After losing the first game of a Southwest Conference softball doubleheader to Roseburg, South Medford found itself trailing 2-0 in the nightcap.
But the Panthers rallied behind Pat Moore’s pitching and clutch hitting to salvage a split with a 3-2 win after dropping the opener 7-6 Friday at South Medford High.
“We knew going into Game 2, we had to make adjustments,” said South Medford coach Miranda Gillaspie. “It put more pressure on us to come back. We played solid defense and found our stride and got the runs we needed.”
In the second game, Roseburg (6-5, 3-2 SWC) scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to go up 2-0.
The Panthers (6-3, 3-1) got back one run in the bottom of the fourth when Jewel Burgoyne-Russell opened with a single, Moore singled and Jaden Alexander produced a run-scoring single.
Lexi Jones tripled with one out in the fifth inning for South, but was thrown out at third on Burgoyne-Russell’s bunt. Burgoyne-Russell scored all the way from first on Shayna Woods’ single, then Moore drove in the winning run with a double.
In addition to her two hits at the plate, Moore, a senior pitcher, struck out 15, allowed three hits and walked five.
“(Moore) is a competitor,” said Gillaspie. “She gave us production on both sides of the field.”
In Game 1, South came up one run short after a two-run outburst in the bottom of the seventh.
Moore led off with a single to begin the rally, Alexander followed with a single and Bailee Tatum singled to load the bases. Woods delivered a sacrifice fly and Kara Jacobson hit an RBI ground out. But with Tatum on third, Rikiya Bratcher grounded out to end the game.
Moore had 15 strikeouts and walked six in the opener.
Tatum had three hits in the first game and Moore and Alexander collected two hits each.
“In the first game we hit the ball well and didn’t make any errors,” said Gillaspie. “They just got the key hit when they needed to.”
Blevins and Bergmann; Moore and Tatum. W — Blevins. L — Moore. 2B — SM: Alexander.
Blevins and Bergmann; Moore and Tatum. W — Moore (6-3). L — Blevins. 2B — SM: Moore. 3B — SM: Jones.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 17-3, PHOENIX 8-6: Cascade Christian collected 21 hits in winning the opener of a nonconference doubleheader but Phoenix salvaged a split behind the hitting of Brooke Kentner in the nightcap at U.S. Cellular.
Baylee Plankenhorn and Mia Mayben both had four hits and combined for seven runs and three RBIs to spark the Challengers (5-4) in Game 1. Shaylee Ledesma added three hits, four runs and two RBIs.
For Phoenix (2-5), Abi George led the way with two hits, three RBIs and two runs and Kentner chipped in two hits.
Kentner provided the big bat in the second game with three hits, three RBIs and two runs. Kentner blasted a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Tina Hurd, who picked up the win on the mound with a complete game for the Pirates, also had two hits.
The Challengers got two hits each from Bryton Plankenhorn and Mayben.
Hurd, Mathewson (5) and Bowman; Ledesma and Ba. Plankenhorn. W — Ledesma. L — Hurd. 2B — CC: Ba. Plankenhorn 2. HR — CC: Meilicke, Ledesma.
Hurd and Bowman; Ledesma, Mayben (2), Ledesma (5) and Ba. Plankenhorn. W Hurd. L — Ledesma (5-4). 2B — P: Bowman; CC: Br. Plankenhorn, Ledesma. HR — P: Kentner.
PHOENIX 4-6, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1-7: Cascade Christian had a dramatic four-run seventh inning to win the second game after Phoenix pitchers Freeman Martinez and Thomas Skaff limited the Challengers to four hits in the opener of a nonconference doubleheader at U.S. Cellular.
Trailing 6-3 going into the bottom of the seventh of Game 2, Cascade Christian (4-6) received a two-run double from Kyle Reece and a two-run single by Joel McLemore to rally for the victory.
Chase Courtney and Nathan Stella both went 3-for-4 for Phoenix (6-3) and Sam Datz added two hits.
McLemore had two hits for the Challengers.
In the first game, Martinez and Skaff combined for seven strikeouts.
Skaff went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Pirates’ 10-hit attack. James Turnbull, Brennan Watts and Datz each had two hits.
Cascade Christian’s lone run came on Luke Smith’s first home run of the season.
Martinez, Skaff (6) and Courtney; Letendre and Thompson. W — Martinez. L — Letendre. 2B — P: Watts; CC: Thompson. 3B — P: Skaff. HR — CC: L. Smith.
Courtney, Stella (6) and Datz; Payne, Wager (3), McLemore (4) and Thompson. W — McLemore. L — Stella. 2B — CC: Reece. 3B — CC: Wager.