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ENTERPRISE/JOSEPH’S KATIE EDISON struck out nine in seven innings of work in the Cubs’ 4-0 win over Regis Wednesday. CASEY KELLAS / The Observer
ENTERPRISE — Enterprise/Joseph kept its season alive with a 4-0 victory over sixth-seeded Regis Wednesday in the first round of the 2A/1A state softball playoffs.
“This is the team we needed to beat,” coach Travis Huffman said. “We have to take it one game at a time, but I think this is the toughest one.
“I honestly think this is the best defense we’ve played all year (Wednesday).”
Starting pitcher Katie Edison was able to work out of trouble early on as Regis stranded runners in each of the first three innings, including leaving the bases loaded in the second.
“Katie is tough. She did an awesome job. She has a lot of pitches and she worked the zone,” Huffman said of his pitcher.
The third-seeded Cubs were able to break open a scoreless game in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Edison helped herself out by starting things off with a leadoff double, then advanced to third base when a Shelby Graning groundball went through the legs of the Regis shortstop.
Holly Taylor hit a ground ball to third base, but on the throw home, catcher Rachael Borshowa couldn’t hang on to the ball as Edison slide across the plate, putting the Cubs on top 1-0.
Graning then came home to score on a Samantha Reynolds grounder to the pitcher to add to the Enterprise/Joseph lead.
“We knew the pitcher had a changeup and a fastball,” Huffman said of Regis pitcher Makayla Lindemann. “I think just getting to see her a couple times around helped.”
The Cubs added two more runs to its total in the fifth inning when a Katie Edison RBI double brought home Amy Edison, who doubled to start the inning.
Katie Edison then came home to score on a wild pitch to make it a 4-0 Cub advantage.
The Rams got two runners on base on walks in the sixth but never threatened before Katie Edison sat down the hitters in order in the seventh to end the game.
Edison struck out nine in seven innings of work and allowed three hits. She went two for three with a pair of doubles. Amy Edison was three for three with two doubles.
The victory advances the Cubs to the second round where they will travel to face second-seeded Irrigon Friday. The Knights defeated Knappa 3-1 Wednesday.