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PREP ROUNDUP: Phoenix heats up to sweep KU

TALENT — Slow starts are never a good thing but the Phoenix softball team proved Friday that the most important thing is how you finish.

Phoenix fell behind 6-0 after playing a half-inning Friday against Klamath Union but rallied in quick order to set the stage for what would be an impressive doubleheader sweep, 17-7 and 13-0 in five innings apiece, at Hagler-James Field.

“I think the best thing about our team is that they’re always going to fight,” said Phoenix head coach Stephanie Vandenbusch, whose team donned new home uniforms and improved to 3-0.

After the initial outburst by Klamath Union (0-3) in the first inning of Game 1, freshman Jayden Vos settled in and ultimately allowed only five hits with six strikeouts and six walks in her high school pitching debut.

Vos also powered the Pirates by going 3-for-4 with four runs and a two-run double in the fifth inning, while Raelyssa Goff was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI double in the fifth.

In Game 2, Josie Bolstad supplied a three-run triple in the second inning to finish 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs. Vos was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI and Violet Harper went 2-for-2 with three runs.

Goff was steady inside the circle, allowing only a first-inning single by Emma Langley in five shutout innings. Goff, who also had a two-run single, finished with five strikeouts and two walks.

FIRST GAME

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Langley and Russell; Vos and Brite. W — Vos (1-0). L — Langley. 2B — P: Vos, Goff.

SECOND GAME

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Lemieux and Russell; Goff, Haywood (5) and Bolstad. W — Goff (2-0). L — Lemieux. 2B — P: Vos. 3B — P: Bolstad.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 14-20, SUTHERLIN 1-1: At Sutherlin, Cascade Christian senior pitcher Katelyn Willard allowed only one unearned run with 21 strikeouts over 11 innings in the doubleheader sweep.

Willard struck out 12 in the five-inning opener with no walks, allowing only a solo home run by Erica MacDonald, and fanned nine with one walk and one hit allowed again in the six-inning nightcap.

Zoie Fisher combined to go 4-for-5, scoring three times in Game 1, while McKenzie Bonner went 5-for-6 with four runs and three RBIs in the twin bill.

Becca Clark had a two-run home run for the Challengers (3-0) in the opener, with Willard adding an RBI triple and Ali Modrell going 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI.

In Game 2, Kara Palmer launched a three-run homer to finish 2-for-3 with four runs and three RBIs, while Neha Joseph went 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI.

FIRST GAME

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Willard and Modrell; Richardson and Magana. W — Willard (2-0). L — Richardson. 2B — CC: Modrell. 3B — CC: Willard. HR — CC: Clark (1); S: MacDonald (1).

SECOND GAME

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Willard and Modrell; Richardson and Magana. W — Willard (3-0). L — Richardson. 2B — CC: Bonner; S: Richardson. HR — CC: Palmer (1).

Baseball

GRANTS PASS 10, ASHLAND 3: At Ashland, Dante Haven was 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs and Kain Robinson 2-for-3 with four RBIs to help power Grants Pass to victory Thursday.

The Cavemen (1-0) built a 7-1 lead in the second inning before Gabe Brabec came on with four solid innings of relief pitching, striking out seven with one walk and three hits allowed.

Tripp Repp and Tyadi Williams each drove in a run for the Grizzlies (1-1), while Eyera Nogues added a second-inning triple.

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Eide, Morgan (3), Durler (7) and Hood; Anway, Brebac (2), Bloodworth (6) and Kemper. W — Eide (1-0). L — Anway (0-1). 2B — GP: Eide, Haven 2; A: Repp. 3B — A: Nogues.

Girls Tennis

SOUTH MEDFORD 6, GRANTS PASS 2: At Grants Pass, South Medford dropped the No. 1 and 2 singles matches but claimed victory in the other six matchups for the overall team win Thursday.

The Panthers’ No. 1 team of Emerie Doell and Sarah McAllister defeated Allison and Lauren Robinson, 6-1, 6-1.

At No. 2 doubles, South’s Makayla Peterson and Ara Mathis downed Elise Crowson and Kayla Feskens, 6-3, 6-2.

SINGLES: Allie Rist, GP, d. Reese Andersen, 6-1, 6-0; AnMei Goei, GP, d. Lizzy Hall, 7-5, 6-2; Maggie Vonstrahl, SM, d. Maddy Cox, 6-1, 6-0; Keilani Sprague, SM, d. Rebekah Guymon, 6-0, 6-0.

DOUBLES: Emerie Doell-Sarah McAllister, SM, d. Allison Robinson-Lauren Robinson, 6-1, 6-1; Makayla Peterson-Ara Mathis, SM, d. Elise Crowson-Kayla Feskens, 6-3, 6-2; Abby Vonstrahl-Elena Hill, SM, d. Amelia Gladbach-Alyssa Jarred, 6-3, 6-4; Abby Shuldberg-Kirsten Cummings, SM, d. Rowyn Burnside-Dani Rome, 6-4, 6-0.