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Black Tornado wins softball opener

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Sierra Berryessa singled in Lucy Baldovino in the sixth inning to give North Medford a 4-3 win over the Sacramento Dynasty in the 16U A Western Nationals softball tournament Tuesday.

It was the opening game of pool play for the Black Tornado (25-5).

The Dynasty took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a walk and five straight singles.

North Medford responded in the fourth. Hannah Leming led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Amanda Wolfe. Tejay Schmidt then hit an infield single, moving Leming to third.

After Schmidt stole second, Kelsey Leming singled in her sister, Hannah, then Baldovino brought in Schmidt with a sacrifice fly, pulling the Tornado within 3-2.

Amanda Freitas tied it for the Black Tornado in the fifth, reaching base on a two-out error, stealing two bases and scoring on a double to left field by Hannah Leming.

In the top of the sixth, Baldovino walked with one out. Consecutive singles by McKenzie Re and Shelly Walch moved Baldovino to third before Berryessa laced her hit to left.

The game ended after six innings due to a time limit.

The Tornado plays again this morning.

North Medford 000 211 — 4 7 0

Sacramento 003 000 —3 7 1

Bartley and Wolfe; Udusco and Bellinger. W — Bartley (17-3). L — Udusco. 2B — NM: H. Leming.

American Legion A

ROSEBURG 8, SALEM 4 — Roseburg Pepsi captured the American Legion A State Tournament and advanced to the Northwest Regional next week in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Roseburg scored five third-inning runs to take a 6-3 lead, then added two more in the fifth at North Medford High.

Tournament most valuable player Micah Audiss had the big hit in the third with a three-run double.

The rally began with two outs and the bases empty. Two walks set the stage for an RBI single by Jared Priestly. After a Mike Morin single, Darren Nelson walked with the bases loaded to bring in another run. Audiss then doubled to right field.

Audiss was 2-for-5 and drove in four runs. Justin Graham was 3-for-5 and Morin 2-for-3 with two runs.

Winning pitcher Graham struck out four and walked one.

Jake Fohn was 4-for-5 for Salem and scored twice. Austin Hamilton was 3-for-4, and Jordan Giza was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Salem 111 010 000 — 4 14 0

Roseburg 105 020 00x — 8 11 2

DeSouza, Giza (3), Cox (5) and Ludwig, Marlatt (6); Graham and Sweedon. W — Graham. L — DeSouza. 2B — S: Ludwig; R: Audiss, Morin. 3B — R: Audiss.

SALEM 13, LA GRANDE 7 — La Grande scored five runs in the top of the first inning, but Salem fought back and used a five-run inning of its own to advance to the title game.

Leading 8-7 entering the bottom of the eighth, Salem scored five runs on three hits and two La Grande errors.

Brandon Chinn's one-out, RBI triple and an ensuing single by Jake Marlatt produced Salem's first two runs. Three more came in on a wild pitch, a fielder's choice and an error.

Chinn was 4-for-5, with three RBIs and two runs, and teammate Jamie Hoffman was 3-for-6 and scored twice.