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GRANTS PASS — The Grants Pass softball team used dominant performances by Amy Robinson to prevail in a pair of close Southern Oregon Hybrid contests against South Medford at Grants Pass High on Saturday.
The Cavers won the opener, 4-1, and captured a 2-1 triumph in Game 2.
Robinson, a junior, tossed a pair of four-hitters with 15 strikeouts and no walks in each contest.
In the second game, Halee Rose hit a one-out RBI single and Taylor Thomas scored on a passed ball to give Grants Pass a 2-0 edge in the bottom of the third inning.
South's Sara Gartlan crushed a leadoff solo home run in the top of the fifth, and Brittany Miller and Rachael Moore both singled with one out in the sixth before Robinson recorded a strikeout and induced a flyout to end the threat.
Miller went 2-for-3 with a double for the Panthers (7-8, 2-4 SOH) and Aleah Stevens was 2-for-3 for the Cavers (11-6, 4-2).
Panthers pitcher Pat Moore allowed four hits and four walks and fanned seven.
Danielle Taylor's two-run single plated Thomas and Rose and provided Grants Pass a 3-0 lead in the third inning of the opener.
In the fifth, Bailee Tatum's RBI double down the left-field line for South brought home Hannah Newman and trimmed the deficit to two runs, but the Panthers were held scoreless after that.
Miller was 2-for-3 in Game 1, when South committed four errors. Pat Moore tossed a three-hitter with seven strikeouts and five walks.
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P. Moore and Garrett; Robinson and Stevens. W — Robinson. L — P. Moore (7-6). 2B — SM: Tatum.
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P. Moore and Garrett; Robinson and Stevens. W — Robinson. L — P. Moore (7-7). 2B — SM: Miller. HR — SM: Gartlan (1).
EAGLE POINT 10-4, PHOENIX 4-0 — At Talent, Eagle Point's Emily Jeffries had five hits and scored six runs as the Eagles swept the nonconference twin bill at Hagler-James Field.
In the first game, the Eagles (4-7) scored seven runs in the first two frames. Jeffries was 3-for-4 with four runs.
Phoenix's Amanda Skaff was 2-for-3 with a two-run single in the third, and Hailey Wyncoop had a hit and scored twice.
In the nightcap, Megan Ayres limited the Pirates to two hits — both by Lizzy Maclennan — while striking out nine and walking one.
Bailee Tally allowed five hits, fanned five and didn't walk anyone for Phoenix (4-11).
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Gonsalves and Shopp; Scoggins and Wolfe. W — Gonsalves. L — Scoggins (1-6). 2B — EP: Shopp, Hoag; P: Wallack. 3B — P: Tally.
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Ayres and Shopp; Tally and K. Maclennan. W — Ayres. L — Tally (3-7). 2B — EP: Gonsalves.
PROSPECT-BUTTE FALLS 8-12, 0-2 — At Prospect, Prospect-Butte Falls rapped 27 hits in the two games and raised its record to 13-2 overall and 6-2 in District 4.
Alee Pinkerton pitched both victories, allowing four hits and striking out 13 with one walk in the opener, and hurling a one-hitter with nine strikeouts and no walks in Game 2. She also had two hits and three RBIs in the first game and a two-run single in the nightcap.
In the opener, Hannah Bailey was one of six P-BF players to go 2-for-4, and she added two RBIs and a run. Others with two hits were Taylor Bernhardt, Halee Hedgpeth, Shawna Creech and Marissa Raines.
In the second game, Bailey rapped a three-run triple in a six-run second inning. She had two hits, as did Bernhardt, Hedgpeth, Creech and Katie Munsell.
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Matanna and Brewer; Pinkerton and Hedgpeth. W — Pinkerton (12-2). L — Matanna. 2B — P-BF: Pinkerton, Bernhardt. 3B — P-BF: Bernhardt, Hedgpeth.
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D. Zavala and Brewer; Pinkerton and Hedgpeth, Thomason (2). W — Pinkerton (13-2). L — Zavala. 3B — P-BF: Creech, Bailey.