Home runs provided the emotional swings for Crater's softball team Tuesday night in a pair of games at the 30-team North Medford Invitational at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Home runs provided the emotional swings for Crater's softball team Tuesday night in a pair of games at the 30-team North Medford Invitational at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

The Comets fell victim to a fifth-inning grand slam by Jennie Murillo in dropping their first game of the day, 4-3 to Sherwood, but used a two-run homer by Malorie Mitchell to deny Glencoe for a 7-5 win in one of the marquee matchups in the tourney.

Mitchell's shot over the fence came on the first pitch she saw in the sixth inning and marked the first varsity home run for the freshman. With the blast, Crater built a 7-3 lead on the Crimson Tide.

"Malorie's a great student of the game and she's really working on hitting and wants to do well in hitting," said Crater head coach Chris Arnold. "She had some unsatisfying at-bats earlier and she was really focused and put a terrific swing on that pitch."

Glencoe answered with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh but Renee Murphy was able to close the door and give Crater (4-2) yet another win in what has been a terrific matchup between the teams. The Comets have beaten Glencoe in the Class 5A state championship the past three years.

"Glencoe's a great program and we knew it would be a fun chance to play them in a non-playoff setting," said Arnold. "Our philosophy is we want to play against the toughest opponents and Glencoe certainly is one of those teams."

Crater scored three runs in the fifth on two throwing errors following a bunt by Taylor Mackey, who came all the way around to score with Rachel Ray and Dennae Grant.

Against Sherwood, Mariah Lines had a three-run single in the sixth to trim Crater's deficit. Taylor Mackey and Mitchell each had two hits in that game.

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Bacon and Haga; Muller and Musselman. W — Muller. L — Bacon (1-1). HR — S: Murillo.

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Sutherland-Finch and Sullivan; Murphy and Haga. W — Murphy (3-1). L — Sutherland-Finch. 2B — G: Anderson 2; C: Haga. 3B — C: Murphy. HR — Mitchell (1).

SOUTH SPLITS — Tasha Equitz was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and South Medford teammates Jordan Jones and Ashleigh Hawkins each added three hits as the Panthers beat Wilson 16-6 in six innings to salvage a split.

The Panthers (4-1) opened the day with a 7-5 loss to Clackamas in which Samantha Owirka was 2-for-2 with one RBI. Mallory Tacdol smacked a two-run triple to highlight a five-run third inning, but a key fourth-inning error by South led to four runs to help Clackamas regain control.

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Gatwig and Noble; Nunez and Equitz. W — Gatwig. L — Nunez (3-1). 2B — C: Scholes; SM: Hawkins. 3B — SM: M. Tacdol.

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Preston and Reeves; K. Jones, J. Jones (2), Nunez (3) and Equitz. W — Nunez (4-1). L — Preston. 2B — SM: Equitz, J. Jones, M. Tacdol, Hawkins 2.

GRANTS PASS SPLITS — Grants Pass ace Morgan Barnes was superb but so was Sunset's Anna Miller, who dealt the Cavers their first loss of the season in a 2-1 decision in the nightcap.

The Cavers (7-1) rode D Jantzer's arm to an 8-2 victory against Wilson in the opener.

Barnes duked it out with Miller through nine innings before Sunset's Meg Lyons hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to put the Apollos ahead 2-0.

After the Cavers loaded the bases In the bottom of the ninth, Barnes scored on a wild pitch to make it a one-run game with just one out. But after Rashawn Sells walked to fill the bases once more, Miller forced Shawna McFarland to line into a double play to end the game.

Barnes struck out 13 and allowed one walk, two hits — both to Lyons — and one earned run.

Miller walked six and allowed a leadoff single in the first inning by Tara Glover to go with 14 strikeouts.

Against Wilson, Jantzer gave up two runs — one earned — after scattering eight hits and four walks to go with 10 strikeouts. Glover, McFarland and Hannah Fischer added two hits apiece.

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Jantzer and Misfeldt; Ganeez, Preston (5) and Reeves. W — Jantzer (4-0). L — Ganeez. 2B — GP: Glover, McFarland, Bacon; W: Lostra. 3B — GP: Glover.

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Miller and Silvias; Barnes and Misfeldt. W — Miller. L — Barnes (3-1). HR — S: Lyons.

EAGLE POINT SPLITS — Karlie Stephens struck out 11 as Eagle Point defeated West Salem 4-1, but Stephens took the loss in a 4-3 defeat to Springfield in eight innings.

Eagle Point (3-4) scored all four runs in the second inning against West Salem. The Eagles used two errors, two walks and an RBI single by Crystyne Cline to fuel the rally.

Cline had two hits against the Titans.

Shauntel Rodgers' two-run single highlighted a three-run rally in the third to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead against Springfield.

The Millers won the game in the bottom of the eighth on Kayla Meza's sacrifice fly.

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Stephens and Hanson; Childs and Popinga. W — Stephens (2-2). L — Childs.

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Hanson, Stephens (5) and Richardson; Kr. Meza and Green. W — Kr. Meza. L — Stephens (2-3). 2B — S: Ka. Meza.

PHOENIX DROPS PAIR — Chandler Tally belted a solo home run in the fourth inning and RBI single in the sixth for two of Phoenix's three hits in an 8-2 loss to Springfield.

In Game 2, Danielle Smith singled in the third inning and McKenzie Welburn followed with an RBI single for the Pirates' lone hits in an 11-1, five-inning loss to Sherwood.

Phoenix fell to 5-3 overall.

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Kr. Meza and M. Green; Stroud, D. Tally (5), Smith (6) and Peery. W — Meza. L — Stroud (5-2). 2B — S: M. Staggs, D. Stark. 3B — S: K. Chadwell. HR — P: C. Tally (1).

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Stroud and Peery; H. Muller, A. Fietz (3) and R. Musselman. W — Muller. L — Stroud (5-3). 2B — S: Musselman.

CHALLENGERS LOSE TWO — Nikki Jones was 3-for-5 with one RBI in a 19-9 loss to Century and had one of Cascade Christian's two hits in a 10-0, five-inning loss to Banks.

Cassie Zimmerer drove in two runs against Century, which scored 11 first-inning runs to pull away.

Bree Luzny had a double for the Challengers' (3-4) only other hit against Banks pitcher Marla Gooding.

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Casebier, Gomez (1) and J. Martinez; McNealy, McCarthy (2) and Worthey, Weher (2). W — McCarthy. L — Casebier (0-1). 2B — CC: Kinney, Gomez; C: Healy, Worthey, McNealy. 3B — C: Worthey. HR — C: Kennedy.

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Gooding and Rue; Gomez and J. Martinez. W — Gooding. L — Gomez (3-3). 2B — B: Larson; CC: Luzny.