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North Medford broke through with early surges in both games to pull away from South Medford for a doubleheader sweep in Southern Oregon Hybrid softball on Saturday.
The Black Tornado used a 13-run second inning to pave the way for a 19-0 win in Game 1 that clinched a fourth straight outright SOH title. In Game 2, North Medford used a pair of four-run innings to build a 10-4 lead through three innings en route to a 15-5 victory.
Both games at South Medford High ended after the fifth inning by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.
"I was proud of the kids coming out of the gate and hitting the ball well today," said North Medford head coach Mike Mayben.
The Black Tornado (21-1, 11-0 SOH) notched 36 hits in the twin bill, including 14 in the second-inning surge during Game 1.
"They definitely hit the gaps today," added South Medford head coach Miranda Gillaspie-Smith.
Maryssa Becker struck out 12, walked one and only allowed a second-inning double by Tia Garrett in the opener.
In the opener for North, Katie Ramsay went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, Maddie Gates was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and Katie Williamson went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Also getting two hits were Joci Ellis, Michelle Draper, Grace Jovanovic and Emily Cary.
Sara Gartlan belted a pair of doubles and drove in three runs in the nightcap to pace South Medford (4-21, 1-11), while the Panthers also got a 2-for-3 effort with one RBI and a triple by Garrett and a 2-for-3 effort by Brittany Miller.
Becker went 4-for-4 with six RBIs in Game 2 and finished 7-for-9 in the sweep, while Ellis and Williamson each had two hits and two RBIs in the nightcap and Draper was 3-for-3. Jovanovic also had two hits.
North Medford 3(13)3 00 — 19 22 0
South Medford 000 00 — 0 1 4
Becker and Williamson; Newman, Britton (4) and Garrett. W — Becker (12-1). L — Newman (2-12). 2B — NM: Becker; SM: Garrett. 3B — NM: Ellis, Ramsay, Snovel.
North Medford 244 05 — 15 14 1
South Medford 202 01 — 5 8 1
Barkwell and Ramsay; Britton and Garrett. W — Barkwell (9-0). L — Britton (0-2). 2B — SM: Gartlan 2. 3B — NM: Becker 2; SM: Garrett.
ROSEBURG 6-16, EAGLE POINT 0-0 — At Eagle Point, Makinna Akers held Eagle Point scoreless through six innings while striking out 10 in Game 1 and went 3-for-3 with two RBIs in Game 2 to spearhead Roseburg's nonleague sweep.
In the opener, the Indians (15-5) scored the only run they would need on Allyssa Hunt's RBI single in the first inning. Hunt was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Megan Larkin 2-for-3 with two doubles.
Larkin was 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the second game, which ended after five innings by the 10-run mercy rule. Ashley King added two hits and two RBIs and Baylee Wyscaver belted a three-run triple.
For Eagle Point (13-10), Karly Tolen was 2-for-3 in Game 1.
Roseburg 121 100 1 — 6 9 0
Eagle Point 000 000 0 — 0 3 4
Akers, Thompson (7) and Conklin; Merrill and Shopp. W — Akers. L — Merrill (8-7). 2B — R: Larkin 2, Hunt.
Roseburg 085 30 — 16 17 0
Eagle Point 000 00 — 0 4 5
Akers, Thompson (4) and Conklin; Gonsalves, Merrill (3) and Grady. W — Akers. L — Gonsalves (5-3). 2B — R: Larkin, McDowell, King; EP: Leeper. 3B — R: Wyscaver.
GRANTS PASS 4-2, THURSTON 0-6 — At Grants Pass, Aleah Stevens supplied a two-run single in the sixth inning and finished with three RBIs on two hits to lead Grants Pass to an opening-game victory in the nonleague doubleheader.
Amy Robinson tossed a two-hitter with six strikeouts and three walks for the Cavers, while Halee Rose had two hits and one RBI in Game 1.
Sadie Zozaya had two hits in each game and combined to score three runs for GP (10-12). Danielle Taylor had two hits and one RBI in Game 2.
Thurston 000 000 0 — 0 2 2
Grants Pass 000 202 x — 4 7 0
Stedman and Furlong; Robinson and Stevens. W — Robinson (7-4). L — Stedman. 2B — GP: Rose, Zozaya 2.
Thurston 103 200 0 — 6 9 0
Grants Pass 000 001 1 — 2 9 3
Chapman and Furlong; Robinson, Norrick (5) and Stevens. W — Chapman. L — Robinson (7-5). 2B — T: Stedman, Jennings, Chapman; GP: Zozaya.
PHOENIX 11-13, HIDDEN VALLEY 4-2 — At Talent, Meranda Zanni had four hits and four RBIs on the day and Amanda Skaff went 3-for-4 with her ninth home run in Game 2 as Phoenix kept its Skyline championship hopes alive at Hagler-James Field.
Zanni was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run in the first game and 2-for-3 with a three-run triple in the second game to lead the Pirates (16-5, 7-2 Skyline). Delanie Tally improved to 3-0 in the circle after holding Hidden Valley (1-20, 0-11) to four runs on three hits while striking out three in the opener.
In Game 2, Skaff drove in two and scored twice and Enni Ritari, Phoenix's foreign exchange student from Finland, was 2-for-2 with two RBIs in her first start of the season. Makayla Scoggins held Hidden Valley hitless in four innings to pick up the victory in Game 2.
Hidden Valley 000 300 1 — 4 3 3
Phoenix 260 021 x — 13 12 1
Lawson, York (2) and Allen; D. Tally and Hamilton. W — D. Tally (3-0). L — Lawson. 2B — P: Zanni. 3B — P: B. Tally.
Hidden Valley 020 000 — 2 5 3
Phoenix 022 522 — 13 14 2
York, Lawson (4) and Allen; B. Tally, Scoggins (3) and Hamilton. W — Scoggins (2-1). L — York. 2B — P: B. Tally, Skaff. 3B — P: Zanni. HR — P: Skaff (9).