PREP ROUNDUP: Errors prove costly for EP in loss
EAGLE POINT — Eagle Point and Yreka essentially countered one another on offense with 14 hits apiece, but it was the extra opportunities supplied by the Eagles’ defensive miscues that truly made the difference in Tuesday’s nonleague softball matchup.
Eagle Point, playing its first game in a week, committed six errors in the opening three innings and Yreka took full advantage to record a 14-6 win over the host Eagles.
“That was pretty much the story,” said Eagle Point head coach John White of the early errors. “They were concentrated in the first three innings. ... It really was a snowball effect.”
A telling sign of just how much the errors came back to bite the Eagles (5-3): Of the 11 runs allowed by starting pitcher Kyra Smith, all but two of them were unearned.
Yreka, which entered the game outscoring its opponents 113-32 through its first 10 outings, led 11-2 after three innings.
“I thought Kyra Smith was throwing well,” said White. “She wasn’t giving up any long balls. ... We could have been out of the first inning without any runs scored.”
Sydney Boren was one of four Eagle Point hitters to go 2-for-4 in the game, and also hit her fourth home run.
Jocelyn Hanan was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Jovianna Marshall and Baylee Mullen also went 2-for-4. Hailey Waldon went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.
Yreka catcher Sammi Freitas finished 3-for-5 with four runs scored. All 14 of Yreka’s hits were singles.
Kimble, Sloan (7) and Freitas; Smith, Boren (7) and Hanan. W — Kimble. L — Smith (3-3). 2B — EP: Marshall, Mullen. HR — EP: Boren (4).
SOUTH SALEM 10, NORTH MEDFORD 7: North Medford had a forgettable final two innings as South Salem scored all 10 of its runs over the sixth and seventh innings to rally from a 7-0 deficit and beat the Black Tornado at North Medford High.
South Salem (1-5) scored four runs in the top of the sixth — highlighted by a three-run triple from Gavin Price — to cut the deficit to 7-4.
The Saxons then poured it on in the seventh, getting six runs to take their lone lead of the ballgame. Carter Nelson, South Salem’s No. 8 hitter, had what proved to be the game-winning hit on a blooper into shallow center field that fell just in front of a diving attempt by North’s Johnny King.
Six players for North (4-3) had an RBI to help build a 7-0 advantage through five innings: King, Aiden Horsley, Frankie Rutigliano, Davis Carr, Marcus Moore and Colton Morgan. Horsley was the lone Black Tornado with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.
North starting pitcher Trey Newmann allowed seven hits and six runs (two earned) in 6 1/3 innings. Newmann struck out 11.
Nelson, Wagner (4), Price (6) and Vogt; Newmann, Thomey (7), King (7) and Robbins. W — Price. L — Thomey (1-1). 2B — SS: Smith, Weiland, Mitchell. 3B — SS: Price.
GRANTS PASS 8, CENTRAL 4: At Grants Pass, Ari Kantola launched a three-run home run during a six-run third inning to help Grants Pass pull away for the nonleague win.
Troy Osborne finished 3-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored, Mason Montejano went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI and Luke Morgan drove home two runs for the Cavemen (4-3-1).
Tyler Ireland struck out five over six innings while allowing six hits and four walks for GP.
Beaver and Merritt; Ireland and Osborne. W — Ireland (3-0). L — Beaver. 2B — GP: Vainuku-Johnson. 3B — GP: Osborne. HR — GP: Kantola.
ASHLAND 6, MAZAMA 5, 8 inn.: At Ashland, Jackson Rosenthal drove home Tripp Repp to complete Ashland’s rally in the eighth inning and stun Mazama at North Mountain Park.
With Mazama (3-4) leading 5-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Gabe Brabec came up with a two-out, two-run single to trim Ashland’s deficit.
In the bottom of the seventh, Jackson Kemper smacked a double off the left field wall to score Keller Bloodworth from first base and tie the game at 5-all and send it into extra innings.
The Grizzlies (5-1) were able to load the bases in the eighth inning before Rosenthal plated Repp.
Repp, Brabec and Kemper all went 2-for-3, with Repp and Kemper each scoring twice.
Bloodworth also threw three hitless innings with four strikeouts in relief to earn the win.
Ulloa-Ford, Davis (5) and McGuire; Rosenthal, Brabec (3), Bloodworth (3) and Wright. W — Bloodworth (2-0). L — Davis. 2B — A: Wright, Kemper.
ST. MARY’S 3, NORTH VALLEY 2: St. Mary’s senior Alan Gomez had three of his team’s five hits, including a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to complete a comeback by the Crusaders on their home field.
Gomez went 3-for-4 with a double to spark St. Mary’s (5-1), which fell behind 2-0 in the third inning.
Gomez singled in the sixth and came around to score on a throwing error following a bunt by Travis Johnson, who later scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Beau Aldrich.
North Valley (0-6) got its first two batters on base in the top of the seventh but, with runners on the corners, Johnson came in and struck out the next three batters.
In the bottom half of the frame, Grant Russo drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second base before consecutive walks to Sam Shunk and Luke Hamilton loaded the bases. Against a drawn-in infield, Gomez was able to lift a single over the defense to seal the victory.
With his relief effort, Johnson netted his fourth win in six games for St. Mary’s.
Freshman Dane Kisssel took a hard-luck decision for North Valley, striking out five before allowing three of his four walks in the seventh of a complete-game effort.
Kissel and Farmer; Aldrich, Russo (4), Johnson (7) and Shunk. W — Johnson (4-0). L — Kissel. 2B — NV: Huff; SM: Gomez.
HENLEY 5, PHOENIX 2: Phoenix’s top doubles team of Allison Ellis and Courtney House won in a third-set tiebreaker and the Pirates scored another win at No. 4 doubles in Skyline Conference play at Bear Creek Park.
Ellis and House combined to edge Katherine Grayson and Aria Shu of Henley, 6-2, 3-6, 10-8.
SINGLES: Kendall Wilson, H, d. Isha VanNess, 7-5, 6-4; Meredith Brown, H, d. Alexis Rogers, 6-1,6-1; Kaylee Haddook, H, d. Makenna Baily, 8-5.
DOUBLES: Allison Ellis-Courtney House, P, d. Katherine Grayson-Aria Shu, 6-2, 3-6, 10-8; Lauren Wilkenson-Sydney Cox, H, d. Clara Newell-Agatha Hosking, 6-2, 7-6; Jaiden Hulsey-Mikell Lowry, H, d. Michelle Castillo-Brittany Diaz, 8-6; Kaylee Szeremi-Maggie Bakke, P, d. Marina Gomez-Lauren Cox, 8-1.