Eastern Oregon Softball Conference Tournament Preview

LA GRANDE, Ore. – Eastern Oregon Softball is poised for a compelling run as they head into the Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament, coming off their strongest regular season performance since the 2000 season.

The Mounties, boasting a 34-8 overall record, secured an impressive 22-5 standing in conference matchups, clinching second place after exchanging blows with Southern Oregon over the final weekend.

Eastern has been guided by the dynamic pitching duo of Kaylie Hoskins and Kylie Parsons, who hold the two lowest ERAs in the CCC, the two have combined for a 31-6 record and 369 strikeouts. Their impressive season includes a memorable pitching display against the University of Providence, highlighted by Parsons’ no-hitter and Hoskins’ perfect game less than 24 hours later.

Offensively, Eastern Oregon boasts a lineup of formidable hitters led by Katelynn Evans and Addison Ribordy, with batting averages of .369 and .365 respectively. Ribordy further distinguishes herself with a third-place ranking in the conference for on-base percentage, boasting an impressive .492. Haley Tyree has also proven her ability to get on base and make plays, leading the team with 45 hits and tying the single-season program record with 27 stolen bases.

The CCC Tournament, hosted by Oregon Tech at John and Lois Stilwell Stadium in Klamath Falls, will feature the top six finishing teams from the regular season. Eastern Oregon, seeded second overall, will await the winner of the matchup between #6 Carroll College and #3 College of Idaho.

The action-packed tournament is scheduled to kick off on Friday, May 3rd, with Eastern Oregon’s first game slated for 4:30 p.m. against the winner of the aforementioned matchup.

The full tournament schedule, spanning Friday to Sunday, will feature four of the nation’s top 25 teams, ultimately determining the CCC Tournament champion. The champion will earn the conference’s second automatic bid to the NAIA Tournament. If Oregon Tech (regular season champion) takes the top spot, the automatic bid will go to the tournament runner-up.

2024 CCC Softball Tournament Schedule (All times Pacific)

Friday, May 3
Game 1 – 9 a.m. | #5 British Columbia vs. #4 Southern Oregon
Game 2 – 11:30 a.m. | #6 Carroll vs. #3 College of Idaho
Game 3 – 2 p.m. | Winner Game 1 vs. #1 Oregon Tech
Game 4 – 4:30 p.m. | Winner Game 2 vs. #2 Eastern Oregon

Saturday, May 4
Game 5 – 9 a.m. | Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3 (loser eliminated)
Game 6 – 11:30 a.m. | Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 4 (loser eliminated)
Game 7 – 2 p.m. | Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Game 8 – 4:30 p.m. | Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (loser eliminated)

Sunday, May 5
Game 9 – 11 a.m. | Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 (loser eliminated)
Game 10 – 1:30 p.m. | Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9
Game 11 – If necessary, 30 min after conclusion of Game 10

*If the tournament winner is also the regular-season champion, the second automatic qualifier will be the tournament runner-up.

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