South secures another road sweep
BEND — South Medford scored its second doubleheader sweep in a little more than 24 hours Saturday to improve to 5-0 heading into the Southwest Conference softball season opener on Tuesday.
Fresh off sweeping Red Bluff on the road Friday, the Panthers set out for Bend early Saturday and opened with a 15-0, five-inning win over Redmond before turning back Ridgeview, 7-2, to complete the nonconference twin bill.
South Medford used a variety of sources to secure the sweep, with Pat Moore picking up the win in each game but also getting the support of 20 total hits and only one defensive error.
“It was definitely a team effort,” said South Medford head coach Miranda Gillaspie-Smith. “Obviously we were getting great support from the mound but we were also getting good support from the batter’s box.”
Pat Moore allowed two hits against Redmond with nine strikeouts and three walks, then handcuffed Ridgeview to the tune of 18 strikeouts with five hits and six walks allowed. The sophomore left-hander also went 3-for-4 with one run against Redmond.
Marissa Tarazon drove in two runs and scored once against Redmond, while Hannah Newman scored three times and the Panthers got two runs apiece from Rachael Moore, Alexis Baker, Hannah Smith and Krystal Williams.
Against Ridgeview, Baker got things rolling for South with a three-run double in the first inning. Newman finished 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI, Smith 2-for-3 with one run and Jeweliana Burgoyne-Russell was 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
P. Moore and Tatum; Reese, Sierstos (5) and Williams. W — P. Moore (4-0) L — Reese. 2B — SM: P. Moore 2.
P. Moore and Tatum; Collins and Davis. W — P. Moore (5-0). L — Collins. 2B: SM — Baker; R: Williamson.
GRANTS PASS 3-7, RED BLUFF 1-1: At Grants Pass, Amy Robinson threw a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and one walk in the opener and allowed three hits and no walks with three strikeouts in Game 2 for Grants Pass.
Halleigh Noga had two hits and Dalenna Bellum two RBIs for the Cavers (3-0) in the second game.
A. Akins, B. Akins (6) and Bacalla; Robinson and Doman. W — Robinson (2-0) L — A. Akins. 2B — RB: B. Akins; GP: Taylor.
Issaken, Fox (2), A. Akins (3) and Bacalla; Robinson and Doman. W — Robinson (3-0). L — Issaken. HR — RB: B. Akins.
PHOENIX 10-11, MARSHFIELD 8-1: At Talent, Max Potter combined to go 4-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs in the doubleheader sweep for Phoenix, which received strong pitching outings from Aaron Hutchinson and Drake Knowles.
Hutchinson struck out nine and allowed two hits and three walks in five innings before giving way to Kyle Botermans in the opener. Hutchinson also added a three-run double in the second inning, while Botermans went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI and Ben Hague was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI.
In Game 2, Colton Beer went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Hutchinson 2-for-2 with one RBI and Dorian Mobley 2-for-3 for the Pirates (2-3). Making his first varsity start, Knowles allowed three hits with six strikeouts and one walk in the five-inning win.
Soria, Fatzoner (3), Boles (6) and Phillips; Hutchinson, Botermans (6) and Potter, Mobley (6). W — Hutchinson (1-1). L — Soria. 2B — M: Minton; P: Hague, Hutchinson.
Martin, Diabla (4) and Denton; Knowles and Mobley. W — Knowles (1-0). L — Martin. 2B — M: Jussilla; P: Potter 2, Turnbull, Botermans, Hutchinson.
ST. MARY’S 9, KLAMATH UNION 0: At Redding, Calif., Brady Robison went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI and Spencer McCabe had a solid day pulling double duty, striking out seven with one walk in a two-hitter to go with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate with two RBIs.
St. Mary’s (4-5) used consecutive suicide squeezes with the bases loaded by Robison and Travis Danielson to spark a four-run first inning. Ty Mulholland’s RBI double helped set the stage for a five-run sixth inning.
Joe Johnson went 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI for the Crusaders, who finished 1-3 in the American Christian Academy Invitational.
Carter, Forrester (6) and Budden; McCabe and Mulholland. W — McCabe (1-1). L — Carter. 2B — SM: Mulholland, Johnson, McCabe, Robison.