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Pioneers expect to be better

Park will return to lead the way

OREGON CITY - With six starters returning, the Oregon City Pioneers hope to fare better in high school softball next spring.

Most of the starting infield is expected to return: Raina Drake at first base, Melissa Taylor at second, Rachel Roberts at shortstop and Joscelyn Park at pitcher.

Stefanie Snow returns at DP and Megan Kirchem returns in the outfield and as a pitcher.

And the Pioneers will add some young talent up from a jayvee-2 team that finished with a 10-4 record.

Park, Roberts and Snow were among the Pioneers' offensive leaders in 2011.

Park excelled in every phase of the game during the past season. She had the top batting average on the team (.359) and she was the team RBI leader (16).

Park pitched 130-1/3 innings, striking out 33, walking 36 and allowing 166 hits, while finishing with a 3.71 ERA. And Park was the team defensive leader, making only one error, while assisting on 44 putouts and making five putouts unassisted.

Roberts hit .348 and she had a team-leading 14 runs scored.

Snow hit .306 and drove in 10 runs.

Roberts, a three-year varsity player, garnered second-team all-league honors, while Park gained honorable mention in the league all-star balloting.

Missed the most from this year's lineup will be graduating seniors Heather Winslow (utility), Haley Rayburn (third base), Morgan Davey (catcher) and Sheyla Trudo (outfield).

A first-team all-league selection, Winslow had a .354 batting average, with 16 of her 29 hits going for extra bases.

Rayburn also made the Three Rivers League's first all-star team. Davey and Trudo were second-team all-league selections.

The Pioneers went 8-17 on the 2011 season (4-11 in league) and they lost to Redmond in the first round of the state playoffs, after defeating Reynolds 6-3 in a play-in game.