The home hiatus isn't preventing the Flagstaff Eagles girls tennis team from piling up wins.
Two Eagles outlasted their opponents for three-set wins and Flagstaff won its fourth straight match Thursday, beating the Desert Edge Scorpions 8-1 in Goodyear.
The Eagles, who have not played a home match yet this season while improving to 4-1, saw Savannah Bell grind out a 5-7, 6-2, 10-5 win at No. 3 and Catherine Gripp win her decider 12-10 at No. 6 singles. Gripp paired with Kayla Thompson in the doubles No. 3 spot and won 8-2, the same score Allie Thomas and Bell recorded for a win at court two.
Brooke Freshour and Erica Ring took part in Flagstaff's second straight match sweeping doubles with an 8-0 result at No. 1.
Freshour's first time playing in the No. 1 slot of singles ended with a 6-4, 6-2 victory in the matchup between the two Division II programs. Flagstaff's normal No. 1, Pearl Garner, did not play, leaving the opening for Freshour to move up a spot.
Ring claimed court four, 6-3, 6-2, and Meghan Mooney fell 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2.
Flagstaff continues the season Tuesday with a Section II-opening match against Bradshaw Mountain in Prescott Valley.
SPARTANS 6, SCORPIONS 3
Northland Prep won the majority in both singles and doubles action Thursday at Sedona Red Rock, improving to 2-0 to start the season.
Bri Biddle won at No. 1 singles for the Spartans, 6-3, 6-1, and Kate Bailey took the No. 2 spot, 6-2, 6-4, helping the team open the season on a pair of Section Six victories. The two paired up and claimed the top flight of doubles, 8-3.
New Spartans No. 3 Lin Taylor finished her match 6-0, 6-2, and No. 4 Madison Parker came out ahead 6-2, 6-0. Together, they got a victory at No. 2 doubles, 8-1.
Northland Prep's next match is an away contest against the D-III Bourgade Catholic Golden Eagles.
SPARTANS 7, SCORPIONS 2
Drew Parker had a clean sweep and D-III Northland Prep won on the road, beating Sedona Red Rock Thursday in a Section Six matchup.
Parker and Fred Gooding added an 8-1 win in doubles. Gooding won at No. 1 singles 6-0, 7-5, with Parker contributing his victory at the No. 2 spot.
Toni Fernandez and Tommy Acker won 8-4 at No. 2 doubles, but dropped their singles matches at No. 3 and 4, respectively, in two sets each. Sedona forfeited the No. 3 doubles court in addition to the fifth and sixth singles flights.
Northland Prep visits the D-III Bourgade Catholic Golden Eagles Tuesday.
SPARTANS 7, TIGERS 5, 9 INNINGS
TIGERS 7, SPARTANS 5
Connor Barta's two-RBI single helped Northland Prep split a doubleheader Thursday on the road against Kingman Academy.
The sophomore tied up the game in the ninth inning on the single after pitching five innings. He recorded five strikeouts, issued three walks and gave up five hits. Chase Hamilton closed out the extra-inning game on the mound, allowing one hit, striking out two batters and walking one.
Jacob Marquez went 1 for 4 with two RBIs in the win, with Zach Tweed going 2 for 5 with two RBIs. Hamilton was 3 for 5, Silas Marquez went 2 for 5 and Caden Cribbs finished at 2 for 4.
Despite tallying 17 hits, 2A Conference Northland Prep (2-1, 1-0 Central Region) dropped the nightcap. Jacob Marquez was 2 for 4 and Tweed was 2 for 2 with 3 RBIs. Jack Berger had a 3-for-4 second game, while Silas Marquez was 2 for 4.
Tweed threw two innings through which he had one hit, walk and strikeout. Cribbs pitched five innings, giving up six hits while striking out three and issuing three walks against the 3A Tigers.
The Spartans' next game is scheduled for Friday, March 15, and is the ballclub's home opener.
EAGLES 9, BEARS 2
A good outing on the mound from Carter Kasprzyk helped 4A Flagstaff earn its fourth straight win and second victory in the Grand Canyon Region.
The senior righty gave up just one run on two hits in five innings as his Eagles beat Bradshaw Mountain Thursday in Prescott Valley.
Offensively the Eagles put runs on the board in all innings in which they had the chance, as Flagstaff was the home team despite being away.
Luke Canizales record four RBIs with his lone hit of the afternoon being a triple. Derek Williamson went 1 for 2 with one RBI and Josh Cornelius was 2 for 3 at the plate as the Eagles had seven total hits.
Flagstaff will be on the road in the Valley on Saturday against the St. Mary's Knights at noon.