For the third time in five years, Banks’ path to the Class 4A softball state championship will run through Klamath Falls.

Ninth-seeded Banks (23-3) topped Mazama 5-4 in the quarterfinals last Friday to earn a semifinal rematch against No. 4 Henley (24-5).

The Braves and Hornets met in the 2010 semifinals, with Banks pounding its way to a 13-3 victory en route to an appearance in the state title game.

Banks and Henley also met in the 2012 playoffs, with the Braves earning a 7-0 victory in the quarterfinals.

Banks went on to win a 4A state title in 2012, and the Lady Braves successfully defended it last season.

This year, Banks finished the regular season ranked No. 2 in the state, but Cowapa League rival and champion Yamhill-Carlton was No. 1, earning the top seed for the playoffs. Banks, meanwhile, was bumped below the seven other league champions, eventually landing at No. 9.

That meant the Braves had to travel for Tuesday’s semifinal showdown, which was scheduled for a 3 p.m. start in Klamath Falls. Results were not available at press deadline, but visit for a complete recap and photos from the game.

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