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EAGLE POINT — Maryssa Becker orchestrated a pair of dominant performances in the circle and belted two home runs and Joci Ellis had an inside-the-park grand slam as North Medford swept Eagle Point 12-0 and 9-0 in nonconference play Tuesday.
Becker pitched a two-hitter with a career-high 15 strikeouts and no walks in the opener, and then the junior threw a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the second game.
The strong-armed Louisville commit owned a no-hitter until the sixth inning of Game 2. She faced one more than the minimum number of batters in the win and allowed one walk, which came in the first inning.
Her previous career-high for strikeouts was 12.
In the opener, the speedy Ellis recorded her homer by hitting a hard line drive that bounced in the infield and rolled all the way to the fence. The hit, which came with two outs, cleared the loaded bases.
Ellis finished 4-for-5 with five RBIs and Becker 2-for-5 with a two-run shot in the third inning of Game 1. Katie Williamson went 3-for-4, Grace Jovanovic 2-for-2 and Hannah Leming 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Black Tornado (12-1).
In Game 2, Becker smashed a two-run homer in the sixth inning and finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Keisha Williams was 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI, Ellis 2-for-4 with an RBI and run, Williamson 2-for-3 with an RBI and Kelsie Bartley 2-for-4 with an RBI.
North tallied 31 total hits against Eagle Point (6-6).
North Medford 102 030 6 — 12 17 2
Eagle Point 000 000 0 — 0 2 4
Becker and Williamson; Parker and McCready. W — Becker (8-0). L — Parker. 2B — NM: Berryessa. HR — NM: Becker (3), Ellis (2).
North Medford 002 014 2 — 9 14 0
Eagle Point 000 000 0 — 0 1 3
Becker and Williamson; J. Rodgers and Shopp. W — Becker (9-0). L — J. Rodgers. 2B — NM: Ellis, Williams 2. 3B — NM: Jovanovic. HR — NM: Becker (4).
CRATER 18, ASHLAND 3, 5 inn. — At Ashland, Crater scored seven runs in the second and fifth innings to ease by Ashland (3-9) in nonconference play.
Malorie Mitchell went 2-for-2 with three runs and three RBIs, including a solo home run to get the Comets (3-8) going in the first inning. Carissa Sweet also went 2-for-2 with a two-run double in the fifth.
Also for Crater, Renee Murphy was 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI, Rachel Ray 2-for-5 with one run and Kenzie Rohde 2-for-3 with two runs.
Crater 171 27 — 18 12 2
Ashland 101 01 — 3 8 3
Sheperd, Estremado (3) and Britton, Medina (4); G. Williams and Lehman. W — Estremado (1-0). L — G. Williams. 2B — C: Mitchell, Sweet, Murphy. HR — C: Mitchell (1).
ROSEBURG 13, GRANTS PASS 3, 5 inn. — At Roseburg, Rebeccah Maley had three hits for Roseburg and Grants Pass committed six errors in Southern Oregon Hybrid play.
Rashaun Sells finished with two hits for Grants Pass (6-6, 2-2 SOH). Lizzy Merritt hit an RBI single against Roseburg (5-4, 2-1).
Grants Pass 021 00 — 3 4 6
Roseburg 181 3x — 13 13 3
Thomas and Merritt; Akers and Conklin. W — Akers. L — Thomas (0-2). 2B — R: Akers, Larkin.
PHOENIX 20, NORTH VALLEY 12 — At Merlin, Makayla Scoggins had a huge day at the plate for Phoenix in the error-filled conference opener.
The teams combined for 14 miscues.
Scoggins rapped three hits with five RBIs and scored three runs. Scoggins' grand slam highlighted an 11-run fourth inning for the Pirates (12-2, 1-0 Sky).
Phoenix pitcher Meranda Zanni registered her fifth win in seven decisions and added three hits, three RBIs and two runs. Phoenix also received three hits each from Mia Alanez and Ashlyn Flynn.
North Valley (4-5, 0-1) leadoff hitter Kenzie Schmoll went 4-for-4 with four runs and two RBIs.
Phoenix 122 (11)20 2 — 20 15 6
North Valley 040 520 1 — 12 10 8
Zanni, Scoggins (5) and Hamilton; Mohr, Million (4), Kantola (4) and Stark. W — Zanni (5-2). L — Mohr (1-3). 2B — P: Skaff, Zanni 2, Wyncoop. HR — P: Scoggins.
MAZAMA 14, HIDDEN VALLEY 1 — At Murphy, Mazama's 11 hits and Hidden Valley's seven errors resulted in the lopsided Skyline game.
Lucy Sotelo had two hits and scored the only run for Hidden Valley (7-4, 0-1 Sky). Cameron Allen had two hits, including a double, against Mazama (7-2, 1-0).
Mazama 107 101 4 — 14 11 2
Hidden Valley 000 100 0 — 1 5 7
Wortman, Valenta (4) and Boullie; Giurlani, Copeland (7) and Green. W — Wortman. L — Giurlani. 2B — M: Mallams; HV: Allen. 3B — M: Grigsby.