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North Medford softball coach Mike Mayben gave Maryssa Becker a break inside the circle but that didn't necessarily mean a break for Southridge and West Salem during Tuesday's action at the 36-team North Medford Invitational.
With Becker having pitched four games in three days, Mayben opted to rest last year's Class 6A pitcher of the year to give newcomer Alexis Barkwell more work.
The junior transfer from California was more than up to the challenge, allowing no earned runs in 13 innings in a pair of 3-1 victories over Southridge and West Salem at North Medford High.
"She did a great job," said Mayben. "She threw extremely well and was very disciplined, kept the ball on corners and kept them off balance. Once she threw well in the first game we felt confident to have her start the second game as well."
Southridge entered the contest with an undefeated record but managed only two hits against Barkwell, who struck out nine and walked three. Southridge's run came with the help of a North Medford error.
The Black Tornado (8-1) used 2-for-3 efforts from junior Maddie Gates and senior Katie Williamson to pull away, with Gates scoring twice and Williamson driving in all three of her team's runs, highlighted by a two-run double in the third inning.
"Maddie and Katie, both of them are great contact hitters and they were just driving the ball into the gaps," said Mayben. "They both had a great eye today."
Barkwell struck out five with two walks in six innings against West Salem (8-2), with Becker pitching a scoreless seventh.
Becker was also 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and juniors Joci Ellis, Keisha Williams and Katie Ramsay also went 2-for-3.
Maddy Melton and Keana Shorb each had two hits for West Salem, which scored a 5-4 win Tuesday over Southridge (5-2).
Southridge 010 000 0 — 1 2 3
North Medford 102 000 x — 3 5 2
Denn and Bonzer; Barkwell and Ramsay. W — Barkwell (3-0). L — Denn. 2B — NM: Williamson.
North Medford 000 021 0 — 3 11 1
West Salem 000 100 0 — 1 7 0
Barkwell, Becker (7) and Ramsay, Williamson (7); Haven and Buchheit. W — Barkwell (4-0). L — Haven. 2B — NM: Ramsay; WS: Hopper, Shorb.
CRATER SPLITS — Crater blasted 14 hits in a 10-4 win over Tigard but could only manage two hits in a 4-1 loss to David Douglas to wrap up the tournament at U.S. Cellular.
Katie Britton went 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs and Brie Sheperd was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs to pace Crater (3-6) against Tigard. Malorie Mitchell, Lauren Estremado and Allie Winningham also had two hits.
Against David Douglas, Estremado had a first-inning single and, after walking in the sixth, was singled home by Alex Sheperd.
Tigard 000 301 0 — 4 8 2
Crater 312 103 x — 10 14 0
Kelly and Hare; Beck, Ryerson (4) and Britton. W — Beck (1-0). L — Kelly. 2B — C: Mitchell, Britton, Winningham. 3B — C: Lowder.
Crater 000 001 0 — 1 2 3
David Douglas 201 010 x — 4 3 1
A. Sheperd, Berryhill-Hassel (3) and Doggett; LaFontaine and McLure. W — LaFontaine. L — A. Sheperd (1-2). 2B — DD: Kuhl, Ruckey. HR — DD: Schoen.
SOUTH DROPS TWO — South Medford's losing streak moved to five games with a pair of five-inning losses to wrap up the tournament. The Panthers (2-8) dropped a 14-1 decision to Tualatin and then lost 18-1 to Sprague.
No further information was made available as of press time.
GRANTS PASS SWEPT — At Grants Pass, Glencoe used a nine-run first inning to secure a 10-0 victory in five innings over Grants Pass, then Lincoln rode a five-run first inning to an 11-1, six-inning victory over the Cavers in Game 2.
Sadie Zozaya had the only two hits for Grants Pass (1-6) against Glencoe, which had eight hits — including two doubles and two triples — in the first inning and took advantage of two Caver errors.
Against Lincoln, Stephanie Norrick singled home Nicole Godwin in the sixth inning for GP.
Glencoe 910 00 — 10 11 0
Grants Pass 000 00 — 0 2 2
Sutherland, Becken (2) and Surratt; Norrick and Lenard. W — Becken. L — Norrick (0-2). 2B — G: Brown, Eastman. 3B — G: Beswyen, Clayton. HR — G: Messmer.
Grants Pass 000 001 — 1 4 4
Lincoln 501 203 — 11 17 1
Norrick and Lenard; Huston, Clapp (5) and Washington. W — Huston. L — Norrick (0-3). 2B — L: Standford, Muir, Larvick.
ROSEBURG SWEEPS — Roseburg senior Makinna Akers had a big day, hitting two home runs — including a walk-off shot — and earning a pair of victories in the circle as the Indians topped Jesuit 8-3 and edged Westview 4-3.
Akers crushed the game-winning homer with the game tied at 3 in the bottom of the seventh inning against Westview. She finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run. On the defensive end, Akers struck out 11 and allowed six hits, three unearned runs and one walk. Megan Larkin was 2-for-3 for Roseburg (5-2).
Against Jesuit (6-3), Larkin finished 2-for-3 with two runs, a solo shot and two stolen bases. Akers bashed a solo homer and Mason Seely went 2-for-4 with a run.
Roseburg 102 200 3 — 8 9 2
Jesuit 012 000 0 — 3 10 0
Akers and Conklin; Oleson and Allen. W — Akers. L — Oleson. 2B — R: Seely. HR — R: Larkin, Akers.
Westview 000 030 0 — 3 6 2
Roseburg 101 100 1 — 4 8 2
Akers and Conklin; Greer and Whetstine. W — Akers. L — Greer. HR — R: Akers.
EAGLE POINT SWEEPS — Eagle Point's Neeshaa Garcia belted a three-run homer in a 9-3 win over Hidden Valley, and EP followed that with 21 hits in a 22-3 rout of Springfield.
Garcia's homer came with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Teanna Gonsalves was 2-for-2 and Kenzie Nielsen 2-for-4 against the Mustangs (0-8), while Emily Jeffries, Paige Leeper and Brianna Shopp all scored two runs. Gonsalves struck out five and allowed two walks and four hits.
Against the Millers (2-6), Nielsen was 4-4 with four runs, Leeper 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs, Mckinzee Merrill 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs and Garcia 2-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs.
Merrill fanned eight and gave up one walk and three hits for Eagle Point (8-2).
Hidden Valley 000 012 0 — 3 4 4
Eagle Point 400 014 x — 9 7 3
Lawson and Green; Gonsalves and Grady. W — Gonsalves (3-1). L — Lawson. HR — EP: Garcia (1).
Eagle Point 282 (10)0 — 22 21 4
Springfield 100 02 — 3 3 7
Merrill and Nielsen; Powell and Dunn. W — Merrill (5-1). L — Powell. 2B — EP: Jeffries, Leeper 2, Merrill 2, Garcia.
NORTH VALLEY SPLITS — At U.S. Cellular, North Valley's Mikala Mohr pithed a two-hitter to down Marist, 2-0, but the Knights fell in their second game, 17-9 to St. Helens.
In the first game, Mohr struck out three and walked one. Kasey Werner went 2-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base.
Against St. Helens, Mohr homered and doubled for North Valley (4-6), and Kenzie Schmoll and Emily Allen each had two hits.
North Valley 002 020 0 — 4 7 1
Marist 000 000 0 — 0 2 1
Mohr and Kite; Burke and Davisson. W — Mohr. L — Burke. 2B — NV: Mohr; M: Burke.
St. Helens 328 011 2 — 17 16 0
North Valley 112 400 1 — 9 13 5
Chirstianson and Leal; Mohr, Kantola (3) and Kite. W — Christianson. L — Mohr. 2B — SH: Mulchay 2, Leal 2; NV: Mohr, Kantola 2, Allen. 3B — SH: Leal; NV: Dart. HR — NV: Mohr.