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PREP BASEBALL/SOFTBALL: Sutherlin stymies Challengers

Sutherlin relied on basics in registering a 10-0 shutout over Cascade Christian in the Class 3A District 4 baseball league opener Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Sutherlin starting pitcher Payton Hope wasn’t overpowering, with just one strikeout over 5 2/3 innings, but the senior right-hander didn’t walk anyone and the Bulldogs played errorless baseball to deny the Challengers.

Hope and reliever Cade Meisner combined for a four-hit shutout — all singles — and Sutherlin (4-7, 1-0 Dist. 4) capitalized on a 13-hit attack.

“(Hope) just threw strikes,” said Cascade Christian coach David Martin. “We hit the ball right at them and they made plays. ”

Sutherlin leadoff hitter Tanner Martin, a junior center fielder, gave the Challengers difficulty with a 5-for-5, four-run performance.

The Bulldogs jumped on Cascade Christian sophomore pitcher Sam Martin from the start and got to second hurler Davis Federico later.

Tanner Martin opened the game with a single, was sacrificed to second and scored on the first of two doubles by No. 3 hitter Meisner. Steven Hager knocked in Meisner with a double and the Bulldogs grabbed a 2-0 first-inning lead.

The Challengers (2-5, 0-1) trailed 4-0 after five innings, then Sutherlin broke the game open.

“Things really fell apart in the sixth inning,” said the Challenger coach.

Tanner Martin began the Bulldogs’ sixth-inning, three-run burst with a one-out triple. He then scored on the Challengers’ only error and later in the frame Meisner, who was 4-for-4 with five RBIs, belted a two-run double.

“We put the ball in play but weren’t aggressively hitting the balll,” said Cascade’s David Martin. “They backed up their pitcher.”

The same two teams will play a District 4 doubleheader at Sutherlin on Friday.

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Hope, Meisner (6) and Peterman; Martin, Federico (4), Rullamas (7) and Knight. W — Hope. L — Martin (1-3). 2B — S: Meisner 2, Hager. 3B — S: Martin.

SOUTH EUGENE 8, SOUTH MEDFORD 4: At Eugene, South Medford got RBI efforts from Bennett Thompson, Steven Ledendecker and Chase Costanti but a 6-0 deficit through three innings proved too much to overcome in Southwest Conference play.

The Panthers (5-6, 1-2 SWC) managed only five hits against the combination of South Eugene pitchers Kaden Miller and Bryce Boettcher, who joined Tristan Vidal and Andrew Joseph in recording two RBIs for the Axe (7-3, 1-0).

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Costanti, Ledendecker (3), Lauchstedt (6) and Thompson; Miller, Boettcher (5) and Brown. W — Miller. L — Costanti. 2B — SE: Joseph, Nelson.

ROSEBURG 3, GRANTS PASS 1: At Grants Pass, Payton Calabro’s RBI hit in the first inning gave Grants Pass an early lead but Roseburg rallied with three unanswered runs to remain atop the Southwest Conference standings.

Kolby Dinkel and Matt Knight each had two hits for the Cavemen (8-4, 0-1 SWC).

Mason Littlefield was 3-for-3 with one run and one RBI for Roseburg (6-3, 3-0), which also saw Spencer Six and Jace Stoffal drive in runs.

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Zeimet, Black (6) and Six; King, Bellum (6) and Hood. W — Zeimet. L — Bellum. 2B — R: Littlefield; GP: Calabro. 3B — R: Black.

ASHLAND 14-3, NORTH EUGENE 2-5: At Eugene, Nick Buccino went 3-for-4 with four runs to pace Ashland’s 13-hit attack in the first game victory of a Midwestern League road doubleheader split at Swede Johnson Stadium.

Rowan Amann added two hits and three RBIs for the Grizzlies (7-5, 4-2 MWL). Traber Burns collected two hits and two RBIs and Isaac Evans picked up a pair of singles in Game 1 against North Eugene (2-8, 1-3).

In the second game, Ashland managed only three hits against three North Eugene pitchers.

The Highlanders answered one run by the Grizzlies in the second inning with a four-spot in the bottom of the frame for all the runs they would need to secure the victory.

FIRST GAME

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Westrick, Amann (6) and Drieling; Parks, Kunz (4), Vreim (4), Gottfried (6) and Dalton. W — Westrick. L — Parks. 2B — A: Amann, Drieling, McLennan, Buccino.

SECOND GAME

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Buccino, McLennan (4) and Drieling; Proudfit, Thompson (4), Wallace (7) and Dalton. W — Thompson. L — Buccino. 2B — NE: Duke.

Softball

NORTH EUGENE 10-9, ASHLAND 9-12: At Eugene, North Eugene scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 1 to win in walk-off fashion but, in Game 2, Ashland answered with a four-run frame in its final at-bat and then kept the Highlanders off the board in a nightcap that was called after six innings due to darkness.

It was Ashland’s first conference win since 2016 after playing the last two seasons at the junior varsity level. The Grizzliles improved to 2-9 overall and 1-5 in Midwestern League play, while North Eugene dropped to 2-6 and 1-1.

Gabby Heiken finished 3-for-4 with two runs and allowed only one single with two strikeouts and a comebacker in the bottom of the sixth to secure the pitching win for Ashland.

Trailing 9-8 entering the sixth inning as darkness loomed, Shelby Brown and Heiken each singled and then scored on a line drive by Ella Hart to put the Grizzlies on top. After a single by Kallin Hakes, Hart scored on a passed ball and then Emma Vandersnick singled to score Madison Read to make it 12-9.

Hakes finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Hart had two hits and two RBIs and Brown and Vandersnick each supplied two hits.

In the opener, Ruby Adams was 3-for-5 with three RBIs, Heiken 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs — all coming on a home run in the second inning. Alia Gorringe also added two hits and two runs, Hart had two hits and three runs and Hakes had two hits.

Brianna Lake had North Eugene’s only hits in Game 1 but that was enough as her walk-off winner denied Ashland in the seventh.

FIRST GAME

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Heiken, Adams (3), Heiken (3) and Hakes; Rogers, Jankowski (2), Rogers (3) and Lake. W — Rogers. L — Heiken. 2B — A: Adams. 3B — A: Heiken. HR — A: Heiken (3).

SECOND GAME

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Adams, Heiken (5) and Hakes; Rogers, Jankowski (1) and Lake. W — Heiken (1-4). L — Rogers.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 13, SUTHERLIN 3, 5 inn.: Cascade Christian senior Mallory Meilicke had a huge day at the plate, posting three hits and five RBIs to go with three runs scored in the five-inning Far West League opener.

The game was moved to U.S. Cellular Community Park due to poor field conditions at Sutherlin, but the Bulldogs (4-8, 0-1 FWL) retained the home designation.

Meilicke posted an RBI triple in the first inning, three-run triple in the second inning and RBI double in the fifth to pace the Challengers (9-1, 1-0).

Rebecca Clark added two hits, three runs and one RBI, Kara Palmer had two hits, one run and one RBI and Neha Joseph added two hits and one run for Cascade Christian.

Katelyn Willard earned the pitching win with 10 strikeouts, one walk and no earned runs.

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Willard and Modrell; Ganger, Parsons (4) and Magana. W — Willard (9-1). L — Ganger. 2B — CC: Meilicke. 3B — CC: Meilicke 2.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCascades Erich Marschall gets a base hit in the 4th inning
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCascades Jadon Rullamas attempts a double play in the 4th inning.