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Eagles continue to roll as Williams no-hits Foxes

EAGLE POINT - Absent from the postseason since 1997, the Eagle Point softball team is intent on starting new head coach Keith Williams' tenure with a playoff run.

In non-conference action, at least, the Eagles are indeed looking like a Southern Oregon Conference contender.

With home wins of 7-0 and 13-3 over Silverton of the Pac-9 Conference on Tuesday, Eagle Point improved to 5-1 overall.

Junior pitcher Jamie Williams tossed the first no-hitter of her varsity career in Game 1, riddling the Silver Foxes with low pitches that produced eight strikeouts and a series of ground outs. One walk and one Eagles error were all that separated Williams (3-0) from a perfect game.

"She threw the ball pretty well," said Keith Williams, Jamie's father. "Lots of ground outs. She lives down low."

Jamie Williams aided her cause with two hits, and senior catcher Amie Mapes went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Eagle Point showcased its offense in Game 2, pounding out a season-high 17 hits.

Sophomore shortstop Kristina Bateman went 3-for-4 and scored twice, sophomore pitcher Randi Mapes was 4-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs and senior outfielder Becca Roa belted a two-run double.

Senior Jessica Jeeninga (2-0) picked up the pitching win.

The Eagles next face Sheldon in a Thursday doubleheader that begins at noon in Eagle Point. The SOC season starts next Tuesday.

"We're always happy to get a couple of wins," Keith Williams said. "It's gonna get tougher ... but it's a confidence-builder the last few ballgames."

FIRST GAME

Silverton .......................................... 000 000 0 - 0 0 4

Eagle Point ..................................... 103 210 x - 7 9 1

Debala and Hatteburg; Williams and A. Mapes. W - Williams (3-0). L - Debala. 2B - EP: Presley, A. Mapes.

SECOND GAME

Silverton .......................................... 001 020 0 - — 3 2

Eagle Point .................................. 060 007 x - 13 17 2

Munson and Conieg; Jeeninga, Brown (4), R. Mapes (6) and Meyer. W - Jeeninga (2-0). L - Munson. 2B - S: Munson; EP: R. Mapes, Roa.

NORTH MEDFORD INVITATIONAL- North Medford and South Medford each split two games Tuesday in the tournament.

The Black Tornado (3-1 in the tourney and overall) defeated Tigard, 7-1, before falling to South Salem, 1-0, in eight innings.

South Medford lost to North Eugene, 9-0, then beat Central Valley, 3-2.

Against the Tigers, North junior pitcher Keri Sevano improved to 2-0 in allowing five hits and one walk while striking out eight.

Junior third baseman Corey Whitaker smacked a two-run double to lead the Tornado offense.

Senior Krystal Young manned the mound for North against the Saxons, tossing seven shutout innings before dropping to 1-1 by giving up the winning run in the eighth, which was played under international tiebreaking rules.

South Salem pitcher Lisa Cusick struck out 12 while shutting out the Tornado, and Saxons catcher Jan Byerley laced the winning hit.

South Medford pitcher Darci Byrne ran her record to 6-1 as the Panthers downed Central Valley. She went the distance, striking out five while giving up two hits and walking one.

Jackie Chaplan, Bethany Stousland and Erin Mendenhall each had RBIs in a three-run third inning.

South (6-4) managed only two hits, while giving up 10 to North Eugene during its loss.

Tuesday's other invitational results were: Roseburg 4-3 over Tigard; Roseburg 12-0 over South Albany; Westview 12-2 over South Albany; North Eugene 9-0 over Sprague; South Salem 4-0 over Barlow; Westview 7-0 over Sprague and Crescent Valley 3-1 over Barlow.

North Eugene and Westview were the only teams to go 4-0 in the tournament.

Tigard ................................................. 100 000 - — 5 2

North Medford ................................... 001 15x - 7 9 2

Freels and Borton; Sevano and Hillyer. W - Sevano (2-0). L - Freels. 2B - NM: Whitaker.

North Medford ............................... 000 000 00 - 0 2 3

South Salem ................................... 000 000 01 - — 6 1

Young and Hillyer; Cusick and Byerley. W - Cusick. L - Young (1-1).

South Medford..........................................000 00 - 0 2 3

North Eugene.........................................430 2x - 9 10 0

Hooper, Mendenhall (2) and Conley; Liken and Mannlon. W - Liken. L - Hooper. 3B - SM: Chaplan.

Crescent Valley....................................000 000 2 - 2 2 2

South Medford.....................................003 000 x - — 2 1

McCarthy, Johnson (4) and Sibert, McCarthy (4); Byrne and Jordahl. W - Byrne (6-1). L - McCarthy.