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Prep Softball

North Medford slowed by rain in split with GPGRANTS PASS ' The North Medford softball team was 22/3 innings away from completing a Southern Oregon Conference doubleheader sweep of Grants Pass Saturday.

Then the rain came and, along with the Cavers' bats, washed away all Black Tornado momentum.

Grants Pass put together five hits and took advantage of three errors and two walks by North Medford to score eight runs in the fifth inning and pull away for a 9-2 victory in Game 2. Senior Erica Sanders pitched the Black Tornado to a 1-0 victory in the opener.

In the nightcap, Sanders recorded the first out in the fifth before a rain delay halted the action. When play resumed, Allie Farmer smacked a double off the wall that started the momentum-changing inning.

It's a turf field and the ball would get pretty wet, said first-year North coach Mike Mayben. We had to come in and sit on the bench (during the delay) and it was tough to get up and get going again when we resumed.

Iris Woodhead went 2-for-4 to lead the Cavers (10-2-1, 3-1 SOC), and she had an RBI single to tie the game at 2-all.

— Sanders, minus the rough fifth inning of Game 2, was in control throughout. She struck out eight in the opener, gave up four hits and didn't face more than four batters in an inning during the complete-game effort.

On the season, Sanders has now fanned 34 batters against just three walks.

North Medford (5-3, 2-2 SOC) scored the eventual game-winner in the second inning of the first game. Kayla Strahm was hit by a pitch and advanced to second base on Paulina Swenson's sacrifice bunt. Kaci Sevano followed with an RBI single to put the Tornado in front.

FIRST GAME

North Medford.........................010 000 0 ' — 6 0

Grants Pass..............................000 000 0 ' 0 4 1

Sanders and Sevano; Chamberlain and Woolf. W ' Sanders (3-1). L ' Chamberlain (7-1-1).

SECOND GAME

North Medford.........................100 010 0 ' 2 4 5

Grants Pass..............................001 080 x ' 9 7 1

Sanders, Schmidt (5) and Sevano; Prestianni and Woolf. W ' Prestianni (3-1). L ' Sanders (3-2). 2B ' NM: Sandoval, Swenson; GP: Farmer.

SOUTH MEDFORD 4-3, EAGLE POINT 0-0 '

Jill Jeter pitched 14 scoreless innings to carry South Medford to a pair of wins in an SOC twin bill.

Jeter had a no-hitter until Eagle Point's Brittney Griggs' leadoff single in the top of the seventh inning. On the day, Jeter struck out 17 batters while allowing only five hits and two walks.

Simone Hubbard had three hits and three RBIs over the two-game stretch to pace the Panthers (3-2, 2-0 SOC).

Speedy freshman Sam Matarese scored a run in each game as a pinch-runner for Jeter. Jeter also went 2-for-3 with a double in the first contest.

Kirsten Emigh notched 11 strikeouts in two games for EP.

FIRST GAME

South Medford.........................000 220 0 ' 4 8 1

Eagle Point...............................000 000 0 ' 0 — 0

Jeter and Hubbard; Emigh and Hamner, Griggs (5). W ' Jeter (2-1). L ' Emigh. 2B ' P: Jeter.

SECOND GAME

Eagle Point...............................000 000 0 ' 0 4 3

South Medford.........................101 001 x ' — 6 2

Jeter and Hubbard; Emigh and Griggs, Hamner (5). W ' Jeter (3-1). L ' Emigh.

CRATER 17-2, ASHLAND 0-0 ' At Central Point, Crater pitcher Ashleigh Cuddie shut out Ashland over 10 innings with 15 strikeouts and only one walk in improving her record to 8-2.

Cuddie also led off the fifth inning of Game 2 with a double and came around to score the eventual game-winner when Susan Winningham reached base on a throwing error with two outs. Emily Morrill followed with an RBI single to pad the lead for the Comets (10-3, 3-1 SOC).

Haley Hevern hit a two-run homer to spark a nine-run second inning and was 2-for-3 with two runs and four RBIs to pace Crater in the opener. Kirstin Davidson was 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs and Morrill 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI in Game 1.

Ashland's Amanda Good had two of her team's three hits off Cuddie in Game 1, while Emily McLaughlin held Crater to five hits in Game 2.

FIRST GAME

Ashland.........................................000 00 ' 0 — 5

Crater........................................292 4x ' 17 13 0

Pribyl and Cantrell; Cuddie, Reed (4) and Winningham, Lokeno (3). W ' Cuddie (7-2). L ' Pribyl. 3B ' C: Davidson. HR ' C: Hevern (2).

SECOND GAME

Ashland.....................................000 000 0 ' 0 — 1

Crater.......................................000 020 x ' 2 5 0

McLaughlin and Cantrell; Cuddie and Lokeno, Winningham (4). W ' Cuddie (8-2). L ' McLaughlin. 2B ' C: Cuddie

Skyline Conference

PHOENIX 1-3, ROGUE RIVER 0-6

' At Talent, Tera Fry plated Rebecca Singleton in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Phoenix a 1-0 win in the first game of the Skyline Conference doubleheader.

Taylor Barrett had 11 strikeouts and allowed only two hits for the Pirates (7-5, 3-2), while Rogue River pitcher Karly Lusk had eight strikeouts and no walks.

Jessica Lea was 2-for-4 with a triple to help the Chieftains (5-3, 3-1) win the second game.

FIRST GAME

Rogue River..........................000 000 000 ' 0 2 3

Phoenix.................................000 000 001 ' — 3 0

Lusk and Giesbrecht; Barrett and Singleton. W ' Barrett. L ' Lusk (4-3). 2B 'P: Brajas; RR: Giesbrecht.

SECOND GAME

Rogue River..............................000 130 2 ' 6 6 5

Phoenix....................................200 001 x ' — 9 —

Lusk and Giesbrecht; Barrett and Singleton. W ' Lusk (5-3). L ' Barrett. 2B ' RR: Hoffman, Giesbrecht. 3B ' RR: Lea; P: Singleton.

NORTH VALLEY 6-9, HENLEY 4-4 ' At Klamath Falls, Nancy Carl went 4-for-6 with three doubles and six RBIs and Casie Hinkle earned two wins on the mound as North Valley swept the Skyline Conference twin bill.

Rachel Conard added three hits in Game — and Shawlena Haga was 3-for-4 with three RBIs in Game 2 for the Knights (8-4, 4-1).

FIRST GAME

North Valley...........................010 410 0 ' 6 11 3

Henley.....................................020 110 0 ' 4 8 1

Hinkle and R. Conard; Driessen and Baker. W ' Hinkle (5-2). L ' Driessen. 2B ' NV: Na. Carl, R. Conard, Hinkle; H: Knapp, Baker.

SECOND GAME

North Valley...........................202 001 4 ' 9 11 4

Henley....................................101 020 0 ' 4 4 3

Ni. Carl, Hinkle (5) and Na. Carl; Bowker and Baker. W ' Hinkle (6-2). L ' Bowker. 2B ' NV: Na. Carl 2, Haga; H: Pastore. 3B ' NV: R. Conard.

MAZAMA 21-10, ILLINOIS VALLEY 3-0 ' At Klamath Falls, Mazama piled up 37 hits over both five-inning games.

Ann Bocchi had three hits and five RBIs in the opener for the Vikings (8-2, 4-1 Skyline), while Lacey Garrett had four hits and twin sisters Ashlie and Chelsie McDaniel each added three hits.

Quenby Cox, who hit a solo home run in Game 1, blasted a pair of two-run shots in the nightcap to finish with five RBIs.

FIRST GAME

Illinois Valley.............................000 21 ' — 4 4

Mazama................................4(13)4 0x ' 21 20 0

Boatman and Hoskins, Ragsdale (1); Lawrence, Pisan (5) and Borror. W ' Lawrence (2-1). L ' Boatman. 2B ' M: A. McDaniel, Stratton, Whitely, Bocchi, C. McDaniel. 3B ' M: Borror. HR ' M: Cox, Bocchi.

SECOND GAME

Illinois Valley................................000 00 ' 0 — 1

Mazama.....................................004 42 ' 10 17 0

Boatman and Ragsdale; Edwards and Borror. W ' Edwards (6-0). L ' Boatman. 2B ' M: Stratton 3, A. McDaniel, Whitely, C. McDaniel. HR ' M: Cox 2.

Nonconference

ETNA 10-6, ST. MARY'S 6-7 ' Liz Montan and Amanda Buckmister both went 3-for-4 in the second game to help St. Mary's (2-1) salvage a split in a nonconference doubleheader

Crusaders pitcher Brianna Williams had five strikeouts in Game 2 after getting 10 in a losing cause in Game 1.

FIRST GAME

Etna.......................................000 324 — ' 10 12 5

St. Mary's...............................111 201 0 ' 6 11 3

Page and Papazian; Williams and Lass. W ' Page. W ' Williams (1-1). L ' Williams (1-1). 2B ' E: Papazian 2, Langford, Kelly.

SECOND GAME

Etna...........................................102 101 — ' 6 8 5

St. Mary's...............................220 111 x ' 7 13 3

Page and Papazian; Williams and Lass. W ' Williams (2-1). L ' Page. 2B ' E: Luiz.