OSAA softball playoffs preview

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The OSAA Softball State Championships begin Wednesday with the state’s top team, the Henley Hornets, trying to parlay their fantastic regular season with a run in the playoffs.

The journey begins at 4 p.m. when Henley welcomes in La Salle of Portland. Henley (23-3) is one of two No. 1 seeds in the bracket and looking for its 19th straight win. The Hornets have not been defeated since losing 2-1 at Central High School, the OSAA 4A Softball State Championships other No. 1 seed. Central hosts No. 8 Hidden Valley on Wednesday. Henley scores nearly 10 runs per game while allowing just over two and is the top-ranked team in the state.

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La Salle (9-14) finished fifth in the Tri-Valley Conference, but won three of its last four games. Ranked No. 27 in the state, La Salle upset No. 22 Crook County 7-5 in the play-in round, avenging a 12-10 defeat Mar. 26 at the Central Oregon Tournament.

No. 5 Mazama (16-7) at No. 4 Yamhill-Carlton (19-6) – 4 p.m.

The Mazama Vikings snapped a four game losing streak when they beat La Grande 5-0 on Friday in the play-in round. The victory propelled Mazama to the round of 16, but the poor finish perhaps caused Mazama to play its opening game on the road. The Vikings offense had been stellar, getting three straight five inning victories before the losing streak. In each game, Mazama posted double digit run totals, but were limited to less than five in each of the four losses afterward.

No. 7 Lakeview (11-9) at No. 2 Rainier (15-6) – 11 a.m. (Wilsonville)

The Lakeview Honkers qualified for the postseason despite losing six of their last seven games, traveling to Wilsonville to play Rainier. The Honkers only win in that stretch was a 15-4 victory at Cascade Christian. Lakeview lost 7-6 to Illinois Valley on May 15, but have been held to four or fewer runs during the losing streak. Lakeview made the postseason after missing last year, improving three games from its 8-10 record in 2010-11.

No. 7 Lost River (11-10) at No. 2 North Douglas-Elkton (24-3)

The Lost River Raiders finished the year strong, winning their final four games. In wins over Prospect, Bonanza, Chiloquin and Butte Falls, Lost River allowed a total of four runs, while scoring 33 of their own. The trick for the Raiders is to copy that scoring success into the postseason, where Lost River was shutout 7-0 by Western Mennonite in the opening round. Western Mennonite went on to lose the championship game 4-1 to Regis.

Full OSAA 4A Softball State Championships Bracket

No. 8 La Salle Prep (9-14) at No. 1 Henley (23-3) – 4 p.m.
No. 5 Baker-Powder Valley (17-7) at No. 4 Gladstone (17-9) – 4 p.m.
No. 6 Madras (18-8) at No. 3 Phoenix (20-6) – 4:30 p.m. (Colver Fields)
No. 7 Sweet Home (14-7) at No. 2 Cascade (21-4) – 4:30 p.m.

No. 7 Sutherlin (15-9) at No. 2 Elmira (21-2) – 4:30 p.m.
No. 6 McLoughlin (15-9) at No. 3 Banks (21-4) – 3:30 p.m.
No. 5 Mazama (16-7) at No. 4 Yamhill-Carlton – 4 p.m.
No. 8 Hidden Valley (9-16) at No. 1 Central – 4:30 p.m.

Full OSAA 3A Softball State Championships

No. 8 Myrtle Point (8-11) at No. 1 Blanchet Catholic (17-3) – 4:30 p.m.
No. 5 Pleasant Hill (13-8) at No. 4 Willamina (13-8) – 4:30 p.m.
No. 6 Rogue River (11-10) at No. 3 Clatskanie (19-2) – 2 p.m. (Hood View Park)
No. 7 Grant Union (7-12) at No. 2 Dayton (19-7) – 3:30 p.m.

No. 7 Lakeview (11-9) at No. 2 Rainier (15-6) – 3 p.m.
No. 6 Colton (12-7) at No. 3 Glide (19-4) – 3:30 p.m.
No. 5 Vale (18-9) at No. 4 Creswell (14-7) – 3:30 p.m.
No. 8 Nyssa (11-12) at No. 1 Santiam Christian (20-4) – 4:30 p.m.

Full OSAA 2A/1A Softball State Championships Bracket

No. 8 Oakridge (12-12) at No. 1 Heppner-Ione (19-4) – 4:30 p.m.
No. 5 Union-Cove (18-9) at No. 4 Western Mennonite (16-5) – 3 p.m.
No. 6 Regis (15-9) at No. 3 Enterprise-Joseph (17-4) – 3:30 p.m.
No. 7 Knappa (19-10) at No. 2 Irrigon (14-9) – 4:30 p.m.

No. 7 Lost River (11-10) at No. 2 North Douglas-Elkton (24-3) – 4 p.m.
No. 6 Gold Beach (14-4) at No. 3 Yoncalla (18-6) – 5 p.m.
No. 5 Gaston (17-5) at No. 4 Perrydale (12-2) – 5 p.m.
No. 8 Prospect (9-11) at No. 1 Glendale (25-1) – 4:30 p.m.





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