• Becker stellar in Tornado's sweep of Cavers

  • The warm weather and playing on the Black Tornado home field for the first time this season suited Maryssa Becker just fine on Tuesday.
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  • The warm weather and playing on the Black Tornado home field for the first time this season suited Maryssa Becker just fine on Tuesday.
    The North Medford junior pitcher registered a career-high 18 strikeouts in tossing a one-hitter during a 6-0 win in the opening game of a Southern Oregon Hybrid softball doubleheader victory against Grants Pass.
    Becker improved her record to 13-0 on the season with a four-hit, 5-0 Black Tornado triumph in the second game.
    In Game 1, Becker's only blemishes came on a two-out double in the first inning by Rashaun Sells and a walk.
    "(Becker) was definitely in command," North Medford coach Mike Mayben said. "She was effective with all her pitches from her rise ball to her drop. She has been extremely sharp lately."
    Becker fanned 15 against South Medford last Tuesday and posted her previous high of 16 strikeouts against Eagle Point on April 10.
    Becker received good offensive support as the Black Tornado (16-1, 7-0 SOH) took first-inning leads and collected 12 hits in each game against the Cavers (7-10, 2-6).
    Sierra Berryessa led the attack with a 5-for-6 performance and three RBIs in the twin bill. Katie Williamson was 4-for-6 on the day and Joci Ellis picked up a pair of hits in each game.
    North also received two hits from Kelsie Bartley in the opener and Hannah Leming in the nightcap.
    "Our top six kids in our lineup were all productive," said Mayben. "We had good timely hitting when we strung our runs together."
    North Medford has allowed a state-best 11 runs in 17 games.
    FIRST GAME
    Grants Pass 000 000 0 — 0 1 2
    North Medford 400 011 x — 6 12 1
    Robinson and Merritt; Becker and Williamson. W — Becker (12-0). L — Robinson. 2B — GP: Sells; NM: Ellis, Bartley. 3B — NM: Berryessa.
    SECOND GAME
    Grants Pass 000 000 0 — 0 4 1
    North Medford 320 000 x — 5 12 2
    Robinson and Stevens; Becker and Williamson. W — Becker (13-0). L — Robinson. 2B — NM: Williamson. 3B — NM: Leming.
    CRATER 7, SOUTH MEDFORD 2 — At Central Point, Crater cranked up some late offense in Southern Oregon Hybrid play, scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 2-all tie.
    Rachel Ray, Renee Murphy, Allie Winningham and Katie Britton all were 2-for-3 for Crater (6-10, 4-6 SOH). Winningham's go-ahead single drove in pinch-runner Sierra Eld and put the Comets ahead 3-2 in the sixth.
    Murphy earned the win, pitching a five-hitter with six strikeouts and one walk.
    Sam Owirka went 2-for-3 and Katie Ramsay hit a two-out RBI single in the top of the sixth to even the score at 2 for the Panthers (4-11, 1-7).
    South Medford 100 001 0 — 2 5 1
    Crater 000 025 x — 7 11 1
    Nunez and Ramsay; Murphy and Medina. W — Murphy (5-9). L — Nunez (3-8). 2B — C: Rohde, Winningham.
    ROSEBURG 4, ASHLAND 0 — At Ashland, Roseburg's Makinna Akers struck out 10 without a walk in a two-hit shutout and Beccah Maley pounded a leadoff homer to power the Indians to the nonleague win.
    Ashland starter Georgia Williams struck out four and walked eight in her own complete-game effort, allowing two earned runs on seven hits. At the plate, the Grizzlies (3-15) were led by Piper Cantrell, who was 1-for-2.
    Allyssa Hunt was 2-for-4 with a double for the Indians (10-4), who have won six in a row.
    Roseburg 100 200 1 — 4 7 1
    Ashland 000 000 0 — 0 2 3
    Akers and Conklin; G. Williams and Corey. W — Akers. L — G. Williams. 2B — R: Hunt, Conklin. HR — R: Maley.
    MAZAMA 1, PHOENIX 0 — At Klamath Falls, Phoenix pitcher Meranda Zanni allowed just four hits but surrendered an unearned run in the third inning during the road loss.
    Lynzee Wortman tossed a two-hitter with three strikeouts for Mazama (12-3, 4-1 Skyline).
    The hits by Phoenix (13-5, 2-3) came on a first-inning single by Makayla Scoggins and Delanie Tally's single in the sixth. Tally was erased attempting to steal second.
    Phoenix 000 000 0 — 0 2 1
    Mazama 001 000 x — 1 4 0
    Zanni and Hamilton; Wortman and Boullie. W — Wortman. L — Zanni (7-4).
    HENLEY 11, NORTH VALLEY 1, 6 inn. — At Merlin, Kelly Scott pitched a one-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk and Anne Goodell went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Henley in Skyline Conference play.
    Adrienne Pace finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Hornets (13-3, 6-0 Skyline).
    North Valley (7-10, 1-5) got its only hit from Kenzie Schmoll in the third inning.
    Henley 001 406 — 11 9 1
    North Valley 001 000 — 1 1 4
    Scott and Herr; Million, Kantola (4) and Stark. W — Scott. L — Million (2-4). 2B — H: Goodell, Pace 2.
    LAKEVIEW 4, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2 — At Lakeview, Cascade Christian pitcher Madigan Smith struck out six and gave up one earned run in seven innings but was tagged with the loss after the Challengers committed nine errors.
    Lakeview pitcher Trish Boothe struck out four without a walk, allowing two runs on seven hits.
    Meghan Higday and Sawyr Benzley each had RBI singles for Cascade (4-12, 2-2 SCH).
    Becky Larson hit a run-scoring single for Lakeview (8-3, 1-0).
    Cascade Christian 011 000 0 — 2 7 9
    Lakeview 100 030 x — 4 3 4
    M. Smith and Martinez; Boothe and Leal. W — Boothe. L — M. Smith (1-7). 2B — CC: Kinney.
    ROGUE RIVER 17, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2, 5 inn. — At Cave Junction, Danielle Taylor was 3-for-3 and Kailin Honea 3-for-4 as Rogue River rolled in the SCH game.
    Taylor had three runs and four stolen bases and Honea three runs and two stolen bases. Sarah Segura and Lacey Swangel each had two hits and two RBIs and combined for five stolen bases for the Chieftains (5-8, 2-1 SCH).
    Illinois Valley dropped to 2-7 and 0-1.
    Rogue River 450 71 — 17 12 2
    Illinois Valley 002 00 — 2 3 6
    Swangel, Taylor (4) and Pratt, Perkins (4); Barker-Cortrecht and Augustadt. W — Swangel. L — Barker-Cortrecht. 2B — RR: Honea, Taylor. 3B — RR: Perkins.
    LOST RIVER 14, PROSPECT 4, 6 inn. — At Merrill, Alee Pinkerton went 3-for-3 with an RBI for Prospect in District 4 play.
    Lost River (5-8, 4-2 Dist. 4) finished with 14 hits against the Cougars (5-5, 1-2), who were playing in their fourth game in five days.
    Prospect 200 020 — 4 7 4
    Lost River 624 101 — 14 14 5
    Pinkerton, M. Hedgpeth (3) and Coble, H. Hedgpeth (3); O'Connor and Sites. 2B — LR: O'Connor, Sites.
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