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Highlanders top Tornado in ninth

EUGENE — North Eugene’s Robby Alstrom and Jordan Rubin combined for a one-hitter and Brandon Hertz had the game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Highlanders edged North Medford, 2-1, in nonleague baseball on Friday.

Hertz’s hit came with two outs.

The Black Tornado (3-2) took a 1-0 lead in the second when Justin Guyer came home on a Berry Hunt fielder’s choice.

Larson Kindreich allowed three hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in seven innings against North Eugene (3-1).

North Medford’s only hit came in the fourth, when Kasey Buchanan singled.

“I thought we played well, but it was just tough-luck hitting,” North Medford head coach Brett Wolfe said. “We hit a few right at them.”

North Medford;010;000;000;—;1;1;2

North Eugene;000;000;101;—;2;5;2

L. Kindreich, Hunt (8) and Wolff; Alstrom, Rubin (8) and Hertz. W — Rubin; L — Hunt (0-2). 2B — NE: Pruitt.

Softball

CRATER DROPS THREE: At Sparks, Nev., Crater suffered three losses in the 16-team Reed Spring Break Tournament.

The Comets fell 8-0 to Freedom (Calif.), 14-5 to Galena (Nev.) and 10-4 to Carson (Nev.). None of the contests went beyond five innings for the Comets (1-3), who play twice more today.

Against Freedom, Genna Cottini had Crater's lone hit. The Comets committed six errors.

Against Galena, Simone Turituri had a single, a walk and scored twice.

Against Carson, Kaila Lee ripped a two-run single in the fourth inning, and Tristin Fisher had a double and scored a run.

Freedom;060;02;—;8;8;1

Crater;000;00;—;0;1;6

Heihn and Davenport; Fisher, Warner (3) and Harris. W — Heihn. L — Fisher (1-1). 2B — F: Derby, Heihn 2, Coston.

Galena, Nev.;305;24;—;14;13;3

Crater;014;00;—;5;4;3

Bangert and Loux; Fisher and Sanderson. W — Bangert. L — Fisher (1-2). 2B — G: Ward.

Carson, Nev.;433;0;—;10;6;3

Crater;110;2;—;4;5;4

Salciedo and Winder; Warner and Harris. W — Salciedo. L — Warner (0-1). 2B — Car: Winder; Cra: Fisher.