MADRAS — After taking three straight singles matches to jump ahead 3-1, Mountain View found itself in a heated girls tennis dual.
Madras claimed the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles contests to even things up, but the visiting Cougars tallied wins in the final two doubles matches to seal a 5-3 nonconference win.
“It was a pretty tight match all the way through,” Mountain View coach Shane Therrian said. “It really could have gone either way.”
The tandem of Courtney Horrell and Brandy Graham, as well as that of Missy Burke and Rae Ann Morelli, came through for Mountain View in the Nos. 3 and 4 doubles, respectively, after Grace Cole, Aileen Murphy and Yesenia Gradilla picked up singles wins.
Stephanie Garcia put the White Buffaloes on the board at No. 1 singles with a 7-5, 7-5 victory. Madras’ top doubles team of Kaitlyn Carter and Yvette Ruiz earned a tiebreaker win, followed by a 6-3, 6-4 victory by Sophie Gemelas and Jenni Young.
“I was very pleased with (Garcia),” White Buffalo coach Dave Jordan said. “She really stepped up to the plate, as did our No. 1 doubles.”
In other Saturday action:
Bears split doubleheader on the road: THE DALLES — Opening the season with a pair of games against The Dalles Wahtonka, Bend High lost the first contest 6-3 before exploding for 19 hits in a 14-10 victory in game two. In the opener, the Bears managed just six hits. Justin Erlandson paced Bend, going one for two with a double and two runs batted in. The Lava Bears’ bats came alive in the second game when Bend scored eight runs in the second inning on its way to victory. Erlandson again had a big game at the plate, ending the contest three for five with two triples and two RBIs. Kyle Bailey went three for four with four RBIs and Sami Godlove added two hits and one run batted in. Duke DeGaetano earned the win in relief, pitching the final 3 1⁄3 innings for the Bears.
Panthers split with Titans: REDMOND — The Panthers dropped the first game of a doubleheader 7-4 before using a six-run sixth inning to lift themselves to a 9-3 win in the second contest. Taylor Dockins highlighted Redmond’s opening game with a two-run home run in the seventh inning and Kiahna Brown added a pair of hits. In the second matchup, with things knotted up 3-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Ashley Pesek’s two-run homer sparked a six-run inning to help Redmond improve to 3-1 on the season. Brown recorded two doubles in the win.
Crook County 2, Estacada 1: PRINEVILLE — Katie Estes delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth to score Taylor Hilderbrand, breaking a 1-1 tie and sending the Cowgirls to a nonconference victory. While Miranda Smith and Emily Benton each went two for three at the plate, it was Crook County’s defense that shined. Center fielder Karlee Myers-Hollis gunned down a Ranger trying to score, and Jena Ovens made two diving plays at shortstop that stranded Estacada base runners.
Lakeview 9, La Pine 8: LAKEVIEW — Seven errors doomed the Hawks as they fell to 0-3 on the season. Keara Parrish went the distance and allowed just five hits as La Pine’s starting pitcher, but four walks and five unearned runs were too much for the Hawks to overcome. Parrish also led her team at the plate, ending the game with two hits.
Cougs drop two: Mountain View fell to 0-3 on the season with a pair of 15-4 nonconference losses at home to West Linn. The Cougars managed just three hits in the first game against the Lions. Hannah Wicklund went the distance and took the loss for Mountain View while Jenna Henninger led the Cougs at the plate with two hits and two RBIs.
Mountain View 5, Madras 3: Philip Atkinson set the tone for host Mountain View with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Alexis Penaloza in the No. 1 singles match as the Cougars edged Madras in their first competition of the season. Brooks Larraneta and Jaydon Mahr won at No. 2 doubles for Mountain View in the last match to finish, locking up the team decision for the Cougars. Carlos Garcia and Jordan Gemelas were singles winners for the White Buffaloes.
Hood River Valley 10, Bend United 8: Tori Landin scored four goals to lead Bend United, but the visiting Eagles scored the final three goals of the game to deny the Bend-based squad in its nonconference season opener at Summit High School. Cayley Allen and Katie Alhart added two goals apiece for Bend United (0-1).