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Gophers swing into softball playoffs

THE OUTLOOK: JOSH KULLA - Teammates greet Dosjanee McCloyn at the plate after her solo home run during a game-breaking fifth inning Tuesday against Lincoln.

Play-in qualifier

Team Score

About mid-way through the softball season, the Gresham Gophers looked like shoe-ins for the playoffs. They then made things difficult on themselves by sputtering in the last three weeks of the conference season. Gresham missed out on an automatic playoff spot by one game, putting the fate of its season in one play-in qualifier.

The Gophers kicked their losing skid at just the right time, knocking off Lincoln in Tuesday’s play-in contest, 9-4. They became the sixth Mount Hood Conference team to qualify for the playoffs.

The Gophers broke the game open with a three-run burst in the fifth inning — each of them coming with two outs on the scoreboard. Dosjanee McCloyn started it with a solo homer to right-center, and Brittani Compton finished it with a two-run double to build a 6-2 lead.

Lincoln plated two runs in the top of the sixth inning, but left the bases loaded.

Gresham pitcher Shianne Smith recorded 13 strikeouts in the complete-game effort.

The Gophers play at PIL-champion Franklin in the first round at 4 p.m. Monday at Erv Lind Stadium.

Look for expanded coverage in our Friday, May 20, print edition.

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