Raiders knocked out of conference tourney

KLAMATH FALLS — The two most productive lineups in the Cascade Conference were too much for Southern Oregon on Thursday as Oregon Tech and College of Idaho ended the Raiders' season in the double-elimination CCC Softball Championships.

The Raiders were the No. 4 seed after going 14-14 in league and wrapped up with a 15-23 overall record. They fell first against the top-seeded Owls, who tallied 11 hits in a 7-4 win. The third-seeded Coyotes stroked 11 more during Nickayla Skinner's five-inning two-hitter for a 10-0 victory in the elimination tilt at the OIT Softball Complex.

OIT catcher Cassidy Olson hit a grand slam and a two-run homer in the opener. After SOU tied it 2-2 in the top of the third on Sulie Augustine's sacrifice fly, the Owls (33-11) came back with five in the bottom of the inning, scoring first on Tre Sullivan's RBI single before Olson's bases-loaded bomb. Her first homer was deposited in the second, giving the Owls a 2-1 edge after the Raiders got on the board with three singles in the first inning.

Tyler Burke went 2-for-2 with a walk, an RBI double and a run scored for the Raiders. Ashley Lowe added two hits and an RBI, Julia Willison hit the first-inning RBI single, and Alexa Gonzalez and Megan Scherer both reached base twice and scored.

Gonzalez's single and Burke's walk brought the potential tying run to the plate with one out in the seventh, but Augustine lined into a double play to end it.

Olson, a senior, went 7-for-8 with three homers in her last three games against SOU. Alyssa Davis (two runs) and Tori Weatherford added two hits apiece for the Owls.

The Coyotes (28-14) did all of their offensive damage in the first three innings, busting the game open with six runs in the second. Alexis Macias went 3-for-3 with two doubles, five RBI and two runs scored, and Briana Brace had three hits and three runs.

Skinner struck out four, walked one and was working on a no-hitter before Willison and Scherer singled in the fifth.

The Coyotes, who lost their first game of the day to Concordia, advanced to play another elimination game Friday morning against OIT, which dropped its second game. Concordia will get two shots at the winner for the tourney title.

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