Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
Crater concocted a big third inning and defeated host South Medford in Southern Oregon Hybrid softball Tuesday, 11-6.
The Comets (6-12, 2-8 SOH) scored six runs in the third for an 8-1 lead.
Malorie Mitchell, who began the third with a single and would later score on Alex Sheperd's sacrifice fly, led Crater hitters. She was 3-for-5 and drove in two runs. She also had an RBI single late in the third.
Marilyn Kennedy, who singled, and Brittany Snyder also had RBIs in the inning. The Comets had four hits in the third and were helped by a walk, a hit batter and an error.
Tia Garrett had a big day for South Medford (4-16, 1-7). She rapped three doubles in four at-bats, drove in two and scored once.
The two teams combined for 11 errors.
Crater 026 120 0 — 11 10 5
South Medford 102 002 1 — 6 8 6
Sheperd, Jenkins (5) and Doggett; Newman and Garrett. W — Sheperd. L — Newman (2-9). 2B — C: Craft; SM: Flora, Garrett 3, Newman.
NORTH MEDFORD 3, GRANTS PASS 0 — Maryssa Becker tossed a no-hitter at home to outduel Grants Pass' Amy Robinson and North Medford stretched its winning streak to 10 games and remained unbeaten in the SOH.
Becker (9-1) struck out 13, walked two, hit one batter and lowered her earned run average to 0.65.
North Medford (16-1, 7-0 SOH) broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the sixth inning. Alexis Barkwell and Keisha Williams singled to open the frame. After moving to second and third on Michelle Draper's sacrifice bunt, Grace Jovanovic squeezed home Barkwell. When Robinson tried to throw out Jovanovic going to second base on the play, Williams came around to score.
North got its final run on a two-out RBI single by Maddie Gates.
Joci Ellis went 3-for-3 to pace the Black Tornado's 10-hit attack. Barkwell and Jovanovic added two hits each.
Grants Pass fell to 7-11 overall and 4-4 in SOH play.
Grants Pass 000 000 0 — 0 0 0
North Medford 000 003 x — 3 10 0
Robinson and Stevens; Becker and Williamson. W — Becker (9-1). L — Robinson. 2B — NM: Williamson.
PHOENIX 6, MAZAMA 0 — At Talent, Amanda Skaff hit a two-run home run — her seventh of the year — and Meranda Zanni tossed a one-hitter in the Skyline game for Phoenix at Hagler-James Field.
Zanni, who hit a two-run triple during the Pirates' five-run fifth, recorded five strikeouts and two walks. Skaff followed with her homer.
Delanie Tally, who was 2-for-3 with two runs, opened the bottom of the first with a triple for Phoenix (12-4, 3-2 Sky). Skaff drove her in.
Henley dropped to 12-4 and 4-1.
Mazama 000 000 0 — 0 1 0
Phoenix 100 050 x — 6 5 0
Wortman and D. Hamilton; Zanni and Hamilton. W — Zanni (8-3). L — Wortman. 3B — P: D. Tally, Zanni. HR — P: Skaff (7).
HENLEY 22, NORTH VALLEY 9, 5 inn. — At Klamath Falls, Henley capitalized on seven errors, four walks and four hit batters.
Nine of the Hornets' runs were unearned.
For North Valley (9-10, 2-4 Sky), Abi Kite collected two hits and two RBIs and Kenzie Schmoll added two hits and one RBI.
North Valley 016 02 — 9 8 7
Henley 265 9x — 22 14 3
Kantola, Allen (2), Mohr (4) and Stark; Scott and Herr. W — Scott. L — Kantola. 2B — NV: Kite; H: Willhite, Moates, Conrad, McAllister, Hamilton 2.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 12, LAKEVIEW 5 — Kelsey Bogue was 3-for-5 with two triples, Victoria Emery-Hunter 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Courtney Case 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Cascade Christian in SCH action at U.S. Cellular.
Madigan Smith went 2-for-3 with two runs and Rebekah Ratcliff was hit by four pitches and finished 1-for-1 for the Challengers (6-11, 1-2 SCH).
Winning pitcher Katelyn Smith struck out seven.
Lakeview 001 300 1 — 5 10 1
Cascade Christian 203 142 x — 12 14 1
A. Brooks, M. Brooks (5) and Leal; K. Smith and Ratcliff. W — K. Smith (4-6). L — A. Brooks. 2B — CC: Emery-Hunter. 3B — CC: Case, Bogue 2.
ROGUE RIVER 17, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2, 5 inn. — At Rogue River, Rogue River's Kailin Honea was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three stolen bases and the Chieftains had 18 hits in the SCH game.
Sarah Perkins went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Carolanne Whittaker 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Rogue River (10-5, 5-0 SCH).
Hope Wolterman added two hits and two RBIs and Rebecca Emerson two hits against Illinois Valley (0-14).
Illinois Valley 001 10 — 2 3 4
Rogue River 457 1x — 17 18 4
M. Stewart and Augustadt; Whittaker, Freddenberg (4) and Perkins. W — Whittaker (10-5). L — M. Stewart. 2B — RR: Pratt, Whittaker, Perkins, Rodriguez.