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The top-seeded North Medford softball team cruised past Southridge, 7-0, in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs at North Medford High on Wednesday.
The victory sets up a 4:30 p.m. home quarterfinal date on Friday with Central Catholic (21-7), which beat West Salem, 2-0. The Rams, who finished third in the Mt. Hood Conference but are ranked eighth in the power rankings, beat North Medford 4-1 in eight innings in the 2010 quarterfinals.
Neither team has given up a run in the postseason.
The Black Tornado (26-2) had little trouble against the Skyhawks.
Senior pitcher Maryssa Becker, who improved to 16-1, pitched a three-hit shutout with six strikeouts and no walks. She didn't allow a runner to advance beyond first base until the seventh inning with two outs.
"Maryssa has had great control the last two weeks," North Medford head coach Mike Mayben said. "(On Wednesday) nothing was hit really hard until the seventh."
North led 7-0 after four innings against Southridge (15-13).
Michelle Draper's RBI groundout scored Katie Williamson and made it 1-0 in the second inning. In the third, Becker, Williamson and Keisha Williams hit RBI singles.
Grace Jovanovic and Ellis scored on a throwing error, and courtesy runner Jaycie Dickson came home on Katie Ramsay's sacrifice fly in the fourth.
"We came out and competed and played hard all game long," Mayben said. "We just kept hitting the ball and driving in runs."
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Mabray, Penn (4) and Bonzer; Becker and Williamson. W — Becker (16-1). L — Mabray. 3B — NM: Ramsay.
SOUTH SALEM 9, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Wilsonville, Halee Rose had both of Grants Pass' hits in second-round Class 6A state playoff action at Wilsonville High.
Katie Donovan tossed a two-hit shutout for South Salem (26-3), which will next host Roseburg in the quarterfinals on Friday.
The Cavers finished the season 13-15.
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Robinson and Stevens; Donovan and Reece. W — Donovan. L — Robinson. 3B — SS: Donovan.
ROSEBURG 7, ALOHA 5 — At Roseburg, Alyssa Hunt hit a tie-breaking grand slam in the fifth inning to lift Roseburg to victory over Aloha (17-9) in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
The Indians (21-6) will play at South Salem (26-3) in the quarterfinals on Friday. The Saxons beat Grants Pass, 9-0, on Wednesday.
ELMIRA 8, PHOENIX 7 — At Elmira, Phoenix pitcher Meranda Zanni had a one-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts and no walks through five innings, then a hard downpour worked to Elmira's advantage in the first-round state playoff game.
The Falcons capitalized on the wet conditions to overcome a 6-0 deficit and scored all eight runs in the sixth inning on just two hits. Zanni ended up walking five, hitting one batter and the Pirates committed all three errors in the pivotal frame. Cierra Woods' double drove in the tying and winning runs for the Sky-Em League champion.
Elmira (19-6) advances to play Newport, a 10-0 winner over LaGrande, in Friday's quarterfinals.
Phoenix got off to a good start with a four-run first inning. The Pirates' runs came on Makayla Scoggins' sacrifice fly, a two-run single by Ashlyn Flynn and Bailee Toney's RBI single.
In the fifth, Zanni doubled and scored on Scoggins' single and Flynn's sacrifice fly brought home Scoggins.
Flynn went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to pace a 12-hit attack by the Pirates (19-7). Zanni added three hits and scored three runs and Kasey Hamilton collected three hits.
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Zanni and Hamilton; Woods and Culbertson. W — Woods. L — Zanni (14-6). 2B — P: Zanni, Flynn; E: Woods. 3B — P: Zanni.
RAINIER 13, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0, 5 inn. — At Wilsonville, Rainier's Kylee Crape tossed a one-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts in first-round Class 3A state playoff action at Wilsonville High.
Kelsey Bogue singled and got to third base on an error in the second inning for Cascade Christian (10-14).
Shelby Saylors went 2-for-3 with a two-run triple for Rainier (24-3), which will next play Vale in the quarterfinals.
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K. Smith and Ratcliff; Crape and Knox. W — Crape. L — K. Smith (6-9). 3B — R: Knox, Saylors.
WILLAMINA 6, ROGUE RIVER 4 — At Rogue River, Rogue River came into the first-round playoff game riding a 12-game winning streak but a bad first inning proved costly for the Chieftains.
Willamina, the No. 3 team from the West Valley League, put the Chieftains in a hole right away by scoring four runs in the first on four hits and an error. Cheyanne Fasana's two-run triple highlighted the effort.
Kaydi Milton's solo home run in the second ended up being the winning run for the Bulldogs. Milton, who pitched a complete game, had three hits and scored two runs.
Kaelin Honea led Rogue River (16-6) with two hits and two RBIs. She had an RBI single in the fifth and a run-scoring fielder's choice in the seventh.
Hope Wolterman, who added two hits and one RBI for the Chiefs, tripled to open the second and scored on Laura Potter's groundout.
Willamina (15-8) advances to play Dayton in the quarterfinals Friday.
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Milton and Toney; Whittaker and Perkins. W — Milton. L — Whittaker (15-6). 2B — W: Milton. 3B — W: Fasana; RR: Wolterman. HR — W: Milton.
IRRIGON 9, PROSPECT 1 — At Irrigon, Irrigon (16-7) cruised past Prospect in Class 2A/1A state playoff opener. The Cougars (13-5) entered the game as the No. 2 seed out of District 4.