SOU rolls into CCC final round
ASHLAND — Kelsey Randall and Harlee Donovan had more to celebrate than just some major personal milestones in No. 8 Southern Oregon’s 13-5 hammering of No. 12 Corban during Day 2 of the Cascade Conference Tournament on Saturday at University Field.
Randall, SOU’s superstar shortstop, broke the CCC’s all-time record for runs scored in a career and the Raiders (43-12 overall) piled them on to advance to today’s 1:30 p.m. championship round. She went 3-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored to bring her four-year total to 222, helping SOU trigger the mercy rule in the sixth inning.
Corban (35-12), the tourney’s No. 2 seed, went through five pitchers after jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. It evaporated in SOU’s six-run second.
With the Raiders trailing 4-2, Donovan, the CCC Player of the Year, drove a grand slam to the opposite field. It was her ninth home run of the season and the 20th of her two-year career — tying the school record — and she broke the Raider RBI record she established last season in raising the bar to 65.
Dating back to last year’s CCC Tournament, SOU has defeated Corban in six of their last seven matchups. The Warriors will play an elimination game at 11 a.m. today against Eastern Oregon, and the winner will have to defeat the Raiders twice for the title.
Morgan Jones (7-2) got the win by pitching 4 2/3 innings of one-run relief. SOU ended it with a five-run sixth inning in which it recorded five of its 15 total hits.
The day started on an ominous note for SOU. Corban’s Maddy Melton led it off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch, and later in the frame, Sam Woodley’s two-run double knocked Gabby Sandoval out of the game. She’d completed her previous nine starts.
The Raiders’ fortunes turned in the second. With one on and two out, Olivia Mackey’s popup got lost in the sun and Avery Morehead-Hutsell beat out an infield single to score the first run. Randall then drove in the second with a liner up the middle, and a Hannah Shimek hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for Donovan.
Morehead-Hutsell went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs, and Paige Leeper went 3-for-4 with an RBI triple and a run. Mackey and Hannah Wessel added two runs apiece. Wessel went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Raiders have won 10 of their last 11 games overall.