Comeback, then setback for Raiders
The Southern Oregon University softball team pulled out a stunning comeback to win Game — and threatened to do the same in Game 2 before settling for a split in a Cascade Conference doubleheader against visiting Eastern Oregon, Friday at University Field.
The Raiders (12-26, 7-9 CC) scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the first game 3-2. Katie Lee doubled in Melissa Wilt and Brin Tamblin with one out to complete the comeback.
In Game 2, the Raiders entered the final inning in a similar situation, down a run. Karla Alvarez led off with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball, but never scored. Instead, Eastern Oregon pitcher Melodee Mildenberger got the next three batters out on a pop up and two ground outs to preserve the win for the Mountaineers (19-20, 7-9).
SOU senior pitcher Melissa Wilt pitched seven innings of two-hit ball to pick up the win in the opener. Last week's CC pitcher of the week struck out 12 and walked three.
Wilt also helped her own cause by going 3-for-3 at the plate. Lee was the only other SOU player with multiple hits in Game 1, going 2-for-3.
Eastern starter Kelly West picked up the win in Game 2 after holding Southern to two runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. Mildenberger entered with one out in the sixth and got out of a bases loaded jam when Lee lined out to third on what turned out to be an unassisted double play.
The Mounties scored three runs on four hits to take the lead in the top of the sixth.
Alvarez went 3-for-4 and Tamblin was 2-for-3 to lead the Raiders at the plate. For Eastern, Iris Woodhead and Teri Cisler both went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Churchill dominated singles play, winning every match in straight sets en route to a 7-1 District 4 victory over Ashland at Hunter Park on Friday.
Ashland's lone win came at No. — doubles: Christi Gay and Monica Heiken beat Meg Shaver and Callyn Adkisson, 6-1, 6-2.
Alyssa Adkisson, C, def. Lila Schreiber 6-1, 6-3; Ami Waples, C, def. Jordan Rooklyn 6-3, 6-1; Ashley Elliot, C, def. Nicole Jacquat 6-1, 6-1; Lizzie Hagen, C, def. Jane Haas 6-2, 6-1
Kody Jo Jaffarian-Steffie Ballman, C, def. Bridget Palmesano-Jamie Marvin 7-5, 6-1; Chloe Swenson-Gina Hoppe, C, def. Olivia Florio-Kelsey Mills 3-6, 6-0, 6-3; Christi Gay-Monica Heiken, A, def. Meg Shaver-Callyn Adkisson 6-1, 6-2; Loivia Johnston-Madison Luell, C, def. Ashley Blazinski-Rachel Pittman 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2).
At Klamath Falls, Gus Gaviglio struck out seven in a complete-game effort to lead Ashland to an 8-2 Southern Sky Conference win over Mazama on Thursday.
With the win, Ashland improved to 3-4 in SSC games.
The Grizzlies were led at the plate by Lewis Sebrell and Justin Meza. Sebrell had two hits and three RBIs and Meza added a double and three RBIs.
"It was a big win for us," Ashland head coach Don Senestraro said. "If we don't win that, we're probably out of any type of playoff race."
Ashland continues its SSC schedule Tuesday at Crater.
Eight members of the Ashland High equestrian team placed high at the Southern Oregon High School Equestrian district meet last weekend to clinch births to next month's state championships.
Ashland senior Holly Sayre won the showmanship competition and won the bronze medal overall to clinch her trip to state, while freshman Zoe Heald placed third in the hunt seat over fences to punch her ticket to state.
The Grizzlies' six-member short program drill team finished second in the final district standings and will also represent Ashland at state. Riding for the drill team is: sophomores Kachina Rowland, Amanda Steele, Emily Steele and Samantha Loper, as well as freshmen Emilee McPherson and Renee DeLaunay.
The Oregon High School Equestrian state meet will be held May 17-21 at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond.
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