comets advanced to the semifinals with a 1-0 road victory against Churchill Friday.

Southern Sky Conference champion Crater (25-3) will host Corvallis, an 8-7 winner over Century, in Tuesday's semifinals.

Hevern, who smacked a three-run homer in Tuesday's second-round victory over Hillsboro, hit a two-out, RBI single in the third inning.

The Crater rally started with two outs when Susan Winningham singled and stole second. With Emily Morrill at the plate, Churchill pitcher Megan Petersen faked a throw to second and dropped the ball which allowed Winningham to reach third. After Morrill walked, Hevern hit a hard one-hopper through the right side of the infield to score Winningham.

"(Hevern) wants that kind of situation," Crater coach Chris Arnold said. "She's very confident and feeds off the confidence of her teammates."

Ashleigh Cuddie put together another strong performance on the mound for the Comets. The senior pitcher ran her record to 20-1 with the three-hit shutout. Cuddie didn't record a strikeout, walked one and had four assists.

"Cuddie fielded her position particularly well," said Arnold. "She mixed up her pitches and hit her spots extremely well."

The best scoring opportunity for the Midwestern League champion Lancers (20-7) came in the third when Ashley Puls and Sierra Lessel singled with two outs. But Cuddie got Amanda Goschie to ground back to the mound to end the threat.

The Comets' errorless performance contributed to the victory, according to Arnold.

"Churchill put the ball in play and that's what we expected," said Arnold. "We had a strong mental focus. We made the plays we needed to make. No question, this was our best defensive effort of the season."

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Cuddie and Winningham; Peterson and Booth. W — Cuddie (20-1). L — Peterson.

EAGLE POINT 4, SHERWOOD 2, 8 innings — At Sherwood, Eagle Point senior Kirsten Emigh did the job with the bat as well as pitching a complete game.

The Southern Sky runner-up Eagles (20-8) advanced to Tuesday's semifinals at Glencoe, which defeated The Dalles-Wahtonka 5-1.

Emigh's two-out RBI single in the eighth drove in Terrah Whipple with what proved to be the winning run. Freshman Arika Desavedo, who came in to pinch-run for Emigh, scored on Ashley Josephson's double to give the Eagles a two-run cushion.

Sherwood, the No. 4 representative from the Northwest Oregon Conference, threatened in the bottom of the eighth, but Emigh got the final two batters to fly out with two runners on.

Eagle Point broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the sixth. Kayla Mathis opened with a triple and Whipple followed with an RBI double. With one out, Whipple tagged on Josephson's fly out and scored on an errant throw to third.

The Bowmen answered back in the bottom of the inning with two unearned runs. After two were out, Emigh issued back-to-back walks. An error loaded the bases, then Alyssa Troccoli hit a bloop single to right field to score two runs.

Emigh (16-4) finished with six strikeouts and two walks, and joined Whipple and Katie Jolliffe in getting two hits apiece.

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Emigh and Griggs; Davis and Morales. W — Emigh (16-4). L — Davis. 2B — EP: Whipple, Josephson, Wilkerson. 3B — EP: Jolliffe, Mathis.

Class 6A

CENTRAL CATHOLIC 1, ROSEBURG 0 — At Roseburg, Central Catholic freshman hurler Katlin Inglesby got the best of Roseburg ace Mikayla Endicott in a pitcher's duel to take down the top-ranked Class 6A Indians in the quarterfinals.

Inglesby gave up just one hit and retired 15 consecutive batters from the second until the seventh, when she hit Tanya Johnston with a pitch.

Endicott was stingy as well, surrendering only three hits to go with 10 strikeouts.

Central Catholic's Shannon Inglesby sacrificed Megan Walsh home in the sixth inning for the game's lone run.

Roseburg's lone hit came from Cadee Kinne in the second inning.

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K. Inglesby and Solazzo; Endicott and Johnston. W — K. Inglesby. L — Endicott (24-2).

Class 4A

TILLAMOOK 1, HENLEY 0 — At Klamath Falls, Tillamook's Chelsea Schriber tossed a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts to blank Henley (20-7) and advance into the semifinals of the Class 4A playoffs.

Jessi Driessen struck out five and only allowed three hits for Henley, but Tillamook's Jessica Valencia scored on a passed ball in the first inning.

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Schriber and Vogel; Driessen, Wedan (6) and Doke. W — Schriber. L — Driessen.

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