PREP ROUNDUP: EP comes alive late, tops Phoenix
TALENT — As Eagle Point softball coach John White has come to know about his team, they have the capability of putting up runs in a hurry.
With Phoenix nipping at its heels Thursday afternoon, Eagle Point did just that.
Eagle Point was able to get the breathing room it so desired, scoring nine runs in the final two innings — including five in the seventh — to break open a tight affair and record a 10-4 win over Class 4A Phoenix at Colver Field.
“We are capable of erupting any at any point, for sure,” said White. “We’re a good hitting team. It’s just the last couple of games, we faced pitchers with a little less velocity but were hitting their spots and we were helping them out for a while until we figured it out.”
Eagle Point (8-5) and Phoenix (2-6) were locked in a 1-all tie heading to the final two innings.
The Pirates took 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Addison Brite hit a triple and then came into score on a Alexis Dial double.
The Eagles tied the game two innings later on an RBI single by Kyra Smith.
It was deadlocked until the top of the sixth when Eagle Point — which has scored double digits in six of its eight wins this season — plated four runs to go ahead 5-1. Emilee Nielsen scored on a Phoenix error in right field to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead. Moments later, Baylee Mullen made it 4-1 with a two-run double. She then scored on Jade Lierman’s RBI single.
“Probably the big thing was when Emilee Nielsen singled in the sixth inning,” White said. “She’s quick and the pressure was on. Our girls started to hit the ball and, as our leadoff hitter, she was able to set the table for us.”
Phoenix cut the lead in half as Violet Harper drove in a pair of runs with a double, but the Eagles broke it open a half-
Mullen came up big again, this time with a two-run single to make it 7-3. Sydney Bruner capped the big late-game surge with a two-run double before scoring on an error.
Mullen finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs, while Bruner was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.
On top of knocking in a run, Smith threw the final three innings in relief of starter Sydney Boren to pick up her sixth win of the year.
“Our pitching is getting better about not walking people today,” White said. “I think we’re getting close to coming around and putting everything together.”
Brite and Harper both went 3-for-4, while Dial had a pair of hits. Paityn Croy, who went 1-for-4 at the plate, played strong defense at third base.
Phoenix outhit Eagle Point 14-9 in the game.
“We hit well, we battled back and both teams played amazing defense,” Phoenix coach Kevin Scoggins said. “We just needed to hit where we needed to hit and it just didn’t come through. We would lace one in the gap and the girl would make an amazing play. That just happens.”
Eagle Point jumps back into Midwestern League play this Saturday when it travels to the coast to face North Bend in a 1 p.m. doubleheader, while Phoenix faces Bonanza in a nonleague matchup Monday afternoon.
“It was good for us to play a 5A school like Eagle Point and what it’s going to do is make us better,” Scoggins said.
Eagle Point 001 004 5 — 10 9 2
Phoenix 100 002 1 — 4 14 2
Boren, Smith (5) and Nielsen; Goff and Brite. W — Smith (6-4). L — Goff (1-4). 2B — EP: Bruner 2, Mullen; P: Dial, Harper. 3B — P: Brite.
PHOENIX 9, DOUGLAS 3: At Talent, Phoenix starting pitcher Julius Bolstad came within one out of throwing a no-hitter and Phoenix rolled to a nonleague win over Class 3A Douglas at Colver Field.
Bolstand, who picked up his first win of the season, saw his no-hit bid broken up by a Douglas (5-3) blooper with two outs in the top of the seventh. Bolstad allowed one hit and one earned run while striking out 10 and walking three.
Dominic Crenshaw, Ryan Watts and Kaden Sousa each had two-hit days for Phoenix (2-6), which snapped a three-game losing skid. Crenshaw also drove in two runs, scored three times and stole two bases.
Watts, Sousa, Andrew Hull, Chance Sherrell and Karver Wolowicz all had an RBI.
Douglas 000 000 4 — 4 2 5
Phoenix 116 010 x — 9 10 2
Sutphin, Kelly (4) and Paul; Bolstad, Wolowicz (7) and Hull. W — Bolstad (1-1). L — Sutphin.
Track & Field
NORTH FALLS SHORT: North Medford’s Nathan Rider and Terrell Kim each won a pair of events but the Black Tornado boys team came up shy against Sheldon, 84-61, in SWC action late Wednesday.
The Black Tornado girls won all but two field events but dropped a 79-62 decision to the Irish. Rider won the 200 (21.57) and 400 (50.16) and Kim placed first in the shot put (44-10.5) and discus (112-6) to highlight North’s effort.
TEAM SCORES: Sheldon 84, North Medford 61.
100 — 1, Brock Thomas, S, 11.32; 200 — 1, Nathan Rider, NM, 21.57; 400 — 1, Nathan Rider, NM, 50.16; 800 — 1, Benjamin Collins, S, 1:58.14; 1,500 — 1, Jimmy Scull, NM, 4:42.25; 3,000 — 1, Logan Huffman, NM, 10:27.99; 110 HURDLES — 1, Joey Rubino, S, 17.44; 300 HURDLES — 1, Tyler Ellingson, S, 44.89; 4X100 RELAY — 1, Sheldon (Grafton Robinson, Zachery McEwen, Jacob Nash, Brock Thomas), 43.60; 4X400 RELAY — 1, Sheldon (Owen Phillips, Zane Prevedello, Noah Snyder, Benjamin Collins), 3:36.06.
SHOT PUT — 1, Terrell Kim, NM, 44-10.5; DISCUS — 1, Terrell Kim, NM, 112-6; JAVELIN — 1, Blake Herring, S, 145-0; HIGH JUMP — 1, Sam Poole, S, 5-10; POLE VAULT — 1, Billy Morach, S, 11-6; LONG JUMP — 1, Brock Thomas, S, 20-3; TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Julian Lane, NM, 37-11.
TEAM SCORES: Sheldon 79, North Medford 62.
100 — 1, Gabriella Harms, S, 12.87; 200 — 1, Gabriella Harms, S, 26.37; 400 — 1, Isabella Harms, S, 1:04.42; 800 — 1, Eleanor Nichol, NM, 2:31.59; 1,500 — 1, Saundra Parsons, NM, 5:21.47; 3,000 — 1, Reese Meager, NM, 11:47.27; 100 HURDLES — 1, Tori Line, S, 17.41; 300 HURDLES — 1, Tori Line, S, 53.89; 4X100 RELAY — 1, Sheldon (Alexis Leao, Gabriella Harms, Sabrina Giulietti, Chloe Shedrick), 50.28; 4X400 RELAY — 1, Sheldon (Alexis Leao, Isabella Harms, Sabrina giulietti, Chloe Shedrick), 4:10.74.
SHOT PUT — 1, Jacquuelyn Aukusitino, NM, 37-6.5; DISCUS — 1, Hannah McFarland, NM, 92-10; JAVELIN — 1, Paije Carpenter, NM, 88-4; HIGH JUMP — T1, Olivia Boger, NM, 4-6, and Alexandra Stevens, NM, 4-6; POLE VAULT — 1, Alicia Lancaster, S, 7-0; LONG JUMP — 1, Gabriella Harms, S, 16-3.5; TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Audrey Yechout, NM, 32-6.5.
ST. MARY’S 8, HIDDEN VALLEY 1: St. Mary’s dropped just one set and all four of its singles players claimed wins as the Crusaders rolled past Hidden Valley at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.
The Crusaders’ top two singles players, Sydney Holdermann and Sunga Kim, dropped a combined two sets in getting their victories.
SINGLES: Sydney Holdermann, SM, d. Carlen Nielson, 6-0, 6-1; Sunga Kim, SM, d. Tiara Hauser, 6-1, 6-0; Ella Weston, SM, d. Chris Nollette, 8-2; Madeline Ward, SM, d. Freya Mouves, 8-1.
DOUBLES: Hannah Poisson-Pratheeka Weerakoon, SM, d. Tata Mendoza-Ashley Yunker, 6-2, 6-0; Sofia Castillo-Nicola Chmellir, SM, d. Kali Vidlak-Natalia Sahr, 6-0, 6-0; Annabelle Mayerle-Katherine Mejia, SM, d. Sophia Sorce-Maria Cross, 8-0; Liliana Castillo-Liliana Cano, SM, d. Maddie Hafele-Jaci Millard, 8-0; Zenya Dibriasi-Claire Emmons, HV, d. Adah McCracken-Audrey Zhang, 8-4.
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