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North Medford junior pitcher Maryssa Becker overpowered South Medford in a Southern Oregon Hybrid doubleheader sweep Saturday.
Becker no-hit the Panthers in the nightcap after tossing an opening game two-hitter as the Black Tornado posted victories of 4-1 and 3-0 at North Medford High.
Becker, who improved to 18-0 on the season, registered 26 strikeouts, walked five and hit one batter in the twin bill.
"Right now (Becker ) is throwing dominant games," said North Medford coach Mike Mayben. "She's striking out a lot of people and when they are making contact, she's forcing ground balls. We have a good defense playing behind her."
In Game 2, the Panthers' only base runners came from CeeCee Baker getting hit by a pitch in the third and a walk to Sam Owirka in the seventh.
Becker and South pitcher Kelcee Jones were hooked up in a scoreless duel through four innings. But as it did in the first game, the Black Tornado (21-1, 11-0 SOH) scored three runs in the fifth.
Keisha Williams got the winning rally started with a walk, then Grace Jovanovic's bunt was thrown down the right-field line by Jones. Williams scored on the play and Jovanovic went to third. Hannah Leming followed with an RBI single and Joci Ellis singled for her third hit of the game. After a double steal put runners on second and third, Leming tallied the final run on a squeeze bunt by Becker.
In Game 1, the Panthers (5-15, 2-10) scored their only run of the day in the first when Olivia Beamish-White reached on an error to open the game. Beamish-White advanced to second on a passed ball, went to third on a ground out and scored an unearned run on a passed ball.
South Medford senior pitcher Kylee Nunez had the Black Tornado shut out through four innings.
But Becker led off the fifth for North with a single and Michelle Draper got on due to an error. Jovanovic bunted for a single to load the bases, then Leming delivered a two-run double to give North a 2-1 lead. Jovanovic scored on a fielder's choice by Ellis.
Becker surrendered base hits to Beamish-White in the sixth and Shelbi Boteilho in the seventh.
Leming had a pair of hits for North.
"They were two well-played games," said Mayben. "There was pretty solid defense on both sides. South played extremely well. We did a nice job when they got runners on, we didn't give up the key hits."
South Medford 100 000 0 — 1 2 1
North Medford 000 031 x — 4 7 1
Nunez and Ramsay; Becker and Williamson. W — Becker. L — Nunez. 2B — NM: Leming, Williamson. 3B — NM: Berryessa.
South Medford 000 000 0 — 0 0 1
North Medford 000 030 x — 3 7 0
Jones and Ramsay; Becker and Williamson. W — Becker (18-0). L — Jones. 2B — NM: Berryessa.
ROSEBURG 8-4, EAGLE POINT 0-2 — At Roseburg, Eagle Point jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second game before Roseburg rallied in nonconference play.
Tia Garrett and Molly Hildreth each had a double for the Eagles in Game 2.
Eagle Point (9-12) finished the day with seven errors against Roseburg (12-7).
Eagle Point 000 000 0 — 0 3 4
Roseburg 002 042 x — 8 12 1
Harshman and McCready; Akers, Hunt (7) and Conklin, DelCollo (5). W — Akers. L — Harshman. 2B — R: DelCollo.
Eagle Point 100 100 0 — 2 7 3
Roseburg 000 004 x — 4 7 1
Harshman and McCready; Akers, Rhines (6), Akers (7) and DelCollo. W — Rhines. L — Harshman. 2B — EP: Garrett, Hildreth; R: Akers, Hunt.
GRANTS PASS 10, ASHLAND 0 — At Ashland, Grants Pass' Amy Robinson pitched a shutout despite allowing 10 hits in a nonleague tilt.
Robinson struck out three without a walk, leaving seven runners stranded.
Aleah Stevens and Lizzy Merritt had two hits apiece for Grants Pass (10-11).
For Ashland (4-18), Christina Kuykendall was 3-for-3 with a double, while Amber Sutherland and Savannah Tobrock had two hits apiece.
Grants Pass 003 042 1 — 10 11 1
Ashland 000 000 0 — 0 10 4
Robinson and Stevens; G. Williams, N. Lehman (7) and Corey, N. Lehman (5), T. Lehman (7). 2B — GP: Sells, Godwin; A: Kuykendall.
ILLINOIS VALLEY 11-5, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 7-21 — At Cave Junction, Cascade Christian allowed 13 walks and made five errors in the SCH opener but bounced back with 23 hits in Game 2.
In the first game, Thea Barker-Cortrecht was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Keyanna Augustadt had an RBI triple for Illinois Valley (3-10, 1-4 SCH), which finished with nine errors on the day. Barker-Cortrecht had nine strikeouts en route to the victory.
For Cascade Christian (7-13, 2-3 SCH) in Game 1, Haley Casebier and Cassie Zimmerer were both 3-for-4, Sarah Miller 2-for-2 with three RBIs, Madigan Smith 2-for-3 and Jordan Martinez 2-for-4.
In the second game, Madigan Smith was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, Bekah Ratcliff 4-for-5 with three runs, Martinez 4-for-5, Casebier 3-for-4 with three runs and Meghan Higday 3-for-5 for the Challengers. Katelyn Smith had two RBIs.
Augustadt and Barker-Cortrecht were both 3-for-3 with triples in Game 2 for the Cougars.
Cascade Christian 111 020 2 — 7 11 5
Illinois Valley 221 060 x — 11 6 4
K. Smith, M. Smith (5), Casebier (5), M. Smith (6) and Martinez; Barker-Cortrecht and Augustadt. W — Barker-Cortrecht. L — K. Smith (4-5). 2B — CC: Zimmerer, Miller; IV. 3B — IV: Augustadt.
Cascade Christian 1(13)0 25 — 21 23 0