Under the guidance of a new coach, Sheldon softball begins its hunt to repeat as Class 6A state champs

Sheldon Irish win the OSAA Class 6A softball state championship

The Sheldon softball team poses with the OSAA Class 6A softball state championship trophy after beating Oregon City on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene.Joe Hill for The Oregonian/OregonLive

State title defenses don’t often come without their pitfalls.

Sheldon senior Kinley Pappas is learning just that this March. A first team all-state catcher for the Irish’s softball team, Pappas is one of several key contributors who will make up the core of this year’s group as they attempt to one-up a Class 6A championship last season, in which the Irish pulled out a 1-0 victory over Oregon City.

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