PREP ROUNDUP: Eagles romp in season opener
MURPHY — Eagle Point juniors Sydney Boren and Sydney Bruner both hit home runs to lead the Eagles to a 16-5 win over Class 4A Hidden Valley in their season opener Thursday.
Boren also had four singles as part of a 5-for-5 day at the plate, including an RBI single in the first to help Eagle Point (1-0) build an early 4-0 lead.
Bruner went 3-for-5 at the plate, while Emilee Nielsen also had a three-hit day.
“We still have a ways to go defensively and with our pitching,” said Eagle Point head coach John White, “but all in all, it was pretty good.”
Junior pitcher Kyra Smith got the win in the circle, throwing the first three innings.
Nielsen and Boren each pitched a pair of innings in relief to close out the win as White tried to equally distribute innings ahead of today’s Midwestern League-opening doubleheader at Ashland, which was moved up a day due to expected weather issues over the weekend.
YREKA 20, PHOENIX 0, 3 inn.: At Talent, Phoenix was able to load the bases in the second inning but a stellar defensive effort kept the Pirates off the scoreboard in the mercy rule contest.
With one out, Morgan James supplied Phoenix (0-2) with its lone hit. Kendall Heywood next drew a walk and, after a strikeout, Isabella McGee was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jayden Vos then hit a hot shot to the right side of the infield that was nabbed on a diving stop by the second baseman, who relayed to first base from her knees for the final out.
Maycie Collier hit a solo home run and finished 3-for-3 to pace Yreka (5-1), which also got a pair of doubles from Kylie Daws.
A. Collier, Sloan (3) and Freitas; Vos and Brite. W — A. Collier. L — Vos (0-1). 2B — Y: Daws 2, West. 3B — Y: Carter. HR — Y: M. Collier.
ETNA 18, PHOENIX 1, 5 inn.: At Yreka, Calif., Cory Cunningham supplied Phoenix its lone hit in the third inning and Julius Bolstad scored the Pirates’ only run to open the Yreka Tournament.
Bolstad reached on an error for Phoenix (0-2) in the fourth inning, moved to second base on a passed ball and third on a dropped third strike and scored on another passed ball.
The Pirates play again at 4:30 p.m. today against an opponent to be determined.
Wolowicz, Cunningham (4) and Hull; Bennett, J. Smiley (3), Lewis (4) and G. Stacher. W — Bennett. L — Wolowicz (0-1). 2B — E: R. Stacher, Bennett, G. Stacher.
NORTH MEDFORD 6, ASHLAND 2: Ashland’s Anshman Nahra topped Tanner Spence in No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-1, and the Grizzlies’ duo of Mina Schepmann and Ian Bower prevailed at No. 1 doubles, 6-3, 6-2, over Robert Doshier and Brian Biliauca to highlight the action at North Medford High.
The Black Tornado won the other three singles matches by default and tacked on a pair of doubles wins to claim the nonleague match.
SINGLES: Anshman Nahra, A, d. Tanner Spence, 6-2, 6-1; Bryan Duncan, NM, won by default; Nathan Biliauca, NM, won by default; Tyler Monroe, NM, won by default.
DOUBLES: Mina Schepmann-Ian Bower, A, d. Robert Doshier-Brian Biliauca, 6-3, 6-2; Gavin Hurt-Carson Richie, NM, d. Max Hoerrmann-Wyatt Roscher, 6-2, 6-0; John Bui-Nick Doshier, NM, d. Weston Reynolds-Charlie Rogers, 6-0, 6-2; Gaspar Rios-Marques Gonzalez, NM, won by default.
ASHLAND 7, NORTH MEDFORD 1: North Medford’s Molly Milligan scored her team’s lone win at No. 1 singles as Ashland swept the remaining matches at North Medford High.
Harper Wells, Savannah Witnauer and Olive English each led the charge for the Grizzlies in singles.
SINGLES: Molly Milligan, NM, d. Veronica Miller, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1; Harper Wells, A, d. Shelly Chung, 6-0, 6-0; Savannah Witnauer, A, d. Anika Loeffler, 6-1, 6-0; Olive English, A, d. Sylvia Hernandez, 5-7, 6-2 (10-7).
DOUBLES: Sofia Shelton-Talia Vivrett, A, d. Hadley Dunlevy-Hayley Chung, 6-3, 2-6 (10-4); Claire Davis-Emily Hatfield, A, d. Emma Almanza-Jenika Arias, 6-0, 6-1; Abigail Bloom-Sachie Moran, A, d. Katie Vistaunet-Emily Vistaunet, 6-2, 6-2; Mila Nikolic-Alyssa Sturdevant, A, won by default.