AJ Stanfield walked and scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Phoenix a 4-3 nonleague victory over Sutherlin in the season-opening baseball game for both teams at U.S. Cellular Community Park Tuesday.
Stanfield was sacrificed to second by a Braeden Watts bunt, then took third and home on wild pitches. Brandon Zanni fouled off three, two-strike pitches to set up Stanfield’s scoring opportunity.
Each team had only three hits.
Liam Serean had a hit and a first-inning RBI for Phoenix, and Colton Merriman had a hit and run.
Pirates starter Freedom Martinez pitched four hitless innings, striking out six and walking one. Reliever Ethan Humble got the win, going 22/3 innings with two hits, four strikeouts and a walk (intentional).
Hope, Elbert (4), Meisner (5) and Meisner, Hagar (4); Martinez, Stella (5), Humble (6) and Merriman, Zanni (5). W — Humble (1-0). L — Meisner (0-1). 2B — S: Hope.
PHOENIX 18, SUTHERLIN 8 (5 INN.): Phoenix opened the season with the mercy-rule nonleague win, thanks in part to two seven-run innings at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
There were no fences in place for the game that was shifted from the Pirates’ home field because of wet conditions. That helped Phoenix belt three home runs, the last, a solo shot by Ashley Gurr to lead off the fifth and end the game.
Abigale George was 2-for-3 with four RBIs, three runs and two stolen bases for Phoenix. Josie Bolstad and Gurr each had two hits and two runs.
Parsons and Ramirez-Reyes; Goff and Bowman. W — Goff (1-0). L — Parsons (0-1). 2B — S: Carrillo, Granger; P: Bolstad, George, Goff. HR — P: Bowman, Wallack, Gurr.
DUTCHER FREEZE: At Grants Pass, Cascade Christian’s Tess Homeier and Kimberley Brown shot 78 to win the Dutcher Freeze two-person scramble.
ASHLAND: Senn-Barnes 71, Rogers-Gander 82, Retzlaff-Stranberg 94.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN: Vidlak-Collom 82, Thomas-Hogan 92.
ROGUE RIVER: Mergerhausen-Walton 79.
ASHLAND: Barats-Robinson 100, Schroder-Schneider 93, Granger-Smith 97.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN: Homeier-Borwn 78, Plankenhorn-Spencer 95.
PHOENIX: Hernandez-Eikenberry 88.