Bellevue & Douglas will battle to face Mt. Hood in the Softball Championship
|Sporting rally caps, Mt. Hood celebrates their victory over Douglas.
Photo: Jeff Hinds
Spencer Roland, NWAC Sports Information Assistant.
PORTLAND— Picking up right where they left off Saturday afternoon, Bellevue continued their assault on the Lower Columbia pitching staff scoring 3 runs in the 3rd, 1 in the 4th and 3 in the 5th lead by Brianna Attwood who was 4-4 with a home run and 2 RBIs.
Sam Boyce would notch a 3-run home run of her own for LC but it was not enough as Bellevue cruised to an 11-4 victory eliminating LCC.
In the other suspended game, Hailey Frilot would blast a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 6th for Clackamas to overcome impending elimination and knock Centralia out of the tourney ending their great run as a 15 seed.
The second set of games would feature wild finishes that had everyone on their seats.
In the winner's bracket, Douglas and Mt. Hood traded blows back and forth into extra innings. In the top of the 7th, Daniella Vilio launched a 1-out solo home run to tie the ball game at 3-3.
Douglas would add another run in the top of the 8th before Mt. Hood would exercise their late game magic yet again.
This time it was Rachel Rutledge first with an RBI single to score Darian Lindsey and then on a bases loaded 3-1 fastball, Courtney Cabana singled back up the middle to give Mt. Hood the 4-3 victory sending the Saints into their sixth title appearance in the last eight years.
The Saints, led by head coach Meadow McWhorter, recorded four titles in that eight year span.
Across the park, #1 seeded Bellevue faced #2 seeded Clackamas in a loser out game. With a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 6th, Clackamas' Hannah Vandomelen tallied a 3-run home run to give the Cougars a healthy 5-2 lead going into the 7th needing only 3 outs.
However, Bellevue had the answer. The Lady Bulldogs used a 3-run home run from Peyton Gibbs to plate 6 runs on 7 hits in the inning after an untimely error by the Cougars.
Bellevue then recorded the final 3 outs to hold on to win 8-5 and advance yet again to face Douglas on Monday at 9am.
The Bellevue vs. Douglas winner will have to beat Mt. Hood twice to take home the championship.
Douglas topped Bellevue 9-4 in Saturday's quarterfinal action.
Douglas, a program in its sixth year, made a championship appearance previously in 2013. It would be the first for Bellevue who has placed 4th four times, the last in 2013
The championship game is slated for a 12pm start, weather permitting.