EUGENE — When Eagle Point gives pitcher Megan Ayres some runs to work with, the senior ace is tough to beat.
That’s just what the Eagles did in a 10-2 victory against Churchill in key Midwestern League softball game Tuesday.
With the victory, Eagle Point (10-3, 6-2 MWL) breaks a MWL second-place tie with Churchill (7-7, 5-3).
The Eagles staked Ayres to a two-run lead in the first inning and never trailed.
Samantha Thompson, Eagle Point’s No. 2 hitter, got the Eagles on the board in the first with a solo home run over the left-center wall. Ayres followed with a single and came around to score on an RBI single by Corie Dodge.
Ayres (7-3) struck out 11, walked two and allowed one earned run in the complete game performance.
“(Ayres) was throwing well,” said Eagle Point coach John White. “She’s been real consistent hitting her spots.”
Eagle Point used RBI singles by Ayres and Dodge during a three-run fifth, then scored four more in the sixth highlighted by run-scoring hits from Riley Shopp and Miyah Smith.
Dodge led the Eagles’ attack with three hits and Thompson, Ayres and Shopp added two hits each.
“We’re starting to jell as a team,” said White. “When we get timely hitting, we’re tough to beat.”
Ayres and Thompson; Dose and Irving. W — Ayres (7-3). L — Dose. HR — EP: Thompson (1).
CRATER 4, THURSTON 1: At Central Point, Genna Cottini ripped a two-run home run and Presley Robison went 3-for-3 and scored twice for Crater in the Midwestern League win.
Cottini’s first homer of the season came after Robison reached on a bunt single in the third inning and put Crater (6-5, 5-2 MWL) in front 4-0.
Grace Hilton contributed an RBI single in a two-run first, scoring Robison.
Winning pitcher Holley Warner allowed six hits, struck out four and didn’t walk anyone.
Thurston is 5-10 and 3-5.
Muggy and Schmitt; Warner and Harris, Sanderson (7). W — Warner (3-0). L — Muggy. HR — C: Cottini.
NORTH MEDFORD 12, ROSEBURG 1: At Roseburg, Taelor Mayben and Ashley Ripplinger each drove in three runs for North Medford in the Southwest Conference game.
The Black Tornado (14-1, 7-1 SWC) scored in every inning except the first in dispatching Roseburg (8-6, 5-3).
Olivia Lethlean was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI for North, and Mayben and Ripplinger each had two hits, as did Alex Barry, who scored twice, and Mahal Miles. Ripplinger hit a two-run home run in the third.
Rylan Austin scattered five hits over five innings for the win. She allowed a run while striking out one and not walking any.
Austin, Williams (6) and Smalley; Blevins and Bergman. W — Austin (11-1). L — Blevins. 2B — NM: Mayben, Austin. HR — NM: Ripplinger.
MAZAMA 16, PHOENIX 2, 5 inn.: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix got all three hits and its two runs in the final inning of the Skyline Conference road contest.
Mazama junior pitcher Caitlin Lotspeich had a no-hitter through four innings before surrendering a single to Brooke Kentner, Makenna Page’s RBI double and an RBI single from Lindsey Burns in the fifth.
Phoenix remained winless in the Skyline (0-4) and are 2-9 overall, while Mazama improved to 3-1 in league and 10-4 on the season.
Hurd and Bowman; Lotspeich and Delonge. W — Lotspeich. L — Hurd. 2B — P: Page.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 8, ROGUE RIVER 4: At Rogue River, Shaylee Ledesma went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI and pitched a five-hitter for Cascade Christian in the Southern Cascade League game.
Ledesma fanned nine and walked six for the Challengers (9-4, 4-0 SCL), who scored seven sixth-inning runs.
Mia Mayben and Eeklyn Magee each had two hits and two RBIs for Cascade Christian, which also got two hits from Bryton Plankenhorn and Mallory Meilicke. Meilicke hit her second homer of the season, a solo shot in the fifth inning.
Ledesma and Plankenhorn; Sands and Moulder. W — Ledesma (9-4). L — Sands. 2B — CC: Meilicke, Quast. HR — CC: Meilicke (2).
BUTTE FALLS 24-13, HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 1-0: At Klamath Falls, Katie Munsell picked up a pair of five-inning victories inside the circle in the District 4 doubleheader at the Steen Sports Park.
In the opener, Munsell allowed three hits and struck out seven in four innings. Freshman pitcher Jamie Byrum made her first appearance of the season and struck out the side in her one inning.
Munsell led the Butte Falls attack in Game 1 with three hits and four RBIs. Hanna Kuykendall added two hits and three RBIs and Theresa Ferguson had two hits and three RBIs.
In Game 2, Munsell (6-2) allowed one hit and struck out 12.
Sage Ensley was 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Loggers (6-2, 4-2 Dist. 4) in the nightcap. Kuykendall chipped in two hits and three RBIs and Damiana Lucia had two hits.