Meilicke, Willard lift Challengers in opener

Mallory Meilicke and Katelyn Willard had quite the debut for the Cascade Christian softball team in its season-opener Monday.

Meilicke drove in six runs and Willard tossed a one-hitter for the Challengers, who plated 11 runs in the third inning in a 17-2 win over Hosanna Christian at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Meilicke had an inside-the-park home run during the Challengers’ big inning. She had a bases-loaded triple in the second as Cascade Christian went up 5-0.

Makenna Payne added a three-run triple in the third and scored four runs.

Willard allowed two unearned runs on one hit and struck out seven without a walk in three innings. She was 2-for-3, drove in three runs and scored three times.

The Challengers also got three runs from Megan Reed.

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Bocchi, Scala (3), Lange (4) and Mick; Willard, Payne (4) and Modrell. W — Willard (1-0). L — Bocchi. 2B — HC: Mick; 3B — Meilicke, Payne. HR — CC: Meilicke.

ROSEBURG 6, CRATER 1: At Roseburg, Crater was unable to generate offense against Roseburg in the season-opener.

Presley Robison drove in Kaci Carter with the Comets' lone run. Carter had singled.



Cappello, Wagner (6) and Harris, Sanderson (7); Blevins and Bergmann. W — Cappello (0-1). L — Blevins. 2B — R: Carlyle, Bergmann.

ROGUE RIVER 11, BROOKINGS-HARBOR 10: At Rogue River, Jillian Steinbrook-Cory collected three hits and three RBIs to help Rogue River fend off Brookings-Harbor.

Liz Atteberry added two RBIs for the Chieftains (1-0).


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Harms and Halmis; Atteberry and Cullotta. W — Atteberry (1-0). L — Harms. BH — 2B: Strain, Halmis, Schofield.


UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 11, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2: At Roseburg, Cascade Christian surrendered nine runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in the opening loss.

The Challengers (0-1) were up 2-0 in the third. Joel McLemore had two of Cascade Christian's three hits

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Reece, Rullamas (4), Payne (5), McLemore (6) and Thompson; Luther, Pettibone (7) and Guastaferro. W — Luther. L — Payne. 2B — CC: Thompson; UVC: Pettibone 2.


ICE-BREAKER TOURNEY: The South Medford boys and St. Mary’s girls won a season-opening tournament at Rogue Valley Country Club.

The Panther boys, led by Riggs Loftin and Matt Stranahan, edged Roseburg and Grants Pass. The format was two-person squads playing nine holes each of best ball and scramble.

Kaylee Wu and Kamryn Ford led the Crusaders in the girls tourney, which was an 18-hole scramble.


TEAMS SCORES: South Medford 159, Roseburg 160, Grants Pass 161, Ashland 167, Eagle Point 167, St. Mary’s 196, North Medford 203.

SOUTH MEDFORD (159): Riggs Loftin/Matt Stranahan 77, Gabe Provencio/Henry Jones 82.

ROSEBURG (160): Bryce Thomason/Hunter Endicott 74, Kolby Gilbert/Dylan Guido 86.

GRANTS PASS (161): Taylor Anderson/Andrew Jaroslow 74, Luka Simchuk/Nolan Alger 87.

ASHLAND (167): Sam Gander/Kevin Iriawan 82, Johnathon Ferreira/Dylan Lowery 85.

EAGLE POINT (167): Brandon Thompson/Jared Duran 86, Ben Evans/Tyler Gove 88.

ST. MARY’S (196): Max Lewis/Bryce Steimert 80, Aaron Yang/Jakab Bowling 116.

NORTH MEDFORD (203): Ben Holt/Thomas Cox 93, Bryce Robustelli/Malcolm Tracy 110.


TEAM SCORES: St. Mary’s 146, Grants Pass 158, South Medford 176, North Medford 185, Ashland 193, Cascade Christian inc.

ST. MARY’S (146): Wu/Ford 72, Johnson/Hammericksen 74.

GRANTS PASS (158): Hull/Reeka 78, Vest/Ruhoff 80.

SOUTH MEDFORD (176): Reed/Carrigan 81, Russo/Willits 95.

NORTH MEDFORD (185): Brousseau/Gardea 80, Qualls/Lopez 105.

ASHLAND (193): Cotton/Rooney 88, Barats/Alvarez 105.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (Inc.): Brown/Homier 98.

Boys Tennis

ST. MARY’S 6, HIDDEN VALLEY 2: At Murphy, St. Mary’s No. 1 doubles team of Bob Gu and Corin Elmore paced the Crusaders to the season-opening victory.

They triumphed 6-2, 6-3 over Chris Pearson and Jonas Beechy.

SINGLES: David Moore. HV, d. Parker Lam, 7-6, 7-6; Peter Zhu, SM, d. Daniel Beechy, 6-1, 6-1; Ken Guo, SM, d. Josh Saunders, 6-2, 6-2; St. Mary’s won by forfeit.

DOUBLES: Bob Gu-Corin Elmore, SM, d. Chris Pearson-Jonas Beechy, 6-2, 6-3; Aidan Peard-Milan Bobek, SM, d. Daniel Beechy-Jesus Bedolla, 6-3, 6-0; Jonas Beechy-David Moore, HV, d. David Zhang-Hunter Holderman, 8-3; St. Mary’s won by forfeit.


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