MILTON-FREEWATER — McLoughlin High School showed little mercy for visiting Stayton here Wednesday during Oregon Class 4A state softball tournament action at Gib Olinger Elementary School.
The Pioneers led 10-0 after two innings and coasted to a resounding round-of-16 triumph, 14-3.
Mac-Hi, which finished second in the Greater Oregon League with a record of 8-4, improved its overall record to 17-8 and now travels to Banks for a quarterfinal matchup on Friday.
Stayton, which placed third in the Oregon West Conference, ended its season 17-8.
The Pioneers tallied four runs in the first inning. Courtney Cain and Ashlyn Marly collected RBI singles, and Brittany Wells delivered a rally-capping two-run line single to center field.
Mac-Hi put up six runs in the second frame.
Highlights included a two-RBI single by Cain and a run-scoring double by Marly.
“We wanted to be aggressive and attack anything that was in the strike zone,” Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian said.
Bella Perkins poked an RBI single in the third inning that gave the Pioneers an 11-2 advantage.
Cain drew a bases-loaded walk and Graci Bullock brought in a run with an infield grounder in the fourth as part of a three-run uprising that brought the 10-run mercy rule into play.
It came to fruition a half-inning later.
“We wanted to keep the foot on the throttle and win every inning,” Christian said.
Six Pioneers — Cain, Bullock, Marly, Wells, Rikki Mark, and starting pitcher Sydney Earls — slapped at least two hits in the contest. Mark set the pace with three.
“We didn’t want this to be our last game,” Earls said. “We didn’t look back. It was a huge win.”
Earls is optimistic that the Pioneers’ 2019 campaign can potentially move beyond Friday.
Earls said, “I have full confidence in every girl — that they can get the job done.”
Mac-Hi 14, Stayton 3
Maurer, Walker (2) and Van Hyning. Earls and Al. Marly.
HRs — Stayton: Maurer.
Hits — Stayton: Maurer 2, Ritchie, Sims, Van Hyning, Walker; Mac-Hi: Mark 3, Cain 2, Bullock 2, As. Marly 2, Wells 2, Earls 2, Perkins.