Friday's top five: The biggest baseball and softball games from April 28
It's starting to get real in the races for league titles and state playoff berths among Oregon's high school baseball and softball teams.
With all that going on, Pamplin Media Group's sports editors, reporters and photographers were out in force to document a bunch of it.
Among the many games covered by Pamplin Media Group on Friday, there were some absolutely huge results that will shape the state power rankings for weeks to come.
In case you may have missed some of these landmark scores, here's a look back at Friday's top five games. You can see all our coverage by clicking on the Prep Baseball/Softball Tab — to see it, just hover over the Sports tab on all our websites.
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Clackamas right-hander Caden Hennessy may not have had his best stuff Friday afternoon, but what he had was more than enough to get the job done.
Hennessy tossed a two-hitter with one walk and three strikeouts to help carry the top-ranked Cavaliers to a 4-0 Mt. Hood Conference road win over Oregon City, completing a sweep of the three-game series.
Pitchers who can handle the bat and hold their own at the plate are rarities.
On Friday, in a duel between Southridge freshman Madison Goodale, Sunset sophomore Sydney Rusin and freshman Grace Kimball, it was the Skyhawk ace who emerged on top.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, the left-handed hitting Goodale jumped on a Kimball fastball and smashed it to left for a two-run inside-the-park homer that gave Southridge a 7-4 triumph at Southridge High School.
Facing a full count and two outs with the tying run on second base, Wilsonville's Lauren Isaak careened a swift moving fly ball to center field.
If the ball touched grass, the game would continue. If gobbled up, it would end right then and there.
But Sandy center fielder Kaityln Bruner, who belted a two-run triple earlier that inning, shuffled her feet, caught the ball snug in her mitt and officially sealed the competitive contest shut.
Wilsonville held the lead for much of the game, but via a couple cracks of the bat in the sixth and seventh innings, the Pioneers turned a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 advantage and an important Northwest Oregon Conference victory.
The West Linn softball team is knocking on the door.
The Lions still harbor legitimate Three Rivers League championship hopes, and as such, have no interest in letting any team stand in their way.
They proved that in spades on Friday, breaking open a five-run game with five more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to beat Lake Oswego 10-0 at Rosemont Ridge Middle School.
The streak is still alive.
Crook County's softball team shut down Madras in a two-game series Wednesday and Friday, leaning on its ace pitcher McKuenzie McCormick and a heads up defense to hold a typically strong batting team in check. The Cowgirls extended their Tri-Valley Conference mark to a perfect 10-0 and 14-4 overall, while Madras fell to 4-5 in the TVC, 9-9 overall.