EAGLE POINT — Eagle Point pushed the defending state champions in two hard-fought games but couldn’t get the big out or big hit when it needed it most as the Marist Spartans left town with a Midwestern League softball sweep Saturday, 2-0 and 6-4.
In the first game, Marist scored on an error in the first inning and added an insurance run in the sixth when Ariel Carlson hit a solo home run.
The loss spoiled a solid outing by Eagle Point sophomore pitcher Riley Shopp, who struck out nine and walked three in a complete-game effort.
In the second game, the Eagles led 4-2 after three, but the Spartans (10-2, 6-0 MWL), who have won seven straight, got a game-tying home run by Carlson in the fifth and a go-ahead homer by Abby Doerr in the sixth.
Emeli Torres went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Eagles (6-4, 2-2) at the plate, while Shopp was the tough-luck loser again after holding Marist to three earned runs in seven innings with six strikeouts and two walks.
The Eagles had won six of their previous seven games heading into the twin bill.
Head coach John White said ostly errors hurt Eagle Point’s chances.
“We got ourselves into trouble,” he said. “We did that a couple times and that was the difference. That, and untimely errors.”
Marist 100 001 0 — 2 2 0
Eagle Point 000 000 0 — 0 6 2
Carlson and Doerr; Shopp and Thompson. W — Carlson. L — Shopp (4-3). HR — M: Carlson.
Marist 002 111 1 — 6 8 2
Eagle Point 202 000 0 — 4 6 3
Carlson and Doerr; Shopp and Thompson. W — Carlson. L — Shopp (4-4). 2B — M: Dreiling, Doerr, Siroshton; EP: Torres. 3B — M: Stephenson. HR — M: Carlson, Doerr.
CRATER 17-11, SPRINGFIELD 1-1: At Central Point, Kaila Lee and Presley Robison had three hits apiece in the first game and Hannah Joseph led from the circle and the plate in the second game as Crater dominated the Midwestern League twin bill at Crater High.
In the opener, Lee was 3-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and four runs scored, while Robison went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI to lead Crater’s 11-hit attack. Grace Hilton went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and starting pitcher Megan Wagner held Springfield (2-9, 0-5 MWL) to one hit and struck out four in four innings.
In Game 2, Joseph went 3-for-3 with two runs and pitched well, too, holding the Millers to two hits in four innings while striking out six without a walk.
Also in the second game for the Comets (5-8, 4-2), Jordan Peterson went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple and Hilton 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs.
Springfield 000 10 — 1 1 1
Crater 724 4x — 17 11 2
Vargas, Dooley (4) and Wolford; Wagner, Cappello (5) and Harris. W — Wagner (2-1). L — Vargas. 2B — C: Lee 2, Ryerson.
Springfield 000 10 — 1 3 2
Crater 204 41 — 11 8 1
Vargas and Green; Joseph, Warner (5) and Sanderson. W — Joseph (1-0). L — Vargas. 2B — S: Thomas; C: Joseph, Lee, Sanderson. 3B — C: Peterson.
MARIST 14-10, EAGLE POINT 1-3: At Eagle Point, Marist had 19 hits, including four on the day by Dylan Parsons, to sweep Eagle Point in Midwestern League action at The Yard.
In the opener, Justin Pugh went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Braxton Barnes had a double to lead the Eagles (5-4, 4-2 MWL), who suffered their first two league losses. Parsons went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI for Marist (6-5, 5-1), which rebounded from a loss to the Eagles Tuesday.
In Game 2, the Spartans scored six runs in the third inning and were led by Parsons (2-for-5), Will Bullock (2-for-4, two RBIs) and Ryan Kirk (2-for-4, two runs).
Marist 400 334 — 14 11 0
Eagle Point 010 000 — 1 4 4
Bullock and Hiday; Barnes, Schreiner (2), Fontana (5) and Alves, VonDoloski (6). W — Bullock. L — Barnes (0-1). 2B — M: Bell, Anderson, Parsons; EP: Barnes.
Marist 006 031 0 — 10 8 0
Eagle Point 012 000 0 — 3 5 3
Bloom, Green (6) and Hiday; Dy. Marsh, Blevins (5) and Alves. W — Bloom. L — Dy. Marsh (1-1). 3B — M: Bullock.
CRATER 11-8, ASHLAND 1-0: At Ashland, Larson Kindreich had five hits on the day and four Crater pitchers combined to hold Ashland to one run on five hits to complete a Midwestern League sweep at North Mountain Park.
In the opener, Kindreich went 3-for-4, Blake Hollingsworth 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs and Nick Bastendorf 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs to pace the Comets (10-1, 6-0 MWL), who have won five in a row. Jacob Memmott limited Ashland to one hit in the first five innings.
In the second game, Kindreich went 2-for-5, Trever Davis and Andy Lacey both tripled and Trae Frodge held Ashland hitless in the first four innings. Lacey took over in the fifth and blanked the Grizzlies (0-8, 0-6) over the last three innings on three hits.
Crater 300 310 4 — 11 9 1
Ashland 000 001 0 — 1 2 3
Memmott, Holingsworth (6) and Lawrence; Buccino, Brown (5) and Evans. W — Memmott. L — Buccino. 2B — C: Bastendorff 2, Williams; A: Carter. 3B — C: Hollingsworth, Frodge.
Crater 021 201 2 — 8 6 3
Ashland 000 000 0 — 0 3 1
Frodge, Lacey (5) and Gilliland; McLennan, Evans (3), Nixon (6) and Gilliland. W — Frodge. L — McLennan. 2B — C: Kindreich. 3B — C: Davis, Lacey.
TRACK & Field
JIM ROBINSON INVITATIONAL: At Roseburg, Ashland’s Alex Franklin won the 800-meter run, South Medford’s Austin Boster won the 400 and Cascade Christian’s Riley Dexter won the high jump to lead a host of locals at Roseburg High School.
Franklin broke the tape in 1 minute, 57.07 seconds to edge South Medford’s Ty Boster (1:58.01), while Austin Boster won the 200 in 49.37 and Dexter won the high jump by clearing 6-foot-2.
In girls action, South Medford’s Emma Schmerbach won the 3,000 in 10:19.34, Cascade Christian’s Amber Cave placed third in the 200 (27.52) and Cascade Christian’s Sarah Johnston placed third in the shot put (36-4 1/2).
MARIST 7, ASHLAND 1: At Ashland, Ashland No. 1 singles player Rox Rogers was the lone Grizzly to net a victory in the Midwestern League dual at Hunter Park.
Rogers defeated Jackson Whittaker, 6-3, 6-3,
SINGLES: Rox Rogers, A, d. Jackson Whittaker, 6-3, 6-3; Evan Villano, M, d. Yize Yuan, 6-0, 6-0;Andrew Hyslop, M, d. Ilan Werblew, 6-0, 6-0; Ethan Cross, M, won by default.
DOUBLES: Joey Weilbrenner-Ben Hakala, M, d. Henry Cook-Gabe Dreyer, 6-0, 6-4; Spencer Franssen-Andrew Bascom, M, d. Simon Dirienzo-Elan Teichman, 6-1, 6-0; Peter Hart-Isaac Zachem, M, d. Artem Fischer-Charlie Burr, 6-2, 6-1; Donovan Humphrey-Connor Speers, M, d. Adrian Rennie-Simon Cropper, 6-2, 6-2.