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GRANTS PASS — South Medford's Kelsey Bartlett defeated Grants Pass' Natasha Matola, 6-0, 6-1, in a battle of top-seeded singles players to lead the Panthers to a 4-3 Southwest Conference girls tennis victory in cold and windy conditions at Grants Pass High Thursday.
South Medford (1-1) nearly claimed the No. 2 singles, but the Cavers' Amanda Solar outlasted Alex Moore, 6-4, 4-6 (10-8).
In No. 1 doubles, McKenna Stepherson and Abi Johnson of Grants Pass picked up a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Abi Borg and Rylee Houck.
With the Panthers' Anna Johnson leading Olivia DeJanbier 7-6 (7-5), the fourth-seeded singles match was suspended due to darkness before the second set could be played. The match did not count toward the team score.
SINGLES — Kelsey Bartlett, SM, d. Natasha Matola, 6-0, 6-1; Amanda Solar, GP, d. Alex Moore, 6-4, 4-6, (10-8); Andie DeVries, SM, d. Rachael Berkey, 6-2, 6-4; Anna Johnson, SM, and Olivia DeJanbier, GP, 7-6 (7-5) match suspended due to darkness.
DOUBLES — McKenna Stepherson-Abi Johnson, GP, d. Abi Borg-Rylee Houck, 6-0, 6-0; Kali Curtis-Hannah Case, SM, d. Kayna Nicholas-Grace Connelly, 6-4, 7-5; Kayla Fain-Kenadi Schultz, SM, d. Shelbie LaPan-Natalie LeMoss, 6-2, 6-3; Donelle Bomont-Rocio Diaz, GP, d. Lauren Knotz-Martin-Cassidy Herick, 3-6, 6-4, (10-8).
DOUGLAS 11, PHOENIX 1, 5 inn. — At Phoenix, Douglas took advantage of nine Phoenix errors that led to 10 runs in the nonconference game shortened by the 10-run rule.
Two of the three hits Phoenix (0-5) had were in the fifth inning and resulted in its run. Alyssa Wallack led off with a single and was sacrificed to second base. She scored on a single by Hailey Wyncoop.
Sara Saurman had the other hit for the Pirates.
Douglas 205 13 — 11 10 1
Phoenix 000 01 — 1 3 9
Deaver and Dupper; Scoggins and Maclennan. W — Deaver. L — Scoggins (0-2).
RIDDLE 19, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2, 5 inn. — At Riddle, Daisha Budel tossed a no-hitter for Riddle, which scored 13 first-inning runs in the nonconference game.
Cascade Christian (0-4) allowed 17 walks, hit two batters and had several passed balls that led to 11 of Riddle's runs.
Kate Bartholomy drove in both of the Challengers' runs on fielder's choices.
Riddle's Eryn McNeil tripled, doubled and drove in three runs.
Cascade Christian 010 10 — 2 0 5
Riddle (13)51 0x — 19 6 0
Weaver, Thomson (1) and Ratcliff; Budel and Linton. W — Budel. L — Weaver (0-4). 2B — R: McNeil, Budel. 3B — R: Chandler, McNeil.
PROSPECT-BUTTE FALLS 12, HIDDEN VALLEY 7 — At Grants Pass, Hannah Bailey was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and Prospect-Butte Falls remained undefeated (5-0) heading into its District 4 opener Saturday against Myrtle Point.
Alee Pinkerton went the distance in the circle to pick up her fifth win and went 2-for-4. Also for the Cougars, Katie Munsell was 3-for-4 with a double.
Hidden Valley fell to 0-8.
Prospect-Butte Falls 004 042 2 — 12 13 1
Hidden Valley 011 101 3 — 7 11 1
Pinkerton and Thomason; Lawson and Bragg. W — Pinkerton (5-0). L — Lawson. 2B — P: Hedgpeth, Munsell; HV: Oachs, Lawson, Allen.
DEL NORTE 12, ILLINOIS VALLEY 5 — At Crescent City, Calif., Illinois Valley racked up 14 hits but left a lot of runners stranded in the nonconference game.
William Housel went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs for the Cougars (3-2), who received a pair of doubles from Eric Miller and 2-for-4 efforts from Andrew Sherier and Lander Nordal.
Illinois Valley 102 002 0 — 5 14 4
Del Norte 141 510 x — 12 x 0
Mather, Housel (3) and Housel, Davis (3); Pease and Johnson. W — Pease. L — Mather (0-1). 2B — IV: Miller 2, Nordal.