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Cuddie outduels Dyer as Comets edge Churchill

Prep Softball

CENTRAL POINT ' Reigning state player-of-the-year Kelly Dyer did her part. The Churchill High star pitcher held Crater scoreless for seven innings, went 4-for-4 at the plate and knocked in a run.

But in the end, Crater junior Ashleigh Cuddie won the pitching duel and the Comets won the game, 3-1 in extra innings, at the North Medford softball tournament on Tuesday.

Later in the day, Sprague dealt the Comets a 5-2 defeat.

I think they're frustrated ' this is the third straight year we've beaten them, Crater coach Chris Arnold said.

Dyer, who is headed to Oregon State on a softball scholarship, and Cuddie each recorded 10 strikeouts and kept batters at bay for seven innings.

But in the eighth, Crater broke through. Kristen Haga started the inning at second base under the international tiebreaker rule, then advanced to third on Brittany Reynolds' sacrifice bunt. Dyer got the next two Comets out, but Susan Winningham, Emily Morrill and Haley Hevern followed with consecutive RBI doubles.

— Churchill tallied its only run in the bottom of the eighth on Dyer's RBI single but couldn't muster any more offense against Cuddie.

Cuddie moved the ball around, changed speeds and our defense made some great plays, Arnold said.

Sprague, meanwhile, showcased standout catcher Lacie Holm, who is bound for the University of Washington. Holm had only one hit but reached base twice on errors, scored twice and stole two bases.

The Salem-based Olympians took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and never trailed.

Winningham, Hevern and Kara Perdue each had two hits for Crater.

Crater......................................000 000 03 ' — 6 1

Churchill......................................000 000 ' — 8 0

Cuddie and Winningham; Dyer and Boothe. W ' Cuddie (4-0). L ' Dyer. 2B ' Cra: Winningham, Morrill, Hevern.

Sprague....................................021 001 — ' 5 5 1

Crater...................................... 002 000 0 ' 2 7 5

Sutherland and Holm; Cuddie and Lokeno. W ' Sutherland. L ' Cuddie (4-1). 3B ' C: Hevern.

NORTH SWEEPS ' North Medford pitchers allowed only three hits in each game as the Black Tornado defeated Reynolds 8-1 and South Salem 3-2 in its own tournament at Fagone Field.

Kandice Hallett and Taylor Schmidt combined in the first game, then Erica Sanders went the distance against South Salem.

In the opener, North's Katie Gould was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, Alana Coronado was 2-for-4 with three runs and Jessica Sandoval was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

In the second contest, Sanders faced the minimum 18 batters through six innings. She gave up an early hit, but the runner was wiped off the bases on a double play.

Sanders fanned three and walked one.

Gould, Kassie Choi and Paulina Swenson all had two hits for the Black Tornado (3-1).

North Medford.......................002 321 0 ' 8 11 1

Reynolds...................................000 100 0 ' — 3 6

Hallett, Schmidt (4) and Sevano; Eubanks and Vogt, Steinberger (5). W ' Hallett (2-0). L ' Eubanks. 2B ' NM: Sandoval; R: Hyatt.

South Salem.............................000 000 2 ' 2 — 2

North Medford.........................011 100 x ' — 8 0

Ray and Barns; Sanders and Sevano. W ' Sanders (1-1). L ' Ray. 2B ' SS: Haugen; NM: Volgarino, Choi.

EAGLE POINT 5-3, WEST ALBANY 2-1 ' At Eagle Point, Ashley Josephson socked a three-run homer in the first inning and added a two-run shot in the third to power Eagle Point to the first-game victory.

In Game 2, Dawn Wilkerson and Jordan Skogseth stroked RBI singles in a three-run third inning as the Eagles (6-3) got the sweep.

Pitcher Kirsten Emigh notched her fifth and sixth victories of the season with route-going efforts in both outings.

Emigh also hit a triple in Game 1.

FIRST GAME

West Albany ............................100 001 0 ' 2 4 0

Eagle Point...............................302 000 x ' 5 6 2

McArthur and Lary; Emigh and Griggs, Hamner (5). W ' Emigh. L ' McArthur. 2B ' WA: Warner, McArthur. 3B ' EP: Emigh. HR ' Josephson 2.

SECOND GAME

West Albany............................ 100 000 0 ' — 4 2

Eagle Point...............................003 000 x ' — 7 5

Warner and Lary; Emigh and Hamner. W ' Emigh. L ' Warner. 2B ' WA: Warner; EP: Emigh, Mathis.

WEST SALEM 10, GRANTS PASS — ' At Central Point, West Salem scored five runs in the first inning and rolled past Grants Pass in the North Medford Tournament game at Crater High.

Iris Woodhead accounted for the Cavers' lone run when she singled in the second inning and scored on a passed ball.

Grants Pass is 6-1-1.

Grants Pass..............................010 000 0 ' — 5 2

West Salem..........................532 000 x ' 10 11 0

Prestianni, Chamberlain (1) and Woolf; Bradely and Connolly. W ' Bradely. L ' Prestianni. 2B ' WS: Connolly. 3B ' WS: McBride.

SOUTH UMPQUA 13-8, PHOENIX 0-4 '

At Talent, second-ranked South Umpqua pounded 16 hits in the first game and homered in each contest in the nonconference sweep at Colver Field.

In Game 2, Phoenix scored four second-inning runs to take a 4-2 lead before the Lancers rallied.

Rebecca Singleton singled in each game for Phoenix, and freshman Tessa Lockett belted a two-run double in the nightcap.

Phoenix hosts No. 7 Marist at — p.m. Thursday. Mazama will play Marist at — p.m. on Phoenix's field.

FIRST GAME

South Umpqua.....................220 012 6 ' 13 16 2

Phoenix.....................................000 000 0 ' 0 — 4

Johnson and Morgan; Barrett and Singleton. W ' Johnson. L ' Barrett (1-2). 2B ' SU: Edwards 2, Parker, Bumgarner 2, Morgan, Bice. HR ' SU: Bumgarner.

SECOND GAME

South Umpqua.......................202 310 0 ' 8 12 4

Phoenix.....................................040 000 0 ' 4 6 4

Crane and Morgan; Engle and Singleton. W ' Trane (2-0). L ' Engle (1-1). 2B ' SU: Bumgarner, Levengood, Morgan; P: Tidwell, Lockett. HR ' SU: Whitmore.

NORTH VALLEY 8-8, BROOKINGS 0-12 ' At Merlin, sophomore second baseman Shawlena Haga went 6-for-7 on the day, scored three runs and had two RBIs as North Valley split a twin bill with Brookings.

In Game 1, Casie Hinkle and Nickee Carl combined on a two-hit shutout. The Knights scored five runs in the first inning, with Haga hitting an RBI single and later stealing home, Sarah Conard producing an RBI single and Hinkle blasting an RBI triple.

Brookings put on its hitting shoes in Game 2 to win a slugfest. Along with Haga, who was 3-for-3, Nancy Carl had a big game in defeat for North Valley (3-3) with three hits and three RBIs.

FIRST GAME

Brookings.................................000 000 0 ' 0 2 2

North Valley.............................500 111 x ' 8 9 3

Goergen, Freeman (6) and Blossky; Hinkle, Ni. Carl and R. Conard. W ' Hinkle (2-1); L ' Goergen. 2B ' NV: Haga. 3B ' NV: Hinkle.

SECOND GAME

Brookings.............................003 302 4 ' 12 10 2

North Valley...........................400 010 — ' 8 12 0

Freeman, Goergen (4) and Brooke; Ni. Carl, Hinkle (4), Ni. Carl (7) and Na. Carl. W ' Goergen. L ' Hinkle (2-2). 2B ' B: Brooke 2; NV: Na. Carl. 3B ' B: Hensley; NV: Haga, R. Conard.