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VERNONIA — Alee Pinkerton provided the pitching and hitting to help Prospect-Butte Falls defeat Vernonia 7-2 in the opening round of the Class 2A/1A softball state playoffs Wednesday.
Pinkerton struck out eight and walked one in registering her 22nd victory in 24 decisions.
Prospect (23-2) built a 5-0 lead before District 1 champion Vernonia (17-5) pushed across single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Pinkerton also went 4-for-4 with two RBIs to pace the Cougars' 14-hit attack.
Prospect gave Pinkerton all the runs the senior pitcher would need by scoring three times in the first inning. Hannah Bailey's two-run triple highlighted the scoring.
Prospect received two hits each from Halee Hedgpeth, Marissa Raines, Taylor Bernhardt and Bailey.
Prospect advances to a quarterfinals matchup Friday at Union-Cove, a 10-0 first-round winner over Regis.
Prospect-Butte Falls 301 012 0 — 7 14 1
Vernonia 000 011 0 — 2 8 2
Pinkerton and Hedgpeth; Fletch and Smith. W — Pinkerton (22-2). L — Fletch. 2B — P: Pinkerton, 3B — P: Bailey, Thomasson.
GRANTS PASS 6, THURSTON 0 — At Grants Pass, junior Amy Robinson allowed only a second-inning single as Grants Pass advanced to the 6A quarterfinals.
The Cavers (20-7), who were second in the Southern Oregon Hybrid, visit SOH champion North Medford at 4:30 p.m. Friday. North Medford won the three meetings between the two, including two games by one run.
Against Thurston, Robinson struck out 13 and walked two. The hit off her was by Jessica Garner.
Grant Pass' first five batters reached base in the first inning as the Cavers took a 3-0 lead. They added three more in the third.
Grants Pass' Halee Rose was 3-for-4 and scored twice, and Danielle Taylor was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. Aleah Stevens was 2-for-3 and Nicole Godwin scored twice.
Thurston 000 000 0 — 0 1 0
Grants Pass 303 000 x — 6 9 0
Muggy, Chapman (3) and Hoechlin; Robinson and Stevens. W — Robinson (19-7). L — Muggy. 2B — GP: Rose.
WEST ALBANY 9, EAGLE POINT 5 — At Albany, Eagle Point mustered more offense than most teams have against fourth-seeded West Albany, but its defense didn't hold up in the 5A first-round playoff game.
The Bulldogs (22-5) scored four runs in the fifth inning with the help of two walks, two errors and two doubles to take a 6-1 lead. The Eagles (14-12) answered with three in the sixth, but West Albany responded in kind in the bottom of the frame.
The Bulldogs allowed a run or less in 22 of their previous games.
Kylene Briggs went 2-for-3 with a run for Eagle Point, and Brianna Shopp belted a solo home run and scored twice. Megan Ayres had a single and two RBIs.
Eagle Point 010 003 1 — 5 7 4
West Albany 000 243 x — 9 8 1
Ayres, Gonsalves (5) and Shopp; Brodus and Smith-Harrington. W — Brodus. L — Ayres (5-4). 2B — WA: Neuschwander, Smith-Harrington, Smith. HR — EP: Shopp.
GLIDE 5, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Glide, Rogue River managed only two hits and top-seeded Glide broke the first-round Class 3A state playoff game open with four runs in the fifth inning.
Laura Potter had a two-out double in the fourth inning and Brittany Fredenburg added a single in the fifth for the Chieftains, who finished 7-10.
Glide (20-2) took a 2-0 lead on a single by Hayley Livingston and Heather Graham followed with a two-run double in the fifth. A pair of Rogue River errors led to a fourth run in the frame.
Rogue River 000 000 0 — 0 2 2
Glide 000 140 x — 5 10 0
Sands and Hardy; Graham and Hatley. W — Graham. L — Sands. 2B — RR: Potter; G: Parazoo, Graham, Moyers.