Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
GRANTS PASS — Crater scored four fourth-inning runs, but the Comets' production stopped there and Grants Pass rallied for a 10-4 win in the Southern Oregon Hybrid softball opener for both teams Tuesday.
The Cavers (1-0, 1-0 SOH) erased a 4-3 deficit with seven runs in the fourth on seven hits. Stephanie Norrick's two-run single and Danielle Taylor's RBI double highlighted the rally.
"They exploded in the fourth and we compounded it," said Crater coach Chris Arnold. "They did a great job of putting the ball in play, and we had two walks and a couple of errors. They were defensive mistakes that blew up on us. But our kids responded pretty well. They came out and battled."
Aleah Stevens collected two hits and drove in two for Grants Pass.
Katie Britton homered for Crater (0-3, 0-1) while going 2-for-4, and Allie Winningham and Lauren Estremado each had two hits.
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A. Sheperd, Winningham (4) and Britton; Robinson and Stevens. W — Robinson (1-0). L — A. Sheperd. 2B — C: Mitchell; GP: Taylor. HR — C: Britton.
NORTH MEDFORD 3-19, FOOTHILLS 0-8 — At Foothills, Calif., North Medford ace Maryssa Becker fanned 15 in a three-hit shutout in the opener and Black Tornado catcher Katie Williamson plated five runs in Game 2 in the nonleague sweep.
Becker also went 2-for-3 in the opener, with Joci Ellis, Katie Ramsay and courtesy runner Jaycie Dickson scoring for North (3-0). The Tornado was held to six hits against 10 strikeouts but was walked seven times by Foothills' Lindsay Davis. Keisha Williams and Grace Jovanovic each had three stolen bases.
In Game 2, Williamson was 2-for-4 with three runs, Becker was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs, Alexis Barkwell was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs and Maddie Gates 2-for-3 with two RBIs and four runs. Becker, Barkwell and Williamson had home runs.
Ellis also was 2-for-5 with two runs and Ramsay 3-for-4 in a rainy Game 2.
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Becker and Williamson; Davis and Harvey. W — Becker (2-0). L — Davis.
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Barkwell and Williamson; Sundquist and Busk. W — Barkwell (1-0). L — Sundquist. 2B — NM: Williams, Ramsay 2, Gates; F: Novelli, Jimenez, Davis 2, Seely. HR — NM: Becker, Barkwell, Williamson.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 14, HIDDEN VALLEY 8 — At Murphy, Katelyn Smith had three RBIs and pitched well in relief as Cascade Christian earned its first win in the nonconference game.
Smith entered with one out in the third inning after Hidden Valley scored five runs to pull within 10-8. She pitched two-hit ball for the next 42/3 innings, striking out 10.
Victoria Emery-Hunter was 2-for-4 with four RBIs for the Challengers (1-5). Courtney Case was 3-for-5.
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M. Smith, K. Smith (3) and Ratcliff; Lawson and C. Allen. W — K. Smith (1-2). L — Lawson. 2B — HV: K. Allen, Davison. 3B — HV: Sarganis.
GLIDE 9, ROGUE RIVER 8 — At Glide, Glide rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh in the nonconference game.
Destiny Harris scored the winning run on a single, stolen base and two passed balls.
Kailin Honea and Lacey Swangel paced Rogue River (2-2) with two hits and three RBIs each. Swangel connected for a solo home run in the seventh.
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Whittacker and Perkins; Graham and Halley. W — Graham. L — Whittacker (2-2). 2B — RR: Honea, Pratt, Perkins; G: Evans, Frank, Halley, Laringston, Cordell, Graham 2. HR — RR: Swangel.