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CENTRAL POINT — Pat Moore took matters into her owns hands as South Medford defeated Crater 1-0 in Southern Oregon Hybrid softball Tuesday.
The freshman hurled a no-hitter and accounted for the game's lone run in a fantastic pitching duel when she led off the sixth inning with a triple and scored soon after. The victory improved the Panthers to 8-10 overall and 3-6 in the SOH.
"This is what softball is," said Crater coach Chris Arnold, "two pitchers going at it. It was fun to watch."
While Moore — who struck out 15 and walked one — was busy handcuffing the Comets, her counterpart, Crater sophomore Brittany Berryhill, was limiting the Panthers to three hits in her best pitching performance of the season.
Berryhill struck out four and walked one for Crater (3-17, 0-8).
Moore started the sixth by driving an outside pitch to the right-center field gap. It was halfway between a double and a triple, said Arnold, "and she pushed it into a triple."
On the next pitch, catcher Bri Doggett tried to pick off Moore, but her throw to third baseman Brie Sheperd was high and Moore scooted home.
The only other hits were by South Medford's Sara Gartlan, who had two singles.
Moore mixed up her pitches nicely and stymied the Comets.
"She wasn't predictable," said Arnold, "which was difficult. She changed speeds, came up in the zone when she was ahead and got ahead of most of the hitters in the counts. We were tentative instead of aggressive at the plate, and she's definitely not a pitcher you can do that with. She's very smart and was very effective today."
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Moore and Garrett; Berryhill and Doggett. W — Moore (8-9). L — Berryhill (1-7). 3B — SM: Moore.
EAGLE POINT 11, NORTH VALLEY 2 — At Merlin, Megan Ayres went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and pitched a four-hitter with 13 strikeouts and one walk for Eagle Point in nonleague play.
Teanna Gonsalves went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs and Brianna Shopp 2-for-3 for the Eagles (11-7), who have won eight straight.
North Valley dropped to 8-11.
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Ayres and Shopp; Allen, King (6) and Kite. W — Ayres. L — Allen (7-8). 2B — EP: Ayres; NV: Mohr, Kite.
ASHLAND 13, HIDDEN VALLEY 3, 6 inn. — At Ashland, Teresa Lehman led Ashland's 13-hit attack, going 3-for-3 with a double, as the Grizzlies snapped a five-game losing streak at North Mountain Park.
Lehman scored four runs and drove in another for Ashland (4-13), which led 7-2 after five innings before exploding for six runs on six hits, including four RBI singles, in the sixth inning.
Hannah Teixiera, Georgia Williams and Grace Lenthe each had two hits for the Grizzlies. Williams also drove in three and picked up the pitching win after surrendering two earned runs in six innings.
Megan York was 2-for-3 to lead Hidden Valley (1-18).
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Lawson and Bragg; Williams and Teixiera. W — Williams. L — Lawson. 2B — A: Teixiera 2, Lehman, Williams, Lenthe. 3B — HV: Perdue.
MAZAMA 11, PHOENIX 3 — At Klamath Falls, Bailee Tally and Amanda Skaff belted home runs but Phoenix's three-game winning streak came to an end with the Skyline road loss.
Tally's two-run shot in the first inning and Skaff's solo homer in the fifth accounted for the Pirates' runs.
Skaff led Phoenix (7-14) with three hits and two runs scored while Talley provided two hits.
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Tally and Maclennan; Wortman and Allred. W — Wortman. L — Talley (6-8). 2B — P: Skaff, Wallack; M: Miller, Krauss. HR — P: Tally, Skaff; M: Wortman.
ROGUE RIVER 8, LAKEVIEW 6 — At Rogue River, Brittany Fredenburg blasted a three-run home run and Josie Pratt went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Rogue River in Southern Cascade Hybrid action.
Fredenburg finished 2-for-4 for the Chieftains (5-7, 4-2 SCH), who scored five runs in the fourth to take the lead over first-place Lakeview (11-6, 5-1).
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Brooks and Leal; Sands and Hardy. W — Sands. L — Brooks. 2B — L: Hadley; RR: Pratt. 3B — L: Arcularias. HR — RR: Fredenburg.
PROSPECT-BUTTE FALLS 19, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1, 5 inn. — At Cave Junction, Alee Pinkerton pitched a one-hitter and struck out 11 in four strong innings for Prospect-Butte Falls (16-2) in the nonleague game.
Pinkerton also had a double and three RBIs, and catcher Randyn Thomason had a double and two RBIs.
Sophomore outfielder Marissa Raines drove in six runs, hit a triple and stole four bases for Prospect-Butte Falls.
Illinois Valley dropped to 4-14.
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Mason and Augustadt; Pinkerton, Munsell (5) and Thomason. W — Pinkerton. L — Mason. 2B — P-BF: Hedgpeth, Pinkerton, Thomason. 3B — P-BF: Raines.