Late rally gives Challengers No. 3 seed
After losing a three-run lead in the top of the sixth inning, the Cascade Christian softball team reclaimed control in the bottom of the frame in a Sunset League seeding game at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
The Challengers captured an 11-9 victory over Rogue River on Thursday, and with it, the league's No. 3 seed for the Class 3A playoffs.
Cascade Christian (15-8) will square off with host Glide today in another seeding contest to determine the Sunset's second seed. The loser is handed the No. 3 seed as Rogue River settled with the fourth seed with the loss.
In the top of the sixth, the Chieftains strung together five consecutive hits to score five runs. After a single and Dakota Coldsmith's RBI triple, Rogue River had three-straight doubles to pick up a 9-8 advantage.
But the Challengers quickly regained their composure and the lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, The Challengers' Amanda Kinney drove in Nikki Jones from second to tie the game 9-all and later scored the winning run on a single to third by Jasmine Gomez. Gomez later tacked on an insurance run by scoring on a passed ball.
Kinney scored three times and Bree Luzny drove in three for the Challengers. Kinney, Luzny and Hayley Casebier all went 2-for-4.
McKenzie Cates went 4-for-4 for Rogue River, which also received a pair of hits and two RBIs each from Coldsmith and Sabrina Smith.
Rogue River 200 115 0 — 9 11 8
Cascade Christian 224 003 x — 11 8 2
Cates and Smith; Weakley, Gomez (5) and J. Martinez. W — Weakley. W — Gomez (4-2). L — Gates. 2B — RR: Smith, Lillie, Rabitoy, Stinchcomb; CC: Kinney, Casebier, R. Martinez. 3B — RR: Coldsmith.