Oregon, Alaskans lose in Super Regional (Softball)
The dream of advancing to the College Softball World Series was dashed for a pair of Alaskans playing at the University of Oregon.
Blame the Missouri Tigers.
Missouri swept the Ducks in the best-of-3 Super Regional series to punch their ticket to the NCAA Championships. Oregon features Alaska players Hannah Barril of Juneau and Jordan Reeves of Fairbanks.
Barril, a 5-foot-1 senior infielder, saw action in Game 2 as a pinch runner. She played in 32 games for the Ducks (36-21) this season, mostly in a reserve role.
She is described as one of the team’s most reliable utility players, whether it be to steal a bag or replace somebody in the field.
Barril played in a career-high 51 games as a junior and was won the team’s Most Inspirational Award as a sophomore.
Reeves, a 5-foot-8 sophomore, is one of three catchers on the roster, arguably the deepest position on the team.
The Lathrop graduate didn’t play this season but she did log time in two games as a freshman.
She reportedly impressed coaches with her rapid development over the course of her rookie season. She drew a walk and eventually scored in her first NCAA at-bat against Southern Mississippi.