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Challengers open softball season with split in twin bill

A torrential downpour nearly kept the Cascade Christian softball team from its first action of the season on Friday.

But the Challengers waited out a lengthy rain delay and managed to squeeze out a 9-8 victory in Game — of a non-conference twin bill. Lakeview and a steady offering of walks and errors by the Challengers (1-1) gave the Honkers a 19-2 decision in the nightcap.

In the opener, Lakeview used the International tiebreaker rule to its advantage with two runs in the top of the eighth for an 8-6 lead.

Nicole Plummer answered for the Challengers with an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning and Whitney Brookins followed with the game-tying hit.

With two outs, Brookins raced home from third on a passed ball to clinch the victory.

Brookins and Plummer each had three hits for the Challengers, while Rusty Mosser added two.

Laural Kelley, Mosser and Natalie Dicus each had three RBIs apiece.

The second game was a different story, however, with the Honkers using five Cascade Christian errors and several walks to post 14 runs in the second inning to put the game away.

"It was getting pretty dark out there," said Cascade Christian coach Wally Nye. "We did play real well the first game, but they are a pretty good team.

"We made a lot of mistakes in that second game."

FIRST GAME

Lakeview...........................................031 020 02 - 8 11 3

Cascade Christian...........................140 001 03 - 9 10 3

Saltman, Childress (5) and Daniel; Kelley and Mosser. W - Kelley (1-0). L - Childress. 2B - L: Daniel, Martin. 3B - L: Childress 2, Kiley.

SECOND GAME

Lakeview..............................................0(14)1 40 - 19 8 2

Cascade Christian.................................020 00 - 2 4 5

Saltman, Childress (4) and Daniel; Brookins, Gettman (4) and Mosser. W - Saltman. L - Brookins. 2B - L: Newton, Daniel; CC: Plummer. 3B - L: Daniel, Childress.PHOENIX INVITATIONAL - At Talent, Jason Wolford and Nathan Emerson each had two hits for Phoenix during a 6-4 loss to Seaside as the Pirates dropped both ends of a double dip in their own tournament.

The Pirates dropped an 8-0 decision to Marist to open the tournament. Marist also took out Newport, 10-3, in the other tournament game.

Phoenix climbed back from a 6-2 deficit against Seaside in the seventh inning and had the tying runner on but couldn't bring him home.

In the opener against Marist, the Pirates had a couple of scoring opportunities but couldn't cash in.

In the fourth inning, Phoenix had two runners on with one out but Derek Kessler lined a shot to the second baseman who turned a double play to end the threat.

Brady Rhodes doubled to lead off the fifth but was stranded there.

Phoenix (0-2) plays Newport today at — p.m., while Seaside and Newport hook up for a 9 a.m. game and Marist takes on Seaside at noon.

Marist.....................................................100 400 — - 8 8 0

Phoenix..................................................000 000 0 - 0 5 1

Butler and Fox; Rhodes, Young (7) and R. Ellis. W - Butler. L - Rhodes (0-1). 2B - M: Butler, Calicoat, McCormick; P: Rhodes. 3B - M: Fox.

Phoenix..................................................000 110 2 - 4 9 4

Seaside...................................................132 000 x - 6 7 3

Stovall, Hudnall (2), Kirk (4) and Loper; Cerelli, Bowman (5) and Hinton, Udell (5). W - Stovall. L - Cerelli. 2B - S: Wickersham, Hinton, Maier; P: Wolford 2, Emerson. 3B - P: Kessler.

Women's Tennis

SOUTHERN OREGON 8, GEORGE FOX — - At Ashland, starting outside and moving in, the Southern Oregon women's tennis team dropped George Fox in a dual match Friday.

Wet weather forced the match indoors after the doubles clashes had been completed and singles showdowns had begun.

"Five out of the six singles matches had completed the first set," said SOU coach Gail Patton, whose team improved to 9-3 overall. "I don't think it changed the match, except for the time it took."

SOU won all six of the counting singles matches and even threw in an exhibition singles victory for good measure. All the wins were in straight sets, led by Bridget Wagner's 6-4, 6-4 win over Lisa Trefts in No. — singles.

In doubles action, the Raiders' Nos. — and — teams won while the No. 2 squad suffered a defeat.

SOU returns to action next Friday with pair of dual matches in the Bay Area, against Dominican and Mills Colleges.

SINGLES - Bridget Wagner, SOU, d. Lisa Trefts, 6-4, 6-4; Kristin Maloney, SOU, d. Stephanie Selid, 7-5, 6-1; Julie Nelson, SOU, d. Kristin Miller, 6-3, 6-2; Megan Loeding, SOU, d. Anne Robinson, 6-3, 6-1; Lindsey Chrisman, SOU, d. Keri Ingraham, 6-4, 6-3; Sabrina Dake, SOU, d. Rebecca Kromer, 6-3, 6-4; *Heather Virell, SOU, d. Katie Metier, 6-2, 6-0.

DOUBLES - Wagner-Chrisman, SOU, d. Miller-Robinson, 8-0; Trefts-Kromer d. Maloney-Nelson, 8-2; Dake-Loeding, SOU, d. Selid-March Walter, 8-0.

* exhibition