• Tornado belts out 21 hits, sweeps tourney twin bill

  • North Medford broke out the bats en route to a softball sweep Tuesday in the North Medford Spring Break Invitational.

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  • North Medford broke out the bats en route to a softball sweep Tuesday in the North Medford Spring Break Invitational.
    The Black Tornado pounded out 11 hits in an opening 8-3 win over West Salem, then returned to North Medford High to dispatch Southridge 7-1 after collecting 10 hits in the nightcap.
    "They made really good adjustments after about the fourth inning of Game 1," said Tornado head coach Mike Mayben. "It was a different type of pitcher that we saw today. We saw a lot of power pitchers yesterday but a lot of pitchers today who really hit their spots and changed it up and made it difficult on you to hit. Once they made the adjustments we did a good job of finding gaps and stringing hits together."
    Katie Ramsay gave North Medford (4-1) a big lift against West Salem (4-2), finishing 2-for-3 with four RBIs, while Grace Jovanovic was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI and Megan Cowden 2-for-3. Janelle Rodgers added a two-run single in a five-run fifth inning.
    Ramsay plated Joci Ellis, who scored three times, on a sacrifice fly in the third to tie the game at 1-all, then added an RBI single in the fifth and a two-run double in the sixth.
    Alexis Barkwell earned the pitching victory after allowing two hits and two runs over six innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks.
    Against Southridge, Barkwell used a pair of RBI singles to finish 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs, while Ellis was 2-for-3 with two runs, Jovanovic 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI and Keisha Williams 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI.
    Sarah Thomas went the distance for her first varsity win, allowing three hits with six striekouts and three walks over seven innings against Southridge (5-1).
    Southridge edged West Salem, 7-4, between the North Medford contests.
    West Salem 100 110 0 — 3 4 0
    North Medford 001 052 x — 8 11 3
    Whipple and Buchheit; Barkwell, Thomas (7) and Ramsay. W — Barkwell (3-1). L — Whipple. 2B — WS: Bugni; NM: Ramsay, Cowden. 3B — NM: Jovanovic.
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    North Medford 013 021 0 — 7 10 1
    Southridge 000 000 1 — 1 3 3
    Thomas and Ramsay; Mabray and Johnson. W — Thomas (1-0). L — Mabray. 2B — NM: Kuykendal, Jovanovic. 3B — NM: Williams.
    SOUTH MEDFORD SWEPT — South Medford tallied 25 hits but dropped a pair of close games at U.S. Cellular, falling to Dallas, 9-7, and Newberg, 5-4 in eight innings.
    Against Dallas, the Panthers owned a 6-1 lead before Makena Linn's grand slam highlighted the Dragons' eight-run fifth inning.
    Rachael Moore went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, Bailee Tatum 3-for-4 and Brittany Miller 2-for-4 with two RBIs for South (2-3), which finished with 14 hits. Pat Moore was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Tia Garrett 2-for-4.
    Against Newberg, the Tigers' Paityn Willoughby had the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.
    Hannah Newman's double scored Rachael Moore with two outs in the top of the seventh, tying the game at 4. The Panthers held Newberg scoreless in the bottom of the inning before the Tigers turned a double play to end the top of the eighth.
    Liz DeVaughn finished 3-for-3 and Miller and Garrett were both 2-for-4 for South, which had 11 hits.
    Dallas 100 080 0 — 9 6 1
    South Medford 420 010 0 — 7 14 2
    Sickles and Mitchell; P. Moore, Newman (5), P. Moore (5) and Tatum, Garrett (5). W — Sickles. L — P. Moore (2-1). 2B — D: Lichtenberger; SM: R. Moore. 3B — SM: Miller. HR — D: Linn.
    South Medford 110 001 10 — 4 11 4
    Newberg 003 001 01 — 5 8 1
    P. Moore and Garrett; Plummer and Parker. W — Plummer. L — Moore (2-2). 2B — SM: Miller, Newman, L. DeVaughn; N: Willoughby, Scakett.
    CRATER LOSES PAIR — Crater sophomore Simone Smurzynski had three doubles on the day as the Comets lost to Glencoe 14-3 and Tualatin 14-2 at U.S. Cellular.
    Against Glencoe, Smurzynski had a pair of RBI doubles.
    Glencoe's Courtney Clayton, the returning Class 6A player of the year, belted two home runs, had four RBIs and scored three times in Crater's opening game.
    The Comets (1-3) scored two runs in the first inning against Tualatin, then were blanked the rest of the way.
    Dana Lowder opened the game with a walk for Crater, Smyrzynski smacked a one-out double and Courtney Martin delivered a two-out, two-run single.
    Glencoe 002 180 3 — 14 10 1
    Crater 002 000 1 — 3 6 5
    Becker and Macy; Beck, Fisher (5), Hassel (6) and Doggett. W — Becker. L — Beck (0-1). 2B — GC: Smurzynski 2. 3B — G: Desuyen, Dendinger. HR — G: Clayton 2, Dendinger.
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    Crater 200 000 0 — 2 4 4
    Tualatin 010 508 x — 14 11 1
    Hassel, Fisher (4) and Doggett; Marshal, Robbins (2) and Self. W — Robbins. L — Hassel (0-2). 2B — C: Smurzynski; T: Fanger, Kaplan, Reser, Baggants 2.
    GRANTS PASS SPLITS — At Grants Pass, juniors Amy Robinson homered and Halee Rose rapped two doubles as Grants Pass downed David Douglas 15-9 in its second game of the day.
    Jadyn Lenard added a triple for the Cavers, who scored seven runs in the second inning and five in the sixth.
    In its first game, Grants Pass fell 9-6 to Banks. Rose also doubled in that contest.
    Banks 050 020 2 — 9 12 2
    Grants Pass 200 103 0 — 6 8 2
    VanDomelen and Soper; Robinson and Doman. W — VanDomelen. L — Robinson. 2B — B: VanDomelen, Schorn 2, Hammond. 3B — B: Parpian; GP: Godwin, Rose. HR — B: Soper.
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    Grants Pass 270 105 0 — 15 15 3
    David Douglas 001 026 0 — 9 11 1
    Thomas, Robinson (6) and Doman; Smith, Champ (2) and McClure. W — Thomas (1-0). L — Smith. 2B — GP: Rose 2, Hippler; DD: Champ 2, McClure 2. 3B—GP: Lenard. HR—GP: Robinson.
    EAGLE POINT SPLITS — Eagle Point used a two-out rally in the seventh inning to beat McNary, 4-3, and salvage a split on the day after falling to St. Helens, 11-3, at U.S. Cellular.
    With the Eagles trailing 3-2, Emily Jeffries hit a double to drive in Teanna Gonsalves with two outs in the top of the seventh. A throwing error by McNary after a Paige Leeper grounder brought home Jeffries for the winning run.
    Molly Hildreth went 2-for-3 and Leeper added an RBI single for the Eagles (1-3), who trailed 3-1 entering the top of the sixth.
    Megan Ayres' run-scoring single cut the deficit to one.
    Winning pitcher Gonsalves struck out four, including two in the bottom of the seventh.
    Agains St. Helens, Ayres pounded a fifth-inning solo home run. Taylor Leal finished with three doubles and six RBIs for St. Helens.
    St. Helens 330 212 0 — 11 7 2
    Eagle Point 000 110 1 — 3 3 6
    Mulcahy and Sass; Gonsalves, Ayres (2) and Shopp, Grady (5). W — Mulcahy. L — Gonsalves (0-2). 2B — SH: Sass, Leal 3. HR — EP: Ayres (1).
    Eagle Point 001 001 2 — 4 7 1
    McNary 000 030 0 — 3 4 2
    Gonsalves and Shopp; Oliver and Villareal. W — Gonsalves (1-2). L — Oliver. 2B — EP: Hildreth, Jeffries, Gonsalves; M: McNaught.
    PHOENIX FALLS TWICE — Phoenix lost to South Eugene, 6-3, then Sprague routed the Pirates 20-4 in five innings.
    Against South Eugene, Phoenix (0-4) bunched three of its five hits together in the sixth inning to score all three runs. Tiona Hurd opened the rally with a double and scored on Bailee Tally's double. Amanda Skaff provided an RBI double and scored on a fielder's choice.
    Sprague scored 16 runs on 10 hits, four walks and two errors in the fourth inning. Karen Murphy's two-run homer highlighted the outburst.
    In fifth inning, Hurd contributed an RBI single for Phoenix, then Makayla Scoggins drove in three runs with a two-out single
    South Eugene 000 050 1 — 6 5 1
    Phoenix 000 003 0 — 3 5 1
    Henshaw and Hornly; Tally and Wolf. W — Henshaw. L — Tally (0-2). 2B — P: Hurd, Skaff
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    Phoenix 000 04 — 4 7 2
    Sprague 202 (16)x — 20 17 1
    Tally, Scoggins (4), Tally (4), Hurd (4) and K. Maclennan; Wolfe, Frederick (4) and Isham. W — Wolfe. L — Tally (0-3). 2B — S: Ledgerwood, Smith, Isham, Frederick. HR — S: Murphy
    NORTH VALLEY DROPS TWO — North Valley fell to Rainier, 19-2 in five innings, before coming up just short, 9-8, against Marist at U.S. Cellular.
    North Valley's Cindy Clarke finished 4-for-6 on the day, with two RBIs coming against Rainier. Shelby Saylors knocked out two home runs for the Columbians.
    Against Marist, Abi Kite went 3-for-3 and Kady Kantola was 3-for-4 for the Knights (2-5), who owned an 8-7 edge before the Spartans scored two in the bottom of the seventh inning.
    Rainier 198 10 — 19 11 0
    North Valley 000 20 — 2 5 5
    Saylors and K. Gray; Allen, Kantola (3) and Kite. W — Saylors. L — Allen (2-2). 2B — R: Saylors; NV: Kantola. HR — R: Saylors 2.
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    North Valley 100 420 1 — 8 13 0
    Marist 005 200 2 — 9 15 1
    Allen and Kite; Balderston, S. Burke (4) and L. Burke, Knutson (4). W — S. Burke. L — Allen (2-3). 2B — NV: Kantola, Kite, Edwards; M: S. Burke, Dotson 2.
    HIDDEN VALLEY SWEPT — Hidden Valley fell to North Eugene, 7-1, and lost to Elmira, 14-7, at U.S. Cellular.
    Against North Eugene, Elena Bragg picked up two singles for Hidden Valley (0-8).
    Against Elmira, Shayla Lawson recorded two hits and Katie Allen added two RBIs.
    Hidden Valley 000 100 0 — 1 4 3
    North Eugene 200 302 x — 7 7 2
    Lawson and Bragg; Carroll and Humbert. W — Carroll. L — Humbert. 2B — NE: Humbert.
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    Elmira 221 007 2 — 14 8 0
    Hidden Valley 000 232 0 — 7 10 1
    Jensen and Culbertson; Lawson and Bragg. W — Jensen. L — Lawson. 2B — HV: Sarganis. 3B — E: Kesting; HV: Allen. HR — E: Ingram, Kesting, Robbins.
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