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Phoenix girls settle for split with NV

PHOENIX-- Whatever that could go wrong has gone wrong so far this season in Skyline Conference play for the Phoenix High softball team.

After a 7-2 win in the opener of Monday's doubleheader with North Valley, the Pirates' Tiffany Ross threw no-hit ball but still lost 3-1 in the nightcap.

The freshman hurler spotted North Valley a run in the first before Phoenix could pull even in the third.

In the top half of the seventh, things turned for the worse.

Ross walked the lead-off batter and then, one out later, recorded a strikeout that catcher Beth Nikodym couldn't handle, allowing the runner to take first.

A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third and Ross was then called for an illegal pitch, moving the eventual winning run across the plate.

The home-plate umpire explained that Ross had licked her fingers and failed to wipe them off, resulting in the illegal pitch.

He (umpire) had warned me about it earlier, but said he wouldn't call an illegal pitch and was just warning me, Phoenix coach Rich Ficek said. That call could have been made at any time in the inning but was made with runners in scoring position. It was unbelievable.

I have to give them (North Valley) credit, though, because they added another run and we went down in order in our half of the seventh.

Michelle McEvoy, Jamie Escobar and Sutton Jackson each had two hits for Phoenix in the opener while Courtney Lucas added two in the second game.

Ross went the distance in both contests, yielding only the four hits in Game — while striking out 13 total.

Phoenix begins the second half of conference play today with a 4:30 p.m. game at Rogue River.

The Pirates fell to 6-5 in Skyline play, just a half-game behind the idle Chieftains (6-4) for the fourth slot.

FIRST GAME

North Valley

000 002 0 -- 2 4 1

Phoenix

001 033 x -- 7 9 1

Wardlow and M. Beck; Ross and Nikodym. W -- Ross. L -- Wardlow. 2B -- P: Jackson 2, Ross. 3B -- NV: C. Beck.

SECOND GAME

North Valley

................100 000 2 -- — 0 0 Phoenix

.......................001 000 0 -- — 7 2

Wardlow and M. Beck; Ross and Nikodym. W -- Wardlow. L -- Ross.

GLIDE 10, EAGLE POINT 8-- At Central Point, sophomores Amie Mapes and Stephanie Presley each had three hits for Eagle Point but it wasn't enough in a non-conference loss to Glide.

Freshman Jamie Williams went 2-for-2 for the Eagles (4-12 overall) while Kristin Holm led Glide with three hits.

Eagle Point, which racked up 12 hits in the contest, tied the game in the fourth but couldn't quite get over the hump.

Glide

..........................132 021 — -- 10 11 2 Eagle Point

................102 302 0 -- 8 12 7

Gilbert, Croll (4) and Ball; Brewington, Williams (3) and Mapes. W -- Croll. L -- Williams (2-6). 2B -- EP: Mapes; G: Ruhn.

BONANZA 10-11, PROSPECT 0-1-- At Prospect, Bonanza upped its District 6 record to 3-1 with a sweep of Prospect, which fell to 0-6 in league and 0-8 overall.

Melissa Nixon's two-run double highlighted the Antlers' seven-run fifth inning in the first game. Kodi Hevern laced a two-run double in the third inning of the second game as Bonanza (8-3) pushed its lead to 6-0.

Hillary Lewis drove in April Shield's with a ground out for Prospect's lone run.

FIRST GAME

Bonanza

...............101 17 -- 10 8 0 Prospect

...............000 00 -- 0 — 4

Hevern and Parrish; Acrey and McClanahan. W A-- Hevern. L -- Acrey (0-6). 2B -- B: Parrish, Nixon, Azevedo.

SECOND GAME

Bonanza

.....................123 005 -- 11 7 — Prospect

......................000 010 -- — 5 7

Maddox and Parrish; McClanahan, Acrey (3) and Acrey, McClanahan (3). W -- Maddox. L -- McClanahan (0-2). 2B -- Hevern, Bollier, Brandt.

HENLEY 14, PHOENIX 7-- At Klamath Falls, Henley pounded out 14 hits and scored 13 runs in the first four innings en route to a Skyline Conference win.

Jeremy Axel capped a five-run fourth with a three-run home run to extend an already healthy Hornets' lead to 11.

Axel and Brian Kinsman had three hits apiece for Henley while Greg Conover, Jason Pryor, Brian Stock and Travis Boshuizen each had two.

Theron Hull had three hits with a homer and was a single short of hitting for the cycle for Phoenix.

David Westfall and Chase Tester each contributed two hits for the Pirates, who fell to 8-3 in conference play.

Henley improved to 10-6 overall and moved into a three-way tie for fourth place in the league standings at 6-5.

Phoenix

....................002 041 0 -- 7 12 — Henley

......................134 510 x -- 14 14 0

Rhodes, Tester (4) and Loper; Bailey and Bair. W -- Bailey. L -- Rhodes. 2B -- P: Hull, Tester; H: Axel, Kinsman 2. 3B -- P: Hull; H: Kinsman, Conover. HR -- P: Hull; H: Axel.

MAZAMA 6, NORTH VALLEY 5-- At Klamath Falls, Jake Nelson had two hits and picked up the win on the mound to lead Skyline-leading Mazama to the win.

The Vikings, who improved to 10-1 in conference play, took control of the game with a five-run third inning and then held off North Valley.

Jarritt DeWaard smacked a fourth-inning solo home run and then followed with a two-run blast in the sixth to pull the Knights within 6-5. Jake Nelson led Mazama with two hits.

North Valley

.................002 102 0 -- 5 7 0 Mazama

.......................005 100 x -- 6 6 1

Butterbaugh, Studebaker (3) and Pederson; Jake Nelson and Jayson Nelson. W -- Jake Nelson. L -- Butterbaugh. 2B -- NV: Keiling; M: Jake Nelson 2, T.J. Farley 2, Juhl. HR -- NV: DeWaard 2.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 14-37, PROSPECT 2-1-- At Prospect, Cascade Christian pounded out 41 hits over the five-inning games of a doubleheader sweep.

The nightcap lasted three hours and saw the Challengers score 14 runs in the first inning and 11 in the third while Prospect went through six pitchers.

Don Jenkins led Cascade Christian (14-0, 6-0 District 6) in the twin-bill with six hits and six RBIs. Teammate Blaine Newfield had five hits and five RBIs while Nolan Roberts and Stan Kelley each added four hits.

David Maloy went 2-for-3 in the opener to lead Prospect.

FIRST GAME

Cascade Christian

............222 35 -- 14 18 — Prospect

...........................000 02 -- 2 6 3

Beamish, Jenkins (5) and Roberts; Lendermen, Gordon (5) and Howard. W -- Beamish (4-0). L -- Lendermen. 2B -- CC: Jenkins, Edwards, Beamish, McCormick, Harvey; P: Maloy, Lenderman. 3B -- CC: Jenkins, Roberts 2.

SECOND GAME

Cascade Christian

..................(14)2(11) 91 -- 37 23 2 Prospect

.................................000 01 -- — 1 4

Edwards, Jenkins (4), McCormick (5) and Roberts, Stutzman (4); Howard, Wood (1), Gordon (3), Maloy (3), Lenderman (4), Coble (5) and Coble, Howard (5). W -- Edwards (7-0). L -- Howard. 2B -- CC: Newfield, Jenkins 2, Hammonds, Beamish 2, Kelley. 3B -- CC: Newfield.

KLAMATH UNION JVs 11, BUTTE FALLS 0-- At Butte Falls, the Pelicans erupted for 11 runs on 13 hits to win a game stopped in the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Butte Falls fell to 4-14 on the season.

Klamath Union

...............051 14 -- 11 13 2 Butte Falls

.......................000 00 -- 0 2 7

Shepherd and James; Hoel, Rowden (5) and Stephenson. W-- Shepherd. L -- Hoel (0-3). 2B -- KU: James, Zurbergg, Crofford.