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Austin, Tornado cruise by Axemen

EUGENE — Sophomore shortstop Rylan Austin went 5-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored and senior pitcher Sarah Thomas had a strong outing as the North Medford softball team defeated South Eugene, 17-3, in the Southwest Conference opener on Tuesday.

Thomas did not allow a run or hit with nine strikeouts and one walk in four innings.

Ashley Ripplinger finished 3-for-4 with four runs, Tra Kucera 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Gabby Rosales 2-for-5 with three RBIs for the Black Tornado (5-0, 1-0 SWC), which tallied 23 hits.

Jordan Neathamer was 2-for-2 with three runs, Jovanna Salvador-McColly 2-for-3 with two runs and Teanna Gonsalves 2-for-5 with two RBIs against the Axemen (1-3, 0-1).

"I was really proud of Sarah Thomas," North Medford head coach Mike Mayben said. "She pitched extremely well and Rylan had a great day."

North Medford;320;312;6;—;17;23;2

South Eugene;000;003;0;—;3;3;2

Thomas, Gonsalves (5) and Kucera; Clark and Kochevar. W — Thomas (5-0). L — Clark. 2B — NM: Gonsalves, Ripplinger; SE: McAninch 2.

GRANTS PASS 16, SHELDON 15: At Grants Pass, Brooklyn Hurd had a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning for Grants Pass in the Southwest Conference opener.

The hit came with two outs, bringing home Jenaya Wright. Halleigh Noga had four hits and Skylar Padgett three hits and two RBIs for the Cavers (4-0, 1-0 SWC). Sheldon dropped to 0-5, 0-1 in league.

Sheldon;120;407;1;—;15;9;6

Grants Pass;230;460;1;—;16;16;11

Mundorff, Sams (5) and Neuman; Etheridge, Padgett (5) and Doman. W — Padgett. L — Sams. 2B — GP: Dougherty. HR — S: Neuman.

EAGLE POINT 21, NORTH EUGENE 0, 5 inn.: At Eugene, Megan Ayers pitched a one-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts and had two hits in Eagle Point’s Midwestern League opener.

Paige Leeper sparked the Eagles (3-4, 1-0 MWL) 15-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with five RBIs. The senior shortstop belted a three-run homer in Eagles nine-run second inning.

Kayli Meerten added two hits for the Eagles.

Eagle Point;792;03;—;21;15;0

North Eugene;000;00;—;0;1;4

Ayers and Grady; Ferro, Seeley (2) and Griffen. W — Ayers (3-4). L — Ferro. 2B — EP: Ayers, Bartlett, Willis. 3B — EP: Leeper HR — EP: Leeper.

MARIST 7, CRATER 2: At Eugene, Emily McCollum was 2-for-3 for Crater in the Midwestern League opener.

Lauren Burke hit a two-run home run against the Comets (3-4, 0-1 MWL). Marist improved to 4-1-1, 1-0 in league.

Crater;000;001;1;—;2;5;2

Marist;103;201;x;—;7;12;1

Fisher and Harris; Carlson and Siroshton. W — Carlson L — Fisher (3-3). 2B — M: Carlson 2, Siroshton. HR — M: Burke.

CHURCHILL 16, ASHLAND 0, 5 inn.: At Ashland, Churchill recorded 12 runs in the second inning and outhit Ashland 9-0 overall en route to the Midwestern League victory.

Ashland dropped to 1-2 overall, 0-1 in league and the Lancers improved to 4-2, 1-2 in the MWL.

Churchill;4(12)0;00;—;16;9;0

Ashland;000;00;—;0;0;12

Dose, Olin (4) and DeLap; Philpott, Pippa-Baker (2) and Dodds. W — Dose. L — Philpott (0-2). 2B — C: Jegtvig. 3B — C: Codington.

SOUTH UMPQUA 14-22, PHOENIX 4-5: At Talent, South Umpqua rapped 24 hits in the nonconference doubleheader victory at Hagler-James Park.

Amber Taylor had two hits and one RBI for Phoenix (0-5) in the six-inning opening-game loss.

In the five-inning nightcap, Tiona Hurd went 3-for-3, including two doubles, and drove in two runs for the Pirates.

FIRST GAME

South Umpqua;430;007;—;14;12;1

Phoenix;010;003;—;4;7;5

Kelley and Rudy; Hurd and Wolfe. W — Kelley. L — Hurd (0-3). 2B — P: Kentner, Wolfe. 3B — P: Taylor. HR — SU: Mann.

SECOND GAME

South Umpqua;021;8(11);—;22;14;0

Phoenix;130;10;—;5;6;3

Westbrook and Rudy; Taylor, Hurd (4) and Wolfe. W — Westbrook. L — Taylor (0-2). 2B — SU: Rudy, Luydyck; P: Hurd 2. HR — SU: Kelley

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 12, KLAMATH UNION 2, 6 inn.: Kelsey Bogue went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs and Shaylee Ledesma carried a no-hitter through five innings for Cascade Christian during nonleague action at U.S. Cellular.

Ledesma allowed two runs, three hits and four walks with eight strikeouts, and was 2-for-4 with three runs scored at the plate for the Challengers (2-1). Allison McMahon finished 2-for-2 and Allison Winter 2-for-4 against Klamath Union (0-7).

Klamath Union;000;002;—;2;3;4

Cascade Christian;022;305;—;12;11;1

Anderson and Elzner; Ledesma and Bogue. W — Ledesma (2-1). L — Anderson. 2B — CC: Bogue 2.

ROGUE RIVER 5, GOLD BEACH 4: At Gold Beach, sophomore Kobie Gibson collected both Rogue River hits and scored three runs, including the winning one, in the nonconference game.

The Chieftains (2-2) broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh when Gibson reached on an error, advanced to second on a fielder’s choice, moved to third on a passed ball and scored with two outs off an error on a grounder by Bianca Sosa.

Rogue River;020;020;1;—;5;2;6

Gold Beach;002;002;0;—;4;8;5

Sands and Hardy; Ridens, B. Allen (2) and Piper. W — Sands (2-2). L — B. Allen.