PREP SOFTBALL: Ashland dominates for MWL sweep
ASHLAND — Nearly perfect inside the pitching circle and on defense, Ashland balanced those efforts with a powerful day at the plate to secure a pair of 15-0, four-inning wins over Springfield at North Mountain Park on Saturday.
The host Grizzlies blasted five home runs in the Midwestern League doubleheader and didn’t allow a hit, with Glory Pistole pitching two innings and Gabby Heiken pitching two innings in the opener before Pistole handled all four innings in Game 2.
The only blemishes of the sweep for Ashland (13-7, 8-4 MWL) involved a walk in Game 1 by Pistole and an error in Game 2.
“We had one error and one walk on the day, that’s not bad,” said Ashland coach Bobby Heiken, whose team moved into third place in the MWL with Eagle Point.
Gabby Heiken had a three-run home run in the first inning and walk-off RBI single to finish 3-for-5 with five RBIs in the opener, while Shelby Brown belted a two-run homer in the first and went 2-for-3 with four runs and three RBIs.
Kate Theobald and Mary Montgomery each added two hits against the Millers (0-16, 0-10).
In Game 2, Pistole struck out eight — giving her 12 in the twin bill — and connected for a two-run home run in the third.
Theobald had a leadoff homer in the fourth and Brown supplied a walk-off two-run HR later in the inning to join Heiken with six homers this spring.
Brown finished 3-for-3, while Ivy Clason and Heiken each went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.
Briere, Branson (1) and Arendt; Pistole, Heiken (3) and Theobald. W — Pistole. L — Briere. 2B — A: Brown. HR — A: Heiken (6), Brown (5).
Branson, Plumb (4) and Briere; Pistole and Theobald. W — Pistole. L — Branson. 2B — A: Jenkins, Heiken, Hobein, Brown, Clason. HR — A: Theobald (1), Pistole (4), Brown (6).
CRATER 17-18, NORTH EUGENE 0-2: At Eugene, Crater sophomore Grace Aldrich hit a third-inning grand slam and added two doubles in Game 2 to highlight a MWL sweep that lasted a combined seven innings.
Aldrich finished with five RBIs in the nightcap for Crater (15-4, 10-0 MWL), while Alyssa Kilbane combined to go 3-for-4 with four RBIs in the doubleheader sweep of North Eugene (0-16, 0-10).
Kailee Davis and Abigail Foster each went 3-for-3 in Game 1 and combined for three RBIs, while Taylor Kenworthy was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Maddie Sheadel added two RBIs and pitched a one-hitter in her three innings.
Payton Schwab was 3-for-4 with three runs and Makalah Freeman went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in Game 2.
Sheadel, Perez (3) and Reid; Spratt and Alter. W — Sheadel (1-0). L — Spratt. 2B — C: Davis, Kilbane, Sheadel, Kenworthy, A. Foster. 3B — C: Davis.
Allen, S. Foster (4) and Reid; Alter, Spratt (3) and Case. W — Allen (2-0). L — Alter. 2B — C: Wolchok, A. Foster, Aldrich 2. HR — C: Aldrich.
MAZAMA 11-15, PHOENIX 1-6: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix’s offense recorded 17 hits in Game 2 but the Pirates’ bats were unable to prevent a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Skyline Conference rival and No. 8-ranked Mazama.
Lexi Dial, who drove in the Pirates’ lone run in Game 1, went 3-for-4 and hit a three-run double in the fourth inning of Game 2. Raelyssa Goff and Izabelle Pair-Gilmore also had three hits apiece in the nightcap, with Goff adding a double and an RBI.
Violet Harper and Morgan James both went 2-for-4 in Game 2, while Carsyn Gallegos added an RBI for Phoenix (8-10, 6-3).
Ella Baley and Gracie Hamilton homered in the opener for Mazama (13-5, 9-0).
Goff and Brite; Davis and Hamilton. W — Davis. L — Goff (5-5). 3B — M: Davis. HR — M: Baley, Hamilton.
Haywood, Goff (2) and Pair-Gilmore; Davis and Hamilton. W — Davis. L — Haywood (0-1). 2B — P: Goff, Dial, Gallegos; M: Lease, Hamilton, Davis, Meyer. 3B — P: McGee.