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CENTRAL POINT — Other than a rough fourth inning, Crater fared well against Roseburg.
Unfortunately for the Comets, there's no subtraction in softball.
The Indians used an eight-run fourth inning to pull away and win the Southern Oregon Hybrid contest, 10-1, Tuesday at Crater High.
Crater starting pitcher Alex Sheperd allowed just one hit through the first three scoreless innings.
"Alex did a great job locating pitches and being spot-on with that," Crater head coach Chris Arnold said. "Roseburg has a tough hitting lineup. She got ahead in the count often. We've been preaching that to the kids and she did a nice job."
The Indians eventually caught fire. The Comets began the fourth with an error and then Roseburg recorded a single, fielder's choice and single to take the permanent lead.
Brittany Berryhill replaced Sheperd in the fourth.
"Roseburg is a really disciplined hitting team," Arnold said. "They do a great job of knowing the zone. We were a little too close with our pitches in the fourth inning and they made us pay."
Malorie Mitchell and Alex Craft were both 2-for-3 for Crater (7-13, 2-9 SOH).
Brittany Snyder's single up the middle in the fifth inning drove in Craft.
Baylee Wyscaver went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Makinna Akers 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored and Allyssa Hunt 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Indians (13-5, 7-3), who had 11 hits and no errors. Jacey Conklin added a solo home run.
Akers tossed a five-hitter with nine strikeouts and no walks.
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Akers and Conklin; Sheperd, Berryhill (4) and Doggett. W — Akers. L — Sheperd (3-5). 2B — R: Wyscaver, Hunt. HR — R: Conklin.
NORTH MEDFORD 13, PHOENIX 1, 5 inn. — Pitcher Alexis Barkwell struck out eight and helped her own cause with two hits, including a two-run home run, in the nonconference game at North Medford High.
Barkwell was 2-for-2 with three RBIs, including the second-inning homer that was part of an eight-run explosion by the Black Tornado (19-1). Joci Ellis, Maryssa Becker, Katie Williamson added two hits and two RBIs apiece for North Medford.
Phoenix (14-5) scored its only run in the fifth when Kasey Hamilton drove in Makayla Scoggins with a single to center.
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Zanni and Hamilton; Barkwell and Williamson. W — Barkwell. L — Zanni. 2B — NM: Williamson, Ramsay. HR — NM: Barkwell.
EAGLE POINT 10, SOUTH MEDFORD 0, 6 inn. — At Eagle Point, Teanna Gonzales rapped three hits and McKinzee Merrill tossed a two-hitter to hand South Medford its eighth straight loss.
Merrill (8-6) struck out three and walked none in the nonconference game.
Eagle Point (13-8) used four singles and capitalized on two errors to score five runs in the sixth inning. Merrill tallied the game-ending run on Karly Tolen's second single of the contest.
For South Medford (4-19), Rachel Moore had both Panther hits.
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Newman and Garrett; Merrill and Shopp. W — Merrill (8-6). L — Newman. 2B — EP: Gonzales.
ASHLAND 12, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2, 6 inn. — At Cave Junction, Ashland scored nine runs in the top of the sixth inning to blow open what had been a close nonconference contest.
The Grizzlies (5-16) had five hits in the sixth, including a two-run double by McKenna Read and run-scoring singles by Savannah Tobrock, Hannah Thornton and Gianna Pippa.
Read was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs to lead Ashland, while Teresa Lehman was 3-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases. Grace Lenthe, the winning pitcher, had two RBIs and three runs.
For Illinois Valley (0-17), Keyanna Augustadt was 2-for-3 and scored a run.
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Lenthe and Lehman; Stewart and Augustadt. W — Lenthe. L —Stewart. 2B — A: Read. 3B — A: Lehman.
HENLEY 15, HIDDEN VALLEY 0, 5 inn. — At Murphy, Kelly Scott tossed a one-hit shutout and Henley recorded 13 hits in Skyline Conference action.
Tara Moates had two hits and four RBIs and Sam Vezo three hits and two RBIs to lead the Hornets (13-7, 6-1 Sky).
Hidden Valley (1-18, 0-9) made seven errors.
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Scott and Herr; Rawson, York (3) and Green. W — Scott. L — Rawson. 2B — H: Willhite, Hamilton, Vezo. 3B — H: Moates. HR — H: Moates, Willhite.
MAZAMA 13, NORTH VALLEY 9 — At Klamath Falls, Darian Hamilton hit the go-ahead RBI single in Mazama's seven-run sixth inning as the Vikings rallied in Skyline action.
North Valley (9-13, 2-7 Sky) led 9-6 going into the bottom of the sixth. Mikayla Dart was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Mikala Mohr 2-for-3 and Kasey Werner 2-for-5 against Mazama (15-4, 7-1).
North Valley 101 232 0 — 9 11 3
Mazama 201 217 x — 13 9 2
Mohr, Kantola (4) and Kite; Wortman, Grigsby (5) and D. Hamilton. W — Grigsby. L — Kantola (2-4). 2B — NV: Schmoll, Dart, Mohr, Kite.