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EAGLE POINT — Eagle Point pitcher McKinzee Merrill tossed a three-hitter and the Eagles' defense turned in one of its best performances of the season in a 10-0, six-inning Class 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid victory over Ashland.
The Eagles' Emily Jeffries got on base with a single and scored the winning run on a wild pitch to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Merrill walked just one and forced mostly groundouts. The Eagles improved to 11-7 overall and 2-1 in 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid play.
Teresa Lehman had two hits — including a double — for the Grizzlies (4-14, 1-2 SOH), who committed seven errors.
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Lenthe and Lehman; Merrill and Grady. W — Merrill (7-6). L — Lenthe. 2B — EP: Lehman.
NORTH MEDFORD 4, ST. MARY'S 4 — St. Mary's won the top singles and doubles matches, but North Medford battled the Crusaders to a tie in nonconference play.
In a long No. 1 doubles match, St. Mary's Chloe Phillips and Sabrina Miller outlasted Madelyn Duer and Rachel Forrest, 6-1, 2-6, 6-6 (7-4).
SINGLES — Emerald DeBoer, SM, d. Jacqueline Bradford, 6-4, 6-2; Bailey Cowan, NM, d. Amber Moore, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2; Emily Van Valkenburg, SM, d. Anne Miller, 6-1, 6-2; Tayler Cavanagh, NM, d. Joanna Rhee, 6-0, 6-2.
DOUBLES — Chloe Phillips-Sabrina Miller, SM, d. Madelyn Duer-Rachel Forrest, 6-1, 2-6, 6-6 (7-4); Alexa Inman-Morgan Messer, NM, d. Emily Riehlman-Haley Ordal, 6-2, 6-1; Teddie Savage-Becky Fuller-Phillips, SM, by forfeit over Rayna Carson-Halli Rousell; Nikki Cummings-Anna Lightheart, NM, d. Erika Fernandes-Melissa Seus, 6-0, 6-0.
ASHLAND 6, SOUTH MEDFORD 2 — Ashland rolled to the nonconference victory, getting a solid win out of No. 1 singles player Ashley Kneact and another resounding triumph from the No. 1 doubles team of Hanna Greenberg and Vika O'Brien.
Kneact downed Kelsey Bartlett, 6-2, 6-1, and Greenberg and O'Brien topped Riley Finnegan and Abi Borg, 6-0, 6-0.
The junior Greenberg and sophomore O'Brien won the Class 5A state doubles titles last year, Ashland's first tennis state crown in 14 years.
SINGLES — Ashley Kneact, A, d. Kelsey Bartlett, 6-2, 6-1; Anne Kim, A, d. Brittany Reese, 6-0, 6-0; Cass Christopher, A, d. Catherine Gustafson, 6-2, 6-4; Keahari Sleezer, SM, d. Carli Marshall, 6-1, 6-1.
DOUBLES — Hanna Greenberg-Vika O'Brien, A, d. Riley Finnegan-Abi Borg, 6-0, 6-0; Katy Barnard-Elana Cooper, A, d. Hannah Borg-Caroline Eledge, 6-2, 6-1; Hannah Barchet-Lilli Patton, A, d. Kayla Fain-Andrea Devries, 6-4, 6-3; Erin Viera-Kali Curtis, SM, d. Olivia Butcher-Ellie Case, 6-3, 6-2.
NORTH MEDFORD 6, ST. MARY'S 2 — In a battle of top seeds, St. Mary's Avery Kerwin got the best of North Medford's Logan West, but the Black Tornado grabbed control thereafter.
Kerwin topped West 7-6, 3-6 (10-6).
In No. 1 doubles, Kyle Campbell and Ryan Hogan of the Black Tornado defeated Patrick O'Sullivan and Riley O'Sullivan, 6-3, 6-4.
SINGLES — Avery Kerwin, STM, d. Logan West, 7-6, 3-6 (10-6); Sebastian Thomsen, NM, d. Tristan Carmeci, 5-7, 6-2 (7-6); Kellen Petersen, NM, d. Chama LeVine, 6-0, 6-1.
DOUBLES — Kyle Campbell-Ryan Hogan, NM, d. Patrick O'Sullivan-Riley O'Sullivan, 6-3, 6-4; Tyler West-Spencer Ebert, NM, d. Andrew Young-Will Patterson, 4-6, 7-5 (1-0); Isaiah Williams-Kane Garrett, NM, d. Ian Schoen-Colton Dumont, 6-1, 7-6; Benton Coulman-Zach Homen, NM, d. Ryan Loos-Chris Knackstebt, 6-3, 6-4; Chama LeVine-Colton Dumont, STM, d. Alex Forehand-Ethan Mullins, 8-2.