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It’s been a whirlwind spring for Kelso’s Jordyn Ragan, who finished her freshman campaign at Southern Oregon University as an NAIA Softball World Series Champion.

Although Ragan didn’t pitch in the World Series, her contributions during the regular season made it possible for the Raiders to advance to the championships. She finished her first collegiate season 5-1 with a 3.62 earned run average. In 48 innings, she struck out 46 batters and walked 21.

SOU defeated Oklahoma City University 8-3 in the national title game.

Edwards to rep Indiana on tour

Rainier grad Breana Edwards, an incoming sophomore at the University of Indiana, has been selected by the Big 10 Conference to compete in a foreign volleyball tour in Japan later this month.

“Finding out I was going to be part of the Big Ten Foreign Tour was the most exciting news ever,” Edwards said in a story on the school’s website. “This will be my first time out of the country and I’m honored to represent Indiana and the Big Ten. I’m looking forward to this experience that this trip has to offer and I’m excited to play more volleyball.”

Edwards led Indiana with 360 kills, the most for a freshman since 2009. Edwards ranked fourth in the Big Ten among freshmen in kills, and tallied 67 blocks on the season, including leading the team with 28 solo blocks.

The 28 solo blocks were the second most in program history for a freshman and her 19 solo blocks in Big Ten play were the eighth best total in program history for a single season in conference action.

“We are excited that Breana is representing IU and the Big Ten on this tour,” IU head coach Steve Aird said in a story on the school’s website. “She is a talented young athlete and a better person and I think it will be a special experience for her. We are grateful the conference supports our student-athletes and provides such exceptional opportunities.”

Shipley shines in postseason

Kalama’s Kaelyn Shipley, who is completing her sophomore season with the University of Arizona women’s track team, placed fourth in the javelin at the recent Pac-12 Conference Track and Field Championships held at Roy P. Drachman Stadium on the Arizona campus.

In her final attempt, Shipley tossed the javelin 163 feet 5. Makenzie Little Stanford won the event with a meet record throw of 193-9.

Woodley, Probasco help Corban to Nationals

Toutle Lake’s Sam Woodley and Rainier’s Sarah Probasco had key roles in helping the Corban Warriors to a berth in the NAIA Softball World Series.

At the tournament, the Warriors opened with an 8-2 win over Campbellsville, Kent., 8-2, lost to the University of Mobile, Ala., 4-1, and were eliminated by Campbellsville 7-6. In the win over Campbellsville, Woodley had a solo home run and an RBI double. She was 0-2 against Mobile, and was 2-4 in the loss to Campbellsville. Probasco had no appearances in the World Series.

During the regular season, Woodley started all 53 games and hit .395 with six home runs and 39 RBIs. Probasco was 13-4 with a 2.76 earned run average, and had 58 strikeouts and 18 walks over 99 innings.

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In the Cascade Collegiate Conference, Woodley was first in hit by pitches (13), seventh in slugging percentage (.648) and doubles (15), and eighth in total bases (105). Probasco was ranked fourth in wins and games started (23), sixth in earned run average, and eighth in opposing batting average (.258).

Saylors guides Linfield to Super Regionals

Rainier’s Shelby Saylors made the most of her final collegiate softball campaign at Linfield with an appearance in the NCAA Division III Super Regionals.

In the Claremont, Calif., Regional, Linfield went 3-0 with wins over Whittier (6-5), Claremont (5-2) and Whittier (8-4). In the first win over Whittier, Sayors allowed five earned runs on 11 hits with a strikeout over seven innings. In the second win over Whittier, she gave up four earned runs on 10 hits with a strikeout.

In the Super Regionals held in McMinnville, Linfield opened with a 6-5 loss to Texas Lutheran, bounced back to beat Texas Lutheran 9-7, and was eliminated by Texas Lutheran 5-2. In the first game, Saylors allowed two earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts through 6 1/3 innings. In the second game, she allowed four earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts through 5 2/3 innings, and in the third game she gave up three earned runs on 10 hits with two strikeouts through 4 2/3 innings.

Saylors was named to the All-Northwest Conference first-team, was selected NWC Co-Pitcher of the Year, and was placed on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-West Region second-team.

She finished her senior campaign 22-4 with a 3.14 earned run average, striking out 130 batters and walking 40 in 183 innings. In the NWC, she ranked first in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, and strikeouts per seven innings, and fourth in earned run average.

Flanagan, Schimmel lift PSU to postseason

Woodland’s Jessica Flanagan, and Rainier’s Haley Schimmel helped the Portland State University softball team to a berth in the Big Sky Conference Tournament.

Flanagan, a junior utility player, was 1-5 in a 2-1 win over Sacramento State. She slapped a double and had two RBIs in a 3-2 loss to Weber State, and was held hitless in an 11-5 loss to Montana. Schimmel made no postseason appearances.

For the season, Flanagan started 46 of 48 games, and hit .306 with 17 RBIs. Schimmel was 3-5 with an 8.79 earned run average. In 47 innings, she struck out 16 batters and walked 25.

Conklin helps EKU into OVC tourney

Former Lower Columbia College infielder Corey Conklin helped Eastern Kentucky University to grab a berth into the Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Tournament.

Conklin was used as a defensive replacement at first base in a 4-1 win over Morehead State. After a 9-7 loss to Austin Peay, he went 0-1 in a 15-8 win over Belmont University, and accounted for all of EKU’s runs with a bases-clearing double in the second inning of an 11-3 season-ending loss to Morehead State.

Conklin started 36 of 42 games played, and hit .216 with three home runs, 23 RBIs and stole 5-8 bases.

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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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