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Pirates split with Lakeview

TALENT - After letting one get away, the Phoenix Pirates came back in the second game of a Skyline Conference softball doubleheader Friday to pound out 11 hits off Lakeview pitching to gain a split at Hagler-James Park.

Lakeview won the opener, 3-2, and the Pirates took the nightcap, 5-0.

The loss dropped the Pirates (13-6, 11-6 Skyline) out of a third-place tie with Rogue River. Lakeview is 7-10 with four games to play.

Despite the offensive showing in the second game, Phoenix coach Rich Ficek figures the damage may be done.

"That first game might have taken us out of a state playoff spot," Ficek said. "Errors cost us in that one, and that's two games in a row errors beat us."

The Pirates had the tying run (Shannon Reed) on third base with no outs in the sixth inning. But an interference call against April Darby at first base resulted in a double play.

In the second game, Chelsi Clark led the Pirates with three hits, including an RBI double. Tiffany Ross had a two-run double, while Sutton Jackson and Kendra Kohler had two hits and a run apiece.

Ross, victimized by four errors in the opener, fired a six-hit shutout.

FIRST GAME

Lakeview...............................................000 021 0 - — 5 0Phoenix..................................................000 110 0 - 2 — 4

Jackie Johnson and Moulton; Ross and Darby. W - Johnson. L - Ross (12-4). 2B - L: Winters, Johnson.

SECOND GAME

Lakeview...............................................000 000 0 - 0 6 0Phoenix...............................................002 102 x - 5 11 1

Saltmarsh, Johnson (5) and Moulton; Ross and Darby. W - Ross (13-4). L - Saltmarsh. 2B - L: Johnson, P: Ross, Clark..

Skyline Baseball

LAKEVIEW 2-6, PHOENIX 0-5 - At Lakeview, junior pitcher Carl Fairburn tossed a no-hit, no-run game in the opener and Anton Chiono went the distance in the nightcap to give Lakeview the sweep.

Fairburn struck out eight, walked two and benefited from a stellar defensive performance.

Joe Havely and Chiono provided the offense with RBI triples in the third and fifth innings, respectively.

In Game 2, Russell Brazeal scored the game-winner from third after Casey Longacre was hit by a pitch on an 0-2 count with the bases loaded.

Phoenix jumped out to an early lead with a three-run home run off the bat of Travis Dunlap in the first inning.

Chiono settled down after that and the offense picked up steam when Nolan Yocum blasted a solo shot in the second inning.

The Honkers evened things up in the sixth when Havely tripled, then scored on a pass ball.

The two losses dropped Phoenix (13-9, 11-6 Skyline) out of a second-place tie with Hidden Valley and completed a three-game sweep of the Pirates.

FIRST GAME

Phoenix..................................................000 000 0 - 0 0 0Lakeview...............................................001 010 x - 2 4 3

Rhodes and Mahan; Fairburn and Dolbear. W - Fairburn (5-2). L - Rhodes. 3B - L: Havley, Chiono.

SECOND GAME

Phoenix..............................................310 010 000 - 5 5 3Lakeview.........................................010 211 001 - 6 11 6

Dunlap, Wolford (6), Rhodes (9) Mahan; Chiono and Dolbear. W - Chiono. L - Rhodes. 2B - P: Rhodes; L: Chiono, Yocum. 3B - L: Havley. HR - P: Dunlap; L: Yocum (1).

SOC Baseball

KLAMATH UNION 6-7, ASHLAND 2-16- At Klamath Falls, Ashland's Charles Dotterer belted his first home run of the season in Game 2 and was a single away from hitting for the cycle in the Southern Oregon Conference doubleheader split.

Dotterer nailed a two-run shot to complete a five-run first inning for the Grizzlies (16-7, 8-4 SOC). Teammate Bill Rowe, who finished with five RBI, also lifted a two-run blast, his seventh of the year, in the sixth.

Rowe had four hits to lead Ashland, while Titus Weston and Dotterer each added three.

In the opener, Mike Allen led the Grizzlies with two hits.

FIRST GAME

Ashland.................................................101 000 0 - 2 4 3Klamath Union....................................111 003 x - 6 8 2

Schroeder, Ehlers (5) and George; Caleb and Ja. Mortenson. W - Caleb. L - Schroeder (4-2). 2B - KU: Mitchell. 3B - A: Weston. HR - KU: Ja. Mortenson.

SECOND GAME

Ashland.............................................521 332 0 - 16 18 2Klamath Union..................................011 410 0 - 7 13 4

Allen, Rowe (7) and Cook; Baker, Landrum (1), James (4), McColl (7) and Ja. Mortenson. W - Allen (6-1). L - Baker. 2B - A: Rowe 2, Dotterer, Weston, Christensen; KU: Ja. Mortenson, Je. Mortenson 2. 3B - A: Dotterer. HR - A: Dotterer (1), Rowe (7); KU: Je. Mortenson.

SOC Softball

ASHLAND 8-2, KLAMATH UNION 0-0- At Ashland, Megan Beugli tossed two, complete-game shutouts en route to a doubleheader sweep for Ashland.

Beugli gave up four hits in both games and struck out eight in the opener.

Sara Burnson went 4-for-8 in the twin bill with teammates Angela Heine and Catherine Clason each adding two hits in Game 1.

Ashland improved to 12-8 overall and 7-5 in SOC play.

FIRST GAME

Klamath Union.....................................000 000 0 - 0 4 9Ashland.................................................002 042 x - 8 9 0

Skeen and Fisher; Beugli and Heine. W - Beugli (10-8). L - Skeen. 2B - KU: Warner. 3B - A: Burnson.

SECOND GAME

Klamath Union.....................................000 000 0 - 0 4 1

Ashland.................................................011 000 x - 2 7 1

B. Fagan and Fisher; Beugli and Heine. W - Beugli (10-8). L - B. Fagan. 2B - A: Hargis.

Track and Field

CRATER FARES WELL AT DESERT CHALLENGE- At Bend, Crater had four individuals take first place at the eight-team Redmond High Desert Challenge.

Brian Helman grabbed the top spot in discus with a toss of 162-5, while teammate Trevor Palmer won the 800 meters with a time of 1:59.3

In the girls meet, Erin Kinney used a leap of 5-2 to take the high jump, and Carissa Nafie's toss of 125-10 earned the top spot in discus.

Nicholette LeBel achieved a personal best with her second-place javelin throw of 118-6.

Kinney and Nafie placed third in the 110 high hurdles (16.36) and shot put (34-8), respectively.

Samantha Kezer finished third in the 800 (2:32.2), while Jason James was third in the 110 high hurdles (15.7).

SOC Boys Tennis

SOUTH MEDFORD 8, KLAMATH UNION 1- At Fichtner Mainwaring Park, South Medford won every match but No. — singles in a Southern Oregon Conference match played Thursday.

SINGLES - Reid Arthur , KU, d. Reilly Ferrell, 6-2, 6-0; Ben Works, SM, d. Tyler Casey,6-4, 6-1; Sky Sevcik, SM, Jon Bogatay, 6-1, 6-0; Peter White-Hoppe, SM, d. Nick Amstutz, 6-1, 6-3; Damien Rennie, SM, d. Nick Penka, 6-1, 6-2.

DOUBLES - Craig Johnson-Justin Stevens, SM, d. Chris Mattenberger-Tyler Casey, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4; Geordan Neville-Dane Garrard, SM, d. Jim Zaiger-Matt Ryder, 6-1, 6-0; Don Jeter-Tim Carpenter, SM, d. Mike Alter-Jack Chan, 6-2, 6-1; Jon Wulff-Jason Cumbie, SM, d. B. J. Morgan-Elliot Alter, 6-1, 6-0.