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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.