EP softball defeats North Valley

Tuesday, Mar.13 marked the first game of the season for the Lady Eagles varsity softball team. They took on the Lady Knights from North Valley High School, and after the top of the seventh inning the  score was 9 – 7 in favor of Eagle Point.

This was not an easy contest for the Lady Eagles, however. North Valley scored three runs in the second and another three in the fourth to put the Lady Knights up by four at the middle of the fourth inning.

Lady Eagles head coach, Tony Baron chalked the slow start up to “first-game jitters,” and a new group of girls who need to get used to each other. “But we came alive like I thought we would,” Baron said.

In the fourth inning, Brianna Shopp got to third base on a double hit by Megan Cowden and both ran home shortly after. Three batters later, the Lady Eagles had the bases loaded and Christine McCready up to bat. On two outs, McCready knocked a grand slam over the center field fence. This put the Lady Eagles in the lead by two runs, and they stayed ahead for the rest of the game.

Coach Baron said of McCready’s home run, “she put us over the edge on that one.”

Tony Baron is an architect from Brookings who moved to Eagle Point with three children. One is a sophomore on his softball team, another is a junior attending Eagle Point High School and the other is a seventh grader at Eagle Point Middle School.

This is his first year as head coach for EPHS, b he has much experience coaching senior league and little league softball teams, including All-Star teams in Montana and Arizona. Baron described this year’s Lady Eagles as “a very solid defensive team.”

The varsity softball team travels to Ashland High School for their next game on Tuesday, Mar. 20th, and will also participate in the North Medford Spring Break Invitational on Mar. 27th-28th. Their next game at home is against the Crater High School Comets on Tuesday, April 3rd.
By Michael Stephens
Of the Independent

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