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Sellwood Softball ends season on a high note

The Sellwood Red Devils finished their softball season with a win in the 10U Silver bracket at North Clackamas Park on Sunday, June 15.

Sellwood’s toughest test came in its opening game – an 11-10 comeback win over the North Clackamas Blue Tornadoes.

The Red Devils stayed within reach by holding North Clackamas to a single run in the third inning, sending the Tornadoes spinning back to the dugout after catcher Ryen Herman tracked down a loose ball at the backstop and tossed to home plate where pitcher Allyson Hyde applied the tag for the third out.

Sellwood trailed 10-6 heading into the bottom of the third, but reached the five-run limit to pull in front. Kora Dillon connected for an RBI-single to second base to bring across the winning run.

“That one was a little bit nerve wracking. We had to squeak out that win,” Sellwood coach Nate Hyde commented.

The Red Devils avenged a pair of regular-season losses to beat the North Clackamas Wild Fillies 8-2 in Saturday, June 14’s, semifinals to earn a spot in Sunday’s championship round.

by: DAVID BALL - Olivia Jones pitches with intensity for Sellwoods Red Devils during the first game of the day, against the North Clackamas Blue Tornadoes, in the Sunday, June 15th, tournament play. The team arrived at the park for a title game rematch against the Tornadoes, only to have a rainstorm hit the field shortly after the coin toss at home plate. A twenty-minute downpour soaked the field, and the championship games were cancelled. “That was kind of a bummer. We had our best warm-up of the year, and were ready to go,” Hyde said. “But that’s what can happen in Oregon, even though we’ve only had a few rainouts all season.”

But the rainout was not really bad news – Sellwood earned the title based on being 2-0 in earlier games, and coming out of the winner's side of the bracket. “We weren’t sure how they were going to settle it, but when they brought the trophy over, the girls were happy – all smiles,” Hyde said.

The Red Devils also won a West Linn tournament during the regular season. Other members of the championship team include Sofia Maykut, Peyton Stephens, Holly Davidson, Kristina Shenson-Collins, Olivia Jones, Madison Brown, and Maya Hausman, along with assistant coaches Matt Herman and Chris Maykut.

For more information about Sellwood Junior Baseball and Softball, go online to: http://www.sellwoodbaseball.com .