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Roseburg sweep dashes Crater softball hopes

SOC softball roundup

ROSEBURG -- Crater High was positioned to make a run at the Southern Oregon Conference softball title going into the final two league doubleheaders.

The Comets were in sole possession of second place -- one game behind leader North Medford and one game in front of third-place Roseburg. The only difficulty was the Comets had to face Roseburg on the road Saturday and finish the season at top-ranked North the following Saturday.

Crater didn't clear its first hurdle as Roseburg rallied in the seventh inning to win the opener, 4-3, then pinned an 8-1 loss on the Comets to complete a doubleheader sweep.

We felt we needed to sweep to tie things up, said Roseburg coach Ken Cooper, whose team will end SOC action against last-place Klamath Union next Saturday. We can't relax now. You never know what will happen down the line.

In the first game, Crater scored two runs in the sixth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Kara Ray walked, then scored on Val Lammon's triple. Emily Wiley followed with an RBI single.

The Indians won the game in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the seventh. Carrie Daugherty reached base on shortstop Laura Bowers' error to get the rally started. Daugherty moved to second on a sacrifice and to third on a ground out. Kelly Fullerton provided a game-tying single, then Erin Goodell hit a sharp line drive in the power ally between left and center field for an RBI double to end the game.

Junior Keri Nelson limited Crater to five hits to register her 10th victory in 12 decisions.

In Game 2, the Comets touched Molly Liston for one run in the first, then the sophomore pitcher slammed the door shut. Liston (6-1) struck out seven and walked one.

She (Liston) showed a lot of poise, said Cooper. Her changeup was working well and she was able to get her rise ball up.

The Comets' lone run came when Ray singled with one out, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on an error.

Roseburg tied the game in the third on Goodell's two-out single followed by Brynnen Guthrie's RBI double.

Daugherty's two-run single in the fourth gave Roseburg the lead for good.

Cooper was impressed with the performance of Crater's Ray, who went 1-for-3 in both games.

She hit the ball hard on all day and she's a good base runner too, he said.

Goodell, Roseburg's second leading hitter with a .462 average, added three hits in the second game.

FIRST GAME

Crater ..................001 002 0 -- — 5 — Roseburg .............000 200 2 -- 4 6 1

Perdue and Lammon; Nelson and Fullerton. W -- Nelson (10-2). L -- Perdue. 2B -- R: Goodell. 3B -- C: Ray, Lammon.

SECOND GAME

Crater ..................100 000 0 -- — 4 4 Roseburg ...........001 232 x -- 8 10 1

Perdue and Lammon; Liston and Fullerton. W -- Liston (6-1). L -- Perdue. 2B -- R: Guthrie

NORTH MEDFORD 11-10, EAGLE POINT 1-0 -- North Medford's Erin Glantz was 6-for-8 on the day with three RBIs to lead North to an SOC sweep at Fagone Field.

The Tornado was paced by Steph Adams and Kylie Allen, who each tallied three hits in the first game.

Allen, Megumi Hackett and Steph Coe, who had a three-run home run, all chipped in with two hits apiece for North (20-1) in the second game.

FIRST GAME

Eagle Point..................000 001 -- — 2 — North Medford .........004 043 -- 11 14 2

Horn and Josephson; Coe and Glantz. W -- Coe. L -- Horn. 3B -- NM: Adams. 2B -- NM: Glantz.

SECOND GAME

Eagle Point.................. 000 000 -- 0 6 2 North Medford ..........023 032 -- 10 12 2

Horn and Josephson; Walker and Glantz. W -- Walker. L -- Horn. HR -- NM: Coe.

GRANTS PASS 10-2, SOUTH MEDFORD 0-1 -- At Grants Pass, Grants Pass received two strong pitching performances from Becky Heater in sweeping South Medford.

Heater allowed just one hit in the opener and five in the second game. She had 12 strikeouts in the two games.

Stephanie Franklin of Grants Pass had three hits in five at-bats in the doubleheader.

FIRST GAME

South Medford ..........000 000 0 -- 0 — 4 Grants Pass ............100 0 54 x -- 10 7 2

Calvert and Herring; Heater and Rathburn. W -- Heater (11-5). L -- Calvert. 2B -- GP: Lewis.

SECOND GAME

South Medford ........000 010 0 -- — 5 2 Grants Pass ...........100 1000 x -- 2 5 1

Calvert and Herring; Heater and Rathburn. W -- Heater (12-5). L -- Calvert.

ASHLAND 7-8, KLAMATH UNION 6-7 -- At Ashland, junior Amy Williams played a big role in Ashland's pair of comeback one-run victories.

In the opener, Williams contributed two hits, two runs, three RBIs and a stolen base. Williams pitched five innings for the win in the nightcap and added two hits and three runs.

After Klamath Union scored two runs in the top of the seventh of Game — to take a 6-5 lead, the Grizzlies (9-12, 5-7 SOC) answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to gain the victory.

Amy Monroe opened Ashland's winning rally with a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Jill Stranberg. Williams followed with a triple to tie the score at 6-6. Then after a walk to Emily Clason, Kristen Strait delivered a sacrifice fly to end the game.

In the second game, Ashland's Gracie Rowland-Dunn went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Christina Cooley provided three hits and two RBIs.

FIRST GAME

Klamath Union .......102 001 2 -- 6 9 — Ashland ..................001 130 2 -- 7 7 1

Skeen and Ball; Strait and Clason. W -- Strait (7-5). L -- Skeen. 2B -- KU: Parker, Miller. 3B -- A: Williams. HR -- KU: Miller.

SECOND GAME

Klamath Union ......300 002 2 -- 7 11 — Ashland .................002 411 x -- 8 16 3

Parker and Ball; Williams, Strait (5) and Clason. W -- Williams (2-5). L -- Parker. 2B -- KU: Fagan 2; A: Cooley. 3B -- Skeen; A: Rowland-Dunn.