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Pirates drop opener then smack Knights, around in 25-2 victory

MERLIN-- As good as it was for North Valley in the first game of a Skyline Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday, things turned awfully bleak -- in a hurry.

The Knights erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to deal the Phoenix Pirates a 12-6 setback in the first game. But Phoenix responded with a 21-2 triumph in five innings to salvage a split and remain one game behind idle Mazama.

We played pretty good ball in the first one, got a good pitching performance out of (Luke) Godfrey and played good defense behind him, North Valley coach Mike Reese said. That's the way we should be playing every game. The second one got away from us. But that can happen when you give a team 10 free bases (walks). You do that against a club like Phoenix and they're going to take advantage of it.

The Knights (9-5, 6-5 Skyline) erased a 5-2 deficit with seven runs on five hits and two walks in the bottom of the fifth inning of Game 1.

Godfrey highlighted North Valley's outburst with a 375-foot, three-run home run, his first of the spring, to straightaway center field.

In the second game, Travis Dunlap blasted a pair of home runs, including a three-run shot to right field in the first inning.

The Pirates (11-3, 8-2 Skyline) led 6-2 going to the fourth when they combined seven hits, six walks, an error and a wild pitch into a 13-run inning.

The Pirates had already piled up eight runs when Dunlap whacked a two-run homer to center field and, after a walk, Tyler McPhee spanked a two-run round-tripper.

We had a good day going into the fourth inning, Reese said. It was a little bit of a shocker for two senior pitchers (Brandon Keeling and Sam Jarrett) to lose it. But it happens.

FIRST GAME

Phoenix

............................201 111 0 -- 6 8 4 North

Valley

......................020 073 -- 12 11 0

Dunlap, Williams (5), Westfall (7) and Loper; Godfrey and Pedersen. W -- Godfrey (2-1). L -- Williams (0-1). 2B -- P: Hull, Bartels, McPhee. NV: Godfrey, Jarrett, Dewaard. HR -- P: Westfall (1). NV: Godfrey (1).

SECOND GAME

Phoenix

............................303 (13)2 -- 21 13 — North

Valley

......................020 00 -- 2 7 3

Tester, Dawson (4), Williams (5) and Hull; Keeling, Jarrett (3), Studebaker (4), Nead (4) and Pedersen. W -- Tester (4-0). L -- Keeling (1-1). 2B -- P: Bartels, Tester. NV: Jarrett, Sullivan 2. 3B -- P: Bath. HR -- P: Dunlap 2 (8), McPhee (2).

HIDDEN VALLEY 8-15, LAKEVIEW 6-5-- At Murphy, Ryan Wilson went 3-for-4 and hit a solo home run in the six-inning nightcap of a Skyline Conference doubleheader sweep of Lakeview.

Paul Kennedy went 3-for-3 in the opener to lead Hidden Valley while Wilson contributed two hits.

Sam Hadley led Lakeview, who fell to 6-5 in conference play, with two hits.

Hidden Valley moved into third-place, a half game ahead of North Valley, in league play at 7-4.

FIRST GAME

Lakeview

...........................031 010 — -- 6 5 4 Hidden

Valley

....................141 110 x -- 8 8 4

Benson and Longacre; Stewart, Kennedy (5) and Schmidt. W -- Stewart. L -- Benson. 3B -- HV: Wilson.

SECOND GAME

Lakeview

..........................202 010 -- 5 8 — Hidden

Valley

....................600 234 -- 15 10 7

Longacre, Dolbear (5) and Yocum; Adler, Kennedy (4) and Schmidt, Richard (4). W -- Adler. L -- Kennedy. HR -- HV: Wilson; L: Longacre.

HENLEY 10-10, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1-0-- At Cave Junction, Nick Thede collected five hits, including a home run, and drove in five runs in the doubleheader sweep.

Greg Conover also had a five-hit day for Henley.

In the opener, Hornet junior Brad Bailey accounted for a home run and double and drove in two runs.

Henley senior pitcher Jeremy Axel tossed a one-hit, shutout in the five-inning nightcap. Axel helped his cause with a pair of hits and a RBI.

FIRST GAME

Henley

............................025 003 0 -- 10 12 — Illinois

Valley

..................001 000 0 -- — 7 1

Boshuizen and Pryor; Ingelawn and Henry. W -- Boshuizen. L -- Ingelawn. 2B -- H: Pryor, Bailey, Kinsman. 3B -- H: Stock. HR -- H: Thede, Bailey.

SECOND GAME

Henley

.........................005 23 -- 10 15 2 Illinois

Valley

...............000 00 -- 0 — 2

Axel and Bair; Emery and Henry. W -- Axel. L -- Emery. 2B -- H: Kinsman, Stock, Bair, Axel.

Softball

HENLEY 7-10, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1-2-- At Klamath Falls, Katie Eck and Lois Shoemaker collected two hits and drove in two runs each in the first game of the Hornets' sweep.

Emily Mills lashed three hits and drove in three runs to pace Henley's 15-hit attack in Game 2.

Autumn Bell and Emily Hoskins had two hits each for Illinois Valley in the second game, with Hoskins driving in two runs.

FIRST GAME

Illinois

Valley

......................010 000 0 -- — 1 6 Henley

.................................311 200 x -- 7 6 1

Pierce and Moore; K. Young and Mills. W -- K. Young. L -- Pierce. 3B -- H: Eck, Walton.

SECOND GAME

Illinois

Valley

......................200 000 0 -- 2 4 6

Henley

..................................042 004 x -- 10 15 1

Pierce, Shinerock (2), Pierce (5) and Moore; J. Birt and Mills. W -- J. Birt. L -- Pierce. 2B -- H: Herbert, Walton. 3B -- IV: Hoskins.

LAKEVIEW 10-11, HIDDEN VALLEY 0-1-- At Lakeview, Michele Johnson and Jacquie Johnson combined on a one-hitter in the opener then Michele rode a 17-hit attack as Hidden Valley won a pair of five-inning contests.

Brandi Winters and Frances Hartman laced three hits and drove in three runs apiece in the second game.

FIRST GAME

Hidden

Valley

......................000 00 -- 0 — 2 Lakeview

..............................114 4x -- 10 9 0

Roth and Ewan; M. Johnson, J. Johnson (4) and Gillogley. W -- M. Johnson. L -- Roth. 2B -- L: Winters. 3B -- L: Winters.

SECOND GAME

Hidden

Valley

..........................000 01 -- — 4 — Lakeview

.................................204 14 -- 11 17 0

Buin, Roth (5) and Ewan; M. Johnson, Saltmarsh (4) and Gillogley. W -- M. Johnson. L -- Buin. 2B -- HV: Hutson, Wittich. L: Hartman, J. Johnson (2), Saltmarsh. 3B -- L: Manibusan, Gillogley.