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PREP SOFTBALL: Eagles slide into 5A quarterfinals

EAGLE POINT — Facing a troubling deficit, seventh-seeded Eagle Point relied on what it does best during Wednesday’s opening round of the Class 5A softball state playoffs.

The host Eagles trailed 7-2 after 5 1/2 innings against No. 10 West Albany but turned to its bread-and-butter offensive prowess to rally and send the opener into extra innings, where Sydney Boren tripled in the eighth and scored the game-winner on a sacrifice fly by Hailey Waldon for an 8-7 triumph.

“It wasn’t hit all that deep,” said EP coach John White, “but it was an incredible slide by Sydney.”

The triple was the second of the game and eighth of the season for Boren, who finished 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. The junior shortstop also had a solo home run in the third, her 11th this spring.

The Eagles (19-8) will play at No. 2 seed Wilsonville (25-3), a 7-0 winner over Corvallis, in Friday’s quarterfinals.

After West Albany (15-11) built its 7-2 lead, EP breathed life into its comeback hopes with two-out singles by Jade Lierman and Emilee Nielsen. Jocelyn Hanan, who joined Nielsen in also finishing 3-for-5, followed with a two-run double and Boren had an RBI triple.

In the seventh, Baylee Mullen reached on an error and Madysin Gray was hit by a pitch before a single by Jovianna Marshall loaded the bases. Sydney Bruner followed with a game-tying two-run single.

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West and Carapinha; Smith, Nielsen (6) and Nielsen, Hanan (6). W — Nielsen. L — West. 2B — WA: Hattori 2, Holloway, Ylen; EP: Hanan. 3B — EP: Boren 2. HR — EP: Boren (11).

MCNARY 9, NORTH MEDFORD 2: At Keizer, Alyssa Hartzheim produced an RBI double in the first inning and Gabbi Urban drove in a run in the third to give North Medford a 2-0 advantage but fourth-seeded McNary scored nine unanswered runs to claim the Class 6A second round playoff game.

Urban walked and scored on Hartzheim’s big hit in the first for the Black Tornado (13-15), while Rhyan Hamlin singled to open the third inning, stole second and later scored on Urban’s groundout. Those two hits, however, were all No. 20 North could muster against McNary pitcher Lacey Vasas, who struck out four and walked one.

Ali Martinez hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and a solo homer in the sixth to spark the Celtics (23-5) from the No. 9 spot. Martinez finished 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs.

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Hartzheim, Urban (5) and Hall; Vasas and Ebner. W — Vasas. L — Hartzheim. 2B — NM: Hartzheim. HR — M: Martinez 2.

LEBANON 10, ASHLAND 0, 5 inn.: At Lebanon, Ashland junior Kate Theobald broke up a no-hit bid by Alivia Holden with a one-out single in the top of the fifth inning but that was all the offense the Grizzlies could generate in the opening round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

Holden finished with 11 strikeouts and one walk for third-seeded Lebanon (23-5), with Emma Sheets contributing three hits and two RBIs against 14th-seeded Ashland (16-10).

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Pistole and Theobald; A. Holden and T. Holden. W — A. Holden. L — Pistole. 3B — L: T. Holden.

NESTUCCA 8, ROGUE RIVER 2: At Nestucca, Rogue River junior Avery Bushey followed a two-out single by Mikayla Moore in the third inning with a two-run home run but one bad inning proved costly for the 21st-seeded Chieftains in the second round of the Class 2A/1A state playoffs.

Fifth-seeded Nestucca (17-3) scored six runs in the second inning, taking advantage of a few Rogue River errors, to break the game open.

Ayrica Hansen and Lizzy Smith each had two hits for the Chieftains (10-7).

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Photo by Denise Baratta. Eagle Point’s Jade Lierman, left, celebrates with teammate Sydney Boren in a game earlier this season. Both played key roles in the Eagles’ playoff win Wednesday.