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PREP SOFTBALL: Eagles offense erupts in MWL split

EAGLE POINT — It was offense aplenty in Saturday’s Midwestern League showdown between the Eagle Point and Willamette softball teams.

Baylee Mullen hit a clutch go-ahead home run for Eagle Point in Game 2 on a wild day that saw Hailey Waldon crush three two-run homers and Sydney Boren hit for the cycle as the Eagles split with Willamette at Eagle Point High School.

In the nightcap, Mullen blasted a three-run home run to give the Eagles a 9-7 lead during a four-run fifth inning where they ultimately secured the win, 10-7.

Despite two homers from Waldon and Boren’s cycle, the Eagles came up shy in Game 1 as Willamette scored a 16-14 victory.

In Game 2, Mullen finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. The home run was Mullen’s second of the season.

Waldon also went yard for the third time of the day. The home runs were her first of the season. She finished 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored, and Emilee Nielsen went 3-for-5 and scored twice for the Eagles.

In the opener, the Wolverines tallied six runs in the top of the seventh inning to grab a 16-11 lead before Eagle Point put on a furious rally in the bottom of the frame. Kyra Smith hit a solo home run and Boren came up with a two-run double that cut the Willamette lead to 16-14 with the tying run at the plate.

Boren recorded a 4-for-5 game with a home run, triple, double and single to go with six RBIs and four runs scored.

Waldon was 2-for-5 with two home runs, four RBIs and two runs scored, Jocelyn Hanan went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Emma Meeks was 2-for-2.

FIRST GAME

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Gabica and Evans; Smith, Boren (3), Smith (4) and Nielsen. W — Gabica. L — Smith. 2B — W: Olson, Ireland; EP: Nielsen, Hanan 2, Boren, Mullen. 3B — W: Rush 2; EP: Boren. HR — W: Rohde; EP: Boren, Waldon 2, Smith.

SECOND GAME

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Ireland and Evans; Nielsen, Smith (4) and Hanan. W — Smith. L — Ireland. 2B — EP: Nielsen, Boren, Waldon, Marshall. HR — EP: Waldon, Mullen.

CRATER 17-20, SPRINGFIELD 0-0: At Springfield, Crater’s Kailee Davis hit a grand slam in Game 2 and Payton Schwab finished 3-for-3 with six RBIs and scored three times to complete a sweep of Springfield in the MWL twin bill.

Davis went 2-for-3 and also scored twice while Schwab was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle — her big hit was a bases-clearing triple in the first inning.

The Comets (12-4, 8-0 MWL) also picked up three runs and a two-run single from Taylor Kenworthy in Game 2.

In the opener, Kenworthy went 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs. Abby Foster also went 2-for-2 and knocked in three runs. Davis and Lilli Reid both came up with two hits and Alyssa Kilbane added a two-run single.

Both games lasted three innings due to the the three-inning, 15-run mercy rule.

FIRST GAME

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S. Foster, Allen (3) and Reid; Branson and Briere. W — S. Foster (3-1). L — Lanson. 2B — C: S. Foster, Aldrich.

SECOND GAME

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Lundeen, Allen (3) and Aldrich, Reid (2); Branson, Briere (1), Plumb (2) and Carlson, Branson (1), Briere (2). W — Lundeen (1-1). L — Branson. 2B — C: Davis, Lundeen, Schwab, A. Foster. 3B — C: Reid, Schwab. HR — C: Davis.

ASHLAND 11-6, CHURCHILL 7-8: At Eugene, Gabby Heiken came up big at the plate in the top of the 10th inning of Game 1 and closed out the extra-inning affair from the pitcher’s circle to help Ashland gain a split in a MWL twin bill.

Following Mary Montgomery’s grounder that scored Kate Theobald on a close play at the plate that gave Ashland an 8-7 lead in the top of the 10th, Heiken smacked a two-out, two-run double to inflate the Grizzlies’ lead to 10-7. Heiken later struck out the side in order in the 10th to preserve the win.

Heiken finished 4-for-6 with two runs and four RBIs in Game 1. Ashland starting pitcher Glory Pistole struck out seven in eight innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and one walk.

Tessa Hobein also went 4-for-6 and drove in two runs for the Grizzlies (10-6, 6-4 MWL), who received a 3-for-5, two-RBI game from Theobald.

Churchill forced the game into extras when Brooke Peterson smashed a two-run home run — her second homer of the contest — to knot the score at 7-all.

In Game 2, Ashland seized an early lead but the Grizzlies committed three errors in the bottom of the fifth inning where Churchill (7-9, 5-5) tallied four runs to take the lead for good.

Tatum Pantle went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored for the Grizzlies.

FIRST GAME

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Pistole, Heiken (9) and Theobald; Jankowski and Deedon. W — Heiken (5-0). L — Jankowski. 2B — A: Theobald, Heiken; C: Schanze. 3B — A: Theobald. HR — C: Peterson 2.

SECOND GAME

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Heiken and Theobald; Peterson, Jankowski (1), Peterson (2) and Deedon. W — Peterson. L — Heiken. 2B — A: Brown, Heiken. 3B — C: Peterson, Phillips.

PHOENIX 21-15, NORTH VALLEY 11-0: At Merlin, Raelyssa Goff finished 10-for-10 with two home runs and nine RBIs to lead Phoenix to the Skyline Conference sweep.

Goff, who also pitched for the win, hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning of Game 1 to make the score 10-6. She went 5-for-5 with a double and scored five runs.

Jayden Vos went 5-for-5 for the Pirates (8-7, 6-0 Skyline) in the opener as well and scored six runs with four RBIs. The Pirates also received four RBIs each from Lexi Dial, Paityn Croy and Carsyn Gallegos.

Before exiting in the second inning with a foot injury, Addison Brite went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Morgan James went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

In Game 2, Goff was 5-for-5 with a triple and a three-run homer in the second inning. She drove in six runs and scored three times.

Vos pitched a one-hit shutout for the Pirates in the five-inning nightcap, with three strikeouts and three walks to go with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate against North Valley (1-16, 0-6).

Dial finished 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, Violet Harper went 4-for-4 with four runs and an RBI, Kendall Heywood was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Croy was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

FIRST GAME

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Goff and Brite, Pair-Gilmore (3); Allison, Malcolm (4) and Smith-Rowe. W — Goff (5-4). L — Allison. 2B — P: Goff, Vos 2, Croy. HR — P: Goff.

SECOND GAME

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Vos and Pair-Gilmore; Allison and Smith-Rowe. W — Vos (3-4). L — Allison. 2B — P: Harper, Gallegos. 3B — P: Goff. HR — P: Goff.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneEagle Point's Baylee Mullen, shown in action earlier this season, hit a key three-run home run to propel the Eagles over Willamette in Game 2 on Saturday.