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Henley overwhelms Phoenix, earns sweep of doubleheader

PHOENIX -- The Henley High softball team flexed its muscles once again Saturday with a convincing doubleheader sweep of Skyline Conference foe Phoenix, 10-0 and 4-3.

The Pirates came into the matchup with the Skyline powerhouse Hornets hoping to sweep both games and keep alive their playoff hopes.

They just hammered us in the first game, said Phoenix coach Rich Ficek. I thought we played about as well as we could play defensively in the second game though.

Amanda Hargrave threw a complete game shutout for Henley, striking out three and scattering only two hits over five innings.

Teammates Bri Miller, Erika Clements and Krystal Young each had three hits in the opener.

Phoenix held a 3-1 lead in the nightcap going into the sixth inning behind the pitching of Erin Heath.

Erin just threw strikes for us, said Ficek. She held them down pretty well and our defense made the plays.

Katie Eck sparked Henley in the inning with an RBI single to propel the Hornets to three runs and give them the 4-3 lead in which they would never relinquish.

They (Phoenix) played hard defensively the whole game, said Henley coach Steve Rooklidge. We finally started getting some hits to drop in for us there in the sixth.

Over both games, Young and Hargrave held the Pirates to only five hits while the Hornets pounded out 22.

FIRST GAME

Henley .................230 14 -- 10 13 — Phoenix ..................000 00 -- 0 2 2

Hargrave and Mills; Davis and Nikodym. W -- Hargrave. L -- Davis (6-6). 2B -- H: Miller.

SECOND GAME

Henley .................010 003 0 -- 4 9 2 Phoenix ...............201 000 0 -- — 3 5

Young and Mills; Heath and Nikodym. W -- Young. L -- Heath (6-6).

ILLINOIS VALLEY 6-13, LAKEVIEW 4-2 -- At Cave Junction, Becky McDowell reached base seven times in eight at-bats and Justine Johnson picked up two pitching victories in helping Illinois Valley secure the No. 2 spot in the Skyline Conference.

Illinois Valley will next play host to either Elmira or Glide in a state playoff game on May 25.

McDowell went 3-for-4 in the first game with three RBIs, including a two-run single in the sixth to break a 4-all tie. Stephanie Moore added two hits and an RBI in the opener for the Cougars (17-7, 15-5 Skyline).

Shannon D'Arpino had a two-run double in the fourth and Emily Hoskins had a two-run homer in the third to pace Illinois Valley in the five-inning nightcap.

FIRST GAME

Lakeview ...............010 102 0 -- 4 7 — Illinois Valley .......003 102 x -- 6 11 0

Ruda and Gillogley; J. Johnson and McDowell. W -- J. Johnson (16-7). L -- Ruda. 2B -- L: Winters.

SECOND GAME

Lakeview ..................101 00 -- 2 6 6 Illinois Valley ..........214 6x -- 13 6 1

Ruda, Johnson (3), M. Johnson (4) and Gillogley; J. Johnson and McDowell. W -- J. Johnson (17-7). L -- Ruda. 2B -- IV: D'Arpino. 3B -- IV: Moore. HR -- IV: Hoskins.

ROGUE RIVER 6-9, HIDDEN VALLEY 3-4 -- At Rogue River, the Chieftains (9-13, 8-12 Skyline) scored 15 runs on 20 hits to tally a Skyline Conference doubleheader sweep.

Allison Baily led Rogue River in the first game, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, while Dori Jones chipped in with two hits. Amber Goodwin pitched a solid game for Rogue River, striking out nine with five walks.

Krista Worthington paced Rogue River in the second game, going 2-for-2, while Jamie Artoff and Jones chipped in with two hits apiece.

Elissa Hayworth led Hidden Valley with two hits in the first game.

FIRST GAME

Hidden Valley.......... 000 030 0 -- — 4 4 Rogue River .............230 010 x -- 6 8 0

Roth and Nugent; Goodwin and Sittingdown. W -- Goodwin. L -- Roth. 3B -- HV: Hayworth, Roth. 2B -- RR: Baily (2), Goodwin.

SECOND GAME

Hidden Valley ...........000 103 0 -- 4 6 — Rogue River ............520 002 x -- 9 12 3

Roth and Nugent; Artoff, Goodwin (6) and Sittingdown. W -- Artoff. L -- Roth. 2B -- RR: Worthington, Roberts. 3B -- HV: Roth.

MAZAMA 5-8, NORTH VALLEY 3-5 -- At Merlin, Mazama picked up a key doubleheader sweep as Lori Young had four hits and two RBIs during Friday's Skyline Conference action.

The Vikings scored three runs in the seventh inning to win the opener, using only one hit while taking advantage of North Valley miscues.

Mazama broke open the second game with four runs in the sixth on three errors, one walk and one hit.

FIRST GAME

Mazama ...................110 000 — -- 5 8 — North Valley .............100 020 0 -- — 4 6

Valiton and Mishler; Wardlaw and Long. W -- Valiton. L -- Wardlaw. 3B -- M: Blank.

SECOND GAME

Mazama ...................000 124 — -- 8 9 2 North Valley .............000 200 — -- 5 7 6

Powell and Mishler; Wardlaw and Long. 2B -- M: Mishler 2. 3B -- M: Young. HR -- M: Eubanks.