Raiders rake in CCC postseason awards
Four Southern Oregon University softball players earned all league honors and coach Jessica Pistole was named the coach of the year as the Cascade Conference announced its postseason awards Monday.
SOU's three first-team selections were senior pitcher Sydney White, junior second baseman Kayleen Smith and sophomore shortstop Kelsey Randall. Earning second-team honors for the Raiders was freshman pitcher Victoria Mackey, and junior outfielder Tyler Burke was an honorable mention.
Also for the Raiders, Randall and senior third baseman Alexa Gonzalez were Gold Glove award winners.
Oregon Tech's Ali Graham earned both the player of the year and newcomer of the year awards, and Corban's Jessica Holsinger was named the pitcher of the year.
Pistole earned the league's top award for coaches after guiding the Raiders to the best record in the Cascade Conference (22-8) and their first league title in 11 years.
SOU (36-16), which advanced to the CCC tournament semifinals, will find out today whether it will advance to the national tournament for the first time since 2005.
White was 11-6 with a 1.88 ERA in league games, tossing 11 complete games, including two shutouts. She was at her best down the stretch, allowing two earned runs or less in each of her last 11 starts.
Smith batted .396 with 13 extra-base hits, 37 runs scored and 37 RBIs and had a CCC-record 43 stolen bases in 46 attempts.
A year after earning All-American honors as a freshman, Randall batted .401 with 34 stolen bases and committed only eight errors for a fielding percentage of .961.
At Hood River, Summit's Olivia Loberg shot a team-best 4-over par 76 to lead the Storm to a first-place showing in the Special District 2 tournament Monday at Indian Creek Golf Course.
Crater's Daniele Giles shot a 2-over 74 to take medalist honors for the Comets, who placed second in the team standings with a combined 360.
Ashland, led by Sophia Rooney's 99, had a team score of 407.