CENTRAL POINT — With Crater leading 4-1 in the sixth inning, Comet pitcher Ashleigh Cuddie began getting a case of the nerves.
Cuddie overcame her nervousness and the Comets advanced in the Class 5A state softball playoffs with a 6-3 second-round victory over Hillsboro Tuesday.
Cuddie registered her 19th victory in 20 decisions with a five-hit complete game. The Crater senior struck out eight and gave up one earned run.
"(Cuddie) threw well, it was a strong performance," Crater coach Chris Arnold said. "I was impressed with how she dealt with her nerves. She only gave up two hard-hit balls. It was a gutty performance by Ashleigh."
With one out in the sixth, Hillsboro loaded the bases with three consecutive singles. The Spartans scored one run on a passed ball. After a strikeout, Natalie Mosley's RBI single cut Hillsboro's deficit to 4-3.
But Crater answered back in the bottom of the inning on singles by Becca Lokeno and Kristen Haga and a two-run single down the left-field line.
"The kids responded really well," said Arnold. "It's something that defines this team."
Hillsboro took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Comet second baseman Ashleigh Larson's error.
Larson made amends for the error on the very next play by turning a smash to her right into a force out to end the inning. Then Larson homered to open the bottom of the inning to tie the score at 1-all.
In the fifth, Crater took a 4-1 lead on Haley Hevern's three-run homer over the right-field fence.
"Those home runs were huge," said Arnold. "Defensively, we made a couple of mistakes that cost us. Offensively, we played very steady. We put runners on base and forced offensive situations."
Winningham went 3-for-3 to pace the Comet 11-hit attack, while Hevern and Lokeno had a pair of hits each.
Crater (24-3) will play Churchill, which beat Summit 11-0, in Eugene in the quarterfinals Friday.
Hillsboro 000 102 0 — 3 5 1
Crater 000 132 x — 6 11 1
Tollefsen and Edwards; Cuddie and Winningham. W — Cuddie (19-1). L — Tollefsen. HR — C: Hevern, Larson.
EAGLE POINT 2, MARSHALL 0 — At Eagle Point, Kirsten Emigh tossed a no-hitter and had 18 strikeouts in Eagle Point's Class 5A second-round win.
Emigh also scored one of the Eagles' (19-8) runs in the sixth inning. Tarrah Whipple scored the other run while Ashley Josephson had an RBI.
Eagle Point will play at Sherwood on Friday in a quarterfinal contest.
Marshall 000 000 0 — 0 0 1
Eagle Point 000 002 0 — 2 5 0
Enders and Thompson; Emigh and Griggs. W — Emigh (15-4). L — Enders. 3B — EP: Whipple.
GLENCOE 4, ASHLAND 3 — At Hillsboro, Glencoe's Brittney McNelly scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh of a second-round playoff game.
McNelly hit a double and was driven in by Jordyn Brown for the game-winning run. McNelly was 3-for-4 and had two RBIs.
Ashland took the lead with a three-run third inning. Amanda Good hit an RBI single for the Grizzlies' only earned run.
Bella Pribyl struck out seven and had five walks for the Grizzlies (14-14).
Ashland 003 000 0 — 3 3 3
Glencoe 100 020 1 — 4 8 4
Pribyl and Cantrell; Brown and Dendinger. W — Brown. L — Pribyl (13-11). 2B — G: McNelly.
WESTVIEW 1, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Beaverton, Dylan Mizer tossed a four-hit shutout and singled during third-ranked Westview's run-scoring inning.
Grants Pass freshman pitcher Morgan Barnes allowed just one hit, but walked three and hit two batters.
The sixth-ranked Cavers squandered an opportunity in the first inning. Speedy leadoff hitter Tara Glover bunted and went all the way to third on an error. But Mizer recorded two strikeouts and a ground out to get out of the jam.
Grants Pass had one last opportunity in the seventh when Hannah Fischer and Lindy Sippola singled with two outs. Then Mizer struck out freshman Tia Misfeldt to end the game.
Grants Pass, the Southwest Conference runner-up, finished the season with a 23-5 record.
Grants Pass 000 000 0 — 0 4 1
Westview 010 000 x — 1 1 2
Barnes and Woolf; Mizer and Turner. W — Mizer. L — Barnes (10-2). 2B — GP: Prestianni.
ROSEBURG 1, SOUTHRIDGE 0 — At Beaverton, Mikayla Endicott baffled Southridge on one hit and 11 strikeouts and Kendra George bashed a solo home run in the second inning as Roseburg won in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Roseburg 010 000 0 — 1 5 0
Southridge 000 000 0 — 0 1 1
Endicott and Johnston; Wallace, Balthorpe and Kelly. W — Endicott (24-1). L — Wallace. 2B — R: Crowe, Johnston. HR — R: George.
JUNCTION CITY 3, ROGUE RIVER 2 — At Junction City, Junction City freshman catcher Molly McClaughry lined the game-winning single up the middle in the 11th inning to eliminate Rogue River in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Rogue River 010 000 000 10 — 2 6 2
Junction City 001 000 000 11 — 3 6 1
Lusk and Reyes; Lighty and McClaughry.
GLADSTONE 13, NORTH VALLEY 3 — At Portland, Gladstone scored seven runs on five North Valley errors over the first two innings to eliminate the Knights from the playoffs in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.
North Valley (14-14) committed seven errors overall in a game that went five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
The Knights chalked up all three of their runs in the third inning with RBIs from Rachael Conard, Casie Hinkle and Nikki Noyes.
Kristen Allison went 2-for-3 for North Valley.
North Valley 003 00 — 3 5 7
Gladstone 340 51 — 13 12 3
Hinkle, Morton (4) and R. Conard; Wagner and Feb. W — Wagner. L — Hinkle (9-9). 2B — G: Feb 2, Greer.
HENLEY 4, MCLOUGHLIN 3 — At Klamath Falls, Henley scored the game-winning run off an arrant throw by McLoughlin in the bottom of the seventh inning.
McLoughlin 000 110 1 — 3 7 6
Henley 101 100 1 — 4 3 4
Knight and Brown; Dressen, Wedan (6) and Doke. W — Dressen. L — Knight. 2B — M: Knight, Brown, Kessler. 3B — H: Wedan. HR — M: Jones.
SCIO 9, ST. MARY'S 4 — St. Mary's committed seven errors leading to four unearned Scio runs in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs at St. Mary's High School.
In the second inning, the District 4 champion Crusaders (17-5) surrendered five runs — two unearned — and pitcher Bri Williams allowed all three of her walks in the inning.
Williams fanned nine batters and lost for only the third time this season for St. Mary's, which received a 2-for-3, four-stolen base effort from Amanda Buckmister.
Scio 053 010 0 — 9 9 4
St. Mary's 002 110 0 — 4 7 7
Beresford and McDaniel; Williams and Lass. W — Beresford. L — Williams (17-3). 2B — S: Guenther.
MONROE 12, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2 — At Monroe, after Chessa Fait's two-run double in the first inning, Cascade Christian cooled off and Monroe responded with nine runs over the next two innings to beat the Challengers in six innings in the Class 2A playoffs.
Cascade Christian, the No. 2 seed from District 4, ends the season at 16-10.
Cascade Christian 200 000 — 2 6 5
Monroe 540 012 — 12 10 2
Fait and Fronek, Biondi (5); Wheatley and Pitcher. W — Wheatley. L — Fait. 2B — CC: Fait; M: Gregory, Thompson, Cook.