Bringing home the 3A state championship trophy, the Rainier High School (RHS) softball team sealed their 27-3 season on Friday, May 31,with a 9-3 victory over Dayton.
The game started slowly for the Lady Columbians with Dayton scoring single runs in the first and third innings, while RHS was scoreless.
In the top of the fourth, Sarah Probasco scored on a Dayton error followed by a run by Geneva Clarke to end the inning tied 2-2. Hydee Coffman had one run-batted-in (RBI).
RHS scored twice more in the fifth inning. Probasco earned two RBIs scoring Jessica Gibson and Kaylea Knox. Dayton answered with their last run of the season to close the fifth, 4-3 Rainier.
The Columbians scored five runs in the sixth inning, starting with a two-RBI double by Knox.
Gibson had two RBIs on a single and then scored a run herself, bringing RHS to its final 9-3 victory.
Kylee Crape pitched the win, striking out 11 Dayton batters and allowing seven hits.
RHS was undefeated in league play and ended the season on a seven-win streak.
They started the playoffs with a 13-0 win over Cascade Christian, followed by a 5-4 victory over Vale in the second round. The Columbians defeated Blanchet Catholic 6-3 in the semi-finals.
POSING PROUDLY WITH THE SCHOOL’S FIRST EVER 3A Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) State Softball 2013 Championship trophy are members and coaches of the Rainier Columbians, who defeated Dayton 9-3 on Friday, May 31, in Corvallis. Chief Photo by Carole Kelley