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TALENT — Phoenix's Adriana Mereida-Ford and Bailee Tally both hit home runs and the Pirates beat Hidden Valley, 11-2, in the Skyline Conference opener at Hagler-James Field on Tuesday.
Mereida-Ford, a junior left fielder, finished 2-for-4 with six RBIs and Tally 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs.
Amanda Skaff went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs for Phoenix (2-6, 1-0 Sky), which led 7-0 before the Mustangs scored runs on RBI singles by Hannah Sarganis and Morgan Dawson in the top of the sixth.
Mereida-Ford pounded a two-run homer in the first for the Pirates, who tallied 10 hits.
With two outs in the second, Tiona Hurd smacked an RBI triple before Tally launched her two-run homer.
In the bottom of the sixth, Mereida-Ford hit a three-run triple and then Lizzy Maclennan added an RBI single.
Winning pitcher Tally allowed six hits, two runs and three walks and struck out four. Hidden Valley loaded the bases with no outs in the third before she induced three straight fielder's choice groundouts.
The Mustangs (0-10, 0-1) finished with six errors.
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Tally and K. Maclennan; York, Lawson (3) and Bragg. W — Tally (2-3). L — York. 2B — HV: Allen; P: Skaff. 3B — P: Hurd, Mereida-Ford. HR — P: Mereida-Ford (1), Tally (1).
HENLEY 10, ASHLAND 0, 5 inn. — At Klamath Falls, Kelly Scott pitched a perfect five-inning game, leading Henley (10-3) to the nonleague win.
Scott struck out seven without a walk in a game that was called after the fifth due to the 10-run mercy rule. The dominant performance required only 43 pitches, 33 of them strikes.
The Grizzlies fell to 2-8.
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Williams and Teixiera; Scott and Armantrout. W — Scott. L — Williams. 2B — H: Baley, Hamilton.
NORTH VALLEY 14, ILLINOIS VALLEY 5 — At Cave Junction, North Valley's Jennifer Staten homered and hit a double and the Knights pounded out 11 hits in nonleague action.
North Valley (5-7) recorded 10 runs in the top of the first inning.
For Illinois Valley (2-6), Allison Primeau had three RBIs and Miliya Stewart finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.
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Allen, King (3) and Kite; M. Stewart and Augustadt. W — King. L — M. Stewart. 2B — NV: Staten, Clarke. HR — NV: Staten.
GRANTS PASS 8-2, RIDGEVIEW 1-5 — At Grants Pass, Taylor Thomas, Dalenna Bellum and Amy Robinson all had two hits for Grants Pass in the opener but Ridgeview (5-2) countered in Game 2 to force a split.
In the nightcap, Halee Rose recorded two hits for the Cavers (7-3).
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Collins and Davis; Robinson and Doman. W — Robinson. L — Collins. 2B — R: Marshall; GP: Godwin, Taylor, Robinson, Bellum, Doman.
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McKinney and Davis; Robinson and Doman. W — McKenzie. L — Robinson. 2B — GP: Thomas, Doman.
PROSPECT-BUTTE FALLS 13, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, 6 inn. — Shawna Creech went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Alee Pinkerton tossed a five-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk for undefeated Prospect in nonleague action at U.S. Cellular.
Halee Hedgpeth was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Hannah Bailey and Marissa Raines were also 2-for-4. Creech hit a two-run triple for the Cougars (6-0).
Allison McMahon was 2-for-3 with an RBI triple for Cascade Christian (0-6).
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Pinkerton and Hedgpeth; Thomson and A. McMahan. W — Pinkerton. L — Thomson (0-2). 3B — P-B: Creech; CC: A. McMahan.
SOUTH UMPQUA 10, ROGUE RIVER 0, 5 inn. — At Rogue River, South Umpqua's Kyrstan Cook retired all 12 batters she faced and had a perfect game before being pulled in the fifth.
Rogue River's Laura Potter broke up the perfect game in the fifth with a single off South Umpqua reliever Lauren Hill.
Alexis Westbrooks finished 4-for-4 with two RBIs for the Lancers (5-3).
The Chieftains dropped to 1-4.
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Cook, Hill (5) and Gallego; Sands, Atteberry (5) and Hardy. W — Cook. L — Sands. 2B — SU: Westbrooks. 3B — SU: Boyd.
ASHLAND 11, HENLEY 7 — At Klamath Falls, Steen Fredrickson delivered a bases-loaded single and Nick Sanderson a three-run home run as Ashland scored eight runs in the seventh to storm back from a 6-3 deficit and hand the defending 4A champions their first loss of the season.
Eric Carlson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, including a bases-loaded walk that forced home the tying run with two outs in the seventh, and Sanderson, a freshman, capped the rally with a bomb off the scoreboard in right as Ashland earned its third win in a row to get to .500 (3-3) for the first time this season.
Fredrickson pitched the bottom of the seventh to pick up the win after starter Carter Glick gave up three earned runs on five hits in three innings. Kyle Milgram, whose clutch walk after facing a 2-2 count kept the game going in the seventh, was solid in three innings of relief, surrendering one earned run on four hits.