Mac-Hi splits with Cascade on the road

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TURNER, Ore. — McLoughlin High School completed the first phase of its spring break softball road trip with a doubleheader split with Cascade High School here Saturday.

Colette Robert fired a four hitter from the circle and collected five hits herself, including a home run, as the Pioneers rapped out 15 hits in winning the opener 12-3.

The Pioneers drew even at 4-4 with a solo run in the top of the fourth of the second game. Cascade answered with a three spot in the home fourth, and went on to defeat Mac-Hi 7-6.

Karli Cortez and Meghan Reed each collected three hits as Mac-Hi rapped 12 hits in a losing cause, but committed six errors as Cascade earned a split.

The Pioneers got the road trip off to a good start with a 9-4 win Friday against Central High School.

The Pioneers went to the top of the third trailing 2-0. Cheyenne Kessler blasted a three-run home run and the Pioneers, behind Robert in the circle, did not relinquish the lead the rest of the way. Robert finished with a two-hitter and Nicole Hendley blasted a grand-slam home run in a six-run Pioneer sixth to ice the win.

Reed and Cortez led the offense as both have collected eight hits as the Pioneers stand 2-1 on the trip.

“We’ve focused on improving our bats,” Pioneer coach Nicole Christian said. “We are hitting with some power. We left a lot of runners on base (in the loss to Cascade). We’ve made too many errors and have to tighten that up.”

Mac-Hi continues the road trip at the 36-team Medford softball tournament Monday and Tuesday.

First Game

Mac-Hi 234 020 1 — 12 15 6

Cascade 200 000 1 — 3 4 2

Robert and Kessler; Coleman, Hamilton (3) and Wechout.

HR — Mac-Hi: Robert.

Hits — Mac-Hi: Cortez 3, Robert 5, Kessler 1, Reed 3, Kelly 1, Kimball 2; Cascade: Coleman 1, Taylor 1, St. Peter 1, Wechout 1.

Second Game

Mac-Hi 111 011 1 — 6 12 6

Cascade 003 103 x — 7 7 2

Reed, Robert (4) and Kessler; Hamilton and Wechout.

HR — none.

Hits — Mac-Hi: Carrillo 1, Cortez 3, Robert 1, Reed 3, Kessler 2, Crewse 2; Cascade: Brass 3, Wechout 1, Taylor 2, Lund 1.

Mac-Hi 9, Central 4

Mac-Hi 000 306 0 — 9 10 4

Central 020 110 0 — 4 2 2

Robert and Kessler; Koll and Nash.

HR — Mac-Hi: Hendley, Kessler.

Hits — Mac-Hi: Carrillo 1, Cortez 2, Robert 1, Kessler 1, Reed 2, Hendley 1, Kelly 1, Copeland 1; Central: Brochous 1, Christrause 1.

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