The eight combined runs were a marked improvement for the Eagles compared to their last contest with North Medford. Starting in the fourth inning of the first game, Candace Rodgers was batted in on a double hit by Mckinzee Parker. Here, the Eagles managed to load the bases and bring Emily Jeffries home on a base hit from Molly Hildreth.
In the fifth inning, Brianna Shopp knocked one down the baseline to far right field which got her to second and moved Christine McCready from first to third base. McCready then ran home on a hit from Jeffries. Later, in the seventh, Rodgers made it around again to score the last run of the first game.
Rodgers was also the first Eagle to score in the second game, this time in the second inning. Hildreth was batted in by Tia Garrett on full count in the fifth inning, and Garrett ran home on an error in the Panthers infield. Hildreth scored another run at the end of the seventh.
South Medford was simply more consistent. They scored at least once in all but four innings over both games, including a two-run homer in the first game.
Head coach, Tony Baron, commented that the Eagles need to be smarter about their base running. “We have a talented team,” he said. But he also explained, “we ran ourselves out of innings. We’ve got to execute in everything that we do.”
The Eagles have their next chance to execute at their home field when they play Ashland High School on Monday, Apr. 23rd. After that, they travel to Crater High School on Saturday, Apr. 28th.
By Michael Stephens