MERLIN — Mazama scored eight times in the first inning on the way to a 13-6 win over North Valley in the first game of a Skyline Conference softball doubleheader Saturday and clinched the league’s No. 2 to the upcoming Class 4A state playoffs.
North Valley came back with a pair of eight-run innings of its own to win the nightcap, 18-2, and share second place in the standings with Mazama. Because the Vikings won the season series, they dropped the Knights to No. 3 seed for the playoffs.
Both teams finished league play 9-6. Mazama, which is ranked No. 16, is 12-10 overall, while North Valley, ranked No. 20, is 13-11 on the year.
In the first-game win for Mazama, Makenna Hubble hit a double and single to drive in four runs, while Grace Spoon and Jazmine Tucker-Coon both collected a pair of singles, and Gracie Hamilton a double as part of the Vikings 12-hit effort.
Maddie Richards hit three singles, out of the North Valley five hits, to lead her team. Shelby Nelson had the other two.
In the second game, Jessica Herklotz hit two doubles and a single to drive in five runs for Knights, while Hailey Field added a double and two singles.
Hubble and Kenedee Lease each hit a double for Mazama, which managed just three hits in the second game.
Mazama now must wait until the Class 4A rankings are frozen at 10 p.m. Monday to know what its playoff future is.
Coach Todd Nickerson said his team has a game or two to give and will try to add at least one game before the state playoffs begin May 22.