SOFTBALL/BASEBALL: Phoenix falls short in 4A play-in
TURNER — Phoenix’s softball program advanced to its first Class 4A state play-in game in five years Friday but a go-ahead score by Cascade in the sixth inning forced an end to the Pirates’ season in a 6-5 nail-biter on the road.
Phoenix (13-11) used a two-out, three-run triple by sophomore Josie Bolstad in the top of the sixth inning to set the stage for a potential move into the state playoffs.
Prior to Bolstad’s big hit, Makenna Page singled, Kate Hanson was hit by a pitch and Raelyssa Goff walked to load the bases. Taylor Wallack nearly provided a go-ahead run for the Pirates but her line drive to left field was run down by Cascade (15-10).
In the fifth inning, walks to Hanson and Wallack set the table for sophomore Kassandra Skaff, who supplied a two-run triple.
Goff and Bowman; M. Dysinger, Metcalf (6), M. Dysinger and M. Walliman. W — M. Dysinger. L — Goff (6-7). 2B — C: Bales, B. Dysinger. 3B — P: Skaff, Bolstad.
HENLEY 10, EAGLE POINT 0, 5 inn.: At Klamath Falls, Class 4A Henley pushed its overall record to 26-2 with the shutout win over 5A Eagle Point, which clinched second place in the Midwestern League with a doubleheader sweep one night earlier.
Emilee Nielsen went 3-for-3 to account for nearly half of the hits for the Eagles (16-9), who will open the state playoffs Wednesday.
Shopp and Conte; Poe, Moore (5) and Perez. W — Poe. L — Shopp. 2B — H: K. Mick. 3B — H: K. Mick, C. Moore.
THURSTON 9-7, EAGLE POINT 5-3: At Springfield, Eagle Point sophomore Darin Marsh went 2-for-4 in each game and drove in three runs overall but Midwestern League champion Thurston proved too much to end the Eagles’ season.
Marsh had a two-run double in a five-run seventh inning for Eagle Point (8-15, 5-11 MWL) in the opener, then added an RBI single in Game 2.
Skyler Gaudern also went 2-for-3 with one run and the Eagles got RBIs from Lucas Meerten and Domenic Fontana in Game 1.
Kolbi Blevins’ solo home run in Game 2 gave Eagle Point a 2-1 lead in the top of the third but Thurston (22-5, 14-2) answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame.
Fontana joined Marsh in netting the other RBIs for EP, with Fontana joining Jake Leeper in going 2-for-4.
Foulon, Lund (6) and Kendrick; Stedman, Mosca (7) and Burke. W — Stedman. L — Foulon. 2B — EP: Marsh, Blevins; T: Casley, Riley, Stedman. HR — T: Derek Stedman solo.
Gaudern, Fontana (6) and Kendrick; Crist, Moser (4) and Burke. W — Moser. L — Gaudern. 2B — EP: Marsh; T: Riley, Moser, Stedman, Crist. 3B — T: Stedman. HR — EP: Blevins (2).