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Prep Softball

Tornado girls settle for split

The North Medford softball team got a pair of top pitching performances but came away with only one victory in two games against Westview of Beaverton on Thursday.

The Black Tornado recorded a 3-0 victory behind the near-perfect game of Taysha Anderson before losing 2-1 in an extra-inning second game at Fagone Field.

The games were part of the two-day North Medford Invitational, a round-robin tournament that concluded Thursday. No champion is crowned in the event.

In the first game, Anderson took a perfect game into the top of the seventh inning and struck out the first two hitters before yielding a single to Westview's Sarah Stone. Anderson hit the next batter before the game ended on a fielder's choice. The senior finished with six strikeouts and no walks in the one-hitter.

The Black Tornado gave Anderson all the offensive support she would need in a three-run first inning. A bases-loaded wild pitch allowed Jill Rutter to score the first run. Then Megumi Hackett came home when the Westview catcher dropped a third strike, forcing a throw to first base. Erin Glantz, who went 2-for-3, drove in the final run with a single to center field.

In the second game, Rutter hit an RBI single in the fifth inning to tie the game 1-1. It was decided in the eighth inning under international rules -- which means a runner starts on second base at the beginning of each inning. In the bottom of the eighth, Westview advanced its runner to third on a sacrifice and she scored on an infield single by Marian Sosinki.

North starter Tracy Bealer (1-1) struck out eight and walked two while scattering five hits.

We got real good pitching, we played good defense, said North coach Larry Binney. We didn't make adjustments to hit the changeup. We need to work on that. We had several opportunities to win that game.

In other tournament action, Wilson beat North Eugene 3-1.

FIRST GAME

Westview .............................000 000 0 -- 0 — 1

North Medford ....................300 000 x -- — 5 1

Hunter and Matheis; Anderson and M. Coe. W -- Anderson (2-0). L -- Hunter. 2B -- NM: Adams.

SECOND GAME

North Medford ....................000 010 00 -- — 4 1

Westview ..............................001 000 01 -- 2 5 1

Bealer and M. Coe; Thompson and Lister, Matheis (5). W -- Thompson. L -- Bealer (1-1). 2B -- W: Thompson.

CRATER SPLITS -- At Central Point, the Comets saw both sides of blowouts and dropped to 1-3 on the season, beating Wilson 16-0 before being beaten 8-0 by North Eugene.

Crater got 10 runs in the fifth inning of its game against Wilson to break things open. Natalia Smith went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, while teammates Kara Ray and Amy Sparks had two hits each.

In the second game, North Eugene scored six runs before the Comets could record an out in the first inning. But Ray came in to pitch in relief and allowed only two unearned runs the rest of the way, striking out five.

FIRST GAME

Crater ....................................210 2(10) -- 16 13 0

Wilson ...................................000 00 -- 0 2 6

Perdue, Perry (5) and Lammon, Sinks (4); Petersen, Intuf (4) and Eastmain. W -- Perdue (1-1). L -- Petersen. 2B -- W: Shemer.

SECOND GAME

Crater ....................................000 00 -- 0 2 5

North Eugene ......................600 02 -- 8 — 0

Wiley, Ray (1) and Lammon; McMurren and Bird. W -- McMurren. L -- Wiley (0-1).