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EAGLE POINT — Although pitcher Bub Skogseth wasn't on top of his game, he made a big difference for the Eagle Point baseball team on Thursday.
The senior right-hander surrendered one earned run and struck out eight over seven innings and was backed by early offense as the host Eagles vanquished nonconference foe Phoenix 9-3 at The Yard.
"(Skogseth) had a hard time locating all night and got behind on some counts but did a great job battling back," said Eagles coach Adam Randall. "He didn't have his best stuff, but he competed anyway and he was able to carry us. When the other guys are able to see him compete like that, it gets everyone going. It was a gritty performance from a gritty kid."
Skogseth yielded five hits and two walks in his first win of the season.
Eagle Point scored five runs in the opening frame, keyed by Brandon Wilson's two-run single. They maintained the lead despite stranding 11 runners.
"We had much better at-bats than in the past," said Randall. "Now we need to take the next step at getting those guys across the plate."
Zach Meerten and Andrew Hangaard each went 2-for-4 for the Eagles (5-6). Meerten also drove in a run.
For the Pirates (6-4), Jordan Pond and Zach Kentner both had a double and a single.
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McCreadie, Reynoso (3) and Treadway; Skogseth and Hangaard. W — Skogseth (1-1). L — McCreadie. 2B — P: Pond, Kentner; EP: Skogseth. 3B — EP: Korn.
HENLEY 7, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 6 — Cascade Christian scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the rally stopped there in the nonleague game against visiting Henley.
With runners at third and second and two outs, Henley ace Jesse Hilyard came on and retired Cooper Clark on a strikeout to end the game.
Cascade Christian (5-3) got two walks, then RBI singles by Cody Coggins and Isaiah Luzny and a sacrifice fly by Tristan Jones resulted in three runs.
The Challengers scored two runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Luzny and Coggins.
Coggins was 3-for-4 and Luzny and Clark were each 2-for-4.
Four of Henley's runs were unearned, aided by four Challenger errors.
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Goodell, Greif (6), Hilyard (7) and Hilyard, Noonan (7); Dusenbury, Scottow (2), Luzny (4), Coggins (7) and Clark. W — Goodell. L — Dusenbury (1-2). 2B — H: Dykstra; CC: Coggins. 3B — H: Crain.
ST. MARY'S 6, GLENDALE 0 — Senior right-hander Jake Isola pitched a two-hitter for host St. Mary's in the nonleague game.
Isola struck out 11 and didn't walk anyone.
Daniel Seus, who had two of 11 stolen bases for the Crusaders (7-3), went 2-for-3, as did Jacob Smith, who doubled.
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Streeter and Moody; Isola and Aviles. W — Isola (2-0). L — Streeter. 2B — SM: Smith.
MAZAMA 2-16, SOUTH MEDFORD 0-6 — South Medford couldn't find its offense in the opener, then committed 10 errors in Game 2 of a nonconference doubleheader against visiting Mazama.
In Game 1, Hannah Newman of the Panthers (2-11) gave up three runs — just one earned — on four hits and one walk. She struck out five.
In Game 2, South's Tia Garrett went 2-for-2 with two runs and a pair of RBIs.
Rachel Moore went 2-for-3, and scored and drove in a run, and Sara Gartlan added an RBI double for the Panthers (2-11), whose defense yielded 11 unearned runs.
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Grigsby and Hamilton; Newman and Williams. W — Grigsby. L — Newman (1-5). 2B — M: Pinner.
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Wortman and Hamilton; Moore and Williams, Garrett (5). W — Wortman. L — Moore (1-5). 2B — M: Pinner; SM: Moore, Garrett, Newman, Gartlan, Williams.
ROGUE RIVER 9, ASHLAND 4 — At Ashland, Kailin Honea, Lacey Swangle and Carolanne Whittaker had three hits apiece and Rogue River scored six runs in the fifth inning to break open what was a close nonconference game at North Mountain Park.
Honea was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Swangle 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs and Whittaker 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to pace the Chieftains (4-4).
For the Grizzlies (2-8), Teresa Lehman, Grace Lenthe and McKenna Read had two hits apiece.
Winning pitcher Whittaker struck out five without a walk and surrendered four runs on 10 hits.
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Whittaker and Perkins; Howson and Lehman. W — Whittaker (4-4). L — Howson. 2B — RR: Swangle 2, Honea, Whittaker. HR — RR: Rodriguez (1).
PHOENIX 11, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0, 5 inn. — In her first varsity start of the season, sophomore Bailee Tally pitched a four-hitter and ripped two hits as Phoenix earned its third straight win at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Tally fanned four and walked three in the nonleague game.
Also for Phoenix (8-2), Amanda Skaff was 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, three runs and an RBI, and Delanie Tally belted a two-run triple in the fifth inning .
Cascade Christian (1-8) was led by Rebekah Ratcliff, who went 2-for-3 with a double.
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B. Tally and Hamilton; K. Smith and Ratcliff. W — B. Tally (1-0). L — K. Smith (1-4). 2B — P: Toney, B. Tally, Skaff, Wyncoop, Wallack; CC: Ratcliff. 3B — P: D. Tally.
SOUTH MEDFORD 4, GRANTS PASS 4 — Kelsey Barlett was dominant at No. 1 singles for host South Medford, and the No. 3 singles match lasted three hours a match delayed three times by rain.
Bartlett defeated Megan Ward, 6-0, 6-1, and Amanda Solar of Grants Pass outlasted Caroline Eledge of South (0-1-1) at third singles, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-5.
SINGLES — Kelsey Bartlett, SM, d. Megan Ward, 6-0, 6-1; Haley Steadman, SM, d. Natasha Matola, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6); Amanda Solar, GP, d. Caroline Eledge, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-5; Kealani Creech, SM, d. Sarah Rezendes, 6-3, 6-4.
DOUBLES — Abi Johnson-McKenna Stephenson, GP, d. Abi Borg-Riley Finnegan, 6-1, 6-0; Kelsey Lucido-Gretchen Berkey, GP, d. Brittany Reese-Erin Viera, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4; Brittany Blacksmith-Natalie Justema, GP, d. Andrea Devries-Haley Noel, 6-3, 6-0; Kayla Fain-Kali Curtis, SM, d. Olivia DeJanivier-Emma Isabell, 6-1, 7-5.
ASHLAND 8, NORTH MEDFORD 0 — At Ashland, Ashland won every match in straight sets, including Emily Haptonstall's 7-5, 6-4 victory over Alexa Inman in the No. 4 singles match, the closest contest of the day.
SINGLES — Ashley Knecht, A, d. Jacqueline Bradford, 6-0, 6-0; Anne Kim, A, d. Taylor Cavanaugh, 6-0, 6-0; Cass Christopher, A, d. Bailey Cowan, 6-1, 6-1; Emily Haptonstall, A, d. Alexa Inman, 7-5, 6-4.
DOUBLES — Hanna Greenberg-Vika O'Brien, A, d. Nikki Cummings-Savannah Chambers, 6-1, 6-0; Katy Barnard-Elana Cooper, A, d. Anne Miller-Madelyn Dyer, 6-0, 6-0; Hannah Barchet-Lilli Patton, A, d. Rachel Forrest-Halli Rousell, 6-2, 6-2; Olivia Butler-Ellie Case, A, d. Emily Hazelton-Toreah Foy, 6-1, 6-1.