REDMOND — Sara McKinney was at the top of her game Wednesday, shutting out Elmira on just 67 pitches to lead Ridgeview to a 4-0 victory over the visiting Falcons in the first round of the Class 4A softball state playoffs.
The junior hurler scattered four singles while striking out six and walking none in a postseason gem.
The Ravens advance to play in the quarterfinal round Friday at Gladstone, the No. 3 team in the 16-team state bracket. Gladstone (26-1) beat Marshfield 6-3 Wednesday.
Ridgeview (19-5), the No. 6 seed, managed seven hits against Elmira and did not score until plating two runs in the fourth inning. Erin Ware’s double and two Falcon errors helped fuel the tiebreaking rally.
Paige Davis knocked in a run with a single in the Ravens’ two-run sixth, which provided McKinney with a cushion she would not need.
Kirsten Hawk had two hits and drove in two runs for Ridgeview, which won its third in a row and ninth in 10 games.
In other Wednesday action:
Marist 6, Bend 4: After posting four runs in the first inning, the Lava Bears (21-7) were shut out the rest of the way and fell in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs. Visiting Marist (13-14) of Eugene, seeded No. 16 in the 16-team bracket, logged three runs in the sixth inning and added three in the top of the seventh to seal the comeback win over No. 1 Bend. The Lava Bears threatened in the bottom of the seventh with two runners on and nobody out. But a lineout to center field was followed by a diving catch by Marist’s right fielder, who then doubled up Bend’s runner at first base to end the game. The Spartans advance to Friday’s quarterfinals at either Sandy or Madison of Portland, which plays a first-round game today.
Sisters 3, Mazama 2: SISTERS — Joey Morgan struck out eight, Justin Harrer scored two runs and freshman pinch hitter Ryan Cook knocked in the winning run in the Outlaws’ Class 4A state playoff victory. Morgan limited the Vikings to just three hits while walking two and hitting three. “His curveball was back,” Sisters coach Steve Hodges said. “That was the difference maker.” With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Cook hit an RBI single to score Alex Olivier from second base, giving the Outlaws, the No. 1 seed in the 16-team bracket, a 3-2 lead. Morgan pitched a shutout seventh inning to set up Sisters (23-4) with a 4A quarterfinal round home game on Friday against No. 9 Newport, which defeated North Bend 9-8 on Wednesday.