The Lions hang tough against No. 5 Westview in a 3-0 playoff loss

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - West Linn's Sarah Von Ahn, recently named the Three Rivers League pitcher of the year, held Westview's potent line-up to three runs last week but the Wildcats came away with a 3-0 win, ending a terrific season for the Lions. 
Coach Scott Smith proved himself right when he said he knew his softball team would be competitive against No. 5 Westview last week in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

In an impressive pitcher's dual, the Wildcats had a handful of big hits and the Lions struggled to find scoring opportunities against opposing pitcher Abby Greer in a 3-0 loss.

Through three innings, the game was scoreless. West Linn's Sarah Von Ahn got out of a jam with runners on second and third in the second inning with one out and the Lions put together their only real threat in the top of the fourth.

Hannah Saciliani singled and Caroline Freiling would draw a two-out walk. The pair moved into scoring position before Greer recorded the final strikeout of the inning.

For the game, Greer struck out 13 batters. In the entirety of the playoffs, Westview gave up just three runs, reaching the semifinals before falling 2-0 to No. 1 North Medford.

In the bottom of the fourth, Westview struck with a one-out solo home run. The Wildcats threatened to put the game away, loading the bases before Von Ahn got out of another jam. Westview would add another solo home run in the fifth inning and another run scored on an error to give the Wildcats some insurance.

West Linn wouldn't get another base runners in the sixth or seventh innings.

The Lions wrapped up a fantastic season, however, winning the outright league title with a young team and a first-year coach.

Smith earned coach of the year honors in the TRL and Von Ahn was named the pitcher of the year while Freiling, Maddi Higgins and Leah Beyer all were named to the first-team.

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