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No doubt - Saints take title

SANDY POST: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hood CC catcher Darian Lindsey jumps into the arms of pitcher Kayla Byers after a strikeout ended Mondays 7-2 championship game victory.

Championship game

Team Score
Mt. Hood CC
Douglas College

Mt. Hood CC’s softball team finished with a flourish to take down Douglas College 7-2 and claim its fifth Northwest title in the past eight years.

The teams battled into extra innings during the previous night’s semifinals, so the Saints knew they would have a challenge ahead to claim the trophy.

“We knew they would come out on fire,” Saints coach Meadow McWhorter said. “But it’s tough to put up runs against Kayla (Byers), so once we got two or three on the board, we felt like we should come away with the W.”

Mt. Hood jumped into the lead in the second inning with Courtney Cabana driving a single through the middle and Hailey Valitski beating out a bunt. The Saints returned to the top of the order where Darian Lindsey drew a walk to load the bases.

The Royals were one strike away from turning away the threat when Tiara Champ came through with a two-run single into left field.

Homers by Darian Lindsey and Megan Marcy expanded the lead to 5-0 by the fifth inning.

Douglas broke through in the fifth on an RBI-double from its No. 9 hitter Daniella Villo.

The Royals would bring the tying run to the plate in the sixth, but she was erased when catcher Lindsey easily tracked down a pop-up in front of the plate.

View photos at daveball.exposuremanager.com.

Look for expanded championship coverage in our May 27, print edition.