Raiders Fall Just Short Of Playoffs, looking toward 2012
With a 2011 Cascade Conference Post-Season berth so close to being theirs, the Southern Oregon softball team found themselves falling just short after dropping their final two games of the season against Corban to end up in fourth and just one place away from the post-season.
The Raiders started the 2011 season out hunting for a post-season berth early as a sweep of the No. 11 Concordia Caveliers signaled that Southern Oregon was serious about success.
Another sweep followed at the expense of Eastern Oregon before the College of Idaho put a halt to the Raiders win streak with a 2-0 sweep.
Despite dropping the pair of matches, the Raiders managed to split their next double-header followed by a sweep before again losing, this time to Oregon Tech.
Southern Oregon found themselves on the receiving end of a sweep again as the Cavaliers got revenge for the Raiders’ opening sweep.
Southern Oregon then rebounded with a sweep of the Owls followed by yet another sweep, this time over College of Idaho.
A split with Eastern Oregon followed by a sweep of Northwest Christian, set up a must win encounter with Corban.
Unfortunately the Raiders couldn’t find enough in the tank to grab a win against Corban as their season ended at 18-19 overall and 14-10 in the conference.
Southern Oregon had plenty of standouts during the season with Katie Moy, Jordan Kurtz, Irene Barrantes, Rayna Okimoto and Melissa Corn all earning Cascade Conference honors.
Okimoto, Moy and Barrantes were all named to the All-Cascade Conference team while Kurtz was named Honorable Mention.
Freshman Corn was awarded the Cascade Conference Gold Glove Award for her defensive performances as a first baseman.
Both Moy and Okimoto managed to enter the record books for the Raiders.
Moy managed 12 doubles for the season which currently ranks fourth best in a single season and is also the record holder for career doubles.
Okimoto recorded 10 home runs which is second best all-time along with a .772 slugging perfenctage is also second best all-time.