A great performance from Woodland’s Olivia Grey

Pitcher and teammates celebrate state title in softball

Olivia Grey, shown here earlier in the season, struck out 69 batters in four wins in the state tournament as Woodland won the Class 2A title. Photo by Mike Schultz
Olivia Grey, shown here earlier in the season, struck out 69 batters in four wins in the state tournament as Woodland won the Class 2A title. Photo by Mike Schultz

WOODLAND — The numbers are impressive regardless of the opponents.

To do what she did against the best of the best in the state, though, makes her performance that much more worthy of attention.

Olivia Grey? How about Olivia Great?

A junior from Woodland, Grey struck out 69 batters in 28 innings of work, going 4-0 with an ERA of 1.25.

ClarkCountyToday.com is naming Grey its Clutch Performer of Championship Week after she helped Woodland to a Class 2A state softball championship.

She is quick to point out, however, how much help she had in Selah. Six Beavers combined to hit 10 home runs in the four games, giving the ace in the pitching circle all the run support she would need.

On defense, the Beavers committed just one error in the four games. OK, sure, there were not a lot of opportunities for errors — with all those strikeouts — but these were still pressure-packed games with a state championship on the line.

Point is, as good as Grey was, she could not have done this alone. She is our Clutch Performer of the final week of the spring sports season, but she can share that with all of her championship teammates.

Six Woodland Beavers combined to hit 10 home runs at the state tournament. From left to right, Payten Foster, Kaily Christensen, Lila Russell, Chloe Eddy, Carleigh Risley, and Kelly Sweyer. Photo courtesy of Woodland High School.
Six Woodland Beavers combined to hit 10 home runs at the state tournament. From left to right, Payten Foster, Kaily Christensen, Lila Russell, Chloe Eddy, Carleigh Risley, and Kelly Sweyer. Photo courtesy of Woodland High School.
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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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