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Apollos put an end to Oregon Citys season

But a youthful lineup should spell success in 2013

The softball season came to an end for the youthful Oregon City Pioneers on May 22, as they fell to Sunset 4-0 in a first-round Class 6A high school playoff game at Hood View Sports Complex.

The Apollos earned only a 7-6 edge in hitting, but they strung their hits together, while the Pioneers struggled to get hits when they had runners on base. Oregon City's hits were by six different players, and the Pioneers never got a runner past second base.

Sunset scored in three different innings, scoring one run in the second inning on a single and a run-scoring double, two runs in the third on a walk, a double and a two-run single; and a single run in the fifth on a solo home run by Apollo senior Anne Marie Richards.

Oregon City pitcher Jocelyn Park struck six batters and walked two; Sunset pitcher Jessie Moore struck out five, walked one and hit one.

Sunset (18-11) fell to third-ranked Southridge 14-5 in a May 23 second-round game of the Class 6A playoffs. Oregon City finished with an overall record of 14-11.

'For as young as this team was, they exceeded my expectations,' Oregon City coach Dave Adelhart said of his Pioneers, who went 9-6 and tied for third place in a competitive Three Rivers League.

Oregon City's roster included five freshmen and the Pioneers started six underclassmen - including three freshmen outfielders - in last week's playoff game with the Apollos.

The starters were: seniors Park (pitcher), Melissa Taylor (second base) and Rachel Roberts (shortstop); juniors Stefanie Snow (catcher) and Raina Drake (shortstop); sophomore Mckenzie Anderson (third base); and freshmen Taylor Katzmarek (left field), Kaitlynn Donaca (centerfield) and Ashley Dugan (right field). Sophomore Montenna Small saw action as a courtesy runner.

Donaca (.500), Roberts (.414), Katzmarek (.364) and Snow (.352) were the Pioneers' leading hitters in league. Snow had a team-leading 13 RBI in league and Roberts had a team-leading 14 runs scored.

Park finished her senior year with a 3.08 ERA, with 58 strikeouts in 91 innings.