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North Medford aces baffle Marist

GRANTS PASS — In its opener on Saturday, the North Medford softball team went up against one of the state's top pitchers, Stanford-bound Nyree White of Marist.

Fortunately for the Black Tornado, it had the luxury of throwing two of the state's best pitchers.

With aces Kelsie Bartley and Maryssa Becker at the helm, the Black Tornado was able to hold Marist at bay and sweep its Class 5A foe in a doubleheader, 3-1 and 7-1, at Grants Pass High School.

"We're in a pretty unique situation because we have two great pitchers and they both pitched really well tonight," said North Medford coach Mike Mayben. "They really held their hitters down, mostly groundball outs."

Bartley allowed just one earned run on three hits, gave up two walks and finished with 11 strikeouts in the opener. She faced more than four batters in an inning just once in the contest.

"She did a great job locating her pitches," said Mayben. "She had good command of the strike zone."

Bartley also helped her own cause by hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning. Alyssa Maurer, who stole three bases, and Logan Hagey were 2-for-3 for the Black Tornado.

After giving up a walk and a single in the first inning of the nightcap, Becker was perfect.

In the first inning, she intentionally walked White, and after a passed ball moved her to second, a Marist single scored White.

The sophomore then set the Spartans down in order the rest of the way. She fanned 11.

Sierra Berryessa went 3-for-4, scored two runs and stole a pair of bases for North Medford, which got two RBIs and two runs in a 2-for-4 effort from Amanda Wolfe. Bartley and Hagey each added two hits.

FIRST GAME

Marist 000 001 0 — 1 3 1

North Medford 102 000 x — 3 9 1

White and Boyd; Bartley and Wolfe. W — Bartley (1-0). L — White. 2B — M: Benrends. HR — NM: Bartley.

SECOND GAME

Marist 100 000 0 — 1 1 1

North Medford 300 301 x — 7 12 0

White and Boyd; Becker and Wolfe. W — Becker (1-0). L — White. 2B — NM: Wolfe.

REDMOND 11-7, CRATER 2-6 — At Redmond, during a seventh-inning rally attempt in the nightcap, Crater stranded the tying run on first base and couldn't avoid the nonconference sweep.

The Comets (0-2) tallied three runs in the top of the seventh, which began with a leadoff home run by Kenzie Rohee.

Amber Bleth's three-run bomb went over the left-field wall just inside the foul poll to even the score 3-all for Crater in the top of the second.

Dennae Grant went 2-for-4 and drove in a seventh-inning run.

In the opener, Redmond chalked up seven runs in the bottom of the first.

Grant hit a two-run single in the second.

FIRST GAME

Crater 020 000 0 — 2 7 4

Redmond 700 130 x — 11 11 1

Murphy and Haga; Knowles and McCarthy. W — Knowles. L — Murphy (0-1). 2B — R: Al. Mitchem. HR — R: Au. Mitchem, Friend.

SECOND GAME

Crater 030 000 3 — 6 5 2

Redmond 311 011 x — 7 9 1

Bleth and Haga; Edwards and McCarthy. W — Edwards (0-1). L — Bleth. 2B — R: Knowles 3. 3B — C: Grant. HR — C: Bleth, Rohee.

NORTH VALLEY 7-1, SOUTH UMPQUA 6-16 — At Grants Pass, Kady Kantola's game-winning double lifted North Valley over South Umpqua in Game 1.

Kendra Peckham recorded a double and a triple for North Valley (3-1).

In the second game, pitcher Jasmine Aaron drove in Chelsea Wiley for the Knights' only run.

FIRST GAME

South Umpqua 500 000 1 — 6 10 0

North Valley 230 001 1 — 7 7 2

Schofield and Bohnenkamp; Aaron and Peckham. W — Aaron (3-0). L— Schofield. 2B — SU: Warren, Hubbard; NV: Peckham, Baertschiger, Kantola. 3B — SU: Ball; NV: Peckham.

SECOND GAME

South Umpqua 130 66 — 16 12 0

North Valley 010 00 — 1 2 3

Schofield and Bohnenkamp; Aaron and Peckham. W — Schofield. L — Aaron (3-1). 2B — SU: Warren, Schoonhoven, Hubbard, Robinson. 3B — SU: Robinson.