Comets cling to third in MWL with split

CENTRAL POINT — Crater turned the tables on Thurston with a 15-7 win in the opener but couldn’t secure a sweep as the Colts won the nightcap 8-6 to force a tie for third place in the Midwestern League softball standings Saturday.

Freshman Haley Hillyer sparked Crater (7-10, 6-4 MWL) by going 3-for-5 with five RBIs in the opener. The Comets scored at least two runs in all but one inning to help erase the bitter taste from losing 11-1 to Thurston on Tuesday.

“We were much more disciplined at the plate, especially that first game,” said Crater head coach Chris Arnold. “The kids’ plate approach was much better.”

Helping the 16-hit attack in Game 1 to support winning pitcher Jamie Cappello was Jordan Peterson (3-for-4, four runs, three RBIs), Grace Hilton (2-for-4, four runs) and Presley Robison (2-for-3, three runs).

In Game 2, Hilton hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning and finished 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs. Peterson was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Hillyer 2-for-3 against the Colts (11-7, 6-4).

FIRST GAME

Thurston 002 401 0 — 7 7 6

Crater 240 522 x — 15 16 3

Stevens and Schmidt; Cappello and Harris. W — Cappello (2-5). L — Stevens. 2B — T: Jegtvig, Dopp; C: Peterson 2, Hillyer 2, Carder, Harris. 3B — C: Hillyer.

SECOND GAME

Thurston 101 321 0 — 8 9 2

Crater 100 003 2 — 6 8 1

Stout and Schmidt; Wagner, Warner (5), Cappello (6) and Sanderson. W — Stout. L — Wagner (3-2). 2B — T: Stevens; C: Hillyer. HR — T: Schmidt, Decker; C: Hilton (1).

GRANTS PASS 16-11, SOUTH MEDFORD 0-1: At Grants Pass, Alyssa Etheridge tossed a two-hit, five-inning shutout in the opener and catcher Jordan Kuykendall concluded a stellar day by going 2-for-3 with two runs scored in Game 2 as Grants Pass swent South Medford to inch ahead of idle North Medford in the Southwest Conference softball standings.

Etheridge struck out five with one walk in a dominant Game 1 effort, while Kuykendall went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs. Halleigh Noga added a solo homer and Brooklyn Hurd a triple for the Cavers (14-2, 9-1 SWC).

In the nightcap, Maddie Naylor went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Haley Daugherty 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead Grants Pass, while starting pitcher Devin Ireland held South Medford to one run on seven hits with three strikouts.

For South Medford (4-12, 2-8), Maddie Dalke went 2-for-3 and drove in the Panthers’ only run on an RBI single in the fifth.

FIRST GAME

South Medford 000 00 — 0 2 5

Grants Pass 145 6x — 16 9 1

Wolfard and Bratcher; Etheridge and Kuykendall. W — Etheridge. L — Wolfard. 2B — GP: Naylor. 3B — GP: Hurd. HR — GP: Kuykendall, Noga.

SECOND GAME

South Medford 000 01 — 1 7 4

Grants Pass 503 21 — 11 11 1

Dalke and Bratcher; Ireland and Kuykendall. W — Ireland. L — Dalke. 2B — SM: Bratcher; GP: Naylor. 3B — SM: Flemming.

CHURCHILL 6-13, EAGLE POINT 5-14: At Eugene, Eagle Point junior Ashley Oppelt had seven hits on the day and the Eagles split a pair of MWL extra-inning games.

In the opener, Miyah Smith’s two-out, two-run single in the seventh tied the game at 5-all for Eagle Point (11-5, 7-3 MWL) but Churchill (5-12, 5-6) won it in the ninth on Emily Lawler’s two-out single after a hit batter and two walks.

Samantha Thompson and Oppelt each had two hits.

In the second game, Churchill’s McKenzie Westphal hit a grand slam to highlight a five-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 13.

Eagle Point scored the game-winning run in the 10th on an RBI single by Corie Dodge.

Oppelt had five hits and two RBIs and Dodge added four hits and two RBIs for the Eagles.

FIRST GAME

Eagle Point 100 101 200 — 5 10 4

Churchill 300 200 001 — 6 8 1

Shopp, Smith (4) and S. Thompson; Sheppler and Schaefer. W — Sheppler. L — Smith (3-1). 2B — EP: C. Thompson, Oppelt, Morris; C: Westphal.

SECOND GAME

Eagle Point 000 841 000 1 — 14 20 5

Churchill 210 032 500 0 — 13 11 3

Shopp, Smith (3), Shopp (7) and S. Thompson; Sheppler, Olin (5), Sheppler (6) and Schaefer . W — Shopp (8-4). L — Sheppler. 2B — EP: S. Thompson 2, Oppelt 2, Dodge 2, Morris, Willis: C: Rico. HR — C: Westphal. MAZAMA 17-19, PHOENIX 9-7: At Talent, junior catcher Halie Bowman had a two-run home run in each game and teammate Claire Mathewson hit two triples in the first game, but Mazama went off for 33 hits to leave town with the Skyline sweep at Hagler-James Field.

Bowman smacked a two-run homer in the first inning to help the Pirates (5-8, 1-5 Skyline) build a quick 5-0 lead, but the visiting Vikings (7-7, 5-1) roared back behind Danlyn Delonge (4-for-5, three RBIs, two runs), Brooke Yancey (home run) and Sofia Rajnus (home run).

In Game 2, Bowman’s third-inning homer gave the Pirates a 6-3 lead, but Mazama came back with seven in the fourth to take control. Also for Phoenix, Brooke Kentner went 2-for-2 with an RBI and Makenna Page 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run.

FIRST GAME

Mazama 020 0(11)3 1 — 17 20 1

Phoenix 504 000 0 — 9 14 2

Lotspeich and Delonge; Mathewson and Bowman. W — Lotspeich. L — Mathewson (2-3). 2B — M: DeLaRosa, Lotspeich. 3B — P: Mathewson 2, Wallack. HR — M: Yancey, Rajnus; P: Bowman (1).

SECOND GAME

Mazama 120 727 — 19 13 2

Phoenix 132 100 — 7 11 4

Spoon and Delonge; Truex, Mathewson (4) and Bolstad. W — Spoon. L — Truex (3-3). 2B — M: Yancey, Lotspeich; P: Mathewson, Kentner. HR — M: Lotspeich; P: Bowman (2).

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