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CENTRAL POINT — Maryssa Becker tossed a no-hitter and belted her sixth home run in Game 1, and the North Medford softball team took advantage of seven Crater errors in the nightcap to complete the Southern Oregon Hybrid sweep Saturday at Crater High School.
The Black Tornado won the first game 11-0 in five innings and took the second game 12-0 in five, winning both games early by the 10-run mercy rule.
In the opener, Becker struck out 10 with one walk in another dominating performance. The Tornado (12-1, 4-0 SOH), which has won six straight, scored three runs in the first inning to take control. Joci Ellis opened the game with a triple, Crater starter Brittany Berryhill walked the next batter and Becker followed with a three-run homer.
That proved to be plenty of support for Becker, who improved to 6-1.
"She did a great job," North Medford coach Mike Mayben said. "She was working on some different things that she's been doing with her pitching coach, and she looked very comfortable and in control."
Ellis was 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs and Becker 2-for-4 with five RBIs to lead North Medford.
In Game 2, North scored seven runs on three hits and three Crater errors to break the game open in the first inning.
Katie Williamson had two hits, including a two-run single in the first, while Maddie Gates and Grace Jovanovic had three hits apiece to pace North. Tornado starter Alexis Barkwell struck out eight with one walk in five strong innings.
"I think that was something we talked about in the later innings of both games, just staying focused and continuing to compete and not let up," Mayben said. "That was really important for us both at the plate and on the bases."
Crater (5-8, 1-4) finished with seven errors.
North Medford 310 07 — 11 11 0
Crater 000 00 — 0 0 2
Becker and Williamson; Berryhill, Sheperd (1) and Doggett. W — Becker (6-1). L — Berryhill (3-2). 3B — Ellis. HR — NM: Becker (6).
North Medford 705 00 —12 10 0
Crater 000 00 — 0 2 7
Barkwell and Williamson; Ryerson, Beck (1), Berryhill (3) and Britton. W — Barkwell (6-0). L — Ryerson (0-3). 2B — NM: Williams.
SOUTH MEDFORD 10-8, ASHLAND 1-1 — South Medford sophomore Hannah Newman threw a no-hitter with eight strikeouts and one walk in the opener and the Panthers compiled 21 hits in the nonleague doubleheader at South Medford High.
Sara Gartlan went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run single in the sixth inning of Game 1, and Newman was 2-for-3 for South (4-11). Brittany Miller, Tia Garrett and Krystal Williams all scored two runs.
In the second game, Newman finished 2-for-4 with three runs and Marissa Tarazon and Rachael Moore were each 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Moore tossed a four-hitter with six strikeouts and three walks.
Nicole Lehman was 2-for-4 in Game 2 for Ashland (2-10).
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South Medford 010 414 x — 10 11 2
Lenthe and Lehman; Newman and Garrett. W — Newman (2-5). L — Lenthe. 2B — SM: Moore, Williams.
Ashland 001 000 0 — 1 4 1
South Medford 004 022 x — 8 10 2
Howson and Corey; Moore and Garrett. W — Moore (2-5). L — Howson. 2B — SM: Newman.
GRANTS PASS 3-6, EAGLE POINT 1-7 — At Eagle Point, Eagle Point capitalized on a rash of Grants Pass errors late in the second game to split the nonleague doubleheader at Eagle Point high.
In Game 2, Neeshaa Garcia-Patterson crushed a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning and the Eagles (9-4) posted four more runs in the seventh — when the Cavers committed three of their four errors — to force an extra inning. With the score even at 6 in the bottom of the eighth, Kaya Hoag hit a blooper over the Grant Pass pitcher's head that got past the Caver second baseman and allowed McKenzie Merrill to score the game-winning run.
Teanna Gonsalves went 4-for-4 and Merrill 2-for-3 with two runs in the second contest.
Amy Robinson and Taylor Thomas each had two hits and Stephanie Norrick added two RBIs for Grants Pass (4-8).
In the opener, Norrick pitched a one-hitter and added two hits and Dalenna Bellum connected on a two-run single with two outs in the fourth that put the Cavers ahead for good.
Emily Jeffries stole three bases and scored the Eagles' lone run on a double steal.
Grants Pass 100 200 0 — 3 8 1
Eagle Point 100 000 0 — 1 1 3
Norrick and Lenard; Merrill and Grady. W — Norrick. L — Merrill (5-3). 2B — GP: Thomas, Rose.
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Eagle Point 000 200 41 — 7 11 4
Norrick and Lenard; Gonsalves and Nielsen, Grady (6). W — Gonsalves (4-1). L — Norrick. 2B — GP: Robinson; HR — EP: Garcia-Patterson (2).
NORTH VALLEY 11-6, SUTHERLIN 5-2 — At Sutherlin, North Valley tallied 22 hits on the day and was helped by seven Sutherlin errors on its way to the nonleague sweep.
In the first game, Kenzie Schmoll and Mikala Mohr were both 3-for-5, Lexi Pittman 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Kady Kantola 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs for the Knights (7-6).
Emily Allen tossed a five-hitter in Game 2, while Schmoll went 2-for-4 with three runs, Kantola finished 3-for-4 and Pittman 2-for-4 against the Bulldogs (3-7).
North Valley 025 101 2 — 11 13 2
Sutherlin 120 020 0 — 5 7 4
Kantola and Kite; Smith, Malinoff (4) and Kremer, Kress (4). W — Kantola (1-0). L — Smith. 2B — NV: Schmoll, Kantola; S: Knee, Hobgood.
North Valley 001 020 3 — 6 9 1
Sutherlin 010 000 1 — 2 5 3
Allen and Stark; Malinoff and Kress. W — Allen (3-2). L — Malinoff. 2B — NV: Mohr. 3B — NV: Schmoll.