• Tornado settles on split at North tourney

  • The North Medford softball team shut out South Salem 5-0 before running into some trouble against Southridge during opening-day play at the 35-team North Medford Invitational at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Monday.
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  • The North Medford softball team shut out South Salem 5-0 before running into some trouble against Southridge during opening-day play at the 35-team North Medford Invitational at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Monday.
    Junior pitcher Maryssa Becker pitched a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks against South Salem (3-1).
    The Black Tornado tallied 10 hits in its win, but managed just four in a 3-1 loss to Southridge later.
    Hannah Leming was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run and Katie Williamson went 2-for-3 with an RBI for North (5-1) in the first game. In the Black Tornado's four-run third inning, Becker drove in Grace Jovanovic with a single, Leming hit a two-run double to bring home Sierra Berryessa and Becker and Williamson smacked an RBI single to left field that scored Leming.
    Against Southridge (3-2), Williamson finished 1-for-1 with two walks and a double and Leming had an RBI single that put North ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning.
    Southridge's Shae Nelson, who was 2-for-4, led off the fourth with a double and was then driven in by Bailey Kasler, whose single to center gave the Skyhawks the permanent lead.
    Mackenzie Spencer pitched a four-hitter for Southridge.
    Kelsie Bartley struck out four and allowed four hits and two earned runs for North.
    The Black Tornado plays Sprague at 2 p.m. and Glencoe at 6 p.m. today.
    "We got a lot accomplished," North Medford head coach Mike Mayben said. "We'll work on a few things, drive in a few more runs hopefully, tomorrow. We didn't hit the ball well in the second game but hit the ball very well in the first."
    North Medord 004 010 0 — 5 10 1
    South Salem 000 000 0 — 0 2 2
    Becker and Williamson; Phillips, Donovan (6) and Bliss. W — Becker (2-0). L — Phillips. 2B — NM: Leming.
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    Southridge 001 200 0 — 3 4 0
    North Medford 100 000 0 — 1 4 2
    Spencer and Bonzer; Bartley and Williamson. W — Spencer. L — Bartley (3-1). 2B — S: Nelson, Gentile; NM: Williamson.
    CRATER SWEPT — Rachel Ray went 2-for-4 with three stolen bases and a run and Malorie Mitchell finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run in Crater's 6-4 loss to North Eugene (2-3).
    In a 7-1 setback to Sunset (4-1), Renee Murphy went 2-for-3 with a runfor Crater (1-4).
    North Eugene 100 001 4 — 6 5 2
    Crater 003 010 0 — 4 9 2
    Pruett and Litalien; R. Murphy and Medina. W — Pruett. L — R. Murphy (1-3). 2B — NE: Litalien, Leighty; C: Mitchell, Medina.
    u
    Sunset 016 000 — 7 3 0
    Crater 000 100 — 1 5 2
    Moore, Boden (5) and Stewart; R. Murphy, Sheperd (4) and Medina. W — Moore. L — R. Murphy (1-4). 2B — S: Richards; 3B — C: R. Murphy; HR — S: Moore.
    SOUTH MEDFORD SWEPT — Katie Ramsay went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and Ricki Tacdol added a hit and RBI for South Medford in a 21-4 loss to Liberty (4-2).
    Aloha (4-2) beat the Panthers 13-3. South Medford (1-3) finished the day with 11 hits and 10 errors.
    Liberty 720 48 — 21 16 1
    South Medford 200 02 — 4 5 4
    Herbert and Smotherman; Jones, Cox (3) and Ramsay. W — Herbert. L — Jones (0-1). 2B — L: K. Meeuwsen 2, Hall, Meeuwsen.
    u
    Aloha 014 530 0 — 13 10 1
    South Medford 000 020 0 — 2 6 6
    Wood and Buchanon; Nunez, Newman (4) and Ramsay. W — Wood. L — Nunez (1-2). 2B — A: Patterson, Powers.
    GRANTS PASS SWEPT — At Grants Pass, Rashaun Sells hit a solo home run in an 11-1 loss to Thurston, and the Cavers' Lexi Pittman knocked a solo shot out of the ballpark in a 9-1 loss to Glencoe.
    On the day, the Cavers (2-3) finished with six hits and 11 errors.
    Thurston 400 033 1 — 11 12 2
    Grants Pass 000 001 0 — 1 2 7
    Hoefer and Furlong; Coveney, Thomas (6) and Merritt. W — Hoefer. L — Coveney. 2B — T: Furlong; HR — T: Stevens, Riedenyes; GP: Sells.
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    Glencoe 010 050 3 — 9 12 0
    Grants Pass 000 100 0 — 1 4 4
    Sutherland-Finch and Surratt; Robinson and Merritt. W — Sutherland-Finch. L — Robinson (2-2). 2B — G: Clayton, Surratt, Eastman; GP: Sells; 3B — GP: Zozaya; HR — GP: Pittman.
    EAGLE POINT SWEEPS — Brianna Shopp belted in the winning run in the top of the eighth inning as Eagle Point topped Newport 6-5 in its tournament opener.
    The Eagles (4-0) fended off Central Catholic 3-2 in their second game of the day.
    Shopp's base hit drove home Emily Jeffries, who began the inning on second base by virtue of the international tiebreaker rule.
    In her first varsity start, sophomore Tia Garrett had a two-run double in Eagle Point's three-run fourth inning.
    Garrett went 3-for-4 in the game, as did Shopp and Megan Cowden.
    Against Central Catholic (3-3), Eagle Point's Candace Rodgers drove in a run and then scored the decisive run in the fifth inning.
    Eagle Point's McKinzee Parker earned the win, allowing just one earned run on six hits and a walk.
    Eagle Point 100 310 01 — 6 12 3
    Newport 010 040 00 — 5 10 0
    J. Rodgers and McCready; Cochran and Hendrix. W — J. Rodgers (1-0). L — Cochran. 2B — EP: Garrett, Shopp; NP: Hockema.
    u
    Eagle Point 000 120 0 — 3 5 4
    Central Catholic 100 010 0 — 2 6 0
    Parker and McCready; Barron and Duronslet. W — Parker (3-0). L — Barron. 2B — EP: C. Rodgers.
    PHOENIX SPLITS — A sixth-inning throwing error allowed Phoenix's Adriana Mereida-Ford to score the deciding run in the Pirates' 11-10 win over Sheldon.
    Amanda Skaff hit a three-run triple and finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs, Meranda Zanni was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, Makayla Scoggins had two hits and Mereida-Ford finished with two hits for Phoenix (6-1) against the Irish (0-2). In an opening, 11-3 loss to Tigard (3-0), Skaff belted an RBI triple in the third inning.
    Bailey Hare was dominant for the Tigers, striking out 11 and walking three while combining with lefty Shayna Curtis on a one-hitter.
    Phoenix 102 000 0 — 3 1 6
    Tigard 300 440 x — 11 10 2
    Zanni, D. Tally (6) and Wallack, D. Tally (5), Zanni (6); Hare, Curtis (6) and Warren. W — Hare. L — Zanni (3-1). 2B — P: Curtis. 3B — P: Skaff.
    u
    Phoenix 244 001 — 11 12 2
    Sheldon 106 201 — 10 11 3
    Scoggins and Zanni; Jones, Chin (3) and Walker. W — Scoggins (2-0). L — Clin. 2B — P: Zanni 2; 3B — P: Skaff.
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