ASHLAND — Karlie Stephens struck out 12 and pitched her first two shutouts of the season as Eagle Point blanked Ashland by identical 2-0 scores in a Southern Sky Conference softball doubleheader Saturday.
Stephens drove in two runs with a pair of doubles, and that was all the offense the Eagles (11-9, 3-3 SSC) would need in upping their winning streak to five games.
Ashland (8-10, 0-6 SSC) has lost seven straight and eight of nine, its longest skid since a nine-game losing streak at the end of the 2006 season, prior to reclassification. After going 41 games without being shut out, the Grizzlies have been blanked four times in nine games and have gone 15 innings without a run.
Stephens (6-6) scattered nine hits in the two games and didn't let a runner get past second base. She didn't walk a batter and her defense was error-free.
In Game 1, her fourth-inning, two-out double scored Chloe Hansen with the first run. Eagle Point added another run in the seventh.
Stephens had another two-out double in the third inning of the second game, which scored Jen Fernandes with an unearned run against Ashland starter Bella Pribyl.
Pribyl (7-8) had her best performance of the season, allowing just two runs (one earned) in 12 innings, while striking out 12.
Stephens had three hits on the day. Fernandes and Mackenzie Re each had two for Eagle Point.
Ashland's Sarah Silbowitz had three hits, while Rose Marston had two.
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Ashland 000 000 0 — 0 3 0
Stephens and Dale; Pribyl, Ross (7) and Santee. W — Stephens (5-6). L — Pribyl (7-7). 2B — EP: Stephens, A: Lehman.
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Stephens and Dale; Pribyl, Ross (7) and Santee . W — Stephens (6-6). L — Pribyl (7-8). 2B — EP: Stephens, Re; A: Silbowitz.
CRATER 11-7, MAZAMA 0-2 — At Central Point, Brittany Reeves earned a pair of pitching victories and was 5-for-6 with six RBIs in a sweep that vaulted Crater past Mazama to the top of the Southern Sky standings.
Taylor Mackey had three RBIs in the opener for Crater (8-9, 5-1), while Dennae Grant, Renee Murphy and Reeves each were 2-for-3. The Comets broke the game open with seven hits and eight runs in the first inning.
Reeves had an RBI double in the first, RBI single in the fourth and two-run triple in the fifth as part of her 4-for-4 effort in Game 2. She also struck out 10 Vikings (15-4, 4-2) with no walks.
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Crater 830 0x — 11 11 0
Edwards, Kasper (4) and Garrett; Reeves, Murphy (5) and Haga. W — Reeves (6-6). L — Edwards. 3B — C: Murphy.
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Crater 200 140 x — 7 8 1
Edwards and Garrett; Reeves and Haga. W — Reeves (7-6). L — Edwards. 2B — M: Garrett; C: Reeves, Murphy, Medina. 3B — C: Reeves.
NORTH MEDFORD 11-13, SHELDON 1-2 — Amanda Wolfe plated four runs in the opener and Jenna Stevens hit for the cycle in the nightcap as North Medford won a pair of five-inning contests to break a second-place tie in the SWC.
Wolfe drove in three runs in the fifth on an inside-the-park home run and joined teammates McKenna Storey, Brittany Griffor and Amanda Freitas in going 2-for-3 in Game 1 for North (11-3, 4-2 SWC).
Stevens was 4-for-4 with three RBIs in Game 2, notching a single, double, triple and inside-the-park homer to complete the first cycle under coach Mike Mayben.
Freitas had two hits, two runs and two RBIs in Game 2, while Wolfe was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Storey 3-for-4 and sisters Taylor and Tejay Schmidt each went 2-for-3.
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Halberson and Wilkinson; Ta. Schmidt and Wolfe. W — Ta. Schmidt (10-3, 3-2). L — Halberson. 3B — NM: Te. Schmidt. HR — NM: Wolfe.
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North 390 1x — 13 15 1
Halberson, Taggart (2) and Rogers; Ta. Schmidt, Baldovino (5) and Wolfe. W — Ta. Schmidt. L — Halberson. 2B — S: Rogers, Stiles. HR — S: Stiles.
ROSEBURG 11-4, SOUTH MEDFORD 2-8 — At Roseburg, South Medford snapped a four-game losing streak in the nightcap behind freshman pitcher Kylee Nunez.
Nunez, making her first varsity start, pitched 51/3 innings. Dominique Newman relieved with the bases loaded and got out of the jam without surrendering a run. Newman then retired the side in order in the seventh to preserve the victory.
The Panthers (7-11, 3-3 SWC) scored five in the second, highlighted by a two-run single by Whitney James. Megan Hobson followed with a two-run double.
Hobson and James had two hits each along with Shyanne Jones and Tasha Equitz, who also had two hits in the opener.
In the first game, South tied the score 2-all in the third on a walk to Kandra Towry, Jordan Jones' single and a two-run single by Equitz.
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Roseburg 110 036 x — 11 12 0
Newman and Equitz; Duarte, Maley (4) and Van Volkenburg, Jarrett (3). W — Maley. L — Newman (5-10). 2B — R: Conn. 3B — R: Conn. HR — R: Bassett, Fummerton 2.
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Nunez, Newman (6) and Equitz; Maley, Duarte (1) and Jarrett. W — Nunez (1-0). L — Maley. 2B — SM: M. Tacdol, Hobson; R: Conn. HR — R: Kinne.
GRANTS PASS 10-10, SOUTH EUGENE 0-0 — At Grants Pass, Krysten Jantzer pitched a no-hitter in the second game and Morgan Barnes a one-hitter in the first for Grants Pass (12-3, 6-0 SWC).
In her first league appearance, Jantzer had seven strikeouts and three walks. She also was 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Bri Amaranthus was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and Kara Glover, who scored three runs, and Barnes each had two hits.
In the opener, Barnes fanned nine and didn't walk anyone. She hit a three-run homer in the third and also doubled and scored twice. Lindy Sippola was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and Emily Woolf 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
South Eugene's hit was a dribbler in front of the plate by Emily Shortreed, the first batter in Game 1.
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Grants Pass 433 0x — 10 9 0
Waddell and Shortreed; Barnes and Woolf. W — Barnes (11-3). L — Waddell. 2B — GP: Sippola 2, Woolf, Barnes, Glover. HR — GP: Barnes.
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Grants Pass 110 71 — 10 13 0
Waddell and Shortreed; Jantzer and Misfeldt. W —Jantzer (1-0). L — Waddell. 2B — GP: Glover, Jantzer, Barnes, Amaranthus. 3B — GP: McFarland. HR — GP: Bennett.