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The South Medford softball team took a little too long to find its offense on Tuesday.
The Panthers scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but fell 12-5 to Grants Pass in Southern Oregon Hybrid action at South Medford High.
The Cavers, who piled up 12 hits, raced out to an 8-0 lead before South staged its comeback attempt. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Brittany Miller hit an RBI single before Becca Flora was hit by a pitch. Tia Garrett singled to load the bases and then Sara Gartlan smashed a two-run single. Hannah Smith's ensuing RBI single cut the deficit to four.
Grants Pass made the prospect of a rally more challenging after tacking on four runs to start the seventh.
"We closed the gap in the sixth and saw some life, but turned around gave the four runs right back to them," South Medford head coach Miranda Gillaspie-Smith said.
Sadie Zozaya finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Amy Robinson 2-for-5 with three RBIs, including a two-run triple in the sixth. Dalenna Bellum went 2-for-4 and Halee Rose 2-for-5 for the Cavers (3-7, 2-2 SOH).
Robinson earned the win after allowing eight hits and one walk and fanning six.
Miller was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and one run for South (2-9, 1-3).
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Robinson and Lenard; Moore, Newman (2) and Williams. W — Robinson (2-3). L — Moore (1-4). 2B — GP: Zozaya; SM: Williams. 3B — GP: Robinson.
CRATER 3, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Central Point, Katie Britton belted a two-run home run in the first inning and Brittany Berryhill pitched a two-hitter for Crater in the nonconference game.
Berryhill allowed two singles, struck out seven and walked three. The defense for the Comets (4-6) wiped out threats with inning-ending double plays in the third and fifth innings.
Malorie Mitchell was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run for Crater, and Brittany Snyder was 2-for-3. Both had doubles.
Eagle Point's hits were by Teanna Gonsalves and Kenzie Nielsen.
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Merrill and Grady; Berryhill and Doggett. W — Berryhill (3-1). L — Merrill. 2B — C: Mitchell, Snyder. HR — C: Britton.
ROGUE RIVER 18, LOST RIVER 2, 5 inn. — At Rogue River, Brittany Fredenburg collected two hits and drove in three runs to pace Rogue River in the nonconference game.
Kailin Honea and Hope Wolterman each had a pair of hits and combined for three RBIs for the Chieftains (3-4).
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Rogue River 471 6x — 18 13 0
Motanona and K. Sites; Whittaker and Perkins. W — Whittaker (3-4). L — Motanona. 2B — LR: K. Sites; RR: Rodriguez. 3B — LR: K. Sites; RR: Honea, Perkins, Wolterman. HR — RR: Reber.
PROSPECT 26, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0, 5 inn. — At Prospect, Prospect junior right-hander Alee Pinkerton pitched a five-inning perfect game and the offense backed her with 25 hits in nonleague play.
Pinkerton, who improved to 3-0, struck out six for Prospect (4-0). She finished 4-for-4, while Shawna Creech, Heather Lass and Joli Hobbs were all 4-for-5 against Illinois Valley (0-9).
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M. Stewart and Augustadt; Pinkerton and Coble. W — Pinkerton (3-0). L — M. Stewart. 2B — P: Creech, Lass. 3B — P: Creech, Lass, Hobbs.
CRATER 4, SARATOGA 1 — At Saratoga, Calif., Paul Turner's two-run single capped a four-run fourth inning for Crater to even its record to 1-1 at the Crown Classic.
Nolan Bastendorff allowed seven hits and only one unearned run for the Comets (7-2), pitching out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the fourth to preserve the advantage. He finished with three strikeouts and two walks.
Ty Fox and Taylor Tibbets had one-out singles to start the surge and, after a double steal, Tyler Aplin plated Crater's first run with a single. Taylor Pardee was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and the Comets scored one run when Tanner Ryerson's grounder was booted by the shortstop. Turner followed with his two-run single.
In Monday's opener, Crater lost 8-7 in eight innings to Overfelt, Calif. The Comets next face San Benito (12-3) of Hollister, Calif., at 9 a.m. today.
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Berman, Oliver (5) and Suh; Bastendorff and Aplin. W — Bastendorff (2-0). L — Berman. 2B — S: Berman, Berryhill 2.
HENLEY 7, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Klamath Falls, Cody Dykstra, Jesse Hilyard, Josh Overstreet and Paxton Kuhlman each had two hits for Henley (7-2) in nonleague play against Eagle Point (4-6).
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Dixon, Wilson (3), Brammer (5), Skogseth (6) and Hangaard; Hilyard and Howard. W — Hilyard. L — Brammer. 2B — H: Dykstra, Hilyard, Kuhlman, Howard.
HIDDEN VALLEY 4, DOUGLAS 1 — At Winston, Tyler Gulbransen pitched a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts and four walks and Jamie Schmidt went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run double in the sixth inning, for Hidden Valley (6-2).
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Gulbransen and Garrison; Koone, Claughton (6) and Thompson. W — Gulbransen (4-1). L — Koone. 2B — HV: Schmidt, Wardle, Campbell.
ROGUE RIVER 13, LOST RIVER 2, 5 inn. — At Rogue River, sophomore pitcher Garrett Carpenter tossed a five-inning no-hitter with six strikeouts and rapped three hits and scored twice.
Carpenter (2-1) surrendered two unearned runs in the first.
Kollen Roohr smacked a two-run homer in the first and added a double in his other official at-bat for the Chieftains (4-4).
Rogue River received two hits and three RBIs from Tyler Sakraida, and Dylan Devish had three hits and scored two runs.
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Rogue River 312 7x — 13 12 2
O'Grady and McAuliffe; Carpenter and Harris. W — Carpenter (2-1). L — O'Grady. 2B — RR: Devish, Roohr. HR — RR: Roohr.
ILLINOIS VALLEY 6, PROSPECT 3 — At Prospect, Eric Miller's two-run single sparked a three-run rally in the seventh inning for Illinois Valley in the nonleague game.
Miller finished with three hits for the Cougars (4-6), while Mason LaFlamme and Lander Nordal each had two hits and scored in the seventh.
Zach Welch pitched a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts, no walks and two hit batsmen.
Kyle Roe smacked a two-run triple to pace Prospect (4-2).
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Welch and Housel; Andreas, N/A (5), Roe (6) and Castro. W — Welch (3-0). L — Roe. 2B — IV: LaFlamme; Housel; P: Castro, Kennedy. 3B — IV: Nordal; P: Roe.