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Modrell scores winning run to boost Cascade

Ali Modrell ripped a lead-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning and eventually scored the winning run as Cascade Christian defeated previously unbeaten Harrisburg 9-8 at U.S. Cellular Community Park and moved to No. 1 in the OSAA power rankings.

The Challengers (3-0) rallied after the Eagles (5-1), now fourth in the rankings, scored twice in the top of the seventh to take an 8-7 lead.

After Modrell’s double, Emily Knight singled her to third, then stole second base. Neha Joseph was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Callie Sweem followed with a bloop to shortstop.

The shortstop caught the ball and threw to second, but the second baseman mishandled it and Modrell scored.

Mallory Meilicke had two hits, four RBIs and two runs for Cascade Christian, which also got two hits and two runs from Audrey Quast and Katelyn Willard, who also had an RBI. Kara Palmer supplied two hits and two RBIs.

Willard went the distance in the circle, striking out 11 and walking one. She allowed four earned runs.

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Knox and Gent; Willard and Modrell. W — Willard (3-0). L — Knox. 2B — H: Martinez, Downs, Johnson; CC: Modrell, Palmer. 3B — H: Johnson; CC: Meilicke.

NORTH MEDFORD 11, CANBY 1, 5 inn.: At Canby, Ella Ivens tossed a gem for North Medford, which backed the senior left-hander with nine runs in the third inning to get a win via mercy rule in five innings over Canby.

Ivens struck out four and allowed just one run on one hit but walked seven for the Black Tornado (3-2).

North Medford’s Neveah Smith went 2-for-3, scored twice and drove in a run while Kyleigh Lopez and Grace Johnson each finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

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Ivens and Austin; Lee, Allhands (4) and Mobley. W — Ivens. L — Lee. 2B — NM: Lopez. 3B — NM: Baker.

CRATER 16-14, ASHLAND 2-0: At Ashland, Crater was in control from both the pitcher’s circle and the plate as the Comets swept Ashland in their Midwestern League doubleheader season opener.

In Game 1, which lasted just six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule, pitcher Megan Wagner picked up the win for the Comets (5-1, 2-0 MWL), striking out nine across six innings where she allowed just two runs on five hits.

The Comets’ Hannah Joseph hit a home run and came up with three hits, as did teammate Kaila Lee.

Grizzlies freshman Gabby Heiken launched her first career home run — a solo shot in the first inning.

In the nightcap, Joseph tossed a two-hit shutout while Presley Robison and Haley Hillyer went for three hits apiece and Lee added a homer.

FIRST GAME

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Wagner and Sanderson; Adams, Heiken (6) and Hakes, Farrow (5). W — Wagner. L — Adams (1-3). 2B — C: Carter; A: Gorringe. HR — C: Joseph; A: Heiken.

SECOND GAME

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Joseph, Peterson (5) and Sanderson; Adams, Heiken (3) and Farrow, Hakes (4). W — Joseph. L — Adams (1-4). 2B — C: Peterson, Hillyer. HR — C: Lee.

Baseball

TIGARD 5, NORTH MEDFORD 3: At Tigard, Tigard scored four runs in the first inning and held on in the nonconference game.

Pitcher Ryan Sandoval struck out eight batters through 5 1/3 innings for North Medford (2-3), but Tigard parlayed two hits, an error, a hit batsman and an intentional walk into the early advantage.

The Black Tornado’s Devyn Grafton was 2-for-2 with two runs, and Taven Passey was 2-for-3 with a run.

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Sandoval, Buchanan (6) and Passey; Gerkman, Rivers (6) and Stinson. W — Gerkman. L — Sandoval (1-1). 2B — NM: Grafton; T: Stinson. 3B — NM: Sandoval.

PHOENIX 11, COTTAGE GROVE 2: At Cottage Grove, Phoenix racked up 14 hits while sophomore pitcher Ethan Humble struck out seven over five quality innings to keep the Pirates undefeated.

Liam Serean finished 3-for-3 and drove in three runs for the Pirates (4-0), while Freedom Martinez went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.

Humble allowed just one unearned run on three hits and one walk and was backed by AJ Stanfield who went 2-for-5 with an RBI.

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Humble, Stella (6), Zanni (7) and Merriman; Spink, Simmons (4), Bennett (6) and Britton. W — Humble (1-0). L — Spink. 2B — P: Stella, Serean; CG: Sharkey.

HENLEY 11, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0, 6 inn.: At Klamath Union, Cascade Christian was only able to muster a pair of hits against host Henley’s pitching staff in a game that was decided after six innings because of the mercy rule.

The Challengers dropped to 0-3 as Henley moved to 3-1.

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Martin, Waits (5) and Knight; Fitts, Rote (4), Frank (6) and Loney. W — Fitts. L — Martin (0-2). 2B — H: Loney, Tacchini, Graham. HR — H: Rasica.

Boys Tennis

ST. MARY’S 8, KLAMATH UNION 0: Singles top seed Parker Lam and doubles No. 1 seeds Corin Elmore and Milan Bobek set the tone for St. Mary’s, guiding the host Crusaders to a sweep of Klamath Union.

Lam topped Brandon Wolfram, 6-1, 6-0, while Elmore and Bobek took down Skylar Maupin and Dylan Pettit, 6-2, 6-0.

SINGLES: Parker Lam, SM, d. Brandon Wolfram, 6-1, 6-0; Hunter Holderman, SM, Wyatt Cain, 6-0, 6-1; David Zhang, SM, d. Matthew Dubuis, 6-2, 6-1; Jackson Lopiano, SM, Bryson Esmond, 6-0, 6-1.

DOUBLES: Corin Elmore-Milan Bobek, SM, d. Skylar Maupin-Dylan Pettit, 6-2, 6-0; Tomas Hernandez-Brady Reed, SM, d. Brandon VanMeter-Nathan Girdner, 6-2, 6-2; Anthony Gan-Sam Guyer, SM, d. Tristan Luna-Cole Dillon, 6-0, 6-0; Calvin Chemlie-Tom Wang, SM, d. Noah Reith-Addison Rusth, 6-0, 6-0.

Girls Tennis

ASHLAND 7, SOUTH MEDFORD 1: With top singles seed Sascha Wells leading the way, Ashland took care of business against host South Medford with three singles wins and a sweep in doubles.

Wells topped the Panthers’ Ariana Watson, 6-1, 6-0, while in doubles, the Grizzlies duo of Grace Smith and Zoey Zapf got the best of South’s Ella Kesterson and Maggie Von Strahl, 6-2, 6-3.

SINGLES: Sascha Wells, A, d. Ariana Watson, 6-1, 6-0; Lauren Croyle, A, d. Claire Brasseur, 6-0, 6-1; Bela HozDeVila, A, d. Sarah McCallister, 6-2, 6-3; Emerle Doell, SM, d. Bridget Burr, 6-3, 6-3.

DOUBLES: Grace Smith-Zoey Zapf, A, d. Ella Kesterson-Maggie Von Strahl, 6-2, 6-3; Alyssa Retiz-Sofia Shelton, A, d. Jill Rosie Holt-Megan Batting, 6-0, 6-1; Jessica Hitchcock-Harper Wells, A, d. Lily McPherson-Sophie Clark, 6-1, 6-1; Lyndsey Annen-Jackie Moran, A, d. Fatima Jacobs-Kaelin Reed, 6-3, 6-1.

ST. MARY’S 4, KLAMATH UNION 4: Klamath Union’s top seeds bested St. Mary’s but the Crusaders’ lower seeds helped force a draw in their duel at Fichner-Mainwaring Park.

The Crusaders’ No. 2 singles seed Alicia Lu topped the Pelicans’ Katie Hartwell, 6-3, 6-1.

In doubles, Jenny Nguyen and Anais Fang of St. Mary’s (1-1-1) earned an 8-1 pro set victory over KU’s Grace Anderson and Wren Mitchell.

SINGLES: Courtlyn Lam, KU, d. Finley Cox, 6-2, 6-0; Alicia Lu, SM, d. Katie Hartwell, 6-3, 6-1; Suzanna Schatz, SM, d. Ruby Charlton, 8-5; Ellie Olsen, KU, d. Zoe Alftine, 8-5.

DOUBLES: Elyse Englestadter-Mya Felts, KU, d. Samantha Miller-Leah Sternenberg, 6-2, 6-2; Elizabeth Adkisson-Michaela Gaede, KU, d. Meg Wright-TaylorRose Tavares, 6-2, 6-1; Jenny Nguyen-Anais Fang, SM, d. Grace Anderson-Wren Mitchell, 8-1; Mia Castillo-Lauren Meyer, SM, d. Lily Hirengen-Millie Coffman, 8-3.

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