Wood throws shutout for Aloha

At the beginning of the season, the Aloha High softball team set out a number of goals for themselves. One was to win the Metro League outright. The Warriors wound up sharing the title with Westview High, though, with both teams compiling a 11-4 league record.

However, one of the Warriors dreams is still very much alive after a 9-0 win over Sprague on Monday in the first round of the OSAA Class 6A playoffs.

“We wanted to win Metro outright. We got co-champions which was not the goal,” says Warriors coach Steve Reynolds. “But, we wanted to be in the top four in the Metro League, go to state and try to win a championship.”

Against Sprague, Aloha (17-8) proved that they could be a very formidable opponent in the playoffs. The Warriors started senior Kiana Wood and played very good defense in shutting out Sprague.

“We came together pretty well defensively and Kiana Wood pitched very well,” Reynolds says.

At the plate, Aloha put the ball in play, hit it hard and watched as good things happened for them.

“A lot of the hard hit balls we hit went through,” Reynolds says. “We hit a lot of hard grounders and they couldn’t handle them. Overall, we hit the ball well. The bounces went our way. Sometimes they don’t go your way, but they went our way for the most part.”

Aloha will play on the road at Roseburg on Wednesday. Reynolds says that if his team plays the way they can, their dream of winning a state championship could come true.

“If they play what they’re capable of, we still have a chance to (win the state championship),” Reynolds says. “We’ll face a good pitcher from Roseburg. They’re a well-coached team, their fundamentals will be good. Our pitching has to be good and we have to make adjustments hitting. If we do that, we’ll win.”

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