PREP ROUNDUP: Challengers dominate Douglas in sweep
Cascade Christian senior Katelyn Willard proved almost unhittable and the Challengers’ offense really came alive in Game 2 of a dominant sweep of Douglas, 8-0 and 15-0 in three innings Friday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Willard allowed a fourth-inning single by Brooklyn Avery in the opening game but that was it for the day. The senior finished with 15 strikeouts and no walks in Game 1 for Cascade Christian (10-2), then struck out seven of the nine batters she faced with no walks in a perfect Game 2 shortened by a mercy rule.
The sweep sets up a three-game series next week with South Umpqua (8-1) for the Far West League title, beginning on the road Tuesday and concluding with a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular next Friday.
Kara Palmer gave Cascade Christian a boost with her fourth home run of the spring, a two-run shot in the sixth inning of Game 1, and Willard finished 2-for-3 with one run and RBI doubles in the third and fourth innings.
Also highlighting the opener were a diving catch by Neha Joseph in center field against the first batter of the game, and another diving effort by catcher Ali Modrell on a pop-up against the fence.
Modrell sparked the offense in Game 2, posting four of her five RBIs during a 13-run second inning with a two-run double and two-run single.
Rebecca Clark went 3-for-3 with one run and four RBIs, Zoie Fisher 2-for-3 with three runs and Willard 2-for-2 with three runs in the shortened nightcap.
Hale and Avery; Willard and Modrell. W — Willard (9-2). L — Hale. 2B — CC: Willard 2. HR — CC: Palmer (4).
Hale and Avery; Willard and Modrell. W — Willard (10-2). L — Hale. 2B — CC: Fisher, Modrell, Sweem, White, Willard.
HENLEY 14, PHOENIX 0, 5 inn.: At Talent, Henley took advantage of their own bats and Phoenix pitching in the first inning to score nine runs at Colver Field.
Henley had four hits in the inning, while the Pirates walked five batters and committed an error.
Mackinley Hudson slugged a three-run home run in the third for the Hornets (12-0).
Phoenix (6-6) managed two hits. Addison Brite and Josie Bolstad each hit singles.
Moore and Perez; Vos, Goff (1) and Brite. W — Moore. L — Vos. 2B — H: Powell. HR — H: Hudson.
NORTH MEDFORD 13, EAGLE POINT 3, 5 inn.: North Medford scored nine runs in the first inning to set the pace in the SOC contest Thursday at North Medford High.
Shahar Miles ripped a three-run double to cap the uprising, and Hannah Drysdale rapped a two-run single. Alyssa Hartzheim added a run-scoring single in the five-hit frame.
Neveah Smith was 3-for-3 with three runs for the Black Tornado (7-3), and Sara Hamlin was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run. Samara Miles, Matlyn Leetch and Emily Dunn each scored twice.
Eagle Point (3-8) was held to four hits by freshman Gabby Urban, who got her first varsity win. Urban struck out five and didn’t walk anyone. Only one of the three runs she allowed was earned.
Brown and Lierman; Urban and Lawton. W — Urban. L — Brown. 2B — EP: Gray; NM: Sh. Miles.
DOUGLAS 14-2, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 8-5: At Winston, Cascade Christian got solid pitching in the second game from Sam Martin and scored four runs in the third inning to forge the split.
Martin pitched six innings and allowed two hits while striking out nine. He issued one walk.
The Challengers (5-7) tallied all the runs they needed in the fourth.
Martin walked, stole second and third and scored on Owen Thompson’s sacrifice fly to center field. A single by Austin Waits and an error put two runners aboard, and Ashton Moody brought them in with a single. Moody later scored on an error.
In the first game, Waits scored three runs, Moody scored two and each had an RBI.
Douglas is 6-6.
Federico, Moody (4), Knips (6) and Thompson; Ledbetter, Jones (7) and O’Toole. W — Ledbetter. L — Federico (0-2). 2B — CC: Waits; D: Christad.
Martin, Knips (7) and Thompson; Martin, Jones (3) and O’Toole. W — Martin (2-0). L — Martin.
BROOKINGS-HARBOR 14-11, ST. MARY’S 0-5: St. Mary’s got going a little too late in Game 2 after managing only one hit in the opener of a Far West League twin bill at St. Mary’s High.
The Crusaders (4-8) scored five runs in the final two innings of the nightcap, which saw Brookings-Harbor (12-0) lead only 1-0 through four innings after scoring in all but one of the six innings in Game 1.
Ean Lawrence had a two-run single in the sixth inning and Beau Aldrich added an RBI double in the sixth and RBI single in the seventh to pace St. Mary’s in Game 2. Lance Parrish also had an RBI single in the seventh.
Aldrich struck out six and allowed four hits in five innings.
John Healy had a third-inning single for the Crusaders in the opener to break up a no-hit bid.
DeShon, Orman (6) and McCollum; Lawrence, Russo (3), Haynes (6) and Johnson, Aldrich (4). W — DeShon. L — Lawrence. 2B — BH: Armentrout, Shew, DeShon, A. Burger, Kay. Christensen.
A. Burger, K. Burger (6) and McCollum; Aldrich, Johnson (6) and Lawrence. W — A. Burger. L — Aldrich. 2B — BH: Shew, Ky. Christensen; SM: Aldrich.
GRANTS PASS 6, ST. MARY’S 2: At Grants Pass, St. Mary’s rebounded from four singles losses to claim two doubles victories.
Calvin Chemlir and Aidan Flaherty won at No. 1 doubles for the Crusaders, and Brady Reed and Jackson Lopiano took the No. 2 slot. All but Chemlir avenged singles losses.
SINGLES: Nic Rist, GP, d. Jackson Lopiano, 6-0, 6-0; Mateo McCoy, GP, d. Brady Reed, 6-1, 6-0; Tucker Neville, GP, d. Logan Diaz McNeal, 8-0; Brady Miller, GP, d. Aidan Flaherty, 8-2.
DOUBLES: Calvin Chemlir-Aidan Flaherty, SM, d. Parker Pastrell-Preston Smith, 6-3, 6-4; Brady Reed-Jackson Lopiano, SM, d. Noah Thorban-Chrstian Dara, 6-1, 6-4; Brock Huffaker-Jacob Piroska, 8-2; Evan Riggs-Ethan Nelson, GP, d. Nate Lemley-Matthew Poisson, 8-6.