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ASHLAND — Kaylee Grigsby's RBI single capped a four-run rally in the sixth inning as Mazama beat Ashland 6-5 in Game 2 to complete a nonconference sweep at North Mountain Park on Thursday.
Leann Valenta went 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI to help Mazama take the opening game 8-4.
Ashland freshman pitcher Georgia Williams threw 277 pitches combined, including 162 in the first game. She finished the day with eight strikeouts and 17 walks.
In the opener, Ashland (3-12) fell behind 7-0 heading into the fourth before rallying to get within four runs. Junior varsity call-up Grace Lenphe came through with the key hit, a three-run single in the sixth.
Mazama's Lynzee Wortman pitched a four-hitter with six strikeouts and three walks.
In Game 2, the Grizzlies scored three runs in the third to take a 4-1 lead before the Vikings (11-3) fought back in what proved to be the final inning (the game was called after six innings when it became too dark to play).
For Ashland, Christina Kuykendall was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run, Teresa Lehman was 2-for-3 with a double and Piper Cantrell was 2-for-4 and scored once.
Mazama 214 100 0 — 8 9 2
Ashland 000 004 0 — 4 4 2
Wortman and Boullie; G. Williams and Corey. W — Wortman. L — G. Williams. 2B — M: Wortman, Grigsby, Valenta.
Mazama 010 104 — 6 7 4
Ashland 013 010 — 5 6 0
Grigsby and Boullie; G. Williams and Corey. W — Grigsby. L — G. Williams. 2B — A: T. Lehman.
GRANT PASS 5, NORTH MEDFORD 3 — North Medford No. 2 singles player Hannah Von Strahl avenged a loss suffered only two days prior in convincing fashion, defeating Megan Ward 6-3, 6-3 at North Medford High.
SINGLES — Domi Tortiger, GP, d. Cali Hale, 7-6 (4), 7-5; Hannah Von Strahl, NM, d. Megan Ward, 6-3, 6-3; Alex Schulte, GP, d. Jacqueline Bybee, 6-0, 6-0; Keelee Dean, GP, d. Rylee Houck, 7-5, 6-0.
DOUBLES — Julia Ribeiro-Melissa Rhodes, NM, d. Maria Palomino-Olivia Newby, 4-6, 6-4, 10-6; Whitney Cordes-Rachel Arappagis, NM, d. Rachel Berkey-Brittany Blacksmith, 7-6 (5), 6-2; Kelsey Lucido-Natalie Justema, GP, d. Carson Case-Michaela Mehl, 6-4, 7-5; Shellie Wytcherley-Cece Young, GP, d. Shelly O'Brien-Tania Jiminez, 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.
NORTH MEDFORD 6, GRANTS PASS 2 — At Grants Pass, North Medford's top doubles team, Hunter Grow and Jonathan Bybee, toughed out a 6-4, 6-3 win over Blaze Hamann and Drew Van Delden in the District 1 match.
In No. 2 singles, Kenny Pederson of North Medford upended Zach Williams, 6-2, 6-2.
SINGLES — Robby Hobbs, GP, d. Troy Behnke, 6-0, 6-0; Kenny Pederson, NM, d. Zach Williams, 6-2, 6-2; Ryan Hogan, NM, d. Santley Ralls, 6-0, 6-2; Landon Sherbourne, NM, d. Tucker Daniel, 6-4, 6-1.
DOUBLES — Hunter Grow-Jonathan Bybee, NM, d. Blaze Hamann-Drew Van Delden, 6-4, 6-3; Elijah Von Strahl-Kyle Campbell, NM, d. Nick O'Hara-Nathan Trujillo, 7-5, 1-6, 10-6; Logan West-Daniel Pederson., NM, d. Tyler Broyles-Elliot Bald, 6-0, 6-2; Hollen Audell-Chapman Voris, GP, d. Spencer Eburt-Bentley Coleman, 7-5, 6-4.