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Panthers run mark to 10-0 with two shutouts

Prep Softball

South Medford battled fatigue and remained undefeated with a pair of softball victories Tuesday in the North Medford Invitational.

The Panthers used dominant pitching performances by sophomore Jill Jeter and junior Jen Mendenhall to register victories of 5-0 over Crescent Valley and 2-0 against Grants Pass, respectively.

South Medford (10-0) played 10 games in five days. The Panthers have recorded seven shutouts and have allowed only five runs.

It's taken a toll on us, said South Medford coach Dan Marshall. Our pitchers have hung in there and are throwing strikes, but we struggled for everything we got offensively today.

Jeter (5-0) struck out seven and walked two against Crescent Valley at Crater High. She's given up only one unearned run in her five decisions.

(Jeter) throws strikes and changes speeds well, said Marshall. She has a bright future.

— South broke a scoreless tie against the Raiders by scoring two runs in the fourth inning. Beth Stousland got the offense going with a single and was sacrificed to second. After Simone Hubbard walked, Jonni Byrne connected for an RBI single and Hubbard scored on a base hit by Marissa Towry.

Christin Palazzolo opened the fifth with a triple and scored on Stousland's sacrifice fly. Palazzolo's two-run triple in the seventh completed the scoring for the Panthers.

In South's second game, Palazzolo's two sacrifice flies gave Mendenhall all the offense necessary against Grants Pass at Fagone Field.

Mendenhall (5-0) struck out 12 and allowed two hits.

(Mendenhall) was overpowering, said Marshall about last year's Southern Oregon Conference player of the year. When they got a girl in scoring position, she beared down. She was very smooth and hit her spots.

Palazzolo scored Michelle Trautman with what proved to be the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.

Palazzolo is giving us some timely at-bats, said Marshall.

We're very pleased with the start of our season, he said. We've had great pitching and good defense so far. We've had moments where our offense has been fantastic. We just have to improve on our offensive consistency.

South Medford.......................000 210 2 ' 5 9 0

Crescent Valley......................000 000 0 ' 0 4 0

Jeter and Hubbard; Johnson and McCarthy. W ' Jeter (5-0). L ' Johnson. 3B ' SM: Palazzolo 2.

South Medford.........................000 010 — ' 2 4 0

Grants Pass..............................000 000 0 ' 0 2 1

Mendenhall and Hubbard; Morton and Sanders. W ' Mendenhall (5-0). L ' Morton. 2B ' SM: Chaplin.

NORTH MEDFORD TAKES A PAIR ' Strong pitching was the name of the game for North Medford as the Black Tornado registered 3-1 and 6-1 victories over Southridge and South Salem, respectively, in the North Medford Invitational tournament at Fagone Field.

Southridge, the 2003 Class 4A state runner-up, touched winning pitcher Kendra Strahm for nine hits but managed just one run. The Skyhawks had the bases loaded in the seventh inning but failed to score.

Junior outfielder Deni Rowley had three hits and stole two bases to fuel the Black Tornado offense.

Mallorie Hoover fashioned a two-hitter against South Salem with eight strikeouts and two walks, and the only run she allowed was unearned.

Rachelle Wilden had two hits and three RBIs to fuel the Tornado against the Saxons. North Medford blew open the game with a four-run sixth inning, highlighted by Stephanie Haskett's two-run single.

Southridge...............................100 000 0 ' — 9 3

North Medford.........................210 000 x ' — 5 2

Toews and Brunette; Strahm and Haskett. W ' Strahm (1-1). L ' Toews. 3B ' NM: Deni Rowley.

South Salem.............................100 000 0 ' — 2 4

North Medford.........................010 014 0 ' 6 7 2

Todd, Hibner (5) and Cusick; Hoover and Haskett. W ' Hoover (2-0). L ' Todd. 2B ' NM: Willden.

CRATER WINS TWO ' At Central Point, Janelle Cristofaro and Jenni Bittle were dominant on the mound as Crater claimed a pair of nonconference victories in the North Medford Invitational.

Cristofaro fired a no-hitter with eight strikeouts and two walks to fuel the Comets to a 3-0 victory over Crescent Valley of Corvallis.

Justine Bettencourt clubbed an RBI triple and Staci Bauer followed with a two-run single in the first inning to give the Comets a 3-0 lead.

Later Tuesday, Bittle threw a two-hit shutout, striking out 15 and walking two, and Bauer had an RBI double as the Comets eased to a 2-0 win over Churchill.

Crater moved to 3-0 with the victories.

Crescent Valley........................000 000 0 ' 0 0 1

Crater.......................................300 001 x ' — 8 1

Scott and McCarthy; Cristofaro and Bettencourt. W ' Cristofaro (1-0). L ' Scott. 2B ' C: Bettenburg. 3B ' C: Justine Bettencourt.

Crater.......................................000 002 0 ' 2 8 1

Churchill...................................000 000 0 ' 0 2 1

Bittle and Bettencourt; Dyer and Rogers. W ' Bittle (2-0). L ' Dyer. 2B ' C: Bettencourt, Cristofaro, Bauer.

GLIDE 5-13, NORTH VALLEY 2-2 ' At Merlin, Amy Croll went 5-for-8 in the doubleheader and whacked a pair of doubles in Game 2 to pace Glide to the nonleague sweep.

Ann Creighton also enjoyed a productive day for the Wildcats, going 4-for-8 with three triples.

For North Valley (1-4), Shea Miller, Kellie DePort and Sarah Ruatta each had two hits in Game 2.

Miller added a pair of stolen bases.

FIRST GAME

Glide.........................................300 200 0 ' 5 8 1

North Valley............................ 000 200 x ' 2 4 6

Pritchett and K. Fummerton; Hinkle, Ruatta (6) and Miller, Allison (6). W ' Pritchett; L ' Hinkle (1-1). 2B ' NV: McElheran;; G: Jackson. 3B ' G: Creighton.

SECOND GAME

Glide............................................254 20 ' 13 9 0

North Valley..................................100 01 ' 2 7 5

M. Fummerton and K. Fummerton; Hinkle, Ruatta (2), DePorte (4) and Miller, Allison (2), Miller (4). W ' M. Fummerton; L ' Hinkle (1-2), 2B ' G: Croll 2; NV ' Ruatta, 3B ' G: Creighton 2.