Quick-striking Tornado sweeps openers
North Medford's softball team wasted little time exerting itself Monday during opening-day play at the 32-team North Medford Invitational at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
The Black Tornado used four first-inning runs to set the tone in an opening 15-0 victory over Jesuit in five innings, then wrapped up the day with six runs in the first inning against Southridge en route to an 11-1 win in five innings.
"We came out and hit extremely well," said North Medford head coach Mike Mayben. "We've seen good pitching like this and scored four or five runs in the past but today we just stayed consistent and forced a lot of things with the kids moving up on really good baserunning."
Black Tornado pitchers Kelsie Bartley and Maryssa Becker were also on top of their games, with Bartley tossing a two-hitter against Jesuit and Becker firing a one-hitter against Southridge. Each boasted nine strikeouts, with Bartley walking only one batter and Becker finishing with four walks, although two came during an inning played with hail falling from the sky.
The day at U.S. Cellular saw conditions that included sun, rain, hail and wind as the backdrop to already chilly temperatures.
"Our kids just came ready, and in both games today the elements played a big role," said Mayben, whose team improved to 4-0. "It's hard for teams to stay focused when it's cold and windy and wet and rainy, and I thought our kids just played through it really well."
Amanda Freitas was 3-for-4 with four runs scored and Amanda Wolfe 4-for-4 with two RBIs against Jesuit, while Bartley drove in three runs and Hannah Leming was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. Bartley had a no-hitter until allowing both of Jesuit's hits in the fifth and final inning.
Against Southridge, Sierra Berryessa was 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI, Leming 2-for-2 with two runs and one RBI, Logan Hagey 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI and Alyssa Maurer 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs.
North Medford 451 50 — 15 15 0
Jesuit 000 00 — 0 2 3
Bartley and Wolfe; Palmer, Maun (2), Joseph (4) and Mordum. W — Bartley (2-0). L — Palmer. 2B — NM: Wolfe 2, Leming, Hagey.
Southridge 100 00 — 1 1 3
North Medford 610 04 — 11 12 0
Mendenhal and Bonzer; Becker and Wolfe. W — Becker (2-0). L — Mendenhal. 2B — NM: Leming, Hagey. 3B — NM: Freitas.
SOUTH MEDFORD SPLITS — Lucy Baldovino struck out 11 and allowed two hits with one walk in an opening 13-0 win over North Salem in five innings but South Medford later fell prey to an early onslaught by Century in an 11-4 loss.
Ashleigh Hawkins was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Ricki Tacdol 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Olivia Beamish-White 2-for-4 against North Salem.
Against Century, Tacdol was 2-for-4 with one RBI to pace the Panthers, who trailed 8-0 after two innings. Hawkins and Lindsey Namanny also added RBI singles for South (1-1).
South Medford 510 07 — 13 10 0
North Salem 000 00 — 0 2 1
Baldovino, Nunez (5) and Equitz; Luke and Smotherman. W — Baldovino (1-0). L — Luke. 2B — SM: Baldovino, Equitz, Tacdol, Owirka. 3B — SM: Tacdol.
Century 352 000 1 — 11 9 2
South Medford 002 002 0 — 4 6 3
McNealy and Kennedy; Baldovino and Equitz. W — McNealy. L — Baldovino (1-1). 2B — C: Hoag. HR — C: McNealy.
CRATER SWEEPS — Renee Murphy secured her first two wins of the season and Crater belted out a combined 30 hits in a twin bill sweep of Liberty, 13-4, and West Salem, 9-4.
Dennae Grant was 4-for-5 with three runs scored against Liberty, while Sarah Haga went 2-for-5 with five RBIs and Renee Murphy was 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Malorie Mitchell was 2-for-5 with two runs and Kenzie Rohde and Cassi Murphy each were 2-for-5.
Against West Salem, Haley Fox blasted a three-run home run in the fifth inning and finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Rachel Ray was 4-for-4 with three runs and Mitchell was 2-for-3 for the Comets (2-2).
Crater 002 041 6 — 13 17 2
Liberty 000 121 0 — 4 2 4
Murphy, Bleth (7) and Haga; Haas and Hall. W — R. Murphy (1-1). L — Haas. 2B — C: Haga 2, Rohde, Fox. 3B — C: R. Murphy, C. Murphy.
West Salem 110 101 0 — 4 12 2
Crater 102 132 x — 9 13 3
Not available; R. Murphy and Haga. W — R. Murphy (2-1). 2B — WS: Hanen, Castro; C: Fox, Rohde. HR — C: Fox (1).
GRANTS PASS SPLITS — At Grants Pass, Grants Pass regrouped to salvage a 7-6 win in nine innings over Central Catholic in its tournament opener but followed with a 5-1 loss to Lake Oswego in the only games played outside U.S. Cellular.
Grace Marsh secured the victory inside the circle and was a key contributor in both games.
The Cavers (2-1) led 5-3 before Central Catholic tied the game with two runs in the seventh. After the Rams scored in the eighth, Oriona Dixon's fielder's choice plated the tying run for GP. In the ninth, Marsh drew a leadoff walk, stole second and was sacrificed to third before scoring the game-winner on an error.
Against Lake Oswego, Rashaun Sells drew a one-out walk, advanced on a Marsh single and scored after two more walks for GP's lone run.
Central Catholic 200 010 210 — 6 8 2
Grants Pass 113 000 011 — 7 6 2
Duronsle and O'Harrow; Marsh and Merritt. W — Marsh (2-0). L — Duronsle. 2B — CC: Augustine, Frilot; GP: Marsh, Bacon. HR — CC: Westrick.
Lake Oswego 000 040 1 — 5 9 1
Grants Pass 000 001 0 — 1 2 3
Dunn and Pyle; Coveney and Merritt. W — Dunn. L — Coveney (0-1). 2B — LO: Huston.
EAGLE POINT SPLITS — Chloe Hanson was lights out in Eagle Point's 6-1 victory over Sherwood in the opener, but later watched the Eagles' seventh-inning lead evaporate during Horizon Christian's 4-3 comeback win.
Hanson allowed one earned run on five hits with no walks and 12 strikeouts against Sherwood. Christine McCready and Tatum Winter both went 3-for-3, with McCready pushing across two runs and Winter driving in one. Jenna Richardson added an RBI double for the Eagles (1-1).
Eagle Point's 3-1 lead against Horizon Christian slipped away following a game-winning, two-run single to complete a three-run seventh.
Despite being held to just two hits, the Eagles had maintained the lead since the first inning but committed three errors in the final frame.
McKenzie Parker fanned eight for the Eagles, who received a two-run home run by McCready in the first inning.
Sherwood 001 000 0 — 1 5 0
Eagle Point 211 020 0 — 6 11 0
Sietz, Ornning (6) and Misselan; Hanson and McCready. W — Hanson (2-0). L — Sietz. 2B — EP: Richardson.
Eagle Point 210 000 0 — 3 2 4
Horizon Christian 001 000 3 — 4 6 0
Dempster and Martensen; Parker and Shopp. W — Dempster. L — Parker (0-1). 2B — EP: Wilkerson. HR — EP: McCready.
PHOENIX SPLITS — Phoenix senior catcher Adrienne Engle had six hits, eight RBIs and a home run in two games for the Pirates, who survived a high-scoring affair against South Eugene before blowing a three-run lead in the seventh against Newport.
Engle was 3-for-5, including the Pirates' first home run, with five RBIs in Phoenix's 19-17 victory over South Eugene. Also coming through for the Pirates were Delanie Tally (4-for-5, three RBIs) and Kya McAlister (4-for-5, three RBIs).
Against Newport, Phoenix led 7-4 in the bottom of the seventh, then committed three errors to allow Newport to pull out an 8-7 victory. Engle was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, and Phoenix freshman pitcher MaKayla Scoggins had seven strikeouts.
Newport scored the winning run when the Pirates threw the ball away attempting to complete the final connection of a 6-4-3 double play.
South Eugene 644 120 0 — 17 8 1
Phoenix 451 720 x — 19 12 1
Hill and McNary; Tally and Engle. W — Tally (1-1). L — Hill. 2B — SE: Morrow; P: Engle. 3B — SE: Morrow. HR — P: Engle (1).
Phoenix 400 021 0 — 7 4 3
Newport 120 001 4 — 8 8 3
Scoggins and Engle; N. Luther, Cochrane (2) and Hendrix. W — Cochrane. L — Scoggins (1-1). 2B — N: L. Luther, Hendrix.