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Phoenix advances at softball nationals

BEAVERTON ' The Phoenix Pirates recorded two shutouts Friday and advanced into the quarterfinals of the 32-team National Fastpitch Softball Association Summer Nationals 16-and-under A division at Sunset Park.

Phoenix defeated The Breeze from Redmond, Wash., 3-0, in a pool play game earlier in the day.

After receiving a bye in the opening round of the double-elimination portion of the tournament, Phoenix blanked Dragon Magic of Montesano, Wash., 4-0, to remain one of eight unbeaten teams remaining in the tournament.

Phoenix, a team made up of players from throughout the Rogue Valley, plays The Storm of Surrey, B.C. in the quarterfinals at 1:15 p.m. today.

Janelle Cristofaro pitched a three-hit shutout, with nine strikeouts, against Dragon Magic in a game that ended in the bottom of the fifth due to a time limit.

— Janelle changed her speeds well, Phoenix coach Bill Shearin said. She has efficiently worked the umpire's strike zone.

Cristofaro also threw a shutout in the Pirates' opening game of pool play on Thursday.

Marissa Towry's RBI single staked Cristofaro to a first-inning run against Dragon Magic and that's all the Crater High product needed.

Phoenix third baseman Lacey Scroggins had two hits and two stolen bases.

Phoenix pitchers Andrea Bacon and Kelsey Heider combined for a six-inning, two-hit shutout in the Pirates' first game Friday against The Breeze.

Phoenix broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning on a leadoff walk to Alex Jordahl, a sacrifice by Towry and Shannon Richardson's triple. Jill Artoff followed with an RBI single.

Richardson had two hits in the game for Phoenix.

The girls are playing clean ball and look balanced in the batter's box, said Shearin. We continue to produce all the way through the lineup.

Phoenix Pirates..........................000 210 ' — 5 3

The Breeze.................................000 000 ' 0 2 3

Bacon, Heider (4) and Artoff; Stafford, West (5) and Beardempil. W ' Bacon. L ' Stafford. 3B ' P: Richardson.

Dragon Magic.............................000 00 ' 0 — 1

Phoenix Pirates..........................100 21 ' 4 10 1

Dardenug, Christopherson (4) and Pemphrey; Cristofaro and Artoff. W ' Cristofaro. L ' Dardenug. 2B ' Artoff.



At Vancouver, Wash., Medford split its opening two pool-play games Thursday and Friday.

After Moses Lake, Wash., handed it a 4-2 defeat Thursday, Medford rebounded Friday with a dramatic, 3-2 victory over East County, Wash.

On the last of his three hits in four at-bats, Ryan Odell knocked in Mike Longmire for the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Medford drilled 10 total hits, and Kenny Licea earned the pitching win in relief of Nick Donato.

In the third of its four pool-play contests, Medford meets defending regional champion Hazel Dell Metro of Vancouver on Sunday night.


At Hermiston, Mitch Matthews fired a one-hit shutout and struck out 12 to power Murray Hills of Beaverton to a 10-0, five-inning victory over Medford American Blue Friday in an opening-round, pool play game of the 11-12 Little League State Tournament.

Matthews also helped his cause at the plate, smashing a two-run double in the fifth inning that drove in Murray Hill's final two runs.

Matthews held Medford American Blue hitless until the fifth inning, when Hayden Wolfe singled.

Medford meets Pendleton today at 1:30 p.m.

Medford American...................... 000 00 ' 0 — 3

Murray Hill................................. 211 33 ' 10 8 0

Ellis and Sowers; Matthews and Noyer. W ' Matthews; L ' Ellis. 2B ' MH: Harman, Matthews.