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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.
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Robinson and Merritt; Becker and Williamson. W — Becker (12-0). L — Robinson. 2B — GP: Sells; NM: Ellis, Bartley. 3B — NM: Berryessa.
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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).
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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.
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Akers and Conklin; G. Williams and Corey. W — Akers. L — G. Williams. 2B — R: Hunt, Conklin. HR — R: Maley.