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Hilander softball earns spot in state tournament

The Hilanders’ Ally Sutcliffe fires a pitch. (Photo by JOHN BRAESE/MALHEUR ENTERPRISE)

The Burns softball team defeated Enterprise/Joseph/Wallowa and Grant Union in the Special District 2 playoffs before losing to Vale in the finals, earning them a spot in the OSAA 3A Softball State Championship tournament.

The Hilanders, seeded 14th in the 16-team bracket, will play at Dayton, the No. 3 seed, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 24. The tournament concludes with the championship game Friday, June 2, at the Oregon State University Softball Complex.

The Hilanders opened up the league playoffs on May 17 with a convincing 14-5 win over Enterprise/Joseph/Wallowa at Enterprise.

Burns then traveled to Vale on May 19 to play Grant Union and came away with an 8-7 victory.

Following the win over the Prospectors, the Hilanders took on Vale in the championship game, and the Vikings came out on top, 9-4.

Randy Parks

Randy was born in Iowa, and spent most of his life growing up in the Hawkeye State. After a few years in college, he settled in Idaho for a decade, skiing, golfing, and working at Sun Valley Resort. He married in 1985, completed broadcast school, and moved to Harney County in 1989 to work for KZZR. After 16 years of on-air work, he left the radio station and went to work for the Burns Times-Herald.

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