Alex Barry, Olivia Lethlean and Rylan Austin each had three hits to boost North Medford to a 9-5 Southwest Conference softball victory over Willamette Saturday at North Medford High.
Austin had an RBI single during a five-run second inning and added a three-run home run in a three-run fourth inning to propel the Black Tornado (11-0, 4-0 SWC) to an early cushion. Barry and Lethlean each scored twice, while Ashley Ripplinger was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI and Mahal Miles 2-for-4 with one run.
Courtney Williams came on in relief of Austin in the third inning and improved to 3-0 with three runs, three strikeouts and eight hits allowed.
Nat Willoughby was 3-for-4 with one run and three RBIs for Willamette (3-9, 0-5), which will host a doubleheader against the Black Tornado on May 2.
Garcia and Willoughby; Austin, Williams (3) and Smalley, Milam (3). W — Williams (3-0). L — Garcia. 2B — W: Willoughby. 3B — W: Grossmiller. HR — NM: Austin.
ROGUE RIVER 11-11, BANDON 0-6: At Rogue River, Jillian Steinbrook was 2-for-2 with six RBIs in the five-inning opener and Sarah Smith combined to go 4-for-7 with three RBIs as Rogue River completed the nonleague sweep.
Steinbrook had a three-run double in the third inning of Game 1 and a two-run inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning to go with a sacrifice fly RBI for the Chieftains (4-2). Alyssa Sands was 2-for-2 with one RBI and earned both pitching victories, while Kobie Gibson was 2-for-4 with one RBI in Game 2.
Henrick, Ornelas (3) and Keller; Sands and Moulder. W — Sands (3-2). L — Henrick. 2B — RR: Steinbrook. 3B — B: Ornelas. HR — RR: Steinbrook.
Ornelas and Ferreri; Sands and Moulder. W — Sands (4-2). L — Ornelas. 2B — B: Martin; RR:Langfield. 3B — RR: Smith.