Phoenix earns split despite its mistakes
PHOENIX — Miscues proved to be taxing for the Phoenix softball team in its doubleheader with Brookings-Harbor, but the Pirates built a large enough lead to hold off a late rally in the second game.
The Pirates scored five quick runs in the nightcap and withstood two runs in the sixth and seventh innings to get a 5-4 win after suffering an 11-9 loss in nine innings in the opener at Hagler-James Field.
Tessa Lockett tossed five scoreless innings in the second game before an error in the top of the sixth cost Phoenix two runs. The Pirates committed another mistake in the seventh, which led to two more runs, but Lockett was able to pitch Phoenix out of danger.
"We just couldn't really field the ball," said Pirates coach Casey Brown. "We definitely played down today. It was a little irritating."
The Pirates (2-5) had four errors in that contest and only three hits but capitalized on six walks by Brookings-Harbor.
With the offense struggling to collect hits, Phoenix took advantage of its speed to move runners in scoring position.
After stealing second base and advancing to third on a passed ball, Mackenize Welburn stole home in the bottom of the second.
"I've got good team speed," said Brown, whose team averages about six thefts per game. "If I can get them to trust their speed, we'll be really good."
Phoenix had four stolen bases in the contest after swiping eight in the first game.
The Pirates had no problem compiling runs in the first game, but their defense committed two errors in the fifth inning, helping the Bruins score four runs in the frame to take the lead.
Phoenix regained the lead briefly, but the Bruins knotted the score with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to take the game into extra innings.
In the ninth, with the help of another Pirate error, Brookings-Harbor scored three runs and Phoenix fell short.
Carlee Storey was 2-for-5 and had four stolen bases for Phoenix in the second game.
Brookings-Harbor 200 040 203 — 11 10 5
Phoenix 203 003 001 — 9 7 3
Goergen and Blossky; Stroud-Vega and Smith. W — Goergen. L — Stroud-Vega (0-4). 2B — BH: McCool; P: Welburn, Scoggins, Knutson. 3B — BH: Blossky.
Brookings-Harbor 000 002 2 — 4 4 1
Phoenix 122 000 x — 5 3 4
Freeman, Goergen (5) and Blossky; Lockett and Heath. W — Lockett (2-1). L — Freeman.
PARADISE 4, SOUTH MEDFORD 1 — At Redding, Calif., Paradise (Calif.) took advantage of a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt to score a pair of first-inning runs and eliminated South Medford in the Cubs Classic.
Jessica Mondale struck out seven and allowed three hits for the Panthers (3-1).
South managed a pair of singles, by Shyanne Jones and Samantha Matarese, and only one unearned run in the contest. The game was called after six innings because of tournament time regulations.
South Medford 000 001 — 1 2 1
Paradise 200 02x — 4 3 2
Mondale and James; Lorenz and Santos. W — Lorenz. L — Mondale (2-1).
EAGLE POINT 6-6, MARSHFIELD 1-3 — At Eagle Point, Karlie Stephens gave up three hits and struck out 15 in Game 1 of a nonconference doubleheader sweep for Eagle Point.
Stephens improved to 3-0 on the mound this season. She also had two hits, while Katie Jolliffe recorded three hits, Jen Fernandes had two and Ashley Josephson and Samantha DeVaughn each contributed two. Josephson also hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.
In Game 2, Eagle Point (4-0) scored three runs in the third inning to rally from a 3-2 deficit. Jolliffe, Fernandes and Stephens each had two hits in the nightcap.
Chloe Hanson picked up the pitching win after striking out eight in five innings of relief.
Marshfield 010 000 0 — 1 3 1
Eagle Point 004 110 x — 6 12 1
Young and Scott; Stephens and Dale. W — Stephens (3-0). L — Young. 2B — EP: Stephens. HR — EP: Josephson (1).
Marshfield 030 000 0 — 3 3 3
Eagle Point 103 200 x — 6 9 3
Lynch and Tavernier; Josephson, Hanson (3) and Dale, Josephson (4). W — Hanson (1-0). L — Lynch. 2B — EP: Jolliffe, Stephens.
NORTH VALLEY 14-13, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 6-12 — At Merlin, Shawlena Haga hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning of Game 2 to help North Valley escape Cascade Christian and earn a nonconference sweep.
Haga's first blast of the season cleared the left field wall. It was her only hit of the game.
Chelsea Million, Heather Maldonado and Tiffany Colley all had two hits and drove in two for the Knights (4-1).
In the opener, North Valley tallied seven runs in the sixth inning to pull away. Rachel Conard had her second two-run triple of the game in that frame.
Before the big inning, the Challengers took a 7-5 lead with three runs in the top of the fifth, but freshman Jasmine Aaron helped the Knights dodge a potentially disastrous inning.
Aaron relieved Haga, North Valley's starting pitcher, and got the Knights out of a bases-loaded jam by recording the final two outs. She came back in the seventh inning to earn the save.
Conard, Haga, Jeanna Rinehart and Colley all had a pair of hits in the contest.
Cascade Christian 100 023 0 — 6 8 1
North Valley 420 007 x — 14 13 4
Weakley and Biondi; Haga, Aaron (6) and Conard. W — Haga (2-1). L — Weakley. 2B — NV: Rinehart. 3B — NV: Conard 2.
Cascade Christian 305 301 0 — 12 17 3
North Valley 440 053 x — 13 14 2
Sekreta and Biondi; Haga, Aaron (3), Haga (4), Conard (6) and Conard, Haga (6). W — Conard (2-0). L — Sekreta. 2B — CC: Biondi, Kinney, Luzny, Sekreta; NV: Conard, Colley, Brummett. 3B — NV: Million. HR — NV: Haga.