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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).
Grants Pass 140 102 4 — 12 12 1
South Medford 000 004 1 — 5 8 4
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.
Eagle Point 000 000 0 — 0 2 4
Crater 210 000 x — 3 7 0
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).
Lost River 010 10 — 2 4 6
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).
Illinois Valley 000 00 — 0 0 7
Prospect 377 9x — 26 25 0
M. Stewart and Augustadt; Pinkerton and Coble. W — Pinkerton (3-0). L — M. Stewart. 2B — P: Creech, Lass. 3B — P: Creech, Lass, Hobbs.