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EAGLE POINT — The outcome was closer but the end result remained the same for Ashland in Class 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid softball against Eagle Point on Monday.
Eagle Point earned a three-game series sweep over the Grizzlies with an 8-5 home victory to improve to 8-10 overall.
The Eagles had outscored Ashland (4-16, 0-3 5A SOH) 23-0 in the two prior conference matchups but trailed 5-4 heading into the bottom of the fifth on Monday. Two runs in the fifth and sixth proved to be the difference for EP.
"It was kind of a bummer loss but aren't they all," said Ashland head coach Cheri Kuykendall. "There's some good progress happening. We're getting a little bit better here and there but still not putting too many Ws on the board just yet."
Nicole Lehman paced Ashland with a 2-for-4 effort that included two runs scored. Her single to lead off the third inning sparked a three-run frame that included RBI singles by Hannah Thornton, Kim Corey and Amber Sutherland.
The Grizzlies tacked on a pair of runs in the fifth after Piper Cantrell doubled and Lehman followed with a single. Both players scored, one on a wild pitch and another on a fielder's choice groundout.
Ashland pitcher Georgia Williams walked 10 and hit two batters but also struck out 10, including seven looking at the third strike. She allowed six hits and stranded nine EP runners.
Brianna Shopp was 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs and Karly Tolen 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI to lead the Eagles. Pitcher McKinzee Parker allowed six hits, struck out two and walked one.
Ashland 000 320 0 — 5 6 1
Eagle Point 002 222 x — 8 6 3
G. Williams and Corey, N. Lehman (6); Parker and Shopp. W — Parker. L — G. Williams. 2B — A: Cantrell; EP: McCready, Shopp.
GRANTS PASS 3, NORTH EUGENE 0 — At Grants Pass, Amy Robinson pitched a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks and Rashaun Sells laced an RBI triple in the first inning to lead Grants Pass to the nonleague victory.
Nicole Godwin added an RBI double in the sixth and Stephanie Norrick plated a run in the third for the Cavers (9-11), with Lizzy Merritt going 2-for-3 with one run and Sadie Zozaya 2-for-2 with one run.
North Eugene 000 000 0 — 0 2 1
Grants Pass 101 001 x — 3 7 0
Pruett and Litalien; Robinson and Merritt. W — Robinson (9-7). L — Pruett. 2B — GP: Merritt, Godwin. 3B — Sells.
ALL-SWC STATE PREVIEW — At Creswell, North Medford's Daniel Schuler and Taylor Klemp finished second and third, respectively, in the individual scoring to lead the Black Tornado to a team victory in the 10-team event at Emerald Valley Golf Club.
Schuler carded a 1-over-par 73 and Klemp finished with a 74 for North to trail only medalist Sulman Raza of South Eugene, who shot a 71.
South Medford's Noah Brooks carded a 78 to finish tied for ninth.
South Eugene extended its lead on Sheldon in the season-long SWC race, with the Axemen at 941 and Irish at 959 through three scoring events. North Medford stands third at 969 with only this week's two-day district tournament remaining to be counted.
NORTH MEDFORD (314) — Daniel Schuler 36-37—73, Taylor Klemp 36-38—74, Joey Walker 37-43—80, Brandon Galante 43-44—87.
SOUTH EUGENE (315) — Sulman Raza 34-37—71, Jacob Henderson 42-43—85, Tommy Fruin 36-41—77, Paul Picado-Curtis 41-41—82.
SHELDON (317) — Ben Wanichek 35-41—76, Joseph Kuehn 39-44—83, TJ Nees 38-42—80, Jordan Deline 39-39—78.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC (321) — Trevor Warner 35-41—76, Chris Hart 38-45—83, Jake Ryan 42-40—82, Dan Dooney 39-41—80.
ROSEBURG (323) — Garrett Ramsey 39-44—83, Arie Yraguen 38-41—79, Devin Caylor 41-40—81, Drew Groshong 37-43—80.
BARLOW (327) — Rick Strebin 37-39—76, Joseph Knight 40-40—80, Alex Plusquellec 42-42—84, Dillon Battles 42-45—87.
GRANTS PASS (329) — Cody Stoffel 39-43—82, Russell Laubscher 43-41—84, Robert Galli 40-41—81, Kevin Luther 40-42—82.
THURSTON (334) — Mitchell Stewart 36-38—74, Jamesen Watts 42-43—85, Ryan Adair 42-43—85, Beau Mende 47-43—90.
SOUTH MEDFORD (353) — Noah Brooks 38-40—78, Blake Bartlett 42-45—87, Alex Brown 44-51—95, David DeCoste 42-51—93.
CRATER (354) — Jake Grondin 36-44—80, Cory Marineau 43-41—84, Luke Parent 45-55—100, Race Reiter 44-46—90.
ALL-SWC — Sheldon's Haleigh Krause carded a 75 in the third of five SWC counting events to earn medalist honors and lead the Irish to a team victory at Rogue Valley Country Club.
South Medford's Christina Phelps had the lowest round of the locals with an 83, one shot ahead of Grants Pass' Morgan Mahaffie. Crater's MacKenzie Guthrie finished with a 91 and North Medford's Becca Allen and Monica Godfrey each shot 94.
Sheldon holds a commanding lead in the overall race with 861 points, followed by Roseburg (916) and South Eugene (950) with only next week's two-day district tournament remaining among the counting events.
SHELDON (341) — Haleigh Krause 37-38—75, Alexi Bevans 46-46—92, Sammy Rouleau 41-47—88, Abby Brennan 41-45—86.
ROSEBURG (353) — Ashlynn Persing 41-42—83, Claire Dittemore 48-41—89, Kiana Cash 44-41—85, Kayla Epperly 51-45—96.
SOUTH EUGENE (363) — Natalie Pellitier 44-40—84, Natalie Gattis 46-42—88, McKenna VanVoorhis 48-49—97, Lindsey Wong 47-47—94.
GRANTS PASS (382) — Morgan Mahaffie 39-45—84, Cori DeForest 49-47—96, Sara Heisser 50-55—105, Shelby DeRocher 46-51—97.
NORTH MEDFORD (399) — Becca Allen 47-47—94, Monica Godfrey 43-51—94, Madi Richards 52-54—106, Taylor Norris 53-52—105.
SOUTH MEDFORD (425) — Christina Phelps 41-42—83, Tessa Spivey 47-49—96, Hanna Fretz 53-57—110, Courtney Littrell 71-65—136.
CRATER (442) — MacKenzie Guthrie 44-47—91, Breanna Souza 51-49—100, Jessica Juvinall 57-62 —119, McKayla Meunier 68-64—132.