Pleasant Hill — The playoffs are here and that means lots of upsets, officially meaning that upset season is upon us! In the other classes, we’ve seen upsets from West Linn, Silverton, Lake Oswego, Oakridge, etc., but not one upset was as surprising so far than the one that happened in Class 3A on Wednesday, as the Blanchet Catholic Lady Cavaliers took down Pleasant Hill, a team considered to be a dark horse 3A contender. Furthermore, there was history set in Estacada as the Rangers won their first playoff game in school history against Mazama. Here are game recaps of the two most underrated stories so far in the state playoffs….
Blanchet Catholic Stuns Pleasant Hill
The Lady Cavaliers opened up an 8-0 lead over Pleasant Hill, fueled from hit rallies sparked by their first two in the batting order: Regan Rasmussen and Ariel Davilla. Rasmussen had a monster performance at the plate, going 5-5 with a pair of doubles and scoring five runs in the game. Davilla, who was also the starter in the circle, went 3-5 with 2 RBI and a run scored. Alana Jensen and Abby Weber also picked up RBI’s in the win, putting up a pair of base hits each and keeping the scoring machine rolling for Blanchet Catholic. The Billies fought to the end, putting up six runs over the final three innings to try and comeback, but the hole was simply too deep to dig out of. The Lady Cavaliers would win 9-6 over Pleasant Hill, advancing to face Burns on Friday.
Estacada Makes School History
When you invest in infrastructure and support your program, it is amazing what results come from it. We have seen it with schools like Yamhill-Carlton and Lake Oswego, and now we can add the Estacada Rangers to the list of rising programs, as Estacada made school history on Wednesday by winning their first playoff game in program history. The Rangers were in control from the start and the result was never in doubt, as Katey Carpentier made a massive blow to the Vikings in the bottom of the first inning. Carpentier came up with the bases loaded and two outs, delivering a 3-RBI hit that cleared the bases and made it 3-0 Rangers after one inning. Emilee Ramirez-Bardell and Isabella Us-Zapata would also drive in runs later on, giving Estacada a firm 6-0 lead that lasted all the way into the final frame. Mazama would pick up a run, but the Rangers had no issues hanging on for the 6-1 victory. Isabella Us-Zapata was fantastic in the circle for the Rangers, allowing only three hits and the lone run in the game, along with striking out three hitters in the win. Estacada advances to play Cascade on Friday in Turner.