Eagles take Round 1 from Grizz

EAGLE POINT — Eagle Point used a combination of strong pitching, errorless defense and timely hitting in registering a 2-0 victory over Ashland in Class 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid softball Friday.

The win, in the first of three games between the squads, gives the Eagles (3-3) the upper hand in securing the two-school district No. 1 seed in the state playoffs. The teams meet again in a doubleheader at Ashland (3-4) on April 23.

Eagle Point scored both its runs in the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie. Junior third baseman Candace Rodgers delivered the big blow by driving in both runs with an RBI double down the right-field line. Tatum Winters, who reached on a bunt single, and Kelsey Pearce, who walked, scored on Rodgers extra-base hit.

"Candace has had a good season so far as our lead-off hitter," said Eagle Point coach Mark Jolliffe. "She came up with a clutch it."

Eagle Point pitcher Chloe Hanson outdueled Ashland's Savannah Williams on the mound.

Hanson (3-1) gave up two hits, struck out eight and walked one. Williams had two strikeouts, walked one and allowed six hits.

Christine McCready had two hits for the Eagles.

"Our defense really played tight and out pitching was good," said Jolliffe. "We just made plays."

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Williams and Scott; Hanson and McCready. W — Hanson (3-1). L — Williams. 2B — EP: Rodgers.

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