Prep Softball: Shopp, Marshall power Eagles to sweep
EUGENE — Jovi Marshall made quite the splash in her varsity debut for the Eagle Point softball team Saturday.
The freshman joined the Eagles’ Game 2 hit party by smashing a three-run home run and finishing 3-for-4 with four RBIs to help keep Eagle Point undefeated in Midwestern League play with a road sweep of Willamette, 4-1 and 10-3.
“It was pretty cool,” said Eagles coach John White on Marshall’s home run in her debut. “She hits the ball hard. She’s just been waiting for a chance (to be called up from junior varsity).”
Marshall’s homer to left-center field came during the Eagles’ five-run sixth inning where Eagle Point pulled away following a slow offensive start.
In addition to being credited with both Eagle Point wins from the pitcher’s circle, junior Riley Shopp also went yard in Game 2 as part of 17 hits by the Eagles (10-4, 8-0 MWL). Shopp’s sixth homer of the season was a solo shot in the fourth inning that cut in half the lead by Willamette (5-9, 2-6). The Eagles would tie the game 2-all later in the frame.
Shopp finished 2-for-3 with an RBI double and three runs scored, while Kaylena Hoag added three hits and Emilee Nielsen and Coleen Thompson came up with two hits apiece.
In the opener, Shopp struck out five and allowed just one run on three hits and a walk. She contributed to her own cause with two-run single in the fifth inning to increase the Eagles’ lead to 4-0.
Emilee Nielsen went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Eagles in Game 1.
Shopp and Thompson; Garcia and Ortega. W — Shopp (7-4). L — Garcia. 2B — EP: Nielsen, Conte, Stevens; W: Garcia.
Shopp and Thompson; Garcia and Ortega. W — Shopp (8-4). L — Garcia. 2B — EP: Shopp, Thompson, Oppelt, Pugh, Hoag; W: Bitikofer. HR — EP: Marshall, Shopp; W: Garcia.
SHELDON 9, NORTH MEDFORD 1: At Eugene, North Medford senior Allie Hertager went 2-for-3 and scored on an RBI single by Kyleigh Lopez in the fourth inning for the Black Tornado’s lone tally in the Southwest Conference contest.
Lauren Barry and Makenna Austin also went 2-for-3 for North Medford (7-9, 0-6 SWC), which battled with the SWC leaders to a 1-all tie through 51/2 innings before the Irish surged to close the game out.
Sheldon’s Olivia Schmidt had a solo home run in the fourth inning and Yesenia DeLaRosa added a three-run homer in a five run fifth inning that put the Irish (13-2, 5-0) on top for good.
Ivens and Smalley; Leach and Neumann. W — Leach. L — Ivens. 2B — NM: Barry; S: Neumann. HR — S: De La Rosa, Schmidt.
ASHLAND 8-0, CHURCHILL 7-16: At Ashland, with host Ashland trailing by five runs heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Kallin Hakes capped the Grizzlies’ six-run rally with a walk-off three-run double to capture the first game of a Midwestern League doubleheader split against Churchill.
The Lancers (11-7, 6-4 MWL) led 7-2 but the Grizzlies (4-12, 2-8) began the frame by loading the bases after a walk, a Churchill error and a dropped third strike.
Alia Gorringe’s RBI single cut the deficit to 7-3 and, with two outs, Gabby Heiken came up with a two-run double before Hakes followed with a bases-clearing double that glanced off the center fielder’s glove.
Gorringe finished 3-for-4 with a pair of triples, three RBIs and a run scored for Ashland, and Heiken went 2-for-4 with a double.
In Game 2, Churchill scored 12 runs over the first two innings and the contest was called in the fifth by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.
Stout, Olin (5) and Rico; Adams and Hakes. W — Adams (2-7). L — Stout. 2B — C: Schaefer, Callegri-Yela; A: Heiken, Hakes. 3B — C: Stout; A: Gorringe 2.
Schaefer and Rico; Heiken, Adams (1), Heiken (3) and Hakes, Farrow (3). W — Schaefer. L — Heiken (2-5). 2B — C: Stone, Codington, Westphal, Stout.
PHOENIX 10-18, MAZAMA 9-15: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix senior Halie Bowman blasted two Game 1 home runs — one was a grand slam — and in Game 2 Makenna Page launched a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning to complete a Skyline Conference sweep.
It was the first time the Pirates (8-6, 3-3 Skyline) had beaten the Vikings (7-6, 4-2) since 2013, ending a 12-game losing streak.
Bowman produced six RBIs and finished 2-for-4 with a walk. Her sixth-inning grand slam proved to be key, giving the Pirates a 9-4 lead before Mazama rallied to knot the score 9-all in the bottom of the frame.
Page finished 4-for-5 with four runs and two RBIs, while Raelyssa Goff, who also pitched for the win, had two hits to join Kate Hanson and Abigale George. Hanson also knocked in two runs.
In Game 2, after the Vikings chalked up eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at 15-all, Page went deep with the winning home run in the top of the seventh.
Page finished 3-for-6 with four runs, Ashley Gurr was 5-for-6 with a double, a home run and three RBIs.
Hanson was 4-for-5, Josie Bolstad 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs for Phoenix, while Bowman and Maggie Carrillo came up with three hits apiece.
Taylor Wallack also went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and scored twice for the Pirates, who had 22 of their 37 hits in Game 2.
Goff and Bowman; K. Lease and Hamilton. W — Goff (4-2). L — K. Lease. 2B — P: Gurr, Page; M: Hamilton. HR — P: Bowman 2; M: Hamilton, Hubble.
Mathewson, Goff (6) and Bowman; K. Lease and Hamilton. W — Mathewson (4-4). L — K. Lease. 2B — P: Gurr, Page, Hanson, Bolstad, Wallack; M: Hamilton, Richards. HR — P: Gurr, Page.