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Area Legion teams open with victories.

Byline: The Register-Guard

The tournament host Pepsi Challengers and Springfield Woolley's were each 2-0 Saturday on the first day of the Kickoff Classic, a five-team American Legion baseball tournament held at Swede Johnson Stadium.

The Challengers beat the Bay Area Rams of Coos Bay 10-6 in their first game and then defeated West Eugene 7-0.

A.J. Norris was 3-for-4, Scott Nelson was 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and Travis Nance was 2-for-4 with two doubles for the Challengers in the win over the Bay Area Rams.

Nelson and Zach Moran combined to throw a four-hitter for the Challengers against West Eugene.

Springfield beat the Bay Area Rams 6-3 and defeated the Challengers' Legion A team 10-3.

Denny Sales' two-run home run keyed a three-run seventh inning as Springfield broke a 3-3 tie to beat the Rams.

Springfield jumped on the Challengers' A team early, scoring five runs in the first inning. Johnny Bowden, John Holliday and Devin Miller had two hits each for Springfield. Holliday drove in three runs and Bowden drove in two.

In Saturday's other game, West Eugene beat the Challengers' A team 13-7.

Ryan Royster had a two-run home run, and Corey Kent and Matt Coplin had two hits each for West Eugene, which scored seven runs in the first inning.

Trevor Mael was 2-for-3 for the Challengers' A team.

Softball

Caley Peterson threw two shutouts and Jackie Kerrigan threw one as the Oregon Reign 18-and-under team won all three of its pool-play games Saturday at the Valley Invitational in Beaverton.

Peterson, who pitched for Marist High School, threw a two-hitter with nine strikeouts in a 2-0 win over Wild Horse Casino from Pendleton and a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 4-0 win over Sunset Spirit from Beaverton.

Kerrigan, a Churchill High product who played for UNLV this past season, struck out 14 and allowed three hits in a 4-0 win over the Silver Bullets from Portland.

Harrisburg's Maggie DeWall went 7-for-10 on the day with four stolen bases to lead the Reign, which won its pool and will open bracket play today at 9:30 a.m.

Football

Joel Eiler threw a 40-yard touchdown pass and returned an interception 57 yards for another score to lead the Springfield Wildcats to a 35-0 National Nineman Football League win over the Creswell Steel on Saturday at South Eugene High School.

Ryan Davidson and Will Hill each ran for touchdowns for Springfield.

In another NNFL game, Josh Gillock passed for three touchdowns and ran for one to lead the Northwest Timberwolves to a 38-6 win over the Cottage Grove Pride.

Gillock scored on a 62-yard run and tossed touchdown passes of 28 and 33 yards to Justin Nowak, and 2 yards to Chris Smith. Smith also scored on a 74-yard kickoff return.

Cottage Grove's Wyatt Ledbetter threw a 42-yard scoring pass to Travis Forkner.

Also Saturday, Eric Imbler threw three touchdown passes and Ryan Fox ran for two scores as the Oregon Outlaws defeated the Eugene Knights 49-6.

Imbler flipped touchdown passes of 15 and 31 yards to Jason Barker, and tossed a 13-yard scoring pass to Jason Canaday. Fox scored on runs of 52 and 56 yards.

Willamette High School won the 16-team Dennis Erickson Air Express Tournament in Corvallis on Saturday.

The Wolverines defeated Mountain View of Vancouver, Wash., 41-14 in championship game of the seven-on-seven passing tournament. They were 7-0 in the tournament.

Jeff Wheeler threw six touchdown passes in the final, two each to Richie Vedder, Ed Thalhamer and Ahmed Zarrugh.

In an International Women's Football League game at Corvallis, the Corvallis Pride blanked the Eugene Edge 28-0. Beth Bugoliru scored twice, throwing a 7-yard touchdown pass to Pam Sandlin and rushing for a 3-yard TD.

Crew

Oregon State's men's varsity eight overtook Princeton and Navy late in the race to finish fourth Saturday at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships in Camden, N.J.

The Beavers finished in 5 minutes, 36.58 seconds to record the best placing ever in coach David Reischman's eight years at the university.

California won the race in 5:26.81, with Wisconsin second in 5:28.32. Washington was third in 5:30.25, followed by Oregon State, Princeton (5:36.58) and Navy (5:39.30).

Oregon State's junior varsity eight finished second in the petite final (eighth overall) in 5:50.19, and the freshman eight was fourth in its petite final in 5:51.34.

Auto racing

Creswell's Bruce Ray swept the main event, trophy dash and fast time competitions in the sportsman division Saturday at Cottage Grove Speedway.

Roger Crockett of Eugene had the fast time in the 360 sprints division, a 11.392-second clocking that was the year's fastest. Marvin Smith of Cottage Grove went on to win the main event in the division, his third main event win of the year.
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Title Annotation:Regional Roundup: Pepsi Challengers and Springfield Woolley's each 2-0 at tournament.; Sports
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 2, 2002
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