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IN PHOTOS: Mount Hood softball advances to NWAC final

Rachel Rutledge gets a hand from pitcher Kelly Scott.The Mount Hood Community College softball team won a pair of games Sunday, 7-5 against Southwest Oregon Community College and 5-4 over Clackamas Community College to advance to the championship final on Monday against Spokane Community College. The wins on Sunday came one day after the Saints swept three games in the consolation bracket to advance back into contention for the Northwest Athletic Conference championship.

Against the SWOCC Lakers, Mercedes Green and Sierra Benson both homered for Mount Hood, while Kelly Scott picked up the win in the pitcher's circle. In the subsequent contest against Clackamas, which lost against Spokane to fall into the consolation bracket, Mount Hood put five runs on the board in the first two innings and made it stick to record their sixth win of the tournament and fifth straight. Below is a photo gallery from both games.

OUTLOOK PHOTOS BY JOSH KULLA

Rachel Rutledge tags a Southwest Oregon runner out.

Sierra Benson watches her homerun against SWOCC fly out of the park.

Sierra Benson gets congratulations from Megan Marcy.

Mercedes Green catches a Kelly Scott pitch.

Rachel Rutledge doubles down the right field line - only to be thrown out trying for a triple.

Chelsea Spanier scoops up a grounder.

Mercedes Green enjoys her home run trot.

Chelsea Spanier scores against Southwest Oregon CC.

Kelly Scott came up big for Mount Hood in both games today.

Kelly Scott gets a hug from Madison Weaver after the final out against SW Oregon.

Chelsea Spanier looks for a base hit.

Kelly Scott makes a play on the ball while Rachel Rutledge watches.

Kasidee Lemberger gets dirty trying to stop a ground ball.

Reeghan Lehnert grabs a fly ball.

Chelsea Spanier throws to first base.

Mount Hood runners advance as the ball is bobbled.

Kendal Cox tags a Clackamas runner out at the plate to save a run - a key play in what turned out to be a one-run game.

Kasidee Lemberger snares a ground ball.

Rachel Rutledge is out at third base, says the umpire.

Chelsea Spanier pumps up her teammates.

SheaLee Lindsey heads for first base.

Reeghan Lehnert grabs a fly ball.

SheaLee Lindsey catches a fly ball.

The Mount Hood infield gathers at the pitching circle.

SheaLee Lindsey leaps for joy after the final out against Clackamas.

SheaLee Lindsey and Reeghan Lehnert celebrate after Mount Hood's win over Clackamas.

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