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Schmidt shines as Tornado wins twice

The pitching burden has fallen squarely on the shoulders of Taylor Schmidt this season. The North Medford sophomore is ready for the responsibility.

Schmidt led the Black Tornado to a pair of victories at the North Medford Invitational Monday at Fagone Field. She fired a five-hitter with seven strikeouts in a 9-4 win over Forest Grove, and came back later in the day to fashion a three-hitter in a 3-1 victory over Westview.

Schmidt yielded just one walk in each outing.

"Taylor had great control and hit her spots really well," North Medford coach Mike Mayben said. "The mental part of her game gets better each time out. She's maturing very quickly, and that's a huge boost for our team."

Justine Sandoval cracked a three-run double in a four-run third inning in the Tornado's win over Forest Grove. North Medford scored another run in the fourth to take a 5-3 lead, then broke open the game with three additional runs in the sixth. Sandoval reached base on an error to kick-start the sixth-inning burst that also saw a single from Kassie Choi, a squeeze bunt from Kayla Strahm and an RBI single from Katie Gould.

Gould went 3-for-4 against the Vikings and Choi went 2-for-4.

North Medford went on top of Westview 3-0 after two innings and that was ample offense for Schmidt, who ran her record, and North Medford's, to 3-2 on the season. Gould singled and scored in the first inning and added an RBI single in the second to spark the Tornado attack.

In other tournament games, Eagle Point defeated Corvallis 12-0 before losing to Putnam, 10-0; South Medford lost to McNary, 1-0, and to Southridge, 10-3; and Crater downed Sprague, 3-2.

Also, South Salem beat Westview, 6-5; Putnam edged Churchill, 1-0; Roseburg downed McNary, 4-1; Churchill nipped Sprague, 9-8; Forest Grove blanked Beaverton, 3-0; West Salem routed Sandy, 10-0; Roseburg clipped Southridge, 3-0; and Churchill defeated Sprague, 9-8 in 11 innings.

North Medford 004 103 1 — 9 9 4

Forest Grove 102 000 1 — 4 5 3

Schmidt and Sevano; Grinseth and Kemper. W — Schmidt (2-2). L — Grinseth. 2B — NM: Sandoval; FG: Vandromlin, Kemper.


Westview 001 000 0 — 1 3 2

North Medford 120 000 x — 3 3 3

Abraham and Cole; Schmidt and Sevano. W — Schmidt (3-2). L — Abraham.

U SOUTH MEDFORD SWEPT — South Medford surrendered the game's only run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Panthers were nipped by McNary 1-0 on the first day of the North Medford Invitational. South Medford later lost 10-3 to Southridge.

Against McNary, sophomore Jessica Mondale pitched a three-hitter for the Panthers (3-4).

Against second-ranked Southridge, South's Kinzie Towry went 2-for-2 and scored a run, and sister Kandra added an RBI double.

South Medford 000 000 0 — 0 6 0

McNary 000 000 1 — 1 3 0

Mondale and Dixon; McDonald and Bennett; W — McDonald. L — Mondale (3-3). 3B — M: McDonald.


Southridge 620 101 — 10 15 1

South Medford 000 003 — 3 4 3

Wallace and Kelly; Mondale, Newman (3) and Dixon. W — Wallace. L — Mondale (3-4). 2B — SM: Ka. Towry; SR: Guzy, Kelly. 3B — SR: Fitzgerald.

U EAGLE POINT SPLITS — Eagle Point's Terrah Whipple went 3-for-4 at the plate with two home runs and eight RBIs in a 12-0 victory over Corvallis.

The Eagles were later upended by Putnam, 10-0, at the North Medford Invitational.

The Eagles (7-2) jumped to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning against Corvallis on Whipple's two-run double. The senior shortstop followed with a grand slam in the fourth inning and another two-run home run in the top of the fifth.

Eagle Point's Kirsten Emigh surrendered just two hits in four innings and struck out three to improve her record to 6-0. In relief, Karlie Stephens punched out the side in the fifth inning before the game was called because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Emigh also went 2-for-3 and Carissa Schauffler went 2-for-2 for Eagle Point.

Eagle Point 012 54 — 12 9 0

Corvallis 000 00 — 0 2 0

Emigh, Stephens (5) and Griggs; Casswell, Porter (4) and Keim. W — Emigh (6-0). L — Casswell. 2B — EP: Whipple, Emigh. HR — EP: Whipple 2.


Eagle Point 000 00 — 0 1 2

Putnam 604 0x — 10 10 1

Stephens, Josephson (5) and Griggs; Harvey and Sayres. W — Harvey. L — Stephens (1-2). 2B — P: Harvey, Hudson, LeBaron, Eberhardt.

u CRATER 3, SPRAGUE 2 — Ashleigh Cuddie was superb from the plate and effective from the mound for Crater, which scored three first-inning runs to hold off Sprague at the North Medford Invitational

Sprague's pitcher had trouble with her control in the first inning as she hit the first three Comet batters. After Crater's Emily Morrill scored on a single by Amanda Bates, Cuddie slapped a two-run double to give the Comets a 3-0 lead.

Cuddie struck out five and kept a strong Sprague offense from stringing together consecutive hits despite surrendering 10 hits overall. Cuddie, Susan Winningham and Haley Hevern all went 2-for-3 for Crater (8-2), which plays South Umpqua today at 11 a.m.

Crater 300 000 0 — 3 9 1

Sprague 001 100 0 — 2 10 2

Cuddie and Lokeno; Hedrick and Holm. W — Cuddie (4-1). L — Hedrick. 2B — C: Cuddie 2; S: Hedrick.

U ASHLAND 5, SKYVIEW 1 — At Summit, sophomore pitcher Bella Pribyl tossed a two-hitter for Ashland and dizzied Skyview with 16 strikeouts as the Grizzlies opened the Summit Tournament with a victory.

April Jorgensen's sacrifice fly scored Sarah Silbowitz to put the Grizzlies on top of the Idaho team in the bottom of the second inning.

Hayley Ross went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, and Silbowitz was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Skyview 000 001 0 — 1 2 2

Ashland 010 202 x — 5 7 1

Blikenstaff and Ellis; Pribyl and Cantrell. W — Pribyl (5-1). L — Blikenstaff. 2B — A: Ross.

U NORTH VALLEY SPLITS — At Boardman, North Valley lost to Valley Catholic, 2-0, but rebounded against Vernonia, 6-1, in the Riverside Tournament.

Against Vernonia, a wild pitch in the third inning scored North Valley's Kristen Allison to tie it at 1-1. Shawlena Haga then hit a two-run triple, plating Rachel Conard and Nikki Noyes as the Knights took control.

Allison went 2-for-2, was walked twice and stole two bases. Haga was 3-for-3.

North Valley 000 000 0 — 0 2 1

Valley Catholic 000 101 x — 2 5 1

Hinkle and R. Conard; Picken and Baglar. W — Picken. L — Hinkle (2-2). 2B — VC: Hoshowski. 3B — VC: Keagbine, Picken.


Vernonia 001 000 0 — 1 4 3

North Valley 004 020 x — 6 7 0

Lindgauer, Landers (5) and Nutting; Morton and R. Conard. W — Morton (2-1). L — Lindgauer. 3B — Allison, Haga.


u CRATER 9, SOUTH SALEM 4 — At Central Point, Crater used a four-run third inning to bounce back from an early deficit and win its first game of the season in the four-day Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.

Crater pitcher Chris Thomas allowed six hits and struck out nine. Charlie Reina, Jake Ellis and Jesse Warren each went 2-for-3 for the Comets.

South Salem 101 002 0 — 4 6 1

Crater 004 041 x — 9 10 3

Branch and Bicklar; Thomas and Reina. W — Thomas (1-0). L — Branch. 2B — C: Ellis; SS: Miller. 3B — C: Davis.

u CENTRAL CATHOLIC 12, SOUTH MEDFORD 4 — Matt Mardesich belted a two-run homer and a two-run single to power Central Catholic to the nonconference win at South Medford High.

Andrew Barrier and Curtis Bull added two hits each for the Rams (1-3), who handed South Medford its third loss in five games.

Central Catholic 207 010 2 — 12 11 1

South Medford 002 200 0 — 4 4 8

Bull, Clark (5) and Wheaton; J. Smith, Britton (5), Adamson (7) and Williamson. W — Vull. L — J. Smith (0-2). 2B — CC: Wheaton, Vull, Falbo; SM: Williamson. HR — CC: Mardesich.