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Hoover leads North past Springfield in rematch of title game

SPRINGFIELD ' Mallorie Hoover wasn't with the North Medford softball team when it defeated Springfield, 1-0 in 10 innings, to win the Class 4A state championship last spring.

But in a rematch with the Millers on Wednesday, Hoover made certain her presence was felt.

The sophomore transfer from South Medford fired a two-hit shutout to boost the second-ranked Black Tornado (13-2) to a 2-0 non-conference road victory.

After allowing two first-inning singles, Hoover, North's third starter, did not allow another baserunner.

— We've been getting great production out of all three of our pitchers, said first-year Tornado head coach Brent Barry, who also has senior ace Keri Sevano and steady sophomore Kendra Strahm at his disposal.

(Hoover) wasn't a part of that last year, but she heard the girls all talking about it on the way up there. She definitely came in and did the job, and she's obviously a huge part of our team now. She's done the job, time in and time out.

Corey Whitaker singled and scored on Brandi Paxton's two-out base hit in the fourth inning, and Laura Tarkon walked before touching home on Beth Morrill's fielder's choice in the sixth to provide North's offense.

Megan Lamson and Paxton posted two hits each.

It was kind of fun in going up and playing them, Barry said of Springfield, which did lose all-state pitcher Brieanne Thurn and a handful of other standout seniors from last year's team.

North Medford ....................... 000 101 0 ' 2 6 0

Springfield .............................. 000 000 0 ' 0 2 1

Hoover and Haskett; Johnson and Dudley. W ' Hoover (2-0). L ' Johnson.

ROSEBURG 14-4, KLAMATH UNION 0-5 ' At Klamath Falls, Roseburg and Klamath Union split a Southern Oregon Conference doubleheader.

The Indians are 3-5 in the SOC, while the Pelicans are 5-3.

FIRST GAME

Roseburg ............................ 205 330 0 ' 13 14 0

Klamath Union ....................... 000 000 0 ' 0 2 7

Charles and Schruth; Fagan and Daibes. W ' Charles (2-2). L ' Fagan. 2B ' R: Hansen, Schruth. 3B ' R: Mitchell.

SECOND GAME

Roseburg ................................ 011 010 — ' 4 8 2

Klamath ................................. 000 003 2 ' 5 9 1

Posey, Charles (6), Smith (7) and Schruth; Ayons and Daibes. W ' Ayons. L ' Charles (2-3). 2B ' R: Ruhn, Posey, Paz. 3B ' R: Mitchell.

SOC Baseball

CRATER 5, ASHLAND — ' At Ashland, Crater handed Ashland its fifth straight defeat in a non-conference tussle at North Mountain Park.

The Comets (7-5) were led by a three-pronged pitching effort that allowed just one hit and no walks to the Grizzlies (8-8). Kevin Mulder started and threw the first three innings, Sean Teaters tossed the next three and Kurtis Knutson pitched the seventh.

Chad Hegdahl's fourth-inning single was Ashland's only hit.

Mike Peila went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to pace Crater's attack.

Crater ...................................... 203 000 0 ' 5 6 3

Ashland ................................... 010 000 0 ' — 1 4

Mulder, Teaters (4), Knutson (7) and Peila; Stone, Weston (3) and Ross. W ' Mulder. L ' Stone (1-1).

Skyline Softball

PHOENIX 8-7, NORTH VALLEY 3-3 ' At Merlin, taking another couple steps toward a second straight Skyline Conference title, Phoenix vaulted to 11-1 in league play by sweeping North Valley.

The third-ranked Pirates (14-3 overall) pounded out a combined 20 hits against the Knights (4-12, 1-10 Skyline).

Kelsey Russell and Jamie Escobar provided three hits apiece to prod a 13-hit attack for Phoenix in Game 1.

Tiffany Ross homered and doubled and Shannon Reed and Larrisa Wiltrout each laced two hits to power the Pirates in Game 2.

Shea Miller was 2-for-3 with a two-run triple in the opener and smashed her first career home run in the nightcap for North Valley.

FIRST GAME

Phoenix ................................. 204 101 0 ' 8 13 1

North Valley ........................... 000 003 0 ' — 4 5

Barrett, Ross (4) and Reed; DePorte and Beck. W ' Barrett. L ' DePorte (3-7). 3B ' P: Escobar, Wiltrout; NV: Miller, McElheran.

SECOND GAME

Phoenix ................................... 101 200 — ' 7 7 2

North Valley ........................... 000 030 0 ' — 5 2

Engle, Ross (4) and Reed; Howe, DePorte (7) and Beck. W ' Engle. L ' Howe (1-5). 3B ' P: Ross, Singleton. HR ' P: Ross; NV: Miller (1).

HIDDEN VALLEY 5, MAZAMA 4 ' At Murphy, a four-run fourth inning lifted Hidden Valley to a Skyline victory that keeps the Mustangs all alone in fourth place.

Oriana Turley collected two hits and two RBIs for Hidden Valley (6-4 overall and Skyline), and Jeni Spurling picked up the pitching win, giving up three earned runs while striking out seven.

Mazama fell to 2-7 in Skyline action.

Mazama .................................. 100 011 — ' 4 8 5

Hidden Valley ......................... 001 040 x ' 5 5 5

Strahon and Walker; Spurling and Tipton. W ' Spurling (6-4). L ' Strahon. 2B ' M: Young.

District 6 Baseball

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 7-3, GLENDALE 6-8 ' At Glendale, Cascade Christian kept its District 6 record even at 4-4 by splitting a doubleheader with Glendale.

In the opener, Jon Gettman struck out eight and pitched a complete game, Matt Hammonds doubled home a run and Darren Goheen went 3-for-4 to spark the Challengers (6-5 overall).

Daven Glover's grand slam home run in the sixth inning couldn't bring the Pirates all the way back from a 7-1 deficit.

Game 2 featured Ben Fleming's complete-game pitching effort and Dan Lovemark's 2-for-3 performance at the plate for Glendale.

Hammonds and Kevin Roberts were each 2-for-3 for Cascade Christian.

FIRST GAME

Cascade Christian ................ 000 025 0 ' 7 10 4

Glendale ..................................

001 005 0 ' 6 7 2

Gettman and Rutledge; Lovemark and Dekruger. W ' Gettman. L ' Lovemark. 2B ' CC: Hammonds. HR ' G: Glover.

SECOND GAME

Cascade Christian .................. 000 300 0 ' — 9 6

Glendale ................................ 003 014 x ' 8 13 2

Roberts, Evans (6) and Rutledge; Fleming and Dekruger. W ' Fleming. L ' Roberts. 2B ' G: Lovemark.

District 6 Softball

BUTTE VALLEY 24, ST. MARY'S 2 ' Visiting from California, Butte Valley pinned an embarrassing non-conference loss on St. Mary's.

The Crusaders (0-12) permitted 22 walks during the five-inning affair.

Brittany Farrer's triple and singles by Catherine Zielony and Kelsey Reedy were the lone hits for St. Mary's.

Butte Valley .............................. 475 62 ' 24 9 9

St. Mary's .................................... 000 20 ' 2 — 5

Honda and Cleveland; Kerns and Tomlinson. W ' Honda. L ' Kerns (0-10). 3B ' SM: Farrer.

Boys Golf

SOUTH TAKES SECOND AT CORVALLIS INVITATIONAL ' At Corvallis, South Medford placed second among 10 teams in the Corvallis Invitational at the Trysting Tree course.

Brodie Sullivan's 77 paced the Panthers, who fired a combined 317 to come in behind only Tualatin's 303 total.

Andrew Leneve of the Timberwolves was the medalist with an even-par 72.

Redmond (321), Crescent Valley (324), Tigard (329), McMinnville (331), Wilsonville (333), Crook County (344), Mt. View (349) and Corvallis (352) also took part in the event.

SOUTH MEDFORD (317) ' Brodie Sullivan 39-38'77, Chris Travis 39-40'79, Lance Fowler 45-35'80, Dan Potter 41-40'81, Mike Cox 39-43'82.