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ROSEBURG — Shutouts have become the norm for North Medford softball ace Maryssa Becker.
The junior pitcher hurled her 10th and 11th shutouts of the season, including a one-hitter in the opener, as North Medford remained undefeated in the Southern Oregon Hybrid by sweeping Roseburg 8-0 and 7-0 on Saturday.
Becker struck out nine in the first game and eight in the second with two walks combined (both in Game 1). The only hit she allowed in the opener was a fifth-inning single by Alyssa Hunt.
In Game 1, the Black Tornado (18-1, 9-0 SOH) broke through against Roseburg pitcher Makinna Akers when Michelle Draper scored from third on Hannah Leming's groundout in the third inning. Draper finished 2-for-2, Marissa Gann was 2-for-3 with one run scored and Becker (15-0) helped her own cause by going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
In Game 2, Leming was 4-for-5 with three runs and an RBI and Becker again made her job easier by going 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs, including a run-scoring single in the top of the first.
For Roseburg (10-6, 6-3), Akers went 2-for-3 and Meghan Sanders 2-for-3 with a double in the second game.
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Roseburg 000 000 0 — 0 1 2
Becker and Williamson; Akers, Rhines (7) and Conklin, Delcollo. W — Becker (14-0). L — Akers. 2B — NM: Becker. 3B — NM: Ellis.
North Medford 201 003 1 — 7 16 2
Roseburg 000 000 0 — 0 6 2
Becker and Williamson; Hunt, Akers (3), Seely (7) and Conklin. W — Becker (15-0). L — Hunt. 2B — NM: Bartley; R: Sanders.
SOUTH MEDFORD 4-3, GRANTS PASS 2-4 — Grants Pass rallied for two runs in the seventh inning of the nightcap to salvage a split at South Medford High.
In Game 2, Rashaun Sells hit an RBI double and scored the winning run from third on Aleah Stevens' two-out bunt single.
For Grants Pass, Lizzy Merritt, Sells, Stevens and Sadie Zozaya each contributed two hits and one RBI.
South Medford (5-12, 2-8 SOH) scored all three runs in the second inning to take a 3-2 lead. Sam Owirka opened with a walk, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Katie Ramsay. With two outs, Hayley Tyus hit an RBI single and Kelcee Jones belted a run-scoring double.
In the opener, Kylee Nunez tossed a complete game and collected two hits. Olivia Beamish-White added two hits, one RBI and one run for South.
The Panthers got two runs in the third inning on a double by Ricki Tacdol, a ground out RBI from Shelbi Boteilho and CeeCee Baker's RBI single.
Stevens had three hits and one RBI and Stephanie Norrick added a pair of hits for the Cavers (8-11, 3-7 SOH).
Grants Pass 000 110 0 — 2 6 2
South Medford 012 001 x — 4 8 2
Robinson and Merritt; Nunez and Ramsay. W — Nunez (4-8). L — Robinson. 2B — SM: Tacdol, Boteilho.
Grants Pass 110 000 2 — 4 11 1
South Medford 030 000 0 — 3 6 1
Robinson and Merritt; Jones and Ramsay. W — Robinson. L — Jones (1-2). 2B — GP: Norrick, Sells 2, Robinson; SM: Tacdol, Jones.
CRATER 8-12, EAGLE POINT 7-2 — At Crater, Katie Britton delivered a two-run pinch-hit single to key Crater's three-run fifth inning in Game 1 as the Comets pulled out a hard-fought opener before cruising to a six-inning win in the nightcap in nonleague action.
Cassi Murphy and Malorie Mitchell had two hits apiece for the Comets (8-10) in Game 2. For the Eagles (7-10), Candice Rodgers was 2-for-2 with a double, four runs and two stolen bases, and Christine McCready was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
In the nightcap, Mitchell was 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI and Renee Murphy was 3-for-4 with three RBIs — two on a first-inning homer — as Crater finished off the Eagles in six innings by the 10-run mercy rule. Kenzie Rohde also homered for the Comets.
Eagle Point 102 022 0 — 7 8 1
Crater 200 330 x — 8 10 3
J. Rodgers and McCready; Murphy and Medina. W — Murphy (6-9). L — J. Rodgers. 2B — EP: C. Rodgers, J. Rodgers; C: Rohde.
Eagle Point 002 000 — 2 4 0
Crater 241 203 — 12 13 2
Parker and Shopp; Estremado and Britton. W — Estremado (1-0). L — Parker. 2B — EP: Shopp; C: Mitchell 2. HR — C: R. Murphy (2), Rohde (3).
GRANTS PASS 2-16, SOUTH MEDFORD 0-17 — At Grants Pass, South Medford and Grants Pass split a pair of games that couldn't have been more different. Senior pitcher Tyler Bennett struck out 13 en route to a four-hit shutout in the opener for the Cavemen while the Panthers (6-12, 2-8 SOH) won the high-scoring nightcap in nine innings, with each team collecting 16 hits.
Bennett scored what proved to be the game-winning run in Game 1 on a second-inning double followed by Aaron Perez's RBI single. Perez ended up scoring the game's other run on a wild pitch.
Grants Pass (9-10, 2-8) tied the second game 15-all with a seven-run rally in the bottom of the seventh. The Panthers took a 12-6 lead with an eight-run fifth on a grand slam by Joe Cooney and Kirk Eastman's three-run homer.
South's decisive run in the ninth came on a one-out single by Daniel Jimenez and a two-out double from Ryan Johnson. Eastman, South's fifth pitcher in the game, retired the Cavemen in order in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the win.
Adrian Garcia led the South attack with four hits, three runs and two RBIs. Nate Namanny added three hits, two runs and two RBIs and Eastman and Eric Wallan had two hits apiece.
Bennett's 4-for-4, five-RBI effort paced GP in Game 2.
South Medford 000 000 0 — 0 4 2
Grants Pass 020 000 x — 2 4 0
Namanny and J. Walker; Bennett and Leenknecht. W — Bennett (3-4). L — Namanny (2-5). 2B — GP: Bennett, Robinson.
South Medford 103 083 011 — 17 16 0
Grants Pass 104 102 710 — 16 16 2
Alexander, Cooney (3), Berman (5), N. Walker (7), Eastman (8) and J. Walker, Wallan (3), White (8); Polder, Ingledue (3), Robinson (5), Cole (5), Polder (8) and Leenknecht. W — Eastman (1-1). L — Polder (1-1). 2B — SM: Garcia 2, Bradd, Namanny 2, Johnson; GP: Bennett 2, Robinson. HR — SM: Cooney (1), Eastman (1); GP: Martin.
EAGLE POINT 3-2, CRATER 2-5 — At Eagle Point, Branden Wilson's two-run single capped a three-run fourth inning for Eagle Point in the nonconference opener. Crater scored four times in the first inning of Game 2 and salvaged the split.
Johnny Wilkerson was 2-for-2 for EP (5-16) in the opener, and James Dixon fired a five-hitter with six strikeouts and five walks.
Blake Fahndrich was 2-for-3 in Game 1 and Stefano Sparacino had an RBI double in the sixth for Crater, which also scored on a bases-loaded walk to Ty Fox in the first.
Crater (15-4) scored on a passed ball, error, fielder's choice and RBI walk to take control of the nightcap.
Zack Meerten was 2-for-4 and Eric Skogseth had an RBI single for the Eagles, who got a one-hit relief effort from freshman Nate Brammer.
Crater 100 001 0 — 2 5 3
Eagle Point 000 300 x — 3 5 1
Preston, Fox (4) and Aplin; Dixon and Augino. W — Dixon. L — Fox. 2B — C: Fahndrich, Sparacino.
Crater 400 010 0 — 5 2 2
Eagle Point 200 000 0 — 2 3 4
Bastendorff, Pardee (7) and Aplin; Sattler, Brammer (1) and Augino. W — Bastendorff. L — Sattler.
ASHLAND 4-10, MOUNTAIN VIEW 2-4 — At Bend, junior pitcher Jamie Flynn picked up the complete-game victory in the opener and Billy Hansen and Ethan Schlecht each ripped a double in the nightcap to spearhead Ashland's nonconference sweep.
Flynn also hit a double in the opener for the Grizzlies (10-8), who have won four out of their last five games.
Ashland 000 202 0 — 4 8 1
Mountain View 100 010 0 — 2 5 1
Flynn and Glick; Powell, Peters (5) and Ayers. W — Flynn. L — Powell. 2B — A: Flynn; MV: Carroll, Mierjeski. HR — MV: Peters.
Ashland 021 033 1 — 10 15 1
Mountain View 000 310 0 — 4 9 4
Carroll, Glick (5) and Westhelle-Grant; J. Hollister, C. Hollister (5), Schlapfer (6), Landrus (6) and Powell. W — Glick. L — J. Hollister. 2B — A: Hansen, Schlecht; MV: Carroll, Powell, Haney.