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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.
NORTH MEDFORD 14, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Eagle Point, Joci Ellis belted a three-run home run and Alexis Barkwell pitched a three-hitter for North Medford in nonleague action.
Barkwell, who struck out eight and walked three, went 3-for-5 and Keisha Williams 3-for-4 for the Black Tornado (14-1), which has won eight straight. North tacked on seven runs against Eagle Point (9-5) in the seventh inning, which was highlighted by Ellis' homer.
Maddie Gates, Grace Jovanovic, Maryssa Becker, Michelle Draper and Ellis all finished with two hits.
North Medford 021 103 7 — 14 16 0
Eagle Point 000 000 0 — 0 3 6
Barkwell and Williamson; Merrill, Gonsalves (7) and Grady. W — Barkwell. L — Merrill (5-4). 2B — NM: Becker, Barkwell, Williams. HR — NM: Ellis.
CRATER 12, ASHLAND 2, 6 inn. — At Central Point, Malorie Mitchell had two hits for Crater, including a two-run triple in the Comets' four-run sixth inning of the nonconference game.
The game ended in the sixth when No. 3 hitter Katie Britton was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to complete the rally.
Crater (5-8) received two hits and two RBIs from Bri Doggett, and Alex Craft added two hits and scored twice.
Ashland 100 001 — 2 5 4
Crater 114 204 — 12 8 4
Howson and Lehman; Sheperd, Ryerson (3), Berryhill (5) and Doggett, Britton (4). W — Ryerson (1-2). L — Howson. 3B — C: Mitchell.
ROSEBURG 9, GRANTS PASS 4 — At Grants Pass, Roseburg's Megan Larkin finished with three hits and two runs scored and Allyssa Hunt bashed a two-run home run in the seventh inning of the Southern Oregon Hybrid contest.
Halee Rose and Nicole Godwin each recorded two hits and Amy Robinson smacked a two-run double in the third inning for Grants Pass (4-9, 2-3 SOH), which made two costly errors in the fifth that the Indians (6-3, 2-1) took advantage of.
Roseburg 000 041 4 — 9 13 1
Grants Pass 002 000 2 — 4 7 3
Akers and Conklin; Norrick, Robinson (6), Thomas (7) and Lenard. W — Akers. L — Norrick (2-6). 2B — R: Reynolds, Larkin, Conklin; GP: Robinson. 3B — R: Perkinson. HR — R: Hunt.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 8, TULELAKE 5 — Courtney Case's RBI single in the fifth inning put Cascade Christian up for good in nonleague action at U.S. Cellular.
The Challengers (2-9) trailed 5-4 before recording four runs in the fifth. Gabby Scoggins tied the game at 5 on a Tulelake error before Case had her go-ahead hit.
Case finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, Allison McMahon 2-for-3 with an RBI and Madigan Smith 2-for-4 with a run against the California school.
Tulelake 122 000 0 — 5 6 1
Cascade Christian 040 040 x — 8 9 4
M. Smith, K. Smith (7) and Ratcliff; Gribble, Orr (5) and Alvarez. W — M. Smith (1-3). L — Gribble. 2B — T: Garcia 2; CC: McMahon.
GLIDE 7, ROGUE RIVER 6 — At Rogue River, Kaley Frank's two-run single capped a five-run rally by Glide in the fourth inning and the Wildcats withstood Rogue River's seventh-inning comeback attempt in the nonleague game.
Heather Graham surrendered three earned runs on seven hits to pick up the win for Glide (5-2) and also went 2-for-3 with a run.
For Rogue River (4-5), Sara Perkins and Hope Wolterman had two hits apiece, including Perkins' RBI double in the seventh that cut the deficit to two. Perkins later scored on a fielder's choice but the Chieftains could get no closer.
Glide 000 520 0 — 7 8 4
Rogue River 120 010 2 — 6 7 2
Graham and Hatley; Whittaker and Perkins. W — Graham. L — Whittaker (4-5). 2B — G: Evans, Graham; RR: Perkins 2, Rodriguez. 3B — RR: Swangle.