Wolves see season end in close setback at Roseburg
TUALATIN - The Tualatin High School softball team enjoyed what easily could be called a very successful season.
And the Timberwolves came very close to making that successful season last a bit longer.
Tualatin saw its season come to a close with a 2-1 loss to Roseburg in a Class 6A state playoff quarterfinal game played at Roseburg.
Roseburg, the No. 3 team from the Southern Oregon Conference, improved to 17-10 on the season at that point and moved on to face Century in Tuesday's semifinals.
Tualatin, the No. 2 team out of the Pacific Conference, finished its season with a final overall record of 22-7.
'The team played well throughout the season,' Tualatin coach Jenna Wilson said. 'They proved themselves as a whole and continued to get better. They worked hard during the offseason and it paid off in league. Their team mission statement was 'Be the teammate you want to have' and they stuck by it. They stayed positive and pulled out of any tough situations. They called themselves the 'Comeback Team' and they truly were. They never got on their heels when things did not go their way.'
In Friday's game at Roseburg, the home team took a quick 2-0 lead. Tualatin was able to trim the margin to 2-1, but the Wolves weren't able to get the equalizer.
'It was a pitching duel and they came out on top,' Wilson said. 'Neither team hit much, but things most definitely went their way.'
Prior to the loss at Roseburg, Tualatin scored an 8-4 win over Canby in a second-round state playoff game played May 25 at Tualatin High School.
The Timberwolves came out strong in that game, scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore Britta Hall had the big hit of the opening frame for the Wolves with a bases-loaded triple.
Tualatin scored a pair of runs in the second inning to up its lead to 8-0 on its way to getting the playoff win.
Senior MG Bywater was the winning pitcher, throwing a two-hitter.
Friday's loss at Roseburg marked the final high school game for Tualatin's two seniors, Bywater and shortstop Shelby Burke.
'We also had great leadership from the entire team and especially our seniors who will be missed,' Wilson said. 'MG and Shelby are both playing at the collegiate level but will definitely leave a legacy here at TuHS.'
The Timberwolves should return a strong nucleus of players next year.
'We have many returners, which makes our coaching staff very excited for the upcoming season,' Wilson said.