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Phoenix senior Meranda Zanni threw a no-hitter with 19 strikeouts and bashed a two-run home run in the Pirates' 11-1 softball win over North Salem at the 36-team North Medford Invitational at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Monday.
Phoenix later lost 4-1 to McLoughlin in the two-day tournament, with play concluding today at U.S. Cellular and the high schools at North Medford and Grants Pass.
Zanni walked two in the circle and finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs against North Salem (1-4). Junior Amanda Skaff was 4-for-5 with two homers, two doubles, four RBIs and two runs. She belted a solo shot right after Zanni's two-run home run in the fourth inning.
Skaff has already recorded four homers this season.
North Salem's only run came on a passed ball in the bottom of the first inning.
Zanni and Ashlyn Flynn both went 2-for-3 against McLoughlin (4-2), which used a three-run sixth inning to pull away. Makayla Scoggins drove in Zanni on a bloop single with two outs in the first inning for the Pirates (4-1), who committed four errors.
Zanni (3-1) pitched a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and one walk in the loss.
McLoughlin beat North Salem 10-0 later in the day.
Phoenix 004 401 2 — 11 11 1
North Salem 100 000 0 — 1 0 3
Zanni and D. Tally; Allie K., Maggie R. (4) and Niki L. W — Zanni (3-0). L — Allie K. 2B — P: Zanni, Skaff 2. HR — P: Zanni (3), Skaff 2 (4).
McLoughlin 010 003 0 — 4 3 0
Phoenix 100 000 0 — 1 6 4
Zanni and D. Tally; Roberts and Kessler. W — Roberts. L — Zanni (3-1).
SOUTH DROPS TWO — Errors and walks got the best of South Medford during its 10-5 loss to Liberty and 15-1, five-inning loss to Aloha to open tournament play.
The Panthers (2-6) issued 13 walks with four errors against Liberty and committed seven more errors against Aloha to hinder their chances.
Rachael Moore took the loss in the opener but had seven strikeouts and allowed only five hits. She managed two hits against Liberty, with Becca Flora and Sara Gartlan each going 3-for-4. South also got two hits apiece from Brittany Miller and Kenzie Vaughn, with Garrett, Gartlan and Hannah Smith each plating one run.
Paige Smotherman paced Liberty with two doubles.
Against Aloha, Moore went 2-for-3 and the Panthers scored their lone run when Gartlan singled home Flora. The Warriors were led by Katie Newton, who went 4-for-4 with six RBIs.
Liberty 023 120 2 — 10 5 0
South Medford 040 000 1 — 5 15 4
Driscoll, Woodard (6), Driscoll (6) and Smotherman; Moore and Garrett. W — Driscoll. L — Moore (1-2). 2B — L: P. Smotherman 2; SM: Garrett, Gartlan.
South Medford 100 00 — 1 5 7
Aloha 292 2x — 15 6 1
Newman and Garrett; Coombs, Wahlstrom (5) and Sibert. W — Coombs. L — Newman (1-4). 2B — SM: Moore, Millar; A: Newton 2, Sibert. HR — A: Newton.
CRATER SPLITS — Crater topped Westview 4-1 after falling 8-4 to defending Class 4A state champion Banks.
In their win, the Comets capitalized on Westview's three errors. Starter Alex Sheperd earned the victory after giving up three hits in 31/3 innings. Reliever Brittany Hassel allowed two hits and one walk for Crater (2-5).
Abby Greer fanned eight and walked one for the Wildcats (3-4).
Against Banks (4-1), Katie Britton finished 2-for-3 with a run-scoring double in the first inning. Alex Craft was 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the sixth. Britton tagged up and scored from second base after Allie Winningham hit a deep flyout that Banks' right fielder caught over her shoulder.
Tristin Fisher walked seven, allowed six hits and struck out two in 52/3 innings of relief against the Braves.
Twice on the day, Malorie Mitchell touched all four bases on soft line-drive singles toward right field that resulted in errors and provided her enough time to score.
The game wrapped up after six innings due to the tournament's 1 hour, 40 minute time limit.
Banks 510 011 — 8 9 2
Crater 200 011 — 4 8 2
Vandomelen, Vandehey (5) and Chung; Ryerson, Fisher (1) and Doggett. W — Vandomelen. L — Ryerson (0-1). 2B — B: Vandomelen, Partain, Bunn; C: Britton, Kennedy, Craft. HR — B: Vandomelen.
Crater 102 100 0 — 4 3 1
Westview 000 100 0 — 1 5 3
A. Sheperd, Hassel (4) and Britton; Greer and Whetstine. W — A. Sheperd (1-1). L — Greer. 2B — C: A. Sheperd. 3B — W: Whetstine.
GRANTS PASS SWEPT — Jesuit downed Grants Pass 11-1 in six innings and West Salem topped the Cavers 12-2 in six.
Against Jesuit (6-1), Halee Rose went 2-for-3 with a run scored and four stolen bases and Danielle Taylor was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Taylor had one hit and one run and Stephanie Norrick recorded an RBI and one run against West Salem (7-1), which had six of its 12 hits — including a two-run shot by Allina Haven — in the sixth. Grants Pass (1-4) committed five errors.
Jesuit 201 026 — 11 13 1
Grants Pass 100 00 — 1 5 1
Oleson, Knivila (6) and Allen; Norrick and Lenard. W — Oleson. L— Norrick. 2B — J: Knivila, O'Malley, Allen, Schultheis; GP: Robinson.
Grants Pass 010 001 — 2 4 5
West Salem 600 105 — 12 12 0