Eagle Point won three of four games at the annual North Medford Spring Break Softball Tournament March 25 and 26. On Monday, the Eagles opened the tournament with a 8-0 win over North Valley before falling to Sheldon 12-2 later in the day. Eagle Point rebounded on Tuesday, beating Hidden Valley 9-3 and routing Springfield 22-3.
Teanna Gonsalves shut out Hidden Valley in the tournament opener, allowing only six hits while striking out 5. Karly Tolen had three hits, including a double in the Eagles four run 6th inning. Paige Leeper had two hits and Emily Jeffries drove in two runs.
In Monday’s second game, three Eagle Point errors in the first two innings allowed Sheldon to score five unearned runs. An RBI single by Neeshaa Garcia-Patterson in the 4th inning got the Eagles within three runs. Unfortunately, an Irish hitter’s line drive off pitcher Mckinzee Merrill’s leg seemed to stun her and her teammates. Sheldon scored seven times in the inning to end the game.
Eagle Point rebounded Tuesday afternoon against Hidden Valley. The Eagles scored four times in the first inning and four in the 6th en route to the 9-3 win. Gonsalves was the winning pitcher, she is now 3-1, and she also had two hits. Kenzie Nielsen also had two hits and Garcia-Patterson hit a three-run home run in the 6th, her first of the year.
Despite a sore leg and hip from the day before, Merrill dominated Springfield Tuesday evening to improve her record to 5-1. She also had three hits, including two doubles. Nielsen had four hits and scored four runs. Leeper had two doubles among her three hits. Gonsalves, Garcia-Patterson, Kylene Briggs and McKayla Maddox each added two hits.
By Frank Marksman
For the Independent