O’Reilly Auto Parts couldn’t throw a wrench into Team Evolution’s undefeated season Monday night at McMinnville Civic Center.
Team Evolution had too much offensive firepower for O’Reilly’s in capturing a 14-5 win in girls 10-12-year-old fastpitch softball.
Team Evolution pitchers Brooklyn Cope and Paige Sweeton combined for the win. Ryleigh Rankin pitched all three innings for O’Reilly.
Sweeton led the way for Team Evolution at the plate with two hits. Vazlynn Ward, Savanna Duggin and Vada Lowery belted one hit apiece.
For O’Reilly, Rankin, Kaylee Sklenka, and Katie Coldwell had one hit each.
Team Evolution established control early by scoring the five-run max in the opening inning. Duggin and Sweeton started with back-to-back singles before five straight walks allowed for a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first, O’Reilly leadoff batter Isabel Newby was hit by a pitch and came around to score to make it a 5-1 game.
Team Evolution added four runs in the second inning despite not getting a hit. Walks allowed the team to build a 9-1 lead.
When O’Reilly came to the plate, it had two strikeouts and a grounder back to the pitcher and failed to make a dent in the 9-1 lead. Team Evolution would cruise through the final inning on the way to a 14-5 win to stay undefeated.
After the game, O’Reilly coach Aaron Gudat praised the effort of his girls against a powerful Team Evolution squad. Gudat took over midway through the season when the previous coach quit.