South Medford lands split with Roseburg
Jordan Jones' solo home run and Ricki Tacdol's two-run single put the South Medford softball team ahead for good in a 6-2 win over Roseburg at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Friday.
The victory salvaged a split after the Indians eked out the opener, 5-3. The loss snapped the Panthers' undefeated Southwest Conference start.
"We are off to a good start and playing good defense," South head coach Dan Marshall said. "Today was a team effort, too. The kids showed some character."
Sophomore Kylee Nunez and freshman Kelcee Jones combined on a six-hitter, holding Roseburg scoreless after the first inning in Game 2. Jordan Jones' homer — her fourth of the year — and Tacdol's hit gave South (11-4, 4-1 SWC) a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first. Tacdol went 3-for-3, Mallory Tacdol was 2-for-2 and Shelbi Boteilho added an RBI single, while Crysta Conn was 3-for-3 for Roseburg (6-7, 3-3).
Nunez went the distance in the opener, giving up seven hits and five walks. The Indians broke up a 3-3 tie in the sixth by capitalizing on two South infield errors.
"I never like saying would've, could've, should've, but we had a chance to win that first game," Marshall said.
Ashleigh Hawkins and Owirka were both 2-for-3 in the opener. Ricki Tacdol's sacrifice fly and Samantha Owirka's hits in the third put the Panthers on the board.
Roseburg 010 022 0 — 5 7 2
South Medford 003 000 0 — 3 7 2
Akers and Jarrett; Nunez and Equitz. W — Akers. L — Nunez (9-3).
Roseburg 200 000 0 — 2 6 2
South Medford 300 120 x — 6 9 2
Akers, Maley (1), Akers (5) and Jarrett; K. Jones, Nunez (4) and Equitz. W — K. Jones (2-1). L — Akers. 2B — R: Collins. HR — SM: J. Jones.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 10, MYRTLE POINT 0, 6 inn. — At Myrtle Point, Cascade Christian pitcher Jasmine Gomez did not allow a hit and the Challengers used a two-out rally in the sixth inning to put the Bobcats away.
Jordan Martinez went 2-for-3 with two runs and Amanda Kinney was 2-for-4 and also scored twice to lead the Challengers (11-5, 6-1 Sunset).
Gomez struck out two and walked two in an efficient performance that saw only one ball hit by Myrtle Point (2-9, 1-5) leave the infield.
Cascade Christian 030 205 — 10 10 0
Myrtle Point 000 000 — 0 0 5
Gomez and J. Martinez; Bouska and Love. W — Gomez (11-4). L — Bouska. 2B — CC: Luzny.
ROGUE RIVER 3, COQUILLE 0 — At Rogue River, McKenzie Cates threw a six-hit shutout and the Rogue River offense backed her with a run in the first inning and two more in the sixth.
Cates struck out 10 and did not allow a walk. Dakota Coldsmith and Brittany Coulter both hit run-scoring singles for the Chieftains, who improved to 8-4 overall and 3-3 in the Sunset League with the win.
Coquille 000 000 0 — 0 6 2
Rogue River 100 002 x — 3 5 0
Hall and Forbes; Cates and Jessee. W — Cates. L — Hall.
COQUILLE 5, ROGUE RIVER 2 — At Rogue River, Austin Arrant and Heston Altenbach both crushed two-run home runs for Coquille.
Brian Stinchcomb, Tom Cermak and Christian Reyes all had two hits for the Chieftains, who scored their two runs on an error and sacrifice fly by Michael Freitas.
The Red Devils (3-7, 2-5 Sunset) executed three double plays, including a pair in the first two innings with Rogue River (11-5, 5-2) in scoring position.
Coquille 001 220 0 — 5 6 1
Rogue River 100 01 0 — 2 8 0
Binford and Altenbach; Taylor and Dupont. 2B — RR: Reyes, Girardot. HR — C: Arrant, Altenbach.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 7, MYRTLE POINT 3 — At Myrtle Point, Cascade Christian left 10 runners on base and was outhit 10-3 by Myrtle Point.
Jake Miller hit an RBI single in the second inning for the Challengers (7-8, 4-3 Sunset League). Tito Rangel had two hits and an RBI for Myrtle Point (7-6, 4-3).
Cascade Christian 020 001 0 — 3 3 5
Myrtle Point 051 001 x — 7 10 2
Litton, Cochran (3) and West; Davis, Adkins (4) and Canady. W — Davis. L — Litton. 2B — MP: Canady, Love.