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TALENT — A few big swings by Amanda Skaff and Hailey Wyncoop went a long way for the Phoenix softball team on Tuesday.
Wyncoop bashed a key triple that drove in three and Skaff crushed two home runs to fuel the Pirates' 11-8 victory over North Valley in the Skyline Conference opener at Hagler-James Field.
"The fact is, if you put a couple girls on base and somebody whacks the heck out of the ball, that'll work," Phoenix head coach Jason Zanni said.
Phoenix (9-2, 1-0 Sky) did just that, tallying 11 hits on the day.
Wyncoop's full-count triple cleared the bases and put the Pirates ahead by a run with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. Baylee Toney followed that with a single that plated Wyncoop, and then Kasey Hamilton scored Toney.
Meanwhile, Skaff recorded her fifth and sixth home runs of the season in the third and sixth innings, respectively. The junior shortstop belted a two-run shot and then later a leadoff homer.
"She came to hit," coach Zanni said.
Makayla Scoggins went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Meranda Zanni was 2-for-3, including a two-run double in the first inning. In the circle, Zanni tossed a five-hitter with 10 strikeouts and five walks.
The Knights, taking advantage of walks, built a 7-5 lead before Phoenix rallied. Kenzie Schmoll pounded a solo shot in the third for North Valley (7-7, 0-1).
"It was what we thought it would be," coach Zanni said. "They are a good ballclub."
North Valley 032 020 1 — 8 5 2
Phoenix 302 051 x — 11 11 2
Allen, Kantola (5), Mohr (6) and Stark; Zanni and Hamilton. W — Zanni (6-1). L — Kantola (1-1). 2B — NV: Pittman, Kantola; P: B. Tally, Zanni. 3B — P: Wyncoop. HR — NV: Schmoll; P: Skaff 2 (6).
MAZAMA 11, HIDDEN VALLEY 1, 5 inn. — At Klamath Falls, Mazama scored seven runs in the first two innings to take control in the Skyline Conference opener for both teams.
The Vikings (9-3) have won six straight. Hidden Valley fell to 1-10.
Hidden Valley 000 10 — 1 4 1
Mazama 341 12 — 11 11 1
Lawson, York (4) and Green; Grigsby and Hamilton. W — Grigsby. L — Lawson. 2B — HV: Sargaris; M: D. Miller.