Medford — In the finale of the USA Softball of Oregon state championships, the 16A State Championship was hosted at U.S. Cellular Community Fields in Medford. The championship pairing featured Oregon Blaze 16A Engels/Westby/Sweatman vs Oregon Bombers 16U Pilgrim, another pairing of two teams with different storybook paths. Oregon Bombers won six straight games to battle back to the championship, while Oregon Blaze won a pair of one run games to get to the championship match. In the pairing of endurance vs grittiness, the Oregon Blaze saved their best for last.
The Oregon Bombers loaded up the bases on Faith McHill in the first inning, but McHill struck out the final batter to end the threat. In the bottom of the inning, Lex Antle drilled a leadoff double and came home on a sacrifice fly from Aspynn Westby to open the scoring 1-0. In the third, Kailyn Engels and Antle reached with a pair of singles, with Chloe Filar delivering a 2-RBI double with two outs in the inning to extend the lead to 3-0 Oregon Blaze after three innings. In the grand finale, Oregon Blaze drilled the nail on the coffin with a pair of runs in the sixth inning on an RBI double by Westby and an RBI single by Briley Ingram, putting it to a 5-0 lead and finishing it by the score of 5-0 to win the 16A State Championship over Oregon Bombers.
Faith McHill threw a gem in the state championship: Allowing only two hits while striking out ten in a complete game shutout performance. Aspynn Westby and Chloe Filar led the way at the plate with three hits and four RBI between the pair, while Briley Ingram added another RBI at the plate. For Oregon Bombers, Hannah Houts and Genevieve Osburg picked up the lone hits in the loss, which ended their hot winning streak to reach that point of the tournament.