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Softball: Ridgefield, Mark Morris to square off for 2A GSHL top seed

Both finish regular season 15-1 in league play

The Columbian
Published: May 9, 2024, 10:14pm

Ridgefield and Mark Morris have one more softball game to play before the 2A district tournament can be set.

The Spudders and Monarchs finished as co-champions of the 2A Greater St. Helens League after both won on Thursday to go 15-1 in league.

They split their two games this season, so the decider for No. 1 and 2 seeds into district will be played at 4 p.m. Monday at 7th Avenue Park in Longview.

Ridgefield, last year’s 2A state runner-up, won 2-1 on its home field over Mark Morris, and the Monarchs won 3-1 on their field.

RIDGEFIELD 10, COLUMBIA RIVER 6 — Mallory Vancleave hit a bases-clearing triple in a six-run fourth inning to break the game open for the Spudders. Tava Whitlow and Charlie Harris each added three hits and two RBI.

Columbia River’s Emily Hull hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning. The Rapids are the third seed to district after a 12-4 league season.

MARK MORRIS 9, WOODLAND 2 — Makenzie Henthorn struck out 16 batters and hit a three-run home run in the third inning to break a 2-2 tie as the Monarchs went on to victory. Woodland will be the No. 4 seed at district.

HOCKINSON 22, FORT VANCOUVER 2 (5 INNINGS) — The Hawks concluded their season in fifth place at 7-7. Lily Ritton was 5 for 5 with a double, two RBI and four runs scored, and Charlie Varney went 4 for 4 with a double, triple, two RBI and three runs for Hockinson.

R.A. LONG 13, WASHOUGAL 2 (5 INNINGS) — Stevie Jones struck out nine batters and was 2 for 2 at the plate with two RBI and two runs for the Lumberjills.

4A GSHL

SKYVIEW 4, UNION 3 — League-champion Storm finished the regular season undefeated by holding off the Titans.

Skyview pitcher Maddy Milhorn struck out the final Union batter after the Titans had pushed a run across with two outs in the seventh inning. Milhorn had 10 strikeouts.

Layla Royle was 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI and Lainey Phillips went 2 for 4 with solo homer for Skyview (18-0, 6-0 4A GSHL).

1A Trico

KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 12, LA CENTER 9 — The Knights have won two of their last three games after starting 0-16.

King’s Way scored all its runs in fourth and fifth innings against La Center. Amelia Meyer was 2 was 3 with an RBI double, and Grace Wickum had two RBI and three stolen bases.

La Center’s Sadie Schmidt went 4 for 4 with two doubles, an RBI triple and scored three runs. Jessica Tomberlin was 2 for 3 with a two-run homer and three RBI.

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