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Pirates remain on track with rout

MERLIN - With junior pitcher Tiffany Ross, a balanced batting lineup and a wealth of experience, the Phoenix softball team has what it takes to claim a Skyline Conference crown.

A 9-0 Skyline record after Tuesday's 14-0, five-inning victory at North Valley has the Pirates (10-4 overall) right on track for just that accomplishment.

"To me, it's no surprise at all," said first-year Phoenix head coach Bill Shearin. "We expected to play well, and the wins are just a bonus."

Ross, the pitcher of record in all of the Pirates' games, fired a three-hit, 10-strikeout shutout against the Knights (7-5 overall, 6-2 Skyline).

"She's a real workhorse," Shearin said. "She works so effectively because of the amount of work she puts in in practice. She's mixing up her pitches very well and keeping hitters off-balance."

In support of Ross, Phoenix pounded 15 hits and scored all 14 of its runs in the first two innings.

North Valley committed six first-inning errors to help the Pirates roll.

"We're a much better team than that," Knights head coach Jeff Conard said. "It was a domino effect when the errors started happening."

Phoenix juniors Jennifer Dunlap (3-for-4 with two RBIs) and Christina Saldivar (3-for-3 with one RBI) and seniors Kendra Kohler (2-for-3 with one RBI) and Amanda Moore (2-for-4 with two RBIs) wielded the big sticks.

"We're very balanced in the batter's box," Shearin said.

The Pirates next travel to Rogue River (6-1 Skyline) for a key conference doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at noon.

Phoenix ............................................. 860 00 - 14 15 0North Valley ......................................... 000 00 - 0 — 6

Ross and Reed; Ironside and Beck. W - Ross (10-4). L - Ironside (5-4). 2B - P: Reed. 3B - P: Escobar.

ROGUE RIVER 12, MAZAMA 0- At Rogue River, junior pitcher Katie Glasscock tossed three no-hit innings with six strikeouts for Rogue River (7-2, 6-1 Skyline).

Rogue River scored four runs in each of the first two innings with the help of four Mazama errors.

Kristi Frederick went 2-for-2 with three runs and one RBI to pace the Chiefs. Marty Miller added two hits and scored twice.

Mazama...............................................000 00 - 0 — 5Rogue River.........................................441 3x - 12 9 0

Hart and Walker; Glasscock, Winfrey (4) and Artoff. W - Glasscock (4-1). L - Hart. 2B - RR: Jones.

Non-Conference Softball

RIDDLE 13, ST. MARY'S 1- At Riddle, St. Mary's fell in five innings in the nonconference tilt.

The Crusaders (1-3 overall) issued eight walks to aid Riddle's seven-hit attack.

Sarah Fetty drilled a triple and Bri DeArmond and Alex Tomlinson smacked singles for St. Mary's only hits.

St. Mary' s ............................................. 100 00 - — 3 3Riddle .................................................. 802 03 - 13 7 0

Fetty and McMullen; Gibbons and Anderson. W - Gibbons. L - Fetty (1-3). 2B - R: Gibbons 2. 3B -SM: Fetty; R: Gibbons.

CRATER JV 6, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 4- Natalie Dicus had three hits for Cascade Christian during a non-conference loss.

Whitney Brookins and Rusti Mosser each added two hits for the Challengers, who fell to 4-4 on the season.

Crater JV............................................010 005 0 - 6 5 2Cascade Christian.............................110 000 2 - 4 9 2

May and Broadbent; Kelly, Gettman (4), Brookins (6) and Mosser. W - May. L - Brookins. 3B - CC: Dicus.

Skyline Baseball

MAZAMA 12, ROGUE RIVER 5- At Klamath Falls, Eric Brosterhous led Mazama with two hits and three RBIs in a game called after five innings because of snow.

Dallas Hubble and Ryan Broadhead also added two hits each for the Vikings.

Junior first baseman Justin Tocher rapped three hits for Rogue River.

Rogue River........................................202 01 - 5 7 0Mazama..............................................133 32 - 12 11 2

Frederick, Hanley (2) and Regles, Bashans (4); Bocchi and Manfull. W - Bocchi. L - Frederick. 2B - RR: Tocher; M: Hubble. 3B - RR: Regles; M: Brosterhous.

Non-Conference Baseball

NORTH MEDFORD 9, EAGLE POINT 4- A six-run third inning provided North Medford with more than ample run support as the top-ranked Black Tornado downed Eagle Point in nonleague action at Miles Field.

The Tornado rocked Eagle Point starting pitcher Ron Depuy for six hits during its big inning, including doubles by Tyler Engle, Evan McArthur and Russ Vandell.

Beau Hovland added an RBI single in the third and had a two-run single in the fifth as North Medford rolled to its 15th victory in 16 games.

Junior left-hander Brett Timmerman scattered five hits over five innings to register his third victory in as many decisions.

Jason Dunbar had a pair of hits for the Eagles.

Eagle Point.........................................000 211 0 - 4 6 0North Medford.................................006 030 x - 9 11 1

Depuy, Christian (4) and O'Callahan; Timmerman, Folsom (6) and Folsom, Ulrey (6). W - Timmerman (3-0). L - Depuy. 2B - NM: Folsom, Engle, McArthur, Vandell.

Skyline A League Baseball

BUTTE FALLS 3-6, CHILOQUIN 8-4- At Chiloquin, Kale Freeman had three hits and four RBIs over both games of a doubleheader split for Butte Falls.

Shannon Sizemore went 2-for-2 in Game 1, while Nick Rodgers added a pair of hits and two runs.

In the nightcap, Freeman had a two-RBI double in the third inning to get the Loggers (4-9, 2-2 Sky A) on the board. The game only went five innings due to poor weather.

John Hoel picked up the win in Game 2 and also knocked in two runs. Teammate Jed Rowden scored two runs.

FIRST GAME

Butte Falls........................................010 100 — - — 10 3Chiloquin..........................................022 013 x - 8 8 3

Stephenson and Sizemore; Navarro and Redstock. W - Navarro. L - Stephenson. 2B - C: Jayne, Balderas.

SECOND GAME

Butte Falls..............................................002 40 - 6 6 5Chiloquin................................................013 00 - 4 5 1

Hoel and Sizemore; Redfox, Slager (4) and Jayne. W - Hoel. L - Redfox. 2B - BF: Freeman.