EUGENE — Ashley Oppelt delivered the biggest hit of Eagle Point’s season thus far as the Eagles dealt Marist its first Midwestern League loss, 4-3 in eight innings, Tuesday at Marist High.
Down a run and facing an 0-2 count with two outs in the seventh, Oppelt drove the ball over the head of the left fielder for a game-saving RBI double. Samantha Thompson’s RBI single with two outs in the eighth drove in the go-ahead run for the Eagles, and they held on thanks in part to a spectacular double play by Thompson for their fifth consecutive victory to improve to 15-5 overall, 11-3 in the MWL.
Marist fell to 16-3, 12-1 in the MWL, and saw its league lead over the Eagles fall to 1 1/2 games with seven games to go.
“It was a big one,” Eagle Point coach John White said.
In the seventh, Riley Shopp hit what turned out to be a crucial double, but the Eagles were in danger of watching their slim MWL title hopes slip away completely when Oppelt came to the plate with pinch-runner Chloe Hurst at second and two down. The junior infielder came through when it mattered most, however.
“It was a rise ball and (Oppelt) just got on top of it and jumped on it,” White said.
In the eighth, an infield single by Emma Stevens followed by a single by Kaylena Hoag set the stage for Thompson, whose clutch hit sent the Eagles to the bottom of the eighth with a one-run lead.
There, the Spartans’ leadoff batter reached on an error to put the pressure back on the Eagles, but moments later Thompson made a fully-extended catch on Marist’s failed sacrifice bunt attempt and quickly threw to first for a double play. Eagle Point pitcher Shopp struck out the next batter to end the game.
Hoag, Thompson, Stevens and Miyah Smith had two hits apeice for the Eagles, while Shopp struck out four and surrendered two earned runs in eight innings to improve to 12-4.
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Marist 000 111 00 — 3 6 3
Shopp and S. Thompson; Carlson and Doerr. W — Shopp (12-4). L — Carlson. 2B — EP: Hoag, Willis, Shopp, Oppelt. HR — M: Siroshton.
NORTH MEDFORD 13, WILLAMETTE 1, 5 inn.: At Eugene, Rylan Austin went 4-for-4 with three doubles and a home run and pitched another gem, leading North Medford to its fourth straight Southwest Conference victory at Willamette High.
Austin, a senior, smashed a two-run homer in the second inning and had an RBI double in the fifth. In the circle, the Montana State commit held the Wolverines (3-17, 0-13 SWC) to one run on three hits while striking out five.
Also for North Medford (17-3, 12-1), Lily Gann was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Kylie Baker 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.
Cedaira Thomson hit a double for Willamette, which has lost 17 straight.
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Willamette 010 00 — 1 3 2
Austin and Smalley; Garcia and Ortega. W — Austin. L — Garcia. 2B — NM: Austin 3, L. Barry; W: Thomson. 3B — NM: Baker. HR — NM: Austin.
ROSEBURG 14, SOUTH MEDFORD 6: Roseburg erupted for eight runs in the fourth inning to defeat South Medford in the Southwest Conference contest at South Medford High.
Matlyn Leetch was 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Panthers (4-15, 2-11 SWC). Jaden Alexander was 2-for-3 with two doubles, and Maddie Dalke was 2-for-4 and drove in two runs.
Roseburg (12-7, 9-4) had five hits in the fourth, including a two-run home run by Maria Bacigalupo.
Roseburg 001 802 3 — 14 15 3
South Medford 102 210 0 — 6 11 3
Blevins and Bergmann; Dalke, Wolfard (3) and Clark. W — Blevins. L — Dalke (0-6). 2B — R: Gibson, Ladd; SM: Clark, Alexander 2. HR — R: Blevins, Bacigalupo.
CRATER 22, SPRINGFIELD 3, 5 inn.: At Springfield, Grace Hilton, Hannah Joseph and Jamie Cappello had three hits apiece as Crater used two seven-run innings to overwhelm Springfield in Midwestern League play.
Cappello went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and four runs, Hilton 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs and Joseph 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Comets (8-10, 7-4 MWL). Also for Crater, Kaila Lee had two doubles and three RBIs and Megan Wagner went 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs.
Springfield fell to 3-18, 1-14 in the MWL.
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Springfield 200 10 — 3 3 7
Joseph, Peterson (4), Cappello (5) and Harris, Sanderson (4); Vargas and Wolford. W — Joseph (2-1). L — Vargas. 2B — C: Hilton, Lee 2, Peterson, Wagner, Harris, Cappello. HR — S: Rodriguez.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 13, LAKEVIEW 9: At Lakeview, Katelyn Willard struck out 14 batters and went 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs, and Mia Mayben went 3-for-5 and scored four runs as Cascade Christian (13-7, 7-0 Southern Cascade League) erupted for five runs in the seventh inning to remain perfect in league play.
With the scored tied in the top of the seventh, Kara Palmer (3-for-5, three RBIs) led off the inning with a ground-rule double and scored the go-ahead run on Megan Reed’s sacrifice fly. A pair of errors by Lakeview (8-10, 3-3) and an RBI single by Ali Modrell (2-for-4, two RBIs) allowed the Challengers to extend their lead.
Also for Cascade Christian, Mallory Meilicke went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
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Lakeview 020 204 1 — 9 7 5
Willard and Modrell; G. Thomas, Yates (4) and Albertson. W — Willard (13-6). L — G. Thomas. 2B — CC: Palmer, Willard; L: H. Suba.
RIDDLE 14, BUTTE FALLS 7: At Butte Falls, Leanna McNabb, Kloe Olson and Sydney Welburn each had hits for Butte Falls but the Loggers couldn’t overcome 10 errors in the District 4 contest.
Butte Falls is 7-8 overall and 3-5 in league.
Riddle 401 431 1 — 14 9 4
Butte Falls 130 021 0 — 7 3 10