Shopp, Eagles shut out Churchill
EAGLE POINT — Sophomore pitcher Riley Shopp has found a groove for the Eagle Point softball team.
Shopp tossed a three-hit shutout and the Eagles defeated visiting Churchill, 3-0, in Midwestern League play Tuesday.
Shopp (7-4) struck out five and walked three against the Eugene school and hasn’t allowed an earned run for three straight games.
“(Shopp) has more velocity than last year,” said Eagle Point coach John White, “and she has a lot of pitches she can count on. She’s using her entire arsenal effectively.”
The Eagles (10-4, 6-2 MWL) staked Shopp to a first-inning run when Kelsey McFall-Whitlatch reached on an error and came around to score on Samantha Thompson’s double.
Thompson singled and scored in the Eagles’ two-run sixth. Miyah Smith walked and tallied the final run on a Maddie Wood single.
Junior left fielder Chloe Hurst made two diving catches to help preserve the shutout.
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Eagle Point 100 002 x — 3 6 1
Sheppler and Schaefer; Shopp and S. Thompson. W — Shopp (7-4). L — Sheppler. 2B — EP: S. Thompson.
GRANTS PASS 2, SHELDON 0: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass scored two runs in the first inning, and pitcher Alyssa Etheridge made them stand up with an efficient five-hitter in the Southwest Conference.
The Cavers (12-2, 7-1 SWC) moved within a half game of league-leader North Medford.
Brooklyn Hurd, with a single, and Jordan Kuykendall, with a run-scoring double, led off the game for Grant Pass. After a strikeout, Grace Gaither singled in Kuykendall for the 2-0 edge. Three of the Cavers’ four hits came in the frame.
Etheridge struck out two and walked three.
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Grants Pass 200 000 x — 2 4 0
Leach and Neuman; Etheridge and Kuykendall. W — Etheridge. L — Leach. 2B — S: Henderson, Leach, Boyd; GP: Kuykendall. 3B — GP: Etheridge.
THURSTON 11, CRATER 1, 5 inn.: At Springfield, sophomore Savana Decker blasted a walk-off home run with one out in the fifth as Thurston moved into a tie for third with Crater in the Midwestern League standings.
Pitcher Harmony Stevens allowed one run and contributed a double, a home run and three RBIs for the Colts (10-6, 5-3 MWL).
Crater (6-9, 5-3) scored in the first inning when leadoff hitter Presley Robison executed a bunt singe, stole second and scored on Hannah Joseph’s RBI single.
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Thurston 403 31 — 11 16 0
Wagner, Warner (1), Joseph (4) and Harris, Sanderson (5); H. Stevens and Jegtvig. W — H. Stevens. L — Wagner (2-2) . 2B — C: Hilton, Lee; T: Jegtvig, Keifauver, H. Stevens, S. Stevens. 3B — T: Burke. HR: T: Decker, H. Stevens.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 21, ROGUE RIVER 6, 5 inn.: Cascade Christian junior Mia Mayben was 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs to lead a balanced attack as the Challengers broke the Southern Cascade League tilt open with an eight-run first inning and added an 11-run second inning at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Katelyn Willard picked up the pitching win for the Challengers (10-6, 4-0 SCL) and was 3-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.
Also for Cascade Christian, Ali Modrell went 1-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs, Kara Palmer 1-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs, Makenna Payne 1-for-1 with three runs and two RBIs and Rebecca Clark 1-for-2 with three runs and two RBIs.
Rogue River dropped to 3-4 and 0-1 in SCL play.
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Atteberry, Teska (2) and Reeder; Willard, Payne (5) and Modrell, Clark (5). W — Willard (10-5). L — Atteberry. 2B — RR: Atteberry; CC: Mayben, Modrell, Palmer, Willard.
BUTTE FALLS 6-13, PHOENIX JV 2-8: At Butte Falls, freshman Leanna McNabb’s two-run single sparked a four-run fifth inning in the opener for Butte Falls.
In Game 2, Stephani Woods paced the Loggers (3-5) with three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Lucia Damiana, a sophomore, added to the Loggers’ offense with a single and a two-run double.