EUGENE, OR - An unusual state championship game pit the North Douglas Warriors against the Kennedy Trojans for the 2A/1A Softball title. But it didn't take long for the Warriors to get hot offensively, scoring 15 runs in the game, and six alone in the third inning. North Douglas took the title home, winning 15 - 6.
Despite the lower seed, the position is familiar territory for both teams. Kennedy won the state championship last season, while North Douglas has now won the title twice in three years.
"We had a different journey this year," said pitcher, Nicki Derrick. "We had a tough game at Bonanza, the score made it look like that. And then we had a really tough game at Grant Union and so to OSAA the seeding was probably really hard. There's probably 49 teams that could really compete and to be at the top of all those teams, it just means everything to me."
Derrick had a great game on the mound, showing the passion you would expect to see from the leader of a championship team.
"Got a little flustered there, a couple of those calls," said head coach, Jesse Rice. "And she's a competitor. I mean sometimes I got to reel her back in."
Pending any transfers or other moves this offseason, the Warriors should return 12 players from their championship team.