After a frustrating loss to open play Monday in the North Medford Spring Break Invitational, the Philomath High softball team came back to post a 9-7 victory over Class 5A Ashland.
Freshman pitcher Evy Remington tossed five innings and allowed just two hits and no earned runs or walks along with 10 strikeouts to earn the victory.
The Warriors slow start to the season on offense continued through the first three innings against Ashland with three singles and a walk — all stranded. The Grizzlies were able to score in the third on a Philomath error for a 1-0 lead.
Philomath got something going in the fourth with a two-out rally. Mia Bennett reached on a fielder’s choice and Kori Galvan followed with a single and both came around to score. Elizabeth Morales-Marquez got aboard on an error and later crossed home to give the Warriors a 3-1 lead going into the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Warriors took control with a six-spot on the scoreboard. Sending 11 batters to the plate, Philomath connected on a few timely hits, worked a couple of walks and took advantage of Ashland miscues.
Ashlynn Barron got it all started when she took one for the team with one out. Ahnika Tryon followed with a single and Remington reached on an error while Barron scored. Jenae Traglia and Mia Bennett both worked walks, the latter forcing in Tryon for a 5-1 lead.
Galvan then connected on a double to drive in two more runs. Bennett scored on a passed ball for an 8-1 PHS advantage. Morales-Marquez, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, scored on a Presley Reichhuber double.
All of those runs were pretty much needed with Ashland rallying for six runs in the top of the sixth to pull to within 9-7. The game was called at that point.
The Warriors are scheduled to play two more on Tuesday with games against Scappoose and Eagle Point.
In Philomath’s early game on Monday, the Warriors fell to what appears to be a very good team out of California in Yreka. The Miners (7-1) posted a 9-3 win over the Warriors, pulling away with five runs in the bottom of the sixth.
PHS went up 1-0 in the second inning. Remington led off with a double and came around to score on a Galvan single. The Miners tied it in the bottom half and then took a 2-1 lead in the fourth and added a pair in the fifth.
Philomath pulled to within 4-2 in the top of the sixth. Remington reached on an error, stole second, moved to third on another Yreka error and scored on a ball put into play by Galvan.
The Warriors’ third run came in the seventh. Reichhuber walked, stole both second and third and scored on a Barron ground ball.
Philomath had just three hits in the loss against Yreka pitcher Rachel Kimball — Remington’s double and singles by Galvan and Barron.
In the circle, Remington was effective with only one hit and one walk allowed in her four innings of work. She also struck out seven and neither of the two runs scored by Yreka were earned. Tryon finished up the last two innings.