Tornado takes sting out of Hornets
The Henley High and North Medford softball teams took time away from pounding their conference opponents to do battle Thursday.
The sixth-ranked Black Tornado's Steph Coe kept the potent Hornets' offense off-balance all afternoon, leading North to a 10-1 victory at Fagone Field.
Coe allowed three hits while striking out eight in a complete-game performance.
The Black Tornado gave her plenty of support with nine hits and a six-run third inning to pull away for its 12th win overall against four losses.
The girls came out and played very inspired, said North Medford coach Larry Binney. This was a real good game for us to get ready for our doubleheader with Grants Pass (Saturday).
RBI doubles by Tai Kinney and Jill Carrigan started the third-inning onslaught and Amy Allen capped things off with an RBI triple and a run scored on a wild pitch to stretch the Black Tornado lead to a comfortable 9-0 margin.
Allen went 2-for-3 with two runs and Haley Varley added two hits to lead North. Katie Eck also had two hits to lead Henley.
We've been a little flat the last week or so, said Binney. But today we turned up the intensity and played well.
North Medford takes its unblemished 8-0 SOC conference record into Saturday's doubleheader with Grants Pass (5-3 SOC).
The Hornets (11-1 Skyline) play host to a doubleheader Saturday with Hidden Valley.
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Young, Birt (3) and Mills; Coe and Hillyer, Kinney (4). W -- Coe (11-4). L -- Young. 2B -- H: Eck; NM: Horn, Kinney, Carrigan. 3B -- NM: Allen.
CRATER JV 9, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3-- Crater's junior varsity team took advantage of five Cascade Christian errors to pull out a non-conference win.
Breana Garvin picked up the loss for the Challengers despite allowing only one hit in four innings of work.
Shelley Nicholson and Hanna Gettman each had two hits to lead Cascade Christian, which dropped to 9-9 on the season.
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Anhorn and Thomas; Garvin, Kelley (5), Nicholson (7) and Gettman, Kelley (7). W -- Anhorn. L -- Garvin (0-2).
MEDFORD 6, MAZAMA 5-- At Klamath Falls, South Medford (11-5, 4-4 SOC) entered the seventh inning with a comfortable lead, but had to hold on against Mazama in a non-conference game at Kiger Stadium.
With two out in the bottom of the seventh the Panthers held a 6-3 lead, but an error followed by Kyle Blank's home run cut the South margin to 6-5.
Mazama (11-5, 11-1 Skyline) kept the rally going when Jake Nelson doubled for his fourth hit of the game. After intentionally walking Jayson Nelson, South pitcher Tony Conklin got T.J. Farley to ground out to end the contest.
The Panthers scored four runs in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead. Viking freshman pitcher Gary Wagner walked Chuck Shine to open the inning. Matt Skundrick followed with a single and Brett Haag delivered a two-run double.
Conklin then doubled to score Haag and Josh Tompkins provided a RBI single. Ryan Heil doubled to put runners on second and third, but Wagner got out of the jam with consecutive strikeouts.
Shine's leadoff homer in the sixth proved to be the winning run.
Conklin had three hits to pace the Panthers' 13-hit attack. Dave Thrapp, Haag and Matt Smith each contributed a pair of hits.
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Skundrick, Roderick (4), Conklin (7) and Shine, Smith; L. Wagner, G. Wagner (5) and Jay. Nelson. W -- Roderick. L -- G. Wagner. 2B -- SM: Haag, Smith, Heil, Conklin; M: Jak. Nelson 2, Jay. Nelson. HR -- SM: Shine; M: Blank.
CORVALLIS INVITATIONAL-- At Corvallis, South Medford had a strong showing with a fourth-place finish in the 10-school event at Trysting Tree Golf Club Wednesday.
Defending state champion South Eugene won the tournament with a 290 total. South Medford registered a 309.
South Eugene posted the two low scores -- Michael Skillern (69) and Jimmy White (70) -- and its third best player Colin Gory shot a 71 to tie for third with Ryan Willis of Tigard.
Steve Hilgendorf fired a 75 for South's best score.
SCORES-- South Eugene 290, Tualatin 298, Corvallis 307, South Medford 309, Tigard 313, Lakeridge 320, Mountain View 323, Crescent Valley 325, Glencoe 327, McMinnville 331.
(309) -- Tony Guiliano 78, Steve Hilgendorf 75, Noah Horstman 76, Craig Tomlins 80.