BANKS — McLoughlin High School’s softball team started its Oregon Class 4A state quarterfinal playoff game here on Friday with a pair of runs in the top half of the first inning.
Things looked even more promising and a trip to the state semifinals was in sight after the Pioneers scored three times in the top of the seventh to take a 5-2 lead.
But the hometown Braves, who nipped Almira 7-6 in round-of-16 action on Wednesday, matched Mac-Hi’s two early runs in the third inning and rallied for four tallies in the home seventh to eke out a 6-5 triumph.
Banks, now 21-6 on the season, plays Henley in the state semifinals on Tuesday.
The Pioneers’ season ended with a 17-9 mark.
Ally Marly and Kayla Casillas had two hits apiece for Mac-Hi. Sydney Earls, Courtney Cain, Graci Bullock, and Bella Perkins had one hit each for the Pioneers.
Earls put forth a representative effort for Mac-Hi in the circle. She allowed seven hits, six runs, only three of which were earned, walked one and struck out nine over six-and-two-thirds innings.
Friday’s game was the last for Pioneer seniors Earls, Bullock, Cain, Casillas, Anney Banek, and Britney Wells.
Banks 6, Mac-Hi 5
Earls and Al. Marly. Hernandez and White.
HR — none.
Hits — Mac-Hi: A. Marly 2, Casillas 2, Earls, Cain, Bullock, Perkins. Banks: McCourt 2, White, Campbell, Graham, Saunders, VanLoo.