By NR Staff • 

Mazama stuns Yamhill-Carlton

News-Register staff

YAMHILL – The Yamhill-Carlton softball team carried a No. 1 ranking into the OSAA Class 4A state playoffs and looked to better its performance in the 2013 playoffs – if not wind up all the way in Corvallis for the state championship game.

Instead, the Tigers will spend tonight at home after falling to No. 16 Mazama, 3-0, in Yamhill on Wednesday night.

“It was a disappointing loss to a great season,” Yamhill-Carlton coach John Keuhnel said. “I think we could’ve gone a lot farther but we didn’t come out and score runs like we needed to.”

The Vikings (17-9, 9-3 Skyline Conference) initially struggled to score runs of their own before posting three in the fifth inning off Y-C pitcher Molly Smith. That proved to be all Mazama needed.

“We left the bats in the bag, I guess,” Keuhnel said.

Smith absorbed the loss in a complete-game effort in her final high school contest. She will matriculate to the University of Memphis in the fall and play softball for the Tigers.

Yamhill-Carlton finishes the season with a 23-2 record and a 14-1 Class 4A Cowapa League record. The Tigers won the Cowapa League this season for the first time since 2007, defeating reigning champion Banks in two out of three games.

Banks, seeded No. 9 in this season’s 4A playoffs, defeated No. 8 South Umpqua, 6-3, on Wednesday. A Braves-Tigers rematch will not be in the cards.

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