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ROSEBURG — North Medford's softball team continued to flex its muscles Monday, blasting two more home runs to bring the team's total to 13 already this season during a 6-1 win at Roseburg in Southern Oregon Hybrid action.
Black Tornado senior Maryssa Becker delivered a two-run home run in the sixth inning for her seventh round-tripper in 14 games, while junior Alexis Barkwell smacked a solo shot in the fifth for her fourth this season.
"Those two kids, they swing the bat pretty hard," said North Medford head coach Mike Mayben. "We haven't had this kind of power up and down the lineup in the eight years I've been here. We've got probably five or six kids that can put it out in a given time."
North Medford improved to 13-1 overall and 5-0 in SOH play in a makeup game that was postponed earlier this season due to rain. Roseburg fell to 5-3 and 1-1.
Becker finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs, with Maddie Gates supplying a key RBI single to right field in the fourth inning to give North Medford a 2-0 lead. Joci Ellis scored twice for the Tornado.
Becker also finished with 17 strikeouts and no walks to go with one hit batter. Her only hit allowed was a solo homer by Makinna Akers in the sixth inning.
North Medford 100 212 0 — 6 8 1
Roseburg 000 001 0 — 1 1 3
Becker and Williamson; Akers and Conklin. W — Becker (7-1). L — Akers. HR — NM: Becker (7), Barkwell (4); R: Akers.
ASHLAND 14, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 4, 5 inn. — At Ashland, Hannah Thornton went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and four runs scored to lead Ashland in a nonleague contest shortened by the 10-run mercy rule.
Courtney Case went 2-for-3 and scored twice for the Challengers (1-9), and Rebekah Ratcliff was 2-for-3 with an RBI double.
Cascade Christian 002 02 — 4 7 3
Ashland 203 54 — 14 11 3
K. Smith and Ratcliff; Lenthe and Corey. W — Lenthe. L — K. Smith (1-5). 2B — CC: Ratcliff, Emery-Hunter; A: Read.