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Crater tips North Medford in nonconference play

CENTRAL POINT ' Janelle Cristofaro was a terror at the plate and on the mound for the fourth-ranked Crater Comets on Wednesday.

Cristofaro scored two runs and pitched three innings of scoreless relief as the unbeaten Comets nipped North Medford, 3-0, in nonconference softball.

Jenni Bittle struck out six in four innings of work to record her 11th win in as many outings before giving way to Cristofaro.

Southern Oregon Conference-leading Crater improved to 18-0 overall with the win.

The Comets pushed across a single run in the first when Cristofaro reached third base on a sharply hit ball that the North left fielder couldn't handle. Bittle followed with an RBI single up the middle for a 1-0 lead.

— Tyler Sutherland singled home Justine Bettencourt in the third and Staci Bauer completed the scoring in the fifth with an RBI single that scored Cristofaro.

Allesha Spradling, Bittle, Sutherland and Bauer each had two hits for the Comets.

Megan Lamson led North Medford (12-9 overall) with three hits in four plate appearances, while Mallorie Hoover and Kendra Strahm pitched well in defeat.

North Medford.........................000 000 0 ' 0 7 4

Crater.......................................101 010 x ' — 8 0

Hoover, Strahm (4) and Haskett; Bittle, Cristofaro (4) and Bettencourt. W ' Bittle (11-0). L ' Hoover.

ASHLAND 11, PHOENIX 0 ' At Talent, Amanda Bolsinger gave up two hits and struck out 13 to help Ashland (9-9 overall) rout Phoenix in a nonconference game.

Aimee Jeska went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Alysse Carlson and Jenna Randall each added three hits and Amanda Cardoza had two for the Grizzlies.

The Pirates were hitless until a fourth-inning single by Shonda George.

Ashland outhit Phoenix (7-13) 11-2 and took advantage of six Pirate errors.

Ashland.................................000 062 — ' 11 11 0

Phoenix.....................................000 000 0 ' 0 2 6

Bolsinger and Clason; Engle and Hammers. W ' Bolsinger. L ' Engle. 2B ' A: Jeska 2. 3B ' A: Jeska.

SOC Baseball


At Klamath Falls, Nolan Morgan scored a successful return to the Grants Pass lineup by striking out seven and walking only two in a complete-game victory late Tuesday night.

Morgan, who was believed to have been lost for the season after injuring his right wrist two weeks ago, struggled in only one inning in handcuffing Klamath Union to snap GP's five-game losing streak.

Steve Draper drew a two-out walk in the eighth and moved to third on an error following Jack Doman's grounder to set up the eventual game-winner. Jimmy Blake then beat out a slow roller to third base to plate Draper, who was 3-for-3 with two runs scored to lead the Cavemen (10-10, 8-8 SOC).

Mike Mills also added three hits for GP, while Adam Cornachione and Jeff Tidwell each had two hits and a run for Klamath Union.

Grants Pass............................010 110 01 ' 4 8 1

Klamath Union.......................030 000 00 ' — 5 3

Morgan and Donnelly; Tidwell, Bennett (6) and Rogers. W ' Morgan (6-2). L ' Bennett. 2B ' GP: Doman, Mills; KU: Tidwell.

District 6 Baseball

PHOENIX 6, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 5 ' At Talent, Cody Roland hit a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Phoenix frosh-soph team to a victory over Cascade Christian.

Ron Todd, Tom Hanscom and Aaron Carson each had two hits for Phoenix, while Aaron Grissom and Derrick Evans had a pair of hits for the Challengers.

Cascade Christian....................002 120 0 ' 5 9 4

Phoenix Frosh-Soph................011 110 2 ' 6 9 4

Evans, Thomas (4) and Grissom; Todd, Abney (6) and Giron. W ' Abney. L ' Thomas. 2B: CC: Hauser, Wolf; P: Hanscom, Wiggens. 3B ' C: Sha; P: Todd.

SOC Boys Tennis

SOUTH MEDFORD 4, GRANTS PASS 4 ' At Grants Pass, Grants Pass took three of the four singles matches, but South Medford returned the favor in doubles during an SOC match.

SINGLES ' Brett Swanson, SM, d. Tyler Pell, 7-6, 6-3; Andrew Morris, GP, d. Cameron Guthrie, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4; Tyler Katchka, GP, d. John DeCoste, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2; Jaren Nelson, GP, d. Neils Goossens, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

DOUBLES ' Craig Johnson-Justin Stevens, SM, d. Brad Erbe-Quinn Tipton, 6-1, 6-1; Matthew White-Hoppe-Sean Rotbart, SM, Andy Sinclair-Marty Christensen, 6-4, 6-2; Joel Newman-Tom DeVicq, GP, d. Nekoda Dietz-Nate Atkinson, 7-6, 7-6; Bryan Waggener-Jordan Wright, SM, d. Troy Dickerson-Kenny Lathen, 6-1, 7-5.