Bartley, top-ranked North Medford deny South
North Medford's Kelsie Bartley and Amanda Wolfe were models of efficiency Monday night at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Bartley pitched in only one nail-biting inning and Wolfe was a stellar 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs during a 7-0 victory over host South Medford in Southwest Conference softball.
McKenna Storey and Amanda Freitas also added 2-for-3 efforts for top-ranked North Medford, which improved to 16-1 overall and 6-0 in conference.
Bartley allowed five singles — three in the bottom of the third — to go with six strikeouts and no walks in improving to 8-0.
"Even though she didn't have a lot of strikeouts, that was the only inning we threatened," said South Medford head coach Dan Marshall. "She threw a good ballgame and they played good (defense) behind her."
The Black Tornado opened a 3-0 lead in the top of the third thanks to a two-run double by Wolfe and fielder's choice RBI by Tejay Schmidt.
The Panthers (11-5, 4-2 SWC) set the table for a big inning of their own in the bottom of the third thanks to singles by Kylie Towry, Olivia Beamish-White and Ashleigh Hawkins. But with two outs, Bartley was able to strike out Mallory Tacdol to quell the threat.
"We were right where we wanted to be in the heart of our lineup," said Marshall. "If we could've answered there, that maybe could've put a little pressure on them."
Jenna Stevens singled home Freitas in the sixth and North scored three more runs to pull away in the seventh. Wolfe had an RBI double and a pair of throwing errors allowed the remaining runs.
North Medford 003 001 3 — 7 10 0
South Medford 000 000 0 — 0 5 3
Bartley and Wolfe; Nunez and Equitz. W — Bartley (8-0). L — Nunez (9-4). 2B — NM: Wolfe 2.
GRANTS PASS 12-26, SOUTH EUGENE 0-0 — At Grants Pass, Morgan Barnes struck out 14 of the 15 batters she faced in the opener and Grants Pass finished with 35 total hits in the Southwest Conference sweep.
Barnes pitched a one-hit shutout with no walks and was 2-for-3 in Game 1. Ashley Bacon was 3-for-3.
In the first two innings of the nightcap, Tara Glover went 4-for-4 with six RBIs and four runs. Her bases-clearing triple in the second was one of the Cavers' season-high 23 hits.
Hannah Fischer finished 4-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs against the Axemen (2-13, 0-6 SWC).
D Jantzer ended her day 4-for-7 with five runs and three RBIs for Grants Pass (12-3, 4-2).
South Eugene 000 00 — 0 1 2
Grants Pass 404 13 — 12 12 0
Hill and Shortreed; Barnes and Misfeldt. W — Barnes. L — Hill. 2B — GP: Barnes, Sells. 3B — GP: Jantzer.
South Eugene 000 00 — 0 2 6
Grants Pass (13)92 11 — 26 23 1
Hill and Shortreed; Jantzer and Misfeldt. W — Jantzer. L — Hill. 2B — GP: Glover, Jantzer. 3B — GP: Glover 2.
ALL-SWC TOURNEY — South Medford's Brandon Bol fired a 78 but still finished five shots back of medalist Sulman Raza of South Eugene at Rogue Valley Country Club.
SHELDON (318) — Nate Krause 38-37—75, Tyler Bevans 42-38—80, Jordan Egbert 37-44—81, Jeff Toreson 43-39—82.
SOUTH EUGENE (320) — Sulman Raza 39-34—73, Gus Klingman 38-41—79, Paul Swenson 42-40—82, Tommy Fruin 41-45—86.
ROSEBURG (323) — Brad Seehawer 39-39—78, Levi Chappell 39-40—79, Arie Yraguen 40-40—80, Garrick Knowles 42-44—86.
GRANTS PASS (325) — Cody Stoffel 39-37—76, Jake Amble 37-40—77, Matt Nottingham 44-41—85, Zack Paterson 40-47—87.
SOUTH MEDFORD (333) — Brandon Bol 36-42—78, Andrew Martin 37-43—80, Noah Brooks 42-43—85, Erik Henry 44-46—90.
NORTH MEDFORD (354) — Cody Stover 42-43—85, Hunter Dixon 39-47—86, Joey Walker 42-46—88, Alec Williamson 44-51—95.
ALL-SWC TOURNEY — At Grants Pass, North Medford's Sunshine Powers captured medalist honors but the Black Tornado landed in third place behind two consistent Eugene squads at Grants Pass Golf Club.
Powers recorded an 8-over-par 80 for North Medford, which finished with a team score of 413.
Led by Kendahl Herring's 89, Sheldon won the Southwest Conference event with a team total of 370. South Eugene was second at 388.
Kayla Anderson shot a 97 to pace South Medford.
SHELDON (370) — Kendahl Herring 47-42—89, Lizzie Gray 47-43—90, Sammy Rouleau 54-47—101, Alexi Bevans 46-44—90.
SOUTH EUGENE (388) — Lindsey Warne 45-45—90, RaeChelle Leiken 48-47—95, Rosella Chapman 49-48—97, Natalie Pellitier 52-54—106.
NORTH MEDFORD (413) — Sunshine Powers 40-40—80, Shelby Moffatt 51-48—99, Madi Richards 58-54—112, Monica Godfrey 54-68—122.
GRANTS PASS (426) — Cassie DeRocher 47-49—96, Shaney Creverline 50-49—99, Cori DeForest 54-52—106, Amanda Ciria 59-66—125.
ROSEBURG (426) — Halie Caylor 42-42—84, Ashlynn Persing 52-49—101, Breanna Barraza 53-55—108, Bailey LeCoure 71-62—133.
SOUTH MEDFORD (529) — Kayla Anderson 51-46—97, Jennifer Wolf 62-61—123, Megan Beamish-White 73-67—140, Rebekah Myers 97-72—169.
CRUSADER/CHALLENGER MATCH PLAY — Aubrie Street and Cassandra Carothers guided St. Mary's to an easy 7-0 victory over Cascade Christian in the tournament at Stewart Meadows Golf Course.
RESULTS — Aubrie Street, StM, d. Christina Phelps, CC, 4 and 2; Cassandra Carothers, StM, d. Taylor Darby, CC, 5 and 4; Katie Wayman, StM, d. Monique Kaldunski, CC, 3 and 2; Jordan Jackson, StM, d. Katie Aguilar, CC, 2 and 1; Kate Traister, StM, d. Megan Boesl, CC, 2 and 1; Jacqueline Bradford, StM, d. Taylee Burns, CC, 1-up; Charis Darnall, StM, d. Lindsay Neussl, CC, 1-up.