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Top-ranked Tornado uses late surge to pull away from Crater

Trailing 1-0 and posting a goose-egg in the hit column through five innings, the top-ranked North Medford softball team finally broke through with a much-needed big inning Monday afternoon.

Crater pitcher Janelle Cristofaro stymied the Black Tornado for much of the game, but North's Beth Morrill and Corey Whitaker came through in the clutch during a 2-1 non-conference victory at Fagone Field.

Morrill doubled home the tying run in the sixth inning and Whitaker sent North to a 3-0 record with a two-out, RBI single up the middle later in the inning.

Cristofaro shut us down early, said first-year North Medford coach Brent Barry. She played with us last summer so we knew what to expect from her. Really I think we had only hit two or three balls hard all day.

Once we got on the basepaths we were able to do a little bit.

The Comets recorded five hits and had taken a 1-0 lead by the fourth inning.

Starting pitcher Kendra Strahm kept the Tornado in the contest for the first three innings before giving way to reliever Mallorie Hoover, who held Crater hitless the rest of the way.

Crater.......................................000 100 0 ' — 5 2

North Medford.........................000 002 x ' 2 — 1

Cristofaro and Womelsdorf; Strahm, Hoover (4) and Haskett. W ' Hoover (1-0). L ' Cristofaro. 2B ' NM: Morrill.

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NORTH MEDFORD 11, PHOENIX — ' Jimmy Ulrey had two hits, scored three times and drove in three more as North Medford cruised to a non-conference win over Phoenix at Miles Field.

Ulrey got the Black Tornado (4-1) off to a fast start with a two-out, two-run single in the first inning. He would later score on a Brett Timmerman double for an early 3-0 lead.

Phoenix answered with a single run in the second, but North countered with four runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Timmerman also had two hits and scored twice, while Zack Supan was 2-for-3 to lead the Pirates.

Beau Hovland picked up his first win of the season with a complete-game, five-hit performance.

Phoenix.....................................010 020 0 ' — 5 2

North Medford.....................300 440 x ' 11 10 2

West, Rhodes (3), Goosmann (5) and King; Hovland and Folsom. W ' Hovland (1-0). L ' West. 2B ' NM: Butler, Timmerman, Behnke.

KLAMATH UNION 6, MAZAMA 5 ' At Klamath Falls, pinch-runner Daniel Bennett scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth for Klamath Union during a non-conference contest.

Sean Anderson led the Pelicans (3-1) with two hits, while Mark Manfull had two hits for Mazama.

Mazama..................................020 210 00 ' 5 4 4

Klamath Union.......................001 040 01 ' 6 6 4

Nelson, Starley (5) and Manfull; James, Tidwell (6) and Rogers. W ' Tidwell. L ' Starley. 2B ' KU: Anderson, Spires.