Fastpitch Softball: Oroville Dirtbags Push on to the semifinals |

Fastpitch Softball: Oroville Dirtbags Push on to the semifinals

As the fastpitch softball playoffs heat up, the semifinal matchups are beginning to take shape. All-Star Auto cruised by the Fitness Focus team 11-1 on Wednesday night behind a masterful performance on the mound by Mike Mulligan and a rotation of hitters that overwhelmed the opposition, highlighted by Daryl Allen’s 2 for 2 game with a home run and a triple, bringing in three runs throughout the game. With the victory, they secured their spot in Friday’s semifinals.

In the Thursday game to determine who would face All-Star Auto, the Oroville Dirtbags came out swinging and didn’t look back. The Dirtbags beat the A to Z team 8-1 after a great hitting game and tight defense that saw the team convert on two double plays throughout the contest.

A four-run first inning behind a huge three-run Jake Fox double put the team out in front early. The entire rotation was strong at the plate, and the Oroville defense was stout, staying disciplined and allowing minimal hits.

Toby Thompson’s solo triple in the bottom of the third got the crowd going and served as the impetus for the eventual win, shifting the momentum definitively for the Dirtbags.

“We’re a pretty solid team, we hit the ball well one through nine and we defend well,” said Thompson of the team’s overall performance.

Thompson also mentioned the Bulldog squad, the number one seed in the playoffs, as the team’s main rivals. The Dirtbags have a score to settle after finishing second in the league the last couple seasons, said Oroville’s Zach Littleton.

Littleton had a lot to do with the team’s victory, driving a double in the fourth inning and sealing the game with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the sixth.

The Dirtbags play well on the diamond, and by all estimation celebrate well in the dugout following games like Thursday’s.

“We’re a team that likes to have fun, play hard, party,” said Littleton of his team, although he also stated that the group needs to stay tight in preparation for a powerful All-Star Auto squad.

The Dirtbags will be hoping their fun-loving style of play is enough to steal the championship this year, and will face All-Star Auto on Friday.

Kael Newton is a journalism student at the University of Oregon and is interning with The Union; he can be reached at

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