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Panther pitchers stymie Ashland

SOC Roundup

ASHLAND ' It took South Medford 15 innings to score a run against Ashland in Southern Oregon Conference softball.

On Saturday, the Panthers and Grizzlies played eight innings of scoreless ball before the field became unplayable because of rain.

On Tuesday, the two went at it again, and South pushed across an unearned run in the top of the seventh for a 1-0 victory.

The Panthers completed the sweep with a 5-0 shutout in the second game.

Both teams had their opportunities Saturday and today, Ashland coach Rich Beugli said, and we finally gave them one. Both days we sent more people to the plate than they did.

— Senior pitchers Darci Byrne of South and Megan Beugli of Ashland, who hooked up in Saturday's rained out contest, were also on the mound in the first game Tuesday.

Byrne gave up three hits with seven strikeouts and three walks, while Beugli allowed four hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out three.

The Panthers (15-4, 9-1 SOC) got their seventh-inning run when Alex Jordahl opened with a single and moved to second on a ground out. Jordahl scored on Ashland first baseman Jenna Randall's throwing error at third on a groundout by Jonnie Byrne.

Ashland had a chance to tie or win the game in the bottom of the seventh, but Darci Byrne struck out the final two Grizzly hitters with runners on second and third.

In the second game, the Panthers were sparked by Jen Mendenhall's two-hit pitching and a 4-for-4 plate performance by Jackie Chaplin.

I'm sure if you went statewide, there's not a tougher one-two pitching punch than those two girls, said coach Beugli.

FIRST GAME

South Medford.........................000 000 — ' — 4 3

Ashland....................................000 000 0 ' 0 — 2

Byrne and Jordahl; Beugli and Carlson. W ' Byrne. L ' Beugli.

SECOND GAME

South Medford.......................102 101 0 ' 5 12 0

Ashland..................................000 000 0 ' 0 2 2

Mendenall and Jordahl; Beugli, Jeska (2), Beugli (6) and Carlson. W ' Mendenhall. L ' Beugli. 2B ' SM: Chaplin, Rickert.

Baseball

NORTH MEDFORD 6, ROSEBURG 4 ' At Roseburg, top-ranked North Medford came from behind in the non-conference game for its 18th victory in 19 outings.

The Black Tornado trailed 3-1 before tying the game on a two-run single by Jim Ulrey in the fourth.

North put together the winning rally in the fifth on RBI singles by Rob Folsom, Reese Lamson and Ulrey.

Kerry Hall had a pair of hits for Roseburg (9-8).

North Medford.....................100 230 0 ' 6 11 4

Roseburg..............................012 000 — ' 4 8 0

Timmerman, Folsom (5), Glass (6) and Ulrey, Folsom (6); Robinson, Keitzman (5) and Mitchell. W ' Timmerman. L ' Robinson. 2B ' NM: Lamson, Ulrey; R: Hall.

KLAMATH UNION 3, GRANTS PASS — ' At Grants Pass, Dan Mecum accounted for Grants Pass' only run with a two-out, solo homer in the sixth in the non-conference game.

Pitcher Jeff Tidwell went the distance for Klamath Union (14-6 overall), allowing five hits and striking out seven.

Bryan Rogers doubled in the second and scored what proved to be the winning run on Brian Quigley's single.

Cory Spires and Rogers each collected two hits for the Pelicans.

Klamath Union.......................110 010 0 ' — 8 0

Grants Pass............................000 001 0 ' — 5 2

Tidwell and Rogers; Morgan, Schaff (4), Davidson (6), Mecum (7) and Mecum, Doman (7). W ' Tidwell. L ' Morgan (1-1). 2B ' KU: Spires, Rogers 2; GP: McGowan. HR ' GP: Mecum.

EAGLE POINT 8, CRATER — ' At Eagle Point, sophomore Cory Skiszim gave up only three runs and struck out three in his first varsity start as Eagle Point won in SOC action.

Mark Sarrell belted a two-run home run for the Eagles (11-8, 3-7 SOC) in the first inning and went 2-for-4.

Eagle Point's Ron Depuy and Tyson Nelson both went 2-for-3. Crater's Adam Reed went 2-for-4 with a double.

Crater.......................................100 200 0 ' — 7 1

Eagle Point.............................210 005 x ' 8 11 2

Seegmiller, Schoonover (6) and Peila; Skiszim and O'Callahan. W ' Skiszim (1-0). L ' Miller. 2B ' C: Reed; HR ' EP: Sarrell.