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CENTRAL POINT — North Medford's Joci Ellis hit the go-ahead RBI single and finished 3-for-3 and Maryssa Becker pitched a three-hit shutout as the Black Tornado edged Crater 1-0 in Southern Oregon Hybrid play on Tuesday.
Becker finished with 10 strikeouts and no walks for North (22-1, 12-0 SOH), which scored its run in the third inning when Ellis knocked a two-out single to left field, bringing home Michelle Draper.
Crater pitcher Renee Murphy threw a five-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk.
Malorie Mitchell was 2-for-3 for the Comets (9-13, 5-7).
North first baseman Kelsie Bartley made a key defensive play in the bottom of the second inning, throwing out Kenzie Rohde at home plate.
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Crater 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
Becker and Williamson; Murphy and Medina. W — Becker (19-0). L — Murphy (8-12). 2B — C: Mitchell, Rohde.
SOUTH MEDFORD 7, ASHLAND 6 — South Medford took a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning but still needed a seventh-inning hit by senior Ricki Tacdol to edge Ashland in nonconference play at South Medford High.
After the Grizzlies worked to eventually tie the game in the sixth inning, Kylee Nunez was hit by a pitch with one out in the bottom of the seventh to set up South's final surge. After a passed ball moved Nunez to second, Tacdol followed with her second double of the game to plate the winning run.
Katie Ramsay added a solo home run in the third inning and Hannah Newman smacked a two-run double in the first for the Panthers (6-15).
For Ashland (4-19), Piper Cantrell went 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs, Hannah Thornton 2-for-4 with one RBI, Christina Kuykendall 3-for-3 with three runs and one RBI and Georgia Williams 2-for-3 with one RBI.
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G. Williams and Corey; Nunez, Jones (6) and Ramsay. W — Jones (2-4). L — G. Williams. 2B — A: Cantrell, Kuykendall, G. Williams; SM: Tacdol 2, Newman. HR — SM: Ramsay.
GRANTS PASS 6, EAGLE POINT 2 — At Eagle Point, Rashaun Sells' grand slam highlighted a six-run fourth inning for Grants Pass (11-11) in nonconference play.
Eagle Point (9-13) scored two unearned runs in the second inning off Caver freshman pitcher Amy Robinson (11-7), who struck out three and allowed four hits.
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Robinson and Merritt; Parker and McCready. W — Robinson (11-7). L — Parker. HR — GP: Sells.
HENLEY 12, PHOENIX 1 — At Talent, Kelly Scott pitched a four-hitter and Molly Fernlund went 4-for-5 with two RBIs for Henley (18-3, 10-0 Skyline).
Kasey Hamilton was 2-for-3 for Phoenix (17-6, 6-4), while Delanie Tally's fielder's choice in the bottom of the sixth inning drove in Baylee Toney.
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Phoenix 000 001 0 — 1 4 7
Scott and Herr; Zanni and Hamilton. W — Scott. L — Zanni (7-5). 2B — H: Peters.
NORTH VALLEY 14, HIDDEN VALLEY 9, 10 inn. — At Murphy, Amber Green hit the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the 10th inning and had a two-run home run in the first for North Valley in Skyline Conference play.
Chelsea Wiley, who went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, scored the winning run. In the seventh, she tied the game up at 9 with an RBI single.
For the Knights (8-13, 2-8 Skyline), Mikayla Dart was 4-for-7 with four RBIs, Kenzie Schmoll 3-for-6 with three runs scored, Mikala Mohr 3-for-6 with two runs and an RBI and Green 2-for-6 with two RBIs.
For Hidden Valley (8-15, 1-11), Cameron Allen finished 5-for-6 with three runs and an RBI, Cassie Copeland went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and a run and Lucy Sotelo crushed a two-run homer in the sixth.
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Hidden Valley 013 302 000 0 — 9 15 3
Mohr, Kantola (4) and Stark; Giurlani and Allen. W — Kantola. L — Giurlani. 2B — NV: Wiley, Kantola, Mohr; HV: Allen, Copeland. HR — NV: Green; HV: Sotelo.
ROGUE RIVER 14, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0, 5 inn. — At Rogue River, freshman pitcher Danielle Taylor tossed a five-inning one-hitter and drove in three runs for Rogue River.
Madigan Smith's two-out single in the second was the lone hit by Cascade Christian (7-14, 2-4 SCH).
Lacey Swangel paced the Chieftains (7-10, 4-1) with two hits, four RBIs and two runs scored. Sarah Segura added two hits, one RBI and three runs. Rogue River leadoff hitter Kailin Honea scored four runs.
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Rogue River 255 2x — 14 9 1
K. Smith and Martinez; Taylor and Perkins. W — Taylor. L — K. Smith. 2B — RR: Rabitoy. 3B — RR: Segura.