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Comets hold off Grants Pass for SOC's No. 3 state berth

PREP SOFTBALL

CENTRAL POINT -- Grants Pass rallied for five runs in the seventh inning, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Comets who held on to an 11-9 victory to gain the Southern Oregon Conference's No. — berth in the Class 4A state playoffs.

Crater and Grants Pass tied for third at 9-5 in the SOC. The Comets will travel to Eugene to play No. 7 Churchill next Tuesday. Grants Pass travels to Portland Friday to meet the No. 4 Portland Interscholastic League team. Crater jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, led by Emily Wiley's two-run home run. The Comets then scored another five runs to take a 9-0 lead in the second inning.

The Cavers scored nine runs in their final three turns at-bat, but it was too little too late.

We committed all of our errors in the last inning, Crater head coach Mike Meunier said. We gave them a chance and they hit the ball. Before we knew it, we had a real close ball game.

Alayna Petersen led Grants Pass with two hits, a double and a home run, while Gabby Rathburn chipped in with two doubles.

Val Lammon paced Crater with three hits, while Kara Ray and Rachel Hernandez had two hits.

Pitcher Andrea Perdue picked up her 10th win for Crater, giving up three hits, while striking out six.

Grants Pass ..............000 022 5 -- 9 10 — Crater .....................450 200 x -- 11 15 3

Heater and Rathburn; Perdue, Perry (6), Perdue (7) and Lammon. W -- Perdue (10-5). L -- Heater. HR -- GP: Petersen. C: Wiley. 3B -- GP: Darland, Crok. C: Ray. 2B -- GP: Rathburn (2), Petersen 2B. C: Ray, Lammon.

ROSEBURG 4, NORTH EUGENE 0 -- At Roseburg, pitcher Keri Nelson picked up her 14th victory in shutting out North Eugene in a non-conference matchup.

Nelson held the Highlanders to three hits, tallying five strikeouts with one walk.

Second-place Roseburg (12-2) opens the Class 4A state playoffs at Glencoe on Tuesday.

North Eugene .............000 000 0 -- 0 — 2 Roseburg ....................010 102 x -- 4 4 1

A. Harris, J. Harrs (6) and Mannion; Nelson and Fullerton, Black (7). W -- Nelson (14-1). L -- A. Harris. 2B -- R: Hegle.

Skyline Conference

PHOENIX 4, NORTH VALLEY — -- At Talent, Kristie Davis hit a two-run double, triggering a three-run, first inning and pitched a four-hitter to lead Phoenix.

With the win, the Pirates climbed over the .500 mark in conference play at 11-10. They finished the season with an overall record of 12-14.

In the decisive first inning, Carla Roberts, Beth Nikodym and Sutton Jackson hit two-out singles that produced one run. Davis then delivered the double that drove home Nikodym and Jackson.

Nikodym, the Phoenix catcher, threw out two would-be base stealers and picked off another runner at first base.

North Valley ............000 100 0 -- — 4 — Phoenix ................300 100 x -- 4 11 2

Wardlaw and Long; Davis and Nikodym. W -- Davis. L -- Wardlaw. 2B -- NV: McIntyre; P: Davis, Lucas. 3B -- NV: Beck.

LAKEVIEW 8, HIDDEN VALLEY 0 -- At Lakeview, Katie Ruda picked up her 13th win, blanking Hidden Valley on one hit.

Lakeview sealed the No. — spot in the Skyline standings with a 12-9 league record and plays the Val-Co League's No. 2 team on Tuesday.

Michelle Johnson led Lakeview with three hits, while Sara Price, Corri Rekow and Ruda all had two hits.

Hidden Valley ...........000 000 0 -- 0 — 2 Lakeview ................210 301 x -- 8 13 1

Roth and Nugent; Ruda and Gillogley. W -- Ruda. L -- Roth. 3B -- L: Ruda, Johnson. 2B -- L: Manibusan.

MAZAMA 11, ROGUE RIVER 6 -- At Klamath Falls, Mazama pounced on Rogue River early, scoring 10 runs in the first three innings to close out the season with a victory over Rogue River.

Jenice Brasser had three hits to lead the Vikings.

Allison Bailey, Amber Goodwin and Krista Worthington each had two hits for the Chieftains.

Rogue River ............021 300 0 -- 6 11 4 Mazama ................334 001 x -- 11 11 1

Goodwin and Sittingdown; Valiton and Mishler. W -- Valiton. L -- Goodwin. 2B -- RR: Shamblin. 3B -- RR: Blank, Scholer, Young.

HENLEY 10, ILLINOIS VALLEY — -- At Klamath Falls, Skyline champion Henley finished their regular season unbeaten.

Illinois Valley .............000 300 0 -- — 6 4 Henley ....................202 231 x -- 11 16 0

Johnson, Derda (3) and Moore; Hargrave, K. Young (6) and Mills. W -- Hargrave. L -- Johnson. 2B -- IV: Hoskins; H: Clements. 3B -- H: Miller. HR -- H: Shoemaker.