PREP BASEBALL/SOFTBALL: Phoenix suffers first league loss
TALENT — All Phoenix needed was the final out in the fifth inning against Mazama and things may have been different Wednesday at Hagler-James Field.
But, unfortunately for the Pirates, that third out didn’t come as soon as they needed as the Vikings capitalized by scoring five runs with two outs in the frame and used that surge to post a 5-3 win over host Phoenix.
“It’s tough but it’s part of the game,” said Phoenix coach Bill Hutchinson. “It was impressive how they put the ball in play with two outs. They had seven hits in the game and five of them in that inning.”
Phoenix (9-6, 3-1 Skyline) appeared to possibly be off unscathed to the bottom of the fifth on a strikeout, throw-out play but the runner was called safe at second base. A walk after that and then an RBI double by Caleb Waits and two-run double by Cooper Hamilton then sparked the Vikings (7-6, 2-2).
The Pirates answered with a two-out RBI single in the fifth by Nik Goff, who finished 2-for-3, and then posted three doubles of their own in the sixth. Kade Beer’s two-out double was followed by an RBI double from Liam Serean and, after Colton Merriman walked, Ian Wood added another RBI double.
Ethan Humble allowed six hits in five innings for Phoenix, striking out seven and walking two.
Monteith, Whitlock (6) and Waits; Humble, Stella (6) and Merriman. W — Monteith. L — Humble (2-2). 2B — M: Waits, Hamilton; P: Beer, Serean, Wood.
SHELDON 3, GRANTS PASS 2: At Eugene, Grants Pass dropped its sixth straight Southwest Conference game to go 0-6 in league play and 8-9 overall.
Sheldon moved to 7-9 and 2-4 in SWC play.
SPRINGFIELD 5, EAGLE POINT 3: At Springfield, Eagle Point built a 3-0 lead through two innings but struggled from that point, allowing host Springfield to rally for only its second win of the season and first in Midwestern League play.
Noah Page went 2-for-3 with one run for the Eagles (7-6, 5-3 MWL), who also got an RBI double by Skyler Gaudern in the first inning and RBI double by Lucas Meerten in the second.
Springfield (2-13, 1-7) had seven players get a hit, four of which with multiple hits.
Fontana, Lund (4), Foulon (5), Gaudern (6) and Kendrick; Endient, Sharr (4) and Smith. W — Sharr. L — Gaudern (4-1). 2B — EP: Foulon, Meerten, Gaudern; S: Born.
CLOVIS WEST 15, CRATER 5: At Fresno, Calif., Crater wrapped up a winless run at the Easter Baseball Classic with a 10-run defeat at Clovis High School.
The Comets lost 4-0 to Placer High of California and 5-3 to Fresno on Monday, then fell 8-1 to San Joaquin Memorial of California on Tuesday before facing Clovis West to cap tournament play.
Crater (6-10) returns to action Saturday with a home doubleheader against Springfield.
GRANTS PASS 6, CRATER 4: At Grants Pass, Skylar Padgett, Grace Gaither and Devin Ireland each hit home runs to lead Class 6A Grants Pass to the nonconference win.
Class 5A Crater (10-3) built a 3-0 lead in the top half of the first inning but Grants Pass (13-2) gradually kept pace and ultimately won with a three-run surge in the fifth inning.
Gaither finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs thanks to a two-run homer in the third inning, while Padgett was 3-for-4 with leadoff homer in the fifth and Ireland later added a two-run blast in the frame.
Joseph, Wagner (5) and Sanderson; Rund, Ireland (6) and Stevens. W — Rund. L — Joseph (5-1). 2B — GP: Padgett, Gaither 2. HR — GP: Padgett, Gaither, Ireland.
MAZAMA 13, PHOENIX 8: At Talent, Makenna Page and Halie Bowman had back-to-back home runs with two outs in the sixth but Phoenix was unable to build on that momentum for a further rally to come up short in Skyline Conference play at Hagler-James Field.
Page finished 2-for-2 with two walks, three runs and two RBIs and Bowman was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI for the Pirates (6-6, 1-3 Skyline), who trailed 8-2 through four innings before rallying.
Raelyssa Goff went 3-for-4 with one run and four RBIs and Abigale George was 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI for Phoenix.
Grace Spoon hit three doubles to help propel Mazama (7-4, 4-0).
K. Lease and Hamilton; Mathewson, Goff (4) and Bowman. W — K. Lease. L — Mathewson. 2B — M: K. Lease, Spoon 3, Grounds; P: Page, Goff. 3B — M: Wilcox; P: George, Goff. HR — P: Page (3), Bowman (2).
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 9, BROOKINGS-HARBOR 6: At Brookings, Class 3A top-ranked Cascade Christian took an early lead on Kara Palmer’s two-out, two-run single in the first inning and never trailed in the Far West League victory.
The Challengers (12-1, 4-0 FWL) added what proved to be the winning runs in the sixth when Ali Modrell walked and scored when Neha Joseph’s sacrifice bunt was thrown into center field. Joseph later scored from third on Mia Mayben’s sacrifice fly to give Cascade a 7-3 lead.
Mayben went 2-for-2 with two runs and one RBI in her season debut, and Katelyn Willard had two hits and scored twice.
Willard (12-1), a sophomore pitcher, struck out seven and allowed three earned runs against host Brookings (8-9, 2-1).
Willard and Modrell; Harms and Fitzhugh. W — Willard (12-1). L — Harms. 2B — CC: Mayben, Willard; BH: Peters. 3B — BH: Peters.