CLACKAMAS — Renee Murphy picked the right time to come up with one of her most outstanding performances of the season.
The Crater senior pitcher tossed a three-hit shutout as the Comets defeated Lincoln 5-0 in the second-round of the Class 6A state softball playoffs at Hood View Park Tuesday.
The surprising Comets, the third-place team in the Southern Oregon Hybrid, will host Metro League champion Southridge (22-6), on Friday. Southridge advanced with a 14-5 win over Sunset.
Murphy (11-13) allowed three hits, struck out five and walked two.
"No question, it was one of her best outings of the year," Crater coach Chris Arnold. "She really didn't miss many pitches. There were only about two hard hit balls."
As it turned out, the Comets scored all the runs they would need in the first inning.
Malorie Mitchell got the rally started with one-out double down the left-field line. Mitchell went to third on a passed ball and scored on the play on catcher Lexi Washington's throwing error. Murphy added the second run with a homer over the left-center field wall.
The Comets (13-15) padded their lead with two more runs in the third. Rachel Ray singled and eventually scored on a passed ball. With the bases loaded, Katie Britton was hit by a pitch to force in the Comets' fourth run.
Mitchell led the Crater attack with three hits and one RBI.
Despite struggling during the regular season, Crater registered its second playoff victory in three days at Hood View Park.
"We wanted to be playing our best ball at the end of the season," said Arnold. "We came in wanting to control the tempo of the game and the girls stayed focused all seven innings."
Crater 202 000 1 — 5 6 1
Lincoln 000 000 0 — 0 3 3
R. Murphy and Medina; Houston and Washington. W — R. Murphy (11-13). L — Houston. 2B — C: Mitchell 2. HR — C: R. Muprhy.
PUTNAM 7, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Clackamas, Eagle Point finished the season at 10-16 with the first-round playoff loss at Hood View Park.
Putnam (20-6), the Northwest Oregon Conference champion, will host The Dalles Wahtonka in the quarterfinals on Friday.
CENTRAL 7, HIDDEN VALLEY 0 — At Independence, Oregon West Conference champion Central advances with the shutout victory over the Skyline Conference's last-place team.
Central (21-4) will host Mazama, a 3-2 winner over Yamhill-Carlton, in Friday's quarterfinals.
Hidden Valley completes the season with a 9-17 record.
MADRAS 3, PHOENIX 0, 8 inn. — At Talent, pitcher Meranda Zanni shut out Madras through seven innings but Phoenix committed all three of its errors in the eighth inning and the White Buffaloes capitalized for the playoff victory at Hagler-James Park.
Zanni (10-6) allowed five hits and struck out 11 for the Pirates (20-7).
Shelby Mauritson's RBI single accounted for Madras' first run, then two errors led to the final two.
Phoenix collected four hits off pitcher Jamie Moe, who struck out 10 and walked two.
The Pirates had some opportunities but stranded five runners at third base.
Madras 000 000 03 — 3 5 1
Phoenix 000 000 00 — 0 4 3
Moe and Hulsey; Zanni and Hamilton. W — Moe. L — Zanni (10-6).
ROGUE RIVER 5, CLATSKANIE 3 — Danielle Taylor pitched a one-hitter for Rogue River, which had to rally and overcome three errors to earn a Class 3A first-round victory.
The Chieftains (12-10) travel to Dayton for a meeting in the quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Rogue River was able to reclaim the lead in the top of the sixth on a misplayed fly ball by Clatskanie's center fielder following Hope Wolterman's RBI single, which knotted the score at 3-all.
Taylor allowed a second-inning triple that resulted in Clatskanie's first run. It was Taylor's only earned run of the game, but she issued two of her four walks and hit a batter in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Clatskanie took advantage of an error to take a 3-2 lead.
With the bases loaded for Clatskanie in the fourth inning, Rogue River's left fielder dropped a pop fly that allowed two runs to score. Rogue River tried to throw the third runner out at the plate, but she was called safe at home; however, an interference call on Clatskanie's first base coach negated the third run on the play.
Ashley Rabitoy, who went 2-for-3, singled home another run for the Chieftains in the top of the seventh.
Wolterman also went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs. She had a two-run triple to give the Chieftains their initial 2-0 lead.
Rogue River 020 002 1 — 5 6 3
Clatskanie 010 200 0 — 3 1 1
Taylor and Pratt; Kallunki and Spendlove. W — Taylor. L — Kallunki. 2B — RR: Rabitoy. 3B — C: Garlock; RR: Wolterman.
GLENDALE 11, PROSPECT 1, 6 inn. — At Glendale, Morgan Streeter pitched a four-hitter and Elizabeth McGuire had two hits and four RBIs as Glendale picked up its 21st straight victory.
Alee Pinkerton had two hits for Prospect, which finished the season at 9-12.
Glendale (26-1), the District 2 champion, will host Perrydale in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Prospect 001 000 — 1 4 3
Glendale 030 611 — 11 10 2
Pinkerton and Cobble; Streeter and Lizeth Silva. W — Streeter. L — Pinkerton. 2B— P: Lass; G: Whitaker, Henry.