Thomas pitches North Medford past Henley
Junior pitcher Sarah Thomas struck out 13 over five scoreless innings, boosting the North Medford softball team to a season-opening, nonconference victory on Thursday at North Medford High.
Thomas didn't allow a hit and walked three from the circle before being relieved in the sixth inning. She helped her cause with a run-scoring double.
“She had a phenomenal night,” said Black Tornado coach Mike Mayben. “She was hitting her spots and had good command of the zone.”
After Rylan Austin’s two-run single in the fourth inning gave the Black Tornado a 2-0 lead, Olivia Lethlean capped a six-run fifth with a two-run triple to right field. Tralene Kucera also had an RBI double to left in the frame for North Medford.
Virtue and Armantrout; Thomas, Gonsalves (6) and Kucera. W — Thomas (1-0). L — Virtue. 2B — NM: Thomas, Kucera. 3B — NM: Lethlean.
NORTH MEDFORD 7, NORTH EUGENE 3: At Eugene, senior Colton Westfall pitched six strong innings as North Medford opened the season with a nonconference win.
Westfall had six strikeouts and a walk. He also went 2-for-3.
Jordan Ragan was 2-for-2 and drove in three runs, and Jared Evans went 2-for-4 with two runs.
Westfall, Ragan (6) and Wolff; Spaht, Averill (7), Pruitt (7) and Stapley. W — Westfall (1-0). L — Spaht (0-1). 2B — NM: Cowden; NE: Ahlstrom.
EAGLE POINT 13, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 6: Ryan Lorenz, Jonathan Wilson and Nick Hall each had three RBIs as Eagle Point opened things up with a six-run fourth inning at U.S. Cellular.
Lorenz had a bases-clearing triple in the fourth and scored three times, as did Nate Paige and Tanner Jostad.
Eric Higday drove in two runs and added a pair of hits for Cascade Christian (1-1). The Challengers’ Cody Coggins added two doubles while Will Weaver and Knute Thompson collected two hits.
Shopp, Hall (5), Lorenz and Little; Higday, Martinez (4), Cochran (7) and Palmer. W — Lorenz. L — Higday (0-1). 2B — EP: Wilson; CC: Coggins 2, Thompson, Weaver. 3B — EP: Page, Lorenz.
YREKA 4, PHOENIX 1: At Yreka, Calif., Derrick Howard scattered eight hits, fanned nine and walked one to lead Yreka in the nonleague game.
Dorian Mobley went 2-for-2 and drove in Phoenix's lone run with a double in the seventh inning.
Kyle Botermans was 3-for-3 for the Pirates and stole a base.
Hutchinson, Noles (6) and Potter; Howard and Plucker. W — Howard. L — Hutchinson (0-1). 2B — P: Mobley; Yreka: Howard 2. 3B — P: Livingston.
ASHLAND 5, GRANTS PASS 3: At Ashland, Kyle Milgram went the distance for Ashland, striking out five and walking one while allowing seven hits and two earned runs in the nonleague game.
Jett Hamik sparked a three-run rally in the sixth for the Grizzlies with an RBI double that knotted the score at 3-3.
Caleb Bell was 2-for-3 for Ashland with a run and a sacrifice fly.
Lauffenburger, J. D’Amico (6), C. D’Amico (6) and Bjorn; Milgram and Hamik. W—Milgram. L—Lauffenburger (0-1). 2B—Ash: Sanderson, Hamik.