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Byrne paces Panthers to sweep over Roseburg

Darci Byrne set the tone in a Southern Oregon Conference softball doubleheader Saturday at Fagone Field.

The South Medford senior pitcher tossed a no-hitter as the Panthers edged Roseburg 1-0 in the opener.

Sophomore Jen Mendenhall provided the Panthers more excellence from the mound in the nightcap as South blanked the Indians 9-0.

The two South Medford pitchers have not allowed a run in four SOC games this season.

— It's easy when you have Darci Byrne and Jen Mendenhall throwing, South Medford first-year coach Dan Marshall said.

The twin bill victory sets up an important SOC doubleheader for South Medford (10-3, 4-0 SOC) at noon next Saturday at Fagone against No. 1-ranked and defending state champion North Medford (9-0, 4-0).

Byrne, staked to a first-inning run, struck out five and walked three.

Darci took control, said Marshall. She's kinda been struggling with a sore arm in the preseason. Now she's healthy and threw a great game.

Katie Kaufman tallied South's run when she walked, stole second and scored when the ball got away on a steal of third.

In Game 2, Mendenhall overpowered the Indians by striking out 12.

She struggled a little bit, said Marshall, but hung in there and got the shutout.

The Panthers jumped on Roseburg with three runs in the first inning. After Jackie Chaplin singled and Kaufman doubled, Alex Jordahl provided a timely two-run single. Jordahl then stole second and scored on an error.

South didn't let up in the second when Chaplin tripled with two outs and Kaufman knocked her home with a single up the middle.

The Panthers sealed the victory with four more runs in the fifth. Christin Palazzolo and Chaplin came through with run-scoring singles, and Kaufman doubled home a run.

Chaplin, leading South with a .485 batting average coming into the doubleheader, went 5-for-6 on the day, while Kaufman had three hits and four RBIs in the second game.

FIRST GAME

Roseburg..................................000 000 0 ' 0 0 0

South Medford.........................100 000 x ' — 3 1

Charles and Schruth; Byrne and Jordahl. W ' Byrne (4-2). L ' Charles.

SECOND GAME

Roseburg................................000 000 0 ' 0 5 3

South Medford.......................310 140 x ' 9 12 0

Posey, Otis (1), Charles (3) and Schruth; Mendenhall and Jordahl. W ' Mendenhall (5-0). L ' Posey. 2B ' SM: Kaufman 2. 3B ' SM: Chaplin

CRATER 3-4, ASHLAND 2-0 ' At Ashland, Crater (7-3, 2-2 SOC) received effective pitching performances from Jenni Bittle in the opener and Janelle Cristofaro in the second game.

Both Bittle, who struck out 14 and walked three, and Cristofaro provided some clutch offensive punch as well.

Bittle's RBI single in the sixth inning scored Cristofaro, who walked with two outs, for what proved to be the winning run in Game 1.

Tessa Maurer led Ashland (2-12, 0-4 SOC) with two hits and two stolen bases in Game 1.

Cristofaro tossed a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts in Game 2 for her third win in five decisions.

FIRST GAME

Crater......................................020 001 0 ' — 5 4

Ashland...................................001 001 0 ' 2 5 3

Beugli and Carlson; Bittle and Thomas. W ' Bittle (4-1). L ' Beugli (2-3). 2B ' C: Huntley; A: Jeska.

SECOND GAME

Crater.......................................101 002 0 ' 4 7 0

Ashland....................................000 000 0 ' 0 — 0

Cristofaro and Thomas; Jeska, Beugli (3) and Carlson. W ' Cristofaro (3-2). L ' Jeska (0-3). 2B ' C: Huntley

Baseball

NORTH MEDFORD 11-11, GRANTS PASS 1-1 ' North Medford did nothing to diminish its state Class 4A top baseball ranking with a pair of five-inning, SOC victories at Miles Field.

North Medford pitchers Brett Timmerman and Dustin Butler both fashioned three-hit complete games.

In the opener, Butler's three-run, first-inning homer staked the Black Tornado (9-1, 4-0 SOC) to an early lead.

Reese Lamson's two-run double upped North's advantage to 5-0 in the third.

The Black Tornado loaded the bases in the fifth on a single by Russ Vandell and a drag bunt single by J.C. Rowley sandwiched around Beau Hovland reaching on an error. Vandell scored on a wild pitch, then Rob Folsom delivered a two-run single to end the game.

Timmerman (3-0) struck out six and walked one.

Folsom led the attack with three hits and three RBIs and Lamson chipped in two hits and three RBIs.

In Game 2, North junior Charles Behnke highlighted a seven-run, seven-hit second with a two-run dinger.

As in the opener, the Black Tornado finished off the Cavemen in the fifth when Tyler Engle smashed a two-run double.

That completed a two-hit, four RBI effort by Engle in the nightcap.

FIRST GAME

Grants Pass...............................000 10 ' — — 3

North Medford..........................302 33 ' 11 9 1

Davidson, Schaff (4) and Mecum; Timmerman and Folsom. W ' Timmerman (3-0). L ' Davidson. 2B ' NM: Lamson, Hovland. HR ' NM: Butler (1).

SECOND GAME

Grants Pass...............................000 01 ' — 3 2

North Medford..........................270 02 ' 11 14 1

Mecum and Doman; Butler and Folsom. W ' Butler (4-0). L ' Mecum. 2B ' GP: Cowell; NM: Engle. HR ' NM: Behnke (1).

KLAMATH UNION 5-2, EAGLE POINT 2-5 ' At Eagle Point, Tyson Nelson's fifth-inning solo home run broke open a 2-2 game as the Eagles took Game 2 for a split in the SOC doubleheader.

Casey Hedrick made it a 5-2 game for Eagle Point (6-3, 1-3 SOC) later in the fifth with a two-run double.

Richie Cruz retired the last six batters for the Eagles' first SOC win.

FIRST GAME

Klamath Union......................002 300 0 ' 5 12 3

Eagle Point..........................000 101 0 ' 2 4 4

James and Rogers; Depuy and O'Callahan. W ' James. L' Depuy (2-1). 2B ' EP: Christian.

SECOND GAME

Klamath Union......................000 110 0 ' 2 2 2

Eagle Point............................100 130 0 ' 5 9 1

Tidwell, Bennett (7) and Rogers; Cruz and O'Callahan, W ' Cruz (2-0). L ' Tidwell. 2B ' EP: Hedrick; KU: Anderson. HR 'EP: Nelson.