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North Medford edges Phoenix

If the measure of a good team is how well it plays when behind, then the North Medford and Phoenix softball teams passed an early test.

Phoenix (1-3) overcame a two-run deficit to take the lead in the third inning, but North Medford's Corey Whitaker drove in Brandi Paxton with a two-out triple in the fifth for what proved to be the winning run.

North Medford (4-0) remained undefeated with the 4-3 non-conference win.

Phoenix is a real tough 3A team and they're going to make some noise in the state at that level, North Medford coach Brent Barry said. Tiffany Ross is one of the better pitchers around, so it was a good look for us.

Our girls were ready, but we had to stay focused.

The Black Tornado took a two-run led in the bottom of the first inning. Darcy Cordell tripled to drive in Deni Rowley, who singled to start the inning. Cordell scored on a Pirates' throwing error.

Phoenix came back with three runs in the top half of the third inning, taking advantage of two North errors.

I was impressed with the fact that two quality teams were able to come from behind, said Phoenix coach Bill Shearin, whose team beat Ashland earlier this season. It's fun for us as a 3A school to play well against a 4A powerhouse. We had a chance to win.

Whitaker finished up with two hits and two RBIs to lead the Black Tornado. Rowley also had two hits and Cordell added two RBIs.

Kelsey Russell had a double to lead the Pirates. Shannon Reed drove in a run, going 2-for-3.

Phoenix.....................................003 000 0 ' — 5 1

North Medford.........................201 010 x ' 4 9 2

Ross and Reed; Sevano and Haskett. W ' Sevano (2-0). L ' Ross. 2B ' P: Russell. 3B ' NM: Cordell, Whitaker.

KLAMATH UNION 8, MAZAMA 0 ' At Klamath Falls, Bess Fagan pitched four scoreless innings and led Klamath Union's attack with three hits and two RBIs.

Nikki Ayers completed the shutout.

The Pelicans improved to 7-0 on the season.

Klamath Union ..................... 002 012 — ' 8 11 0

Mazama .................................. 000 000 0 ' 0 — 3

Fagan, Ayers (4), Fagan (7) and Daibes; D. Stratton, Hart (5) and Walker. W ' Fagan (4-0). L ' Stratton. 3B ' Croxford.

DAYS CREEK 13, CASCADE CHRISTIAN — ' At Days Creek, Cascade Christian scored in the first inning when Chelsea Winter reached on an error, went to second on a passed ball and scored on Rusty Mosser's two-out single.

The Challengers (1-3) were victimized by 12 walks and five errors in the five-inning loss.

Cascade Christian......................100 00 ' — 3 5

Days Creek..................................240 7x ' 13 — 3

Mosser, Cornwell (4) and Cornwell, Mosser (4); Bowers and Smith. W ' Bowers. L ' Mosser (0-2).

Baseball

NORTH MEDFORD 16, KLAMATH UNION 4 ' At Klamath Falls, North Medford's Rob Folsom and Beau Hovland hit home runs to lead the Black Tornado to a non-conference victory over Klamath Union.

North scored three runs in the second inning and four more in the third to blow the game open. The game ended after six innings by virtue of the 10-run rule.

Folsom went 2-for-4 and finished with three RBIs. Reese Lamson drove in four runs on two hits and Hovland also had two hits and as many RBIs.

Sean Anderson had two hits, including a double, to lead the Pelicans (3-2). Cory Spires doubled and finished with three RBIs and Jon James went 2-for-3.

North Medford....................034 405 0 ' 16 10 4

Klamath Union.....................200 020 0 ' 4 6 5

Butler, Glass (4) and Folsom; Bennett, Quigley (3) and Rogers. W ' Butler. L ' Bennett. 2B ' NM: Folsom, Hovland, Glass. KU: Spires, Quigley. HR ' NM: Hovland, Folsom.