Barlow breaks Bears' backs
GRESHAM – The Barlow Bruins, seeded No. 4 in the OSAA Class 6A softball playoffs, dealt No. 29 McMinnville a swift exit from the postseason.
The Grizzlies managed two hits off Bruins pitcher Nena Dudley in an 11-1, five-inning loss in Monday’s Class 6A first-round playoff game at Barlow High School.
Both McMinnville hits came in the fourth inning, as Kaleigh Scanlon singled and Lacy Wilbur drove her in with an RBI single. The Bruins (23-5, 14-1 Mt. Hood Conference) scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to force an early end to the game.
Scanlon (2 1/3 innings pitched) absorbed the loss in the circle for the Grizzlies, allowing six hits and two walks. Kamrie Hoggard pitched the final 2 2/3 innings for McMinnville. Any struggles within the circle were compounded by five defensive errors.
“We certainly didn’t play to our potential,” Grizzlies coach Courtney Seifert said. “We didn’t hit the ball to our potential. We had more errors than we should’ve. I think it was kind of a disappointing way to end the season.”
McMinnville finished sixth in the Class 6A Pacific Conference with a 6-8 league record (13-14 overall). The Grizzlies won their first four games of the season before experiencing ups and downs, though they never lost more than three games in a row.
“I think they’ve come a long way,” Seifert said. “We’re going to graduate a class of six seniors which means we’re just going to get even younger next year. We certainly had some super-talented freshman with us. Next year they’ll be a year older with a season under their belt.
“Once they get a little more seasoning, that consistency will show itself a little more often.”
Seifert, a graduate of West Salem High School, must now prepare Mac for the Class 6A Greater Valley Conference, the Grizzlies’ new league – which includes her alma mater.
“We want to surprise some people and show we can play some of the top teams in the state,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls.”