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KLAMATH FALLS — Phoenix kept its hopes alive for the Skyline Conference softball championship by beating Henley, 3-2, Tuesday and pulling into a tie with the Hornets atop the standings.
Both teams are 8-2 with two games remaining. In doubleheaders Saturday, Phoenix visits Mazama and Henley is at North Valley.
Henley owns the tiebreaker over the Pirates (17-5 overall) because it won two earlier meetings.
Ashlyn Flynn provided the winning run for Phoenix in the sixth inning when she singled in Amanda Skaff. Skaff started the rally with a single, stole second and moved to third on a fielder's choice, setting up Flynn's hit. Flynn was 2-for-3.
"They (Pirates) were inspired to play this game," said coach Jason Zanni of Phoenix, which hadn't beaten Henley since 2010. "They knew this was really kind of a pre-playoff game, and playing well means a lot. It's a good measuring stick to find out where we are."
Hailey Wyncoop slugged a two-out, solo home run to center field in the second for Phoenix, and pitcher Meranda Zanni went the distance in the circle, allowing five hits, striking out 10 and not issuing a walk.
Phoenix 110 001 0 — 3 6 2
Henley 100 100 0 — 2 5 1
Zanni and Hamilton; Scott and Herr. W — Zanni (11-4). L — Scott. HR — P: Wyncoop.
NORTH VALLEY 15, HIDDEN VALLEY 3, 5 inn. — At Merlin, Kenzie Schmoll went 3-for-4 with four RBIs to pace North Valley's 16-hit attack.
North Valley pitcher Kady Kantola (3-4) surrendered three unearned runs in the first inning then blanked Hidden Valley the rest of the way. Kantola also had two hits.
Kasey Werner and Mikala Mohr each collected three hits and scored three runs for the Knights (10-13, 3-7 Sky) and Abi Kite had two hits, including a three-run homer in the fourth.
For Hidden Valley (1-21, 0-12), Morgan Dawson went 2-for-3.
Hidden Valley 300 00 — 3 6 3
North Valley 261 6x — 15 16 4
Lawson and Allen; Kantola and Kite. W — Kantola (3-4). L — Lawson. 2B — NV: Schmoll, Mohr, Allen, Kite. HR — NV: Kite.
ROGUE RIVER 10, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 6 — Cascade Christian outhit Rogue River 11-6, including Kelsey Bogue's third home run of the season, but the Challengers couldn't overcome four errors and nine walks in a Southern Cascade Hybrid game at U.S. Cellular.
Rebekah Ratcliff was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, Madigan Smith 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Bogue 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run for Cascade Christian (8-13, 4-3 SCH), which caps its regular season Saturday at Lakeview.
Kailin Honea and Josie Pratt were each 2-for-5 with two RBIs to pace the Chieftains (12-5, 7-0), who have won eight in a row. Carolanne Whittaker picked up the complete-game win after striking out four and surrendering five earned runs.
Rogue River 120 070 0 — 10 6 1
Cascade Christian 001 013 1 — 6 11 4
Whittaker and Perkins; K. Smith and Ratcliff. W — Whittaker. L — K. Smith (5-8). 2B — CC: Case. 3B — RR: Perkins; CC: M. Smith. HR — CC: Bogue (3).
PROSPECT 10, ROGUE RIVER JV 0, 6 inn. — At Prospect, Miranda Hedgpeth tossed a two-hitter with three strikeouts and one walk in five innings for Prospect in nonleague action.
Shawna Creech was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Heather Lass 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Cougars (10-4).
Rogue River JV 000 000 — 0 2 10
Prospect 502 102 — 10 8 1
Not available; Hedgpeth, Hobbs (5) and Coble, Hedgpeth (5). W — Hedgpeth (3-0). L — NA. 2B — P: Creech, Pinkerton.
HENLEY 10, PHOENIX 0, 6 inn. — At Klamath Falls, junior pitcher Josh Overstreet fired a two-hit shutout and Henley hit three home runs.
The Hornets' victory coupled with Hidden Valley's loss to North Valley moves Henley (18-5, 10-3 Sky) into sole possession of first place in the Skyline standings.
Jack Mitchell connected for a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the sixth for Henley.
The Hornets' other home runs came from Cody Dykstra and Overstreet.
Jordan Pond rapped two hits for Phoenix (8-15, 2-11).
Phoenix 000 000 — 0 3 2
Henley 301 402 — 10 8 2
McCreadie, Kentner (4) and Hutchinson; Overstreet, Greif (4), Seater (6) and Hilyard. W — Greif. L — McCreadie (3-3). 2B — H: Seater, Hilyard. HR — H: Dykstra, Overstreet, Mitchell.
Aviles struck out eight and walked none.
Lander Nordal picked up the first hit for Illinois Valley (4-18, 0-9 SCH) with a two-out single in the fourth. Tyler Andrews doubled for the Cougars in the next inning.
The Crusaders (16-8, 6-5) got RBI singles from Dan Seus and Ryan Ross and a run-scoring squeeze bunt by Jake Isola in the third.
Seus and Ross each had two hits off IV hurler Mason LaFlamme, who went the distance.
St. Mary's 003 000 0 — 3 7 0
Illinois Valley 000 000 0 — 0 2 0
Aviles and Seus; LaFlamme and Housel. W — Aviles. L — LaFlamme. 2B — SM: J. Smith; IV: Andrews.