BUTTE FALLS — Butte Falls had its softball season come to an abrupt end Thursday after suffering a 3-2 home loss to Prospect in a District 4 playoff.
The Loggers had previously beaten the Cougars three times this season — the most recent a 13-0, five-inning win on Tuesday — but Butte Falls' second-place finish and 8-4 record in District 4 play will only go down as a footnote to the 2012 campaign.
"We didn't have it all together and let one get away, unfortunately," said Butte Falls head coach Roni Burg. "The more often you play someone, it's a numbers game, and they're bound to get you in one. Unfortunately it was the one that counted for us. We kinda got lost in the percentages today."
Class 2A Gold Beach (14-4) played an independent schedule and earned the top playoff berth out of District 4 by virtue of their superior Class 2A/1A power ranking. Lost River nabbed the No. 2 spot on its league-best 10-2 record against the four other squads.
That left Butte Falls (9-8) to play Prospect (9-11), which finished in a three-way tie for third at 4-8 in District 4, in order to settle the league's third and final playoff berth.
The Loggers took a 2-0 lead through three innings on a pair of RBI efforts by senior Mariah Moore — each scoring Joli Hobbs, who went 3-for-3 — but the Cougars roared back with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Prospect scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning when sophomore Danica Coble managed a leadoff single against Moore, advanced to third base on a pair of groundouts and ultimately scored on a passed ball.
Cougars sophomore pitcher Alee Pinkerton sat the Loggers down in order in the seventh to seal the playoff-clinching victory and snap a five-game losing streak.
Prospect plays its first playoff game Wednesday against an opponent to be determined.
Prospect 000 110 1 — 3 5 1
Butte Falls 101 000 0 — 2 4 1
Pinkerton and Coble; Moore and Hobbs. W — Pinkerton. L — Moore (9-7). 2B — P: Pinkerton; BF: Hobbs.
EAGLE POINT 11, CORVALLIS 3 — At Corvallis, Eagle Point snapped a five-game losing streak with the road victory in the play-in round.
The Eagles, who swept Ashland in three games to earn the 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid title, improved to 10-15 overall and will open the state playoffs on Wednesday.
DALLAS 16, ASHLAND 0, 5 inn. — At Dallas, Ashland's pitching staff struggled with command and Dallas went on to eliminate the Grizzlies in a play-in game.
The Grizzlies (4-21) issued 19 walks while managing only three hits against Dragon pitchers Julie Postma and Michelle Jordan. Dallas (21-5) tied for first place in the Mid-Willamette Conference.
Hannah Thornton went 2-for-2 for the Grizzlies.
The Dragons' Caitlyn McCarron went 2-for-2 with four runs and three RBIs.
Ashland 000 00 — 0 3 2
Dallas 454 30 — 16 6 1
Williams, Lenthe (2), Cantrell (4) and Corey, N. Lehman (4); Postma, Jordan (4) and Ackerman. W — Postma. L — Williams. 2B — D: Postma.
HIDDEN VALLEY 10, DOUGLAS 5 — At Winston, Hidden Valley's Jessica Giurlani struck out seven and walked one in a complete game and the Mustangs used a seven-run second inning to pull away in the play-in game.
Cameron Allen, Lucy Sotelo, Christina Commons and Ashley Green each had two hits for the Mustangs (9-16).
Hidden Valley 070 200 1 — 10 12 0
Douglas 012 010 1 — 5 9 1
Giurlani and Allen; Parr, Dahms (5) and M. Dupper. W — Giurlani. L — Parr. 2B — HV: Sarganis; D: Dahms, Deaver 2, Spurlin, Johnson. 3B — HV: Sotelo; D: A. Dupper.
SUTHERLIN 10, NORTH VALLEY 0, 5 inn. — At Sutherlin, North Valley wrapped up its season with an 8-16 record as Sutherlin (15-9) jumped out to an early lead and claimed the play-in game by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.
SKYLINE CONFERENCE DISTRICT — At Klamath Falls, Hidden Valley had a strong first day, gaining district champions in three of the five boys events and three of the four girls events in finals at Oregon Tech.
Jefferson Jarvis (shot put, discus) and Elizabeth Venzon (high jump, long jump) each earned multiple championships for the Mustangs, who lead the North Valley boys by 31/2 points and are tied with the Henley girls heading into Saturday's finals.
Mike'l Andreasen won the boys long jump for Hidden Valley, while Bailey Bars was the girls javelin champion.
TEAM SCORES — Hidden Valley 56, North Valley 52.5, Klamath Union 37.5, Mazama 25, Henley 24, Phoenix 0.
3,000 — 1, Paul Adams, Maz, 8:57.50; 2, Zorg Loustalet, Hen, 9:08.01; 3, Shane Crofoot, HV, 9:27.53; SHOT PUT — 1, Jefferson Jarvis, HV, 59-8.50; 2, Cody Toller, NV, 50-0; 3, Anthony Jarvis, HV, 48-2; DISCUS — 1, Jefferson Jarvis, HV, 174-11; 2, Jeremiah Rusk, NV, 138-3; 3, Anthony Jarvis, HV, 132-11; POLE VAULT — 1, Nicolai Luce, KU, 13-0; 2, Dirks Mathias, Maz, 13-0; 3, Jaron Carpenter, Maz, 12-6; LONG JUMP — 1, Mike'l Andreasen, HV, 21-8; 2, Jacob Hannah, NV, 20-11.50; 3, Tyler Butler, KU, 20-0.50
TEAM SCORES — Henley 36, Hidden Valley 36, Klamath Union 26, Phoenix 8, North Valley 8, Mazama 3.
3,000 — 1, Alisha Luna, KU, 10:40.51; 2, Nevina De Luca, Pho, 10:57.97; 3, Christina Tyson, KU, 11:30.08; JAVELIN — 1, Bailey Bars, HV, 139-7; 2, Emily Murphy, HV, 107-7; 3, Racyne Parker, Hen, 106-4; HIGH JUMP — 1, Elizabeth Venzon, HV, 5-2; 2, Elle Morgan, Hen, 5-0; 3, Jordin Scholer, Hen, 4-10; LONG JUMP — 1, Elizabeth Venzon, HV, 17-10; 2, Anne Porsholdt, Hen, 16-2; 3, Rowan Jackman, Hen, 16-1.75.