Ashland softball shut down by NM ace Becker
MEDFORD — North Medford junior pitcher Maryssa Becker allowed a lead-off bunt single to Piper Cantrell, then was perfect the rest of the way in the 10-0 mercy-rule shortened five-inning prep softball win over Ashland at the Black Tornado Field.
Becker struck out the next 10 Ashland batters after Cantrell's hit. Becker (16-0) finished with 11 strikeouts and no walks.
Keisha Williams paced North (19-1) with two hits and three RBIs. The sophomore third baseman belted a two-run homer in the second inning.
Also collecting two hits for North Medford were Joci Ellis, Becker, Kelsie Bartley and Marissa Gann.
Ashland 000 00 — 0 1 1
North Medford 125 2x — 10 11 0
Williams and Lehman; Becker and Williams. W — Becker (16-0). L — Williams. 2B — NM: Ellis, Becker 2, Bartley, Gann, Jovanovic. HR — NM: Williams.
Ashland breezed to the 8-0 nonconference win over Grants Pass, getting a 6-0, 6-0 victory from the No. 1 doubles team of Hanna Greenberg and Vika O'Brien and a 6-3, 6-3 triumph at No. 1 singles from River Davis.
SINGLES — River Davis, A, d. Domi Tortiger, 6-3, 6-3; Anne Kim, A, d. Megan Ward, 6-0, 6-1; Ashley Knecht, A, d. Alex Schulte, 6-0, 6-1; Nikole Madonado-Leon, A, d. Keelee Dean, 3-6, 6-2 (10-5).
DOUBLES — Hanna Greenberg-Vika O'Brien, A, d. Maria Palomino-Rachel Berkey, 6-0, 6-0; Elana Cooper-Jennifer Fine, A, d. Brittany Blacksmith-Olivia Newby, 6-1, 6-0; Kati Barnard-Halie Haynes, A, d. Natalie Justima-Kelsey Lucido, 6-3, 6-2; Cass Christopher-Sydney Wisdom, A, d. CeCe Young-Shellie Wytcherley, 6-4, 6-3.