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Eagles knock rust off, split with Lancers

EAGLE POINT — Following a two-week hiatus since it last took the field, the Eagle Point softball team had some rust to shake off before hitting its stride in a Midwestern League doubleheader on Saturday.

After Churchill won the opener, 11-1, and the Eagles lost an early Game 2 lead, Eagle Point used a big sixth inning to come from behind for a 10-9 victory at Eagle Point High.

The Eagles (11-5, 9-1 MWL), who are tied with Thurston for second in the Midwestern League, jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings, but the Lancers (14-10, 8-6) chipped away with a run in each of the third and fourth innings before responding with back-to-back three-run frames in the fifth and sixth innings to seize an 8-7 lead.

But in the bottom of the sixth with two aboard and one out, the Eagles’ Jayci Pugh doubled home Emmalee Stevens to even to score at 8-all.

Churchill intentionally walked Riley Shopp to load the bases, setting up Areona Conte’s go-ahead single that plated Bailey Worrell. Ashley Oppelt’s sacrifice fly to right padded the Eagles’ lead, making it 10-8.

The Lancers cut it to 10-9 in the top of the seventh, but Eagle Point pitcher Shopp forced a soft line drive back to her to register the final out.

Oppelt knocked in three runs, one apiece with her single and two sacrifice flys. Pugh was 2-for-2 with three RBIs, Kaylena Hoag was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, Shopp went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs while Conte went 2-for-4.

In the opener, base running errors and stranded runners resulted in just one run for the Eagles despite collecting eight hits.

Chloe Hurst was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles while Stevens went 2-for-2 for Eagle Point.

The Lancers’ McKenzie Westphal was 6-for-8 on the afternoon and had a home run and four RBIs in each game.

FIRST GAME

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Olin and Rico; Shopp and Thompson. W — Olin. L — Shopp (8-5). 2B — C: Westphal, Olin, Callegri-Yela; EP: Hurst 2, Conte, Hoag. HR — C: Westphal.

SECOND GAME

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Olin and Rico; Shopp and Thompson. W — Shopp (9-5). L — Olin. 2B — C: Codington, Schaefer; EP: Pugh, Shopp, Conte. HR — C: Westphal.

ASHLAND 18, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0, 5 inn.: At Ashland, Kallin Hakes had four hits, including a triple, five RBIs and three runs to lead Ashland to the nonleague blowout at North Mountain Park.

Shelby Brown added three hits, three RBIs and four runs, and Alia Gorringe, Emma Vandersnick and Madison Read had two hits apiece for the Grizzlies (8-12), who have won four straight and six of their last seven.

Ashland pitcher Gabby Heiken (6-5) struck out five in the five-inning shutout and has now worked 20 2/3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.

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Menning and Navarro; Heiken and Farrow. W — Heiken (6-5). L — Menning. 2B — IV: Himinek; A: Heiken, Adams, Vandersnick. 3B — A: Gorringe, Hakes.

SOUTH MEDFORD 21-15, SOUTH EUGENE 7-10: At Eugene, Katelyn McLeod had a fifth-inning two-run home run and doubled home two more in the sixth inning, powering South Medford to a Southwest Conference sweep of South Eugene.

McLeod finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Gabrielle Garcia added a three-run triple during the Panthers’ six-run sixth inning.

Maddie Dalke was 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and scored twice for the Panthers (7-15, 4-8 SWC). Matlyn Leetch went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

The first game featured Cassie Fleming, who went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and four runs for the Panthers. Leetch knocked in a pair of runs and scored twice, going 2-for-3, as did Dalke.

FIRST GAME

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Dalke and Bratcher, Truex (4); Clark and Kochevar. W — Dalke (2-5). L — Clark. 2B — SM: Fleming, Lupton; SE: Lee.

SECOND GAME

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Dalke and Bratcher; Clark and Kochevar. W — Dalky (3-5). L — Clark. 2B — SM: Dalke 2, McLeod. 3B — SM: Garcia; SE: Glenzel, Crabbe. HR — SM: McLeod.

PHOENIX 18-17, HIDDEN VALLEY 7-0: At Phoenix, the Pirates erupted for 39 hits in the Skyline sweep, led by Josie Bolstad’s seven-hit day which included a triple, an inside-the-park home run, six RBIs and five runs scored at Hagler-James Park.

In the first game, four Phoenix players had three hits as the Pirates (10-10, 5-7 Sky) scored 12 runs in the fourth to put the game away. Halie Bowman was 3-for-3 and Abigale George 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.

In the second game, five Pirates had three hits or more, led by Bolstad, who was 4-for-6 with a walk-off single to end the game in the sixth. Taylor Wallack went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, and Kassandra Skaff 3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI.

FIRST GAME

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Lesner and Caddock; Mathewson and Bowman. W — Mathewson (5-5). L — Lesner. 2B — HV: Caddock; P: Bolstad, Page, Hanson, Goff.

SECOND GAME

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Perez and Caddock; Mathewson, Goff (4) and Bowman. W — Mathewson (6-5). L — Perez. 2B — HV: Caddock 2; P: Wallack. 3B — P: Bolstad. HR — P: Bolstad (1).

BONANZA 16-15, BUTTE FALLS/CRATER LATE 0-1: At Bonanza, Lucia Diamiana had two hits in the first game and a double in the second, but the Loggers suffered a pair of lopsided losses in District 5 play.

Sydney Welburn went 2-for-3 for Butte Falls/Crater Lake (4-13, 3-9 Dist. 5) in the first game. In the second game, Chloe Acosta had an RBI single.

Bonanza (12-8, 8-1) has won three straight and eight of its last nine.

Closeup of a Softball Glove and ball