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Freshman pitcher Pat Moore liked the gem she threw in the opener so much, she came back for seconds in the nightcap on Friday.
Moore, who recorded a career-high 16 strikeouts in a near perfect game, helped host South Medford top Redmond, 4-0. She then fanned nine more in a relief appearance for her second victory of the day during the Panthers' 10-2 triumph.
Moore's chance for a perfect game ended when she gave up a two-out bloop single to Redmond's Madison Edwards in the fourth inning. She was otherwise untouchable in 102/3 innings.
It wasn't the first time the lefty had dazzled with her strikeout total. In South's season opener and Moore's first career start, she recorded all 15 of the game's outs via strikeout. On that day, however, the Panthers (5-4) needed just five innings to beat Ashland, 27-0, by 10-run mercy rule.
Friday's showing provided redemption for Moore, who needed just two days to make the necessary adjustments to correct her throwing after struggles in a loss to North Medford on Wednesday.
"I would say it was a great turnaround for her," said Panthers coach Miranda Gillaspie-Smith. "To bounce back just two days later and have a performance like this? I'd say she's throwing the ball well."
Moore also went 2-for-2 and drove in a run while Liz DeVaughn helped out with RBI singles in both the first and third innings.
In Game 2, Hannah Newman got the start and pitched well in 41/3 innings. She allowed two runs in the fourth — one earned — on just one hit and struck out five. But after surrendering the second run to give Redmond a 2-0 lead, pitching duties were passed back over to Moore, who got right back into her rhythm.
She retired Redmond's next two batters to get the Panthers out of the frame and, over the following three innings, did not allow a hit.
Moore went 3-for-5 and Tia Garrett finished 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored.
Brittany Miller went 2-for-3 and scored once for South. Rachael Moore added a two-run double in the Panthers' six-run fifth.
Redmond 000 000 0 — 0 1 0
South Medford 211 000 x — 4 8 0
Reed and Williams; P. Moore and Garrett. W — P. Moore (4-3). L — Reed. 2B — SM: Gartlan.
Redmond 000 200 0 — 2 1 1
South Medford 000 262 x — 10 14 2
Matlock, Gardner (4), Matlock (4) and Williams; Newman, P. Moore (4) and Tatum, Garrett (4). W — P. Moore (5-3). L — Matlock. 2B — R: Brown; SM: Garrett 2, R. Moore.
EAGLE POINT 10, NORTH VALLEY 8 — At Eagle Point, Emily Jeffries went 3-for-4 and Teanna Gonsalves 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Eagle Point in nonleague action.
Megan Ayres finished 2-for-3 and Molly Hildreth and Brianna Shopp both had two RBIs for the Eagles (3-6). Gonsalves struck out six in five innings.
For North Valley (4-8), Emily Allen was 2-for-4, Ambur DeChenne recorded two RBIs and Kady Huber-Kantola homered.
North Valley 042 011 0 — 8 8 5
Eagle Point 422 020 x — 10 11 6
King and Kite; Gonsalves, Ayres (6) and Briggs, Grady (3). W — Gonsalves (2-4). L — King. 2B — NV: Allen, Dechenne; EP: Ayres, Hildreth. HR — NV: Huber-Kantola.
ROSEBURG 3-12, EAGLE POINT 0-2 — At Roseburg, Roseburg swept the nonleague doubleheader on Thursday.
Teanna Gonsalves hit a double for Eagle Point in the opener.
In the second game, Paige Leeper went 2-for-3 for the Eagles. Baylee Wyscaver went 2-for-4 with three RBIs for the Indians.
Eagle Point 000 000 0 — 0 4 3
Roseburg 102 000 x — 3 5 0
Ayres and Grady, Shopp (4); Martin and Conklin. W — Martin. L — Ayres (1-2). 2B — EP: Gonsalves.
Eagle Point 000 200 — 2 5 7
Roseburg 040 314 — 12 9 0
Gonsalves, Ayres (5) and Shopp; McDowell, Martin (1) and Conklin. W — Martin. L — Gonsalves (1-4). 2B — EP: Leeper, Ayres. HR — R: Wyscaver, Martin.
PROSPECT-BUTTE FALLS 10, OAKLAND 4 — At Oakland, Taylor Burnhardt rapped three hits and drove in three runs and Alee Pinkerton struck out eight for undefeated Prospect-Butte Falls in the nonconference game.
Shawna Creech added three hits and two RBIs for Prospect (9-0). Pinkerton and Marissa Raines contributed two hits each.
The Cougars used a two-run double by Bernhardt and Julia Latona's two-RBI single to highlight a six-run fourth inning.
Prospect-Butte Falls 100 630 0 — 10 12 1
Oakland 000 202 0 — 4 5 2
Pinkerton and Thomason; Bean and Patt. W — Pinkerton (9-0). L — Bean. 2B — P: Burnhardt 2; O: Patt.
SOUTH MEDFORD SWEEPS — At Redmond, South Medford beat Redmond, 7-3, before downing Summit, 10-3, at Redmond High School.
Cole Carder had a two-run double in the Panthers' three-run second inning against Redmond. South (8-3) put four more on the scoreboard in the sixth with RBI singles by Ryan Carle and Brandon Lupton. Jimmy Sporer added a bases-loaded walk and Carder made it home on a passed ball.
Caleb Bell turned in a two-hitter in six innings for South Medford. He gave up one run and walked one while picking up seven strikeouts. Eric Wallan added two hits.
The Panthers' Justin James allowed two runs over six innings against Summit. He yielded six hits and two walks and fanned five.
Sporer's two-run single highlighted South's five-run sixth. He finished the game 2-for-5 with two runs scored. He also had a run-scoring triple in the seventh inning.
South Medford 030 004 0 — 7 9 2
Redmond 100 000 2 — 3 5 2
Bell, Carle (7) and White; Graham, McElroy (6) and Brietback. W — Bell (1-1). L — Graham. 2B — SM: Carder.
South Medford 010 005 4 — 10 9 2
Summit 000 002 1 — 3 7 3
James, Coffman (7) and Brammer; Olsen, Mason (3), Rutherford (4), Scott (5), Stelle (5), Embree (7) and Waterman. W — James (2-0). L — Olsen. 3B — SM: Sporer.
NORTH VALLEY 10, EAGLE POINT 6 — At Eagle Point, North Valley grabbed control during a five-run fourth inning and held off Eagle Point's late offensive push in the nonconference contest.
The Knights (4-5) picked up a 2-for-3, three-run, two-RBI performance from Kevin Olmstead and Gaige Perry went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Joseph Calzada went 2-for-2 with an RBI.
North Valley 201 520 0 — 10 9 1
Eagle Point 020 101 2 — 6 4 6
Streeter, Kindy (5), Olmstead (7) and Segura; Morris, Bowers (4), Jackson (6) and Wilson. W — Streeter. L — Morris. 2B — NV: Calzada, Stegemiller.
ST. MARY'S 5, HIDDEN VALLEY 1 — St. Mary's triumphed at No. 1 singles and doubles in a Thursday contest that it hosted.
Neither team fielded fourth singles or doubles.
Will Patterson won the top singles match for the Crusaders, while the No. 1 doubles team of Justin Hawkins and Ian Newton triumphed.
SINGLES — Will Patterson, SM, d. Cameron Macdonald, 0-6, 7-6, 6-1; James Roberts, HV, d. Ryan Loos, 2-6, 1-6; Chris Knackstedt, SM, d. Jake McCafery, 6-3, 2-6 (12-10).
DOUBLES — Justin Hawkins-Ian Newton, SM, d. Jon Bushnell-Chance Gilbert, 7-5, 6-0; Chama LeVine-Colton Dumont, SM, d. Matt Abel-Forest Gobar, 6-0, 6-2; Nate Hoyt-William Lee d. Rigel Bloom-Sean Roberts, 6-4, 6-3.