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Cuddie sparks Comets to twin wins

Prep Roundup

REDMOND ' Ashleigh Cuddie had some big shoes to fill this spring when she took over the No. — Crater High softball pitching job from the graduated Janelle Cristofaro.

So far, so good.

Cuddie collected two more victories Thursday as the Comets rolled to 6-2 and 11-1 nonconference wins over Redmond. The junior, now 6-1, worked the first five innings of the opening game and the first three innings of Game 2, giving up a total of three runs.

She knew she'd have to step up this season and she worked very hard in the off-season to get better, Crater coach Chris Arnold said of Cuddie. She realizes it isn't all about strikeouts. She's learned to change speeds and mix up her pitches.

Cuddie, who logged just 40 innings last season while posting a 5-0 record, is a big reason the Comets have gotten off to a 7-2 record despite losing six starters.

Crater was 25-4 and advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals in 2005.

— We've had to replace four infielders and those kids have made some mistakes, but no one hangs their head, Arnold said. We've got a good tradition going and these girls expect to win.

Crater wasted little time taking control against Redmond. In Game 1, Ashleigh Larson led off the second inning with a single, advanced to second on Whitney McDaniel's sacrifice bunt, stole third and scored on an error.

In the third inning, a walk by Susan Winningham, back-to-back singles by Emily Morrill and Kirstin Davidson and Haley Hevern's two-run triple swelled Crater's lead to 5-0.

The Comets ruled the nightcap thanks in part to the hitting exploits of Larson, a sophomore first baseman, and Davidson, a senior center fielder. Larson went 3-for-3, scored two runs and had two RBIs, while Davidson went 2-for-4, scored three runs and had two RBIs.

FIRST GAME

Crater........................................014 000 — ' 6 7 1

Redmond..................................002 000 0 ' 2 4 3

Cuddie, Reed (6) and Winningham; Kantz and Barany; W ' Cuddie (5-1). L ' Kantz. 3B ' C: Hevern 2. R: Pratt.

SECOND GAME

Crater.......................................123 122 ' 11 13 1

Redmond.....................................100 000 ' — 2 4

Cuddie, Reeves (4), Reed (6) and Lokeno; Wattenburg and Barany. W ' Cuddie (6-1). L ' Wattenburg. 2B ' Davidson, Larson, Hevern.

EAGLE POINT 8-10, MARSHFIELD 0-3 ' At Eagle Point, junior pitcher Kirsten Emigh tossed 131/3 shutout innings and picked up victories in both ends of the doubleheader.

Emigh pitched a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts in the opener, then relieved Ashley Josephson with two outs in the first inning of the nightcap and completed the game with 10 strikeouts.

In Game 1, Kayla Mathis smacked two doubles, scored twice and had two RBIs for the Eagles (8-3). Josephson added two hits and two RBIs.

Josephson hit a two-run homer in the first inning of the second game for the first of her two hits, while Tenielle Anderson went 3-for-4, drove in two runs and scored twice.

Emigh contributed two hits and scored two runs in Game 2.

FIRST GAME

Marshfield................................000 000 0 ' 0 2 2

Eagle Point...............................203 030 x ' 8 9 2

Young and Scott; Emigh and Griggs. W ' Emigh. L ' Young. 2B ' M: Harpold; EP: Griggs, Mathis 2.

SECOND GAME

Marshfield..............................300 000 0 ' — 4 3

Eagle Point.............................223 201 x ' 10 9 1

Porter and Harpold; Josephson, Emigh (1) and Hamner. W ' Emigh. L ' Porter. 2B ' EP: Emigh. HR ' EP: Josephson (3).

MAZAMA 7, MARIST 2 ' At Klamath Falls, Quenby Cox doubled twice and Danielle Stratton had a leadoff triple to highlight a seven-run fourth inning for Mazama that proved to be the undoing for seventh-ranked Marist.

Alishea Edwards went the distance for the Vikings (4-1), striking out seven and walking one.

Cox joined twin sisters Ashlie and Chelsie McDaniel with two RBIs apiece, with Lacey Garrett and Stratton each finishing with two hits.

Marist.......................................000 110 0 ' 2 9 0

Mazama....................................000 700 x ' 7 9 4

Christiansen, Rowe (5) and Hoff; Edwards and Borror. W ' Edwards (3-0). L ' Christiansen. 2B ' Maz: Cox 2. 3B ' Maz: Stratton.

Nonconference Baseball

MAZAMA 4, NORTH MEDFORD — ' At Klamath Falls, Tony Salamone collected three of North Medford's seven hits in the nonconference game at Kiger Stadium.

North Medford's only run came in the first inning. Zach Earle reached first on a walk and Salamone stroked a single. Both runners tagged up on Zack James' fly out to right, and Earle came around to score when the throw to third went in the dugout.

Senior Dustin Shipley went five innings in his first start for the Black Tornado (3-2). Shipley allowed three runs, four hits and walked five.

North Medford........................100 000 0 ' — 7 1

Mazama..................................110 101 x ' 4 6 3

Shipley, Lamson (6) and Bruhns; Stratton, Holm (4), Nelson (6) and Dean. W ' Stratton. L ' Shipley (0-1). 2B ' M: Larsen.

ROSEBURG 11-7, NORTH SALEM 1-2 ' At Roseburg, Randy Summers went 7-for-8 with five RBIs and five runs scored to help top-ranked Roseburg sweep a nonleague doubleheader with North Salem.

Blake Keitzman struck out six but allowed three hits in his two innings of work in the five-inning opener, and also was 3-for-4 at the plate.

Eric Thompson had six strikeouts and didn't allow a hit in his three innings of Game 2 for the Indians (4-0).

Mitchell Nelson was 5-for-8 and John Tommasini 3-for-5 with two RBIs in the twin bill, with Scott Allred picking up two hits in the opener and Tyler Bentley adding two hits in the nightcap.

Beau Craig was 2-for-3 in the opener and had a double in Game 2 to pace North Salem.

FIRST GAME

North Salem..................................000 01 ' — 5 1

Roseburg...................................432 02 ' 11 15 0

Marx, Stainbrook (2) and Hayworth; Keitzman, Allred (3) and Bruggeman. W ' Allred (1-0). L ' Marx. 2B ' NS: Collins; R: Keitzman, Summers 2, Allred. 3B ' R: Keitzman, Nelson.

SECOND GAME

North Salem.............................000 200 0 ' 2 — 0

Roseburg................................103 030 x ' 7 14 1

Craig, Price (5), Will (6) and Hayworth; Thompson, Counts (4), Sheiner (6) and Hansen. W ' Thompson (1-0). L ' Craig. 2B ' NS: Craig; R: Summers 2.

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 2, CASCADE CHRISTIAN — ' At White City, No. 3-ranked Santiam Christian scored two unearned runs in the first inning in the nonleague game at the VA Domiciliary.

Cascade Christian (4-2) used three straight hits to score its run in the fourth inning. Brian Thomas singled with two outs and Derek Evans followed with a base hit. Then Rob Campbell delivered an RBI single. After Jordan Banks walked to load the bases, Daniel Kinney flew out to deep center field.

Campbell accounted for two of the Challengers' five hits.

Santiam Christian...................200 000 0 ' 2 5 0

Cascade Christian...................000 100 0 ' — 5 2

Mason, Warner (6) and Knowles; Evans, Campbell (2), Ziegler (4) and Banks. W ' Mason. L ' Evans (1-1).

BUTTE FALLS/PROSPECT 14-8, NORTH MEDFORD FRESHMEN 11-2 ' Darryl Swearingen went 5-for-5 and scored five runs to lead Butte Falls/Prospect (6-1) to the twin bill sweep at North Medford High.

In the first game, the Loggers scored 11 runs in the fifth inning to erase a 7-2 deficit. Butte Falls combined seven hits with three walks and two errors during the outburst. Joey Knighton sparked the rally with an RBI double.

Swearingen had three hits in the opener, while Lucas Strickland, Chris Stephenson and Josh Dyck each added two hits.

Stephenson pitched six innings in the nightcap, allowing two runs on four hits and struck out five in six innings.

FIRST GAME

Butte Falls........................002 0(11)0 — ' 14 11 4

North Medford Fresh......250 04 0 00 ' 11 8 6

Ross, Stephenson (5) and L. Strickland; Wolfe, Bonham (5) and Peden. W ' Ross (1-0). L ' Wolfe. 2B ' BF: Stephenson, Knighton, Smith; NM: Bonham, Smith.

SECOND GAME

Butte Falls................................100 221 2 ' 8 7 4

North Medford Fresh...............010 100 0 ' 2 4 4

Stephenson, L. Strickland (7) and L. Strickland, Stephenson (7); Bighouse and Peden. W ' Stephenson (2-1). L ' Bighouse. 2B ' BF: Swearingen, Ross. 3B ' NM: Bonham.