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GRANTS PASS — Grants Pass softball pitcher Amy Robinson kept Crater off balance throughout and the Cavers used a three-run fourth inning to separate from the Comets for a 4-1 Southern Oregon Hybrid victory Tuesday.
Robinson limited Crater to three hits while striking out eight with no walks. Her lone run allowed came in the fifth after Brie Sheperd smacked a leadoff double and then moved to third on a drag bunt single by Athena Espinosa. Brittany Hassel followed with a squeeze bunt that GP opted to relay to first base for the out instead of trying to nab Sheperd at home.
"Amy Robinson did a fantastic job," said Crater head coach Chris Arnold. "She pitched to her locations really well today and she has such a great repertoire of pitches. We ended up watching too many strikes and chased balls outside the zone, which is exactly what pitchers want you to do. She really did a good job of working our hitters."
Abbi Pearce added the only other hit for Crater (3-9, 0-2 SOH).
For Grants Pass (9-6, 2-2), Robinson and Taylor Thomas each had two hits and an RBI.
Hassel struck out four with one walk and stranded five runners through four innings for the Comets, while reliever Tristin Fisher allowed one run on three hits in two innings.
Crater 000 010 0 — 1 3 1
Grants Pass 000 301 x — 4 9 0
Hassel, Fisher (5) and Martin; Robinson and Stevens. W — Robinson. L — Hassel (1-5). 2B — C: Sheperd; GP: Robinson, Bellum. 3B — GP: Thomas.
PHOENIX 12, ROGUE RIVER 1, 5 inn. — At Rogue River, Phoenix scored all 12 of its runs in the second inning during nonleague action.
Amanda Skaff went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, two runs scored and two stolen bases and Hailey Wyncoop 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, four RBIs and two runs scored for the Pirates (4-11). Tiona Hurd was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs and Adriana Mereida-Ford 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs.
Bailee Tally owned a perfect game with eight strikeouts before being replaced in the fourth inning by Hurd, who gave up one hit and one walk.
Josie Pratt, who had the hit, scored on a passed ball for the Chieftains (1-7).
Phoenix 0(12)0 00 — 12 12 1
Rogue River 000 01 — 1 1 3
Tally, Hurd (4) and Wolfe, K. Maclennan (4); Sands, Atteberry (3) and Hardy. W — Tally (3-6). L — Sands. 2B — P: Hurd. HR — P: Wyncoop (1).
MAZAMA 12, NORTH VALLEY 2, 6 inn. — At Merlin, Diane Miller belted a grand slam and added a double to finish with five RBIs to lead Mazama to the Skyline Conference road win.
North Valley (8-9, 3-3 Skyline) got RBI efforts from Kasey Werner and Gabby Edwards but was limited to five hits by Lynzee Wortman in the six-inning contest.
Mazama 022 305 — 12 18 1
North Valley 001 001 — 2 5 3
Wortman and Allred; Allen, Mohr (3) and Kite. W — Wortman. L — Allen. 2B — M: Pinner 2, Wortman, D. Miller. HR — M: D. Miller.
HENLEY 10, HIDDEN VALLEY 0, 5 inn. — At Klamath Falls, Henley score six runs in the third inning and four in the fifth to finish off Hidden Valley early.
Olivia Pizano had a triple and two RBIs for the Hornets (15-3, 6-0 Sky), who also got two hits each from Kayla Herr, Briea Baley and Jess Pettigrew.
Hidden Valley 000 00 — 0 0 2
Henley 006 04 — 10 10 1
W — Scott. L — Lawson. 2B — H: Pettigrew, Brown. 3B — H: Pizano.
Southern Cascade Hybrid
ILLINOIS VALLEY 16, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 11 — Illinois Valley and Cascade Christian entered the fifth inning tied before the Cougars went ahead for good in Southern Cascade Hybrid action at U.S. Cellular.
Allison Primeau had three RBIs and two runs scored and Alexus Inge added two RBIs for Illinois Valley (4-10, 1-0 SCH), which scored two runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Alaina Thomson recorded four RBIs and three runs and Raleigh Weaver two RBIs for the Challengers (0-9, 0-1).
Illinois Valley 343 022 2 — 16 11 1
Cascade Christian 334 000 1 — 11 13 4
Stewart and Augustadt; Thomson, Weaver (3), Thomson (6), Weaver (7) and Ratcliff. W — Stewart. L — Thomson. 2B — IV: Deters; CC: Ratcliff, Weaver. 3B — CC: Thomson, Weaver.