Chieftains cap stellar Skyline run with win
LAKEVIEW ' Rogue River closed the Skyline Conference softball season in style with a 7-4 victory over Lakeview on Tuesday.
The conference-champion Chieftains jumped to a 6-0 lead after two innings and finished regular-season play at 22-2 overall and 20-1 in league contests.
Following a first round bye in the Class 3A state playoffs, the Chieftains will host a yet-to-be-determined opponent in the second round on May 26.
Laura Jones batted in two runs off two hits in the opening innings for Rogue River.
Lacie Pardue and Darcie Simms each managed two hits to lead the Honkers, who closed out the season at 4-17 in Skyline competition.
Rogue River..........................240 100 0 ' 7 7 — Lakeview..............................102 100 0 ' 4 4 4
Giesbrecht, Lusk (3) and Artoff. Gage, Hopper (3) and Pardue. W ' Giesbrecht. L ' Gage. 2B ' RR: Jones, Artoff; L: Gage.
ILLINOIS VALLEY 8, HIDDEN VALLEY 7 ' At Cave Junction, Kim Hamilton scored on a pass ball in the bottom of the ninth to give Illinois Valley a win in a Skyline Conference finale.
The Cougars (21-5, 18-3 conference), who already secured the league's No. 2 seed, host the third seed from the Far West Conference on May 24 in a Class 3A first-round state tournament game.
Meghan Jackson had three hits to lead Illinois Valley, while Hamilton, Erika Riley and Catherine Sullivan each added two hits apiece.
Oriana Turley led Hidden Valley, which finished 2-19 in conference play, with three hits, while Kinsey Tipton added two.
Hidden Valley...................060 100 000 ' 7 9 2
Illinois Valley..................201 010 301 ' 8 12 1
Gustafson and Tipton; Jackson, Hamilton (3) and Ragsdale, Coultas (3). W ' Hamilton (17-3). L ' Gustafson. 2B ' HV: Tipton; IV: Riley, Hamilton. 3B ' IV: Jackson.
HIDDEN VALLEY 18, ILLINOIS VALLEY 12 ' At Murphy, Phillip Pyle went 4-for-5 with four RBIs as Hidden Valley closed the season with a win.
The Mustangs (8-19, 7-14 Skyline Conference) rallied from a 10-6 deficit with seven runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good.
Chandler Seyboldt also had four hits to go with three RBIs.
Illinois Valley finished the season winless at 0-26 overall and 0-21 in conference play.
Illinois Valley....................314 200 2 ' 12 11 3
Hidden Valley...................420 732 x ' 18 19 1
Carter, Steinoff (6) and Eldred; Boltz, Tate (1), Lucas (3), Pyle (5) and Hermansen. W ' Lucas (1-0). L ' Carter. 2B ' IV: Steinoff; HV: Pyle, Seyboldt, Sward, VanCleave, Gustafson. 3B ' HV: Pyle, Dillon.