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TALENT — The undefeated Phoenix baseball team collected 30 hits scored 27 runs as it swept Etna, Calif., 11-10 and 16-11 in nonleague action at Colver Field on Wednesday.
With Game 1 tied at 10 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Andrew Reynoso tripled with one out before Jordan Pond drove him in with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Justin McCreadie went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, Bailey Baker 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Zach Kentner 2-for-3 and Calvin Decker 2-for-4 for the Pirates (4-0) in Game 1.
Phoenix trailed by a run in the seventh inning of the opener before Baker's fielder's choice evened the score.
Kentner and Reynoso combined to allow 15 hits and one walk in Game 1.
"We gave them a few unearned runs and woke up," Phoenix head coach Bill Hutchinson said. "When we allow some runs to happen we respond to it. Every time they've taken a punch they've thrown one back."
In the second game, Pond finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs and Aaron Hutchinson was 3-for-3 with four RBIs as the Pirates used a nine-run fourth inning to overcome a three-run deficit and capture the lead.
Reynoso was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, Travis Stainbrook 2-for-3 and Baker 2-for-4 in Game 2.
Kyle Botermans, making his first start as a freshman, struck out six and allowed 10 hits and one walk in 41/3 innings to earn the victory.
Phoenix, which combined for 14 stolen bases on Wednesday, went winless last season.
"We have played some very good baseball but we haven't put together seven innings yet," coach Hutchinson said.
Etna 340 210 00 — 10 15 3
Phoenix 511 200 11 — 11 13 4
Reynolds and Fleener; Kentner, Reynoso (7) and McCreadie. W — Reynoso (2-0). L — Reynolds. 2B — E: Stacher, Fleener; P: Baker. 3B — E: Reynolds 2; P: Reynoso, Baker.
Etna 023 230 1 — 11 15 3
Phoenix 031 903 x — 16 17 4
Stacher, Berry (4) and Fleener; Botermans, Reynoso (5) and McCreadie, Mobley (6). W — Botermans (1-0). L — Stacher. 2B — E: Murphy 2, Munson, Krueger; P: Reynoso, Hutchinson 2.
SUTHERLIN 2, EAGLE POINT 1 — At Sutherlin, Eagle Point saw its three-game winning streak to open the season snapped on the road. Sutherlin (1-3) avenged an 8-2 loss suffered Friday at Eagle Point.
REDMOND 4-13, SOUTH MEDFORD 3-9 — At Redmond, Redmond rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the opener and an 8-3 deficit in Game 2 to pocket a back-and-forth nonconference sweep.
Tia Garrett and Sara Gartlan had two hits apiece to pace the Panthers (1-3) in the first game, with Garrett's two-run double staking South to a 3-0 lead in the third inning.
In the nightcap, South's Brittany Miller was 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and four RBIs and Tristin Mecham 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run.
Redmond pitcher Ashley Pesek hit a two-run home run in the fifth to help Redmond (5-1) pull away.
South Medford 012 000 0 — 3 6 1
Redmond 004 000 x — 4 5 1
Moore and Garrett; Pesek and Dockins. W — Pesek. L — Moore (0-1). 2B — SM: Garrett, Gartlan, Mecham; R: Nitschelm, Cain, Senko, Burress.
South Medford 000 810 0 — 9 9 3
Redmond 111 631 x — 13 14 1
Newman and Garrett; Pesek and Dockins. W — Pesek. L — Newman (1-2). 2B — SM: Garrett, Gartlan; R: Nitschelm 2, Dockins, Cain. HR — SM: Miller; R: Pesek.
PHOENIX 22, ASHLAND 7, 5 inn. — At Ashland, Delanie Tally had four hits, including two triples, to lead Phoenix's 16-hit barrage in the nonconference game at North Mountain Park.
Tally was 4-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs, Amanda Skaff was 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs and Meranda Zanni was 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored to lead the Pirates (3-0), who have scored 46 runs in their first three games. Alyssa Wallack went 2-for-3 with a homer.
For Ashland (1-4), Hannah Thornton was 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs.
Phoenix 811 48 — 22 16 1
Ashland 201 22 — 7 9 5
Zanni, Scoggins (1) and D. Tally; Lenthe and Lehman. W — Scoggins. L — Lenthe. 2B — P: Flynn, B. Tally, Zanni, Skaff; A: Lehman, Read. 3B — P: D. Tally 2, Zanni. HR — P: Skaff 2 (2), Zanni (2), Wallack; A: Thornton.
EAGLE POINT 5, SUTHERLIN 4 — At Eagle Point, Teanna Gonsalves's game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Kayli Meerten in nonleague action.
Kenzie Nielsen finished 2-for-3 for the Eagles (3-1), who avenged a 4-3 loss to the Bulldogs (1-2) last week.
Sutherlin 000 003 1 — 4 9 2
Eagle Point 000 112 1 — 5 7 4
Malinoff and Kress; Merrill and Nielsen. W — Merrill (3-0). L — Malinoff. 2B — S: Atterbury, Knee.