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Sheldon High School softball won the Oregon state championship without recording a hit on Saturday. The Irish’s 1-0 victory ended on a chaotic sequence that created an emotional swing of epic proportions.
Sheldon, located in Eugene, faced Oregon City in the OSAA Class 6A title game at Jane Sanders Stadium, home of the Ducks. Neither team saw a run cross the plate through the first seven innings.
In fact, the Irish were no-hit! Pioneers pitcher Lily Riley threw the first no-hitter in OSAA high school softball championship history, and lost.
Riley sat down the first 18 batters of the game. She was perfect through six innings. Sheldon did not get on base for the first six innings of a seven inning game, did not record a hit, and won.
Softball MAYHEM went down in the bottom of the seventh!
Riley retired her 19th-straight batter for the first out, but hit Brooke Peterson, the 20th Irish batter of the afternoon. She was her team’s first (!!) baserunner of the game.
From there, Sheldon advanced the runner on what was supposed to be a sacrifice bunt.
However, the Oregon City third baseman was way off-line with her throw to first. Peterson advanced to third on the wild throw, at which point she collided with Riley — who was covering the base.
Peterson decided to take off toward home. It was ill-advised, her coach even told her to hold up, and she was thrown out by a country mile for what would have been the second out.
Sequentially, the other Irish runner was then thrown out at second for what would have been out No. 3.
A bonkers double play seemingly ended the inning, got the Pioneers out of a sticky situation, and sent the game to extra innings. Oregon City went nuts.
There was only one problem. The game did not go to extra innings. It was over. The Pioneers lost.
Peterson collided with Riley at third base. She then ran home on purpose.
I know that (the umpire) saw the obstruction. It was a full hit. It wasn’t a clip. [Ridley] was directly in the way, so I knew that if I attempted, even if I was out, I was gonna be safe.— Sheldon’s Brooke Peterson, via the Oregonian
Sure enough, that thought process was correct. The umpire ruled interference, Peterson was ruled safe, Sheldon won the state championship 1-0 without recording a hit.
With the unconventional win, its 12th in a row, Sheldon finished the year as state champs at 30-1.