Irrigon ends Weston-McEwen's softball state run

A pitchers' duel turns into a four-run Irrigon fifth inning as the Knights bats come through for the 5-0 state semifinal softball victory.

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Weston-McEwen shortstop Sydney Porter (right) fires home from her knees to beat an Irrigon runner for the out after fielding a ground ball in the fifth inning of their Oregon 2A semifinal game Tuesday.

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Weston-McEwen pitcher Haley Freske follows through on a pitch during the early innings of the TigerScots' Oregon 2A State Semifinal game against the Irrigon Knights Tuesday afternoon in Irrigon.

IRRIGON - Weston-McEwen's Haley Freske and Irrigon's Noelle Wright battled through a pitchers' duel, 1-0 with Irrigon ahead, into the fifth inning of the Class 2A Oregon semifinal game Tuesday.

In the end, Irrigon ran away with a four-run fifth to win, 5-0.

Weston-McEwen broke up the no-hitter wit a single in the top of the fifth.

Prior to the fifth, Freske, a sophomore, had given up only one run on three hits, on back-to-back doubles in the third inning by Irrigon's Ariel Schock and Wright, who knocked her RBI off the right-field fence.

Karly Graves broke up the Irrigon no-hitter in fifth inning with a single.

Graves also walked twice in the game.

In the bottom of the fifth, an Alicia Martin bloop-single to left field, a misplayed bunt single by Schock, a strikeout of Marissa Stanger and a walk to Wright loaded the bases for the Knights.

A wild pitch in the middle of Wright's at-bat plated a run, making it 2-0.

Senior shortstop Sydney Porter cut down the runner at the plate on a force play, with a grounder hit right at her and that gave the TigerScots two outs.

The bases were still loaded as the hitter in that at-bat, Leslie Coffman, reached first base.

A ball four on a full-count pitch walked another Knight run in, while Alisha Mego was at-bat, making it 3-0.

A second bloop single in the inning, this one to right field, scored the final two runs of the rally.

The score was then 5-0 Knights after five innings.

The TigerScots managed only four hits in the game, all from the fifth inning on.

The only extra-base hit for W-M was by outfielder Joshlynn Killgore, in the top of the seventh inning, a ground-rule double that soared over the Irrigon left fielder and slid under the fence.

Morgan Entze and Rilei Hill also posted singles for W-M.

Wright struck out 12 TigerScots in six innings, walked three and finished with the complete-game shutout.

"No one wants to lose," W-M coach Jeff Griggs, "but we are taking the loss OK. We just came upon a really good pitcher (in) Noelle Wright. She did what she needed to do to control the tempo. We never really challenged her in any one inning and we came away with the loss."

Freske gave up the five runs, allowed seven hits, walked four and had a hit-by-pitch in her complete-game loss.

"Despite the loss, we are proud of this young team," Grigg said. "Only four teams are still playing in the state at this point in our classification. It was a big accomplishment for our girls to win the extra playoff game to make it to state and then to win two state road games even before this semifinal game."

Only Porter, the shortstop, will be lost to graduation.

W-M 000 000 0 - 0 4 0

Irrigon 001 040 x - 5 7 0

Freske and Entze. Wright and S. Stanger.

HR - none.

Hits - W-M: Graves, Entze, Hill, Killgore. Irrigon: Wright, Schock 3, Martin, Henrichs, Mego.

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