Mackenzie Hiner
Mackenzie Hiner had an effective performance in the circle Tuesday at Cascade. (File photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

Playing Tuesday afternoon on the road against Cascade, the No. 1 team in the OSAA rankings that has gone unbeaten this season in the Oregon West Conference, the Philomath High softball team knew it would need to play at a high level to have a shot at winning.

The Cougars scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to establish a slim lead but the Warriors were still in it with Mackenzie Hiner in the circle. But too many errors and a lack of hitting were too much to overcome for the Warriors in what ended up as a 9-1 loss.

PHS coach Travis King was pleased with the team’s performance and said Hiner did well at pitcher. In 5-1/3 innings, Hiner allowed six hits and one walk with two strikeouts. Adrianna Hunter relieved in the sixth to finish out the game.

Cascade pitcher Hannah Walliman had a stellar outing to pick up the win for the home team. Walliman allowed just two hits and had six strikeouts with one walk.

Philomath’s Kyla Berger opened the game in the leadoff spot and hit a single. It was the team’s only hit and one of two base runners through the first five innings. Ashlynn Barron reached in the fourth on a walk but Cascade ended the inning with a double play.

In the sixth, Presley Reichhuber connected for a triple and scored Philomath’s lone run on a Berger ground ball.

Off the field, one of the Philomath’s top players, freshman Evy Remington, opted to step away from softball for the rest of this spring, King said. Remington had been the team’s primary pitcher with 14 starts and a 1.52 ERA with 134 strikeouts. She averaged two strikeouts per inning in the circle. On offense, she had a .404 batting average and .638 slugging percentage with 14 RBIs.

Seven different players had one hit each for the Cougars (17-3 overall, 14-0 Oregon West).

Philomath (9-10, 8-6) is scheduled to play at home at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday against Stayton. Anticipating a possible rainout on Thursday, King said senior recognition activities will take place on Wednesday.