Roundup: Warriors take league, Elks to state

North Douglas Softball:

In a rematch against Oakland (16-2 SD3, 20-3), it was the Oakers coming away with a 2-1 win last Tuesday over the Warriors (17-1 SD3, 24-2). It was North Douglas’ first league loss of the season. The team was without star pitcher Nicki Derrick.

“I mean, Hal (Vaughn), my freshman, she pitched a great game. She really did. I was a little nervous for her because the caliber of team she’s pitched against hasn’t been near what she pitched against today,” said North Douglas head coach Jesse Rice. “But she handled it well. They got a few really nice hits off of her but she didn’t come apart. She went right back, she was hitting her spots. They just got more good hits than we did.”

Tied at 1-1 in the seventh inning, it was Oakland freshman Ellie Witten getting a single down the left field line that scored a runner from third.

“I’ve had this conversation with her all year about why she’s in that nine spot. Not because she’s our weakest batter but because we want to turn that lineup over. So that was just perfect - it was like, of course, it was serendipitous,” said Oakland head coach Johanna Held. “Here we are in this moment, I pulled her out and said hey, Ellie, remember what I told you? You’re in this nine spot because I believe in you right now and you’re going to turn this lineup over and you’re going to get on base.”

North Douglas followed up the loss with victories of 17-1 and 15-0 over Mohawk on Friday. The pair of wins gave the Warriors the league title. The team will play in the league playoff on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at home.

Elkton Track and Field:

Sadie Olson and Margaret Byle are headed back to state.

After last week’s district meet, the sophomore Byle earned her spot at state in the 100, 200 and 400. In the field events, Olson qualified in both the shot put and discus.

The 1A state track and field championships begin on Friday at Western Oregon University.


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