Lexie Strahan scattered seven hits and struck out four, and R.A. Long had 14 hits as the Lumberjills turned away Mark Morris 9-4 in Greater St. Helens 2A League softball on Wednesday at R.A. Long.

“We played well and are peaking at the right time,” RAL coach Jennifer Godinho said. “Our defense is looking strong and the girls are coming together. I told them now that we’re in the postseason, it’s a clean slate and anything can happen.”

Saige Kochis was 3-4, Cassidy Donaldson was 2-4 with three RBIs, and McKinzie Todd and Savannah Fesler had two hits and an RBI apiece.

RAL is now 10-9, 6-6 in league. Mark Morris slipped to 5-14, 3-8 in league.

Woodland 16, Washougal 0 (5 innings): Olivia Grey twirled a no-hitter and struck out 15 batters for the Beavers in a Greater St. Helens 2A League win on Wednesday in Woodland.

Woodland (18-0, 11-0 league) had 22 hits. Kelly Sweyer was 4-4 with two runs scored, Chloe Eddy was 3-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored, and Kaily Christensen had a home run and three RBIs. Carleigh Risley and Maddi Bunger had two hits, scored two runs and collected two RBIs apiece, Gwen Elkinton had two hits and two RBIs, and Justice Holcomb had two hits and an RBI. Payten Foster had two RBIs, and Leanna Russell scored two runs.

Mountain View 9, Kelso 3: The Lassies were limited to six hits in a Greater St. Helens 3A League loss on Wednesday in Vancouver.

Hailey Jackson led Kelso (12-8, 10-5 league) with two hits. Capri Franzen allowed nine earned runs on eight hits with four walks and five strikeouts through five innings, and Jackson tossed an inning of hitless relief with a strikeout.

CR’s Naugle is MVP: Castle Rock’s Zoe Naugle was named Most Valuable Player of the Trico League in softball after a recent balloting of league coaches.

CR teammate Sadee Huckleberry was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, and Ron Strode was selected Coach of the Year. Coarl Clark of La Center was selected the Offensive Player of the Year.

Placing on the league’s first-team for the Rockets are pitcher Payton Kessler, infielders Kerianne Cline and Rhiannon Sibbett, and outfieders Logann Golden and Gracie Kimball.

CR’s Kaitlyn Sullivan placed on the league’s honorable mention team.


Toledo/Winlock United 5, Elma 0: Gustavo Barragan netted a hat trick and dished two assists as United punched its ticket to state with a semifinal round victory in the Southwest 1A District Championships on Wednesday in Tenino.

United (14-0-4) faces Forks in the district title match at 2 p.m. Saturday at Seton Catholic. Forks won its semifinal match 2-1 over Seton Catholic, also on Wednesday.

Barragan converted a feed from Isaac Cruz in the 15th minute, assisted an Andreas Malunat goal in the 19th minute, and netted an assist from Malunat in the 20th minute for a 3-0 halftime lead.

In the 41st minute, Malunat put away a free kick from Barragan, and Barragan scored unassisted in the 63rd minute.

Hernandez, Valdovinos-Cisneros are first-teamers: Kelso’s Angel Hernandez and Ricardo Valdovinos-Cisneros were named to the all-Greater St. Helens 3A League’s first-team in boys’ soccer after a recent vote of league coaches.

Hernandez was selected as a forward, and Valdovinos-Cisneros was selected as a midfielder.

Jovani Jimenez placed on the second-team as a forward.

Mountain View’s Nathan Purvis was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year, and Prairie’s Owen Clayton was selected Defensive Player of the Year. Prairie’s Michael Thyron was named Coach of the Year.


Woodland 12, Rochester 8: The Beavers won their first postseason game since 2014 in a loser-out game in the Southwest 2A District Tournament at Bearcat Stadium on Wednesday at W.F. West.

Woodland (9-13) plays Tumwater in a loser-out game at 10 a.m. Saturday on Ed Wheeler Field at Fort Borst Park. A Woodland victory would place them in a winner-to-state, loser-out game at 4 p.m., also at Fort Borst.

Woodland had four hits, but took advantage of a combination of 14 walks and hit batters.

Wyatt Wooden picked up the victory for the Beavers.

No additional game details were available.

R.A. Long 6, Centralia 3: Jacob Childers was 3-4 with a double and three RBIs as the Lumberjacks survived a loser-out game in the Southwest 2A District Tournament at Bearcat Stadium on Wednesday at W.F. West.

RAL (10-10) plays W.F. West in a loser-out game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on Ed Wheeler Field at Fort Borst Park. An RAL victory would place them in a winner-to-state, loser-out game at 4 p.m., also at Fort Borst.

Ryan Plampin was 2-4 with a double and an RBI, Westin Scheurich had a triple and an RBI, Miles Trekas added a double and an RBI, and Mitchell Berquist had a hit and scored twice.

Elias Farland allowed three earned runs on seven hits and struck out three through five innings, and Jadon Williamson tossed two innings of hitless relief with four strikeouts.


Frontier Meet: Rainier had a fourth place finish in the boys’ meet and a seventh place in the girls’ meet in the four-team meet held on Wednesday in Scappoose.

McMinnville won the boys’ meet with 227 points, and Rainier was fourth with 17.

Michael Victory placed fourth in the 400 in 1:09.37.

In the girls’ meet, McMinnville tallied 247 points, and Rainier was fourth with seven.

Peyton Kneeland was seventh in the 800 in 3:14.57.


LCC’s Lines, Lunt named Athletes of the Week: Lower Columbia College baseball pitcher Mitch Lines, and softball catcher Lauren Lunt were recently named the Northwest Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week.

In a 9-0 win over Pierce, Lines, a sophomore, allowed two hits and struck out nine through seven innings. For the season, he’s 5-1 with a 2.17 earned run average.

"Mitch was once again efficient with four pitches for strikes, locating the fastball on both sides of the dish," LCC coach Eric Lane said on the NWAC website. "The most impressive part is his ability to compete and stay focused on each pitch."

Lunt, a sophomore catcher, had seven extra-base hits including five home runs and 11 RBIs in winning three of four games in doubleheaders against Clark and Clackamas.

"Lauren is hardworking and a selfless teammate," LCC coach Traci Fuller said on the NWAC website. "She has put in a substantial amount of innings as catcher lately, while also producing runs with timely hits and power at the plate.”

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Rick is a 29-year veteran of The Daily News, and the lead Lower Columbia College athletics reporter. In addition, he tracks former area prep athletes and assists several other beats. He is a Mark Morris grad with a business management degree from LCC.

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