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Dunlap, Ross pace Phoenix to softball sweep

CAVE JUNCTION - Tiffany Ross turned in a pair of strong pitching performances and Jennifer Dunlap provided the pop with the bat as Phoenix swept a Skyline Conference softball doubleheader from Illinois Valley on Saturday.

The Pirates defeated the Cougars 7-6 and 4-1 to boost their conference record to 5-0.

Ross (6-5) turned in a pair of complete-game efforts.

"She (Ross) kept their hitters off balance," said Phoenix first-year coach Bill Shearin. "She has a wonderful change-up to go with some serious power pitches. To IV's credit, they hit her hard at times."

The Pirates (6-5) pounded 19 hits in the twin bill, with Dunlap going 5-for-7.

"The thing that sticks out today was our balanced hitting attack," said Shearin. "We created trouble all through the lineup. There weren't any easy outs."

In the opener, Phoenix scored four runs in the seventh inning to break a 3-all tie. But the Pirates had to hang on as Illinois Valley answered with three in the bottom of the inning.

Dunlap walked to start the winning rally and Christina Saldivar, who had three hits in Game 1, reached base on an error. Amanda Moore singled to load the bases. Ross drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Kelsey Russell followed with a two-run double and scored when Jamie Escobar got in a rundown after a single.

Back-to-back doubles by Christy Cook and Sydney Derda cut the Pirates' lead to 7-6, but Tiphanie Pope ended the game by grounding out to third.

Kim Hamilton had three hits and scored two runs for Illinois Valley (4-6, 1-4 Skyline).

The Pirates' scoring in the second game came on a pair of two-run innings. In the third inning, Kendra Kohler led off with a single, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Dunlap singled in Kohler then eventually scored on Hamilton's error at shortstop.

Dunlap had another RBI single in the Pirates' two-run sixth.

Kohler and Russell each had two hits in the second game.

FIRST GAME

Phoenix................................................001 020 4 - 7 10 4Illinois Valley.....................................300 000 — - 6 8 2

Ross and Reed; Hamilton and Coultas. W - Ross. L - Hamilton. 2B - P: Saldivar, Russell; IV: Cook, Derda.

SECOND GAME

Phoenix.................................................002 002 0 - 4 9 2Illinois Valley......................................000 001 0 - — 4 2

Ross and Reed; Shinerock, Hamilton (3) and Coultas. W - Ross (6-4). L - Shinerock. 3B - P: Escobar.

ROGUE RIVER 4-1, HENLEY 2-0 - At Rogue River, junior pitcher Katie Glasscock tossed a no-hitter in the second-game to outduel Henley's Jessica Birt.

Birt only allowed two hits in the second game. Rogue River's third-inning run was unearned when KK Smith reached base on an error and Kristi Frederick walked. Both runners moved up on a passed ball and Smith scored on a wild pitch.

Glasscock allowed only three runners to reach base, two on errors and one on a walk.

Birt was a victim of shoddy defense in the opener as three of the Chieftains' four runs were unearned.

Rogue River catcher Jill Artoff helped pitcher Laura Jones (3-0) by throwing out two base runners stealing.

Rogue River improved to 5-0 in the Skyline Conference and 6-1 overall.

FIRST GAME

Henley...................................................000 011 0 - 2 8 4Rogue River..........................................200 020 x - 4 6 1

Birt and Kinsman; Laura Jones and Jill Artoff. W - Jones (3-0). L - Birt.

SECOND GAME

Henley...................................................000 000 0 - 0 0 2Rogue River.........................................001 000 x - — 2 2

Birt and Kinsman; Glasscock and Artoff. W - Glasscock (3-1). L - Birt.

NORTH VALLEY 16-13, HIDDEN VALLEY 4-3- At Murphy, North Valley pasted Hidden Valley in both games of a Skyline doubleheader.

The Knights (4-4 overall, 3-1 Skyline) needed just six innings to finish off each game thanks to the 10-run rule and an offensive attack that produced 29 hits.

In the opener, Michelle Beck was 4-for-5 and scored three runs and Rita Long collected five RBIs, three of which came on a bases-loaded triple in the sixth inning.

Karyn Allen (3-for-4) and Whitney Makepeace (4-for-4, three runs, two RBIs) were North Valley's catalysts in Game 2.

FIRST GAME

North Valley ................................... 022 138 - 16 16 3Hidden Valley .................................... 004 000 - 4 6 5

Ironside and Beck; Spurling, Hudson (6) and Slaughter. W - Ironside (3-3). L - Spurling. 2B - NV: Murray, Long; HV: Tipton. 3B - NV: Long.

SECOND GAME

North Valley ................................... 105 043 - 13 13 3Hidden Valley .................................... 000 120 - — 3 7

Allen, Tara Ironside (6) and Beck; Hudson, Spurling (3) and Slaughter. W - Allen (1-1). L - Hudson. 2B - NV: Long; HV: Rest.

LAKEVIEW 16-12, MAZAMA 1-2 - At Lakeview, Lakeview's Jess Childers had six RBIs in the first game Desi Martin and Corey Saltmarsh each had five hits in the doubleheader to lead the Honkers' Skyline Conference sweep.

FIRST GAME

Mazama......................................................001 00 - — 8 0Lakeview...............................................706 3x - 16 14 0

Hart and Walker; Childers, Saltmarsh (3) and Martin. W - Saltmarsh. L - Hart. 2B - L: Martin. 3B - L: Childers 2.

SECOND GAME

Mazama.......................................................020 00 - 2 2 1Lakeview...............................................051 51 - 12 14 0

Chastain and Walker; Saltmarsh, Childers (5) and Martin. W - Saltmarsh. L - Chastain. 2B - L: Stewart. HR - M: Jarrell; L: Childers, Martin.