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Eagle Point’s Ayres stymies Crater

CENTRAL POINT — Megan Ayres pitched back-to-back four-hitters to lead Eagle Point to a Midwestern League softball sweep of Crater Saturday, 2-0 and 10-4.

Ayres struck out 11 in the first game and nine in the second. She didn't walk anyone.

"She was tough today," said Crater coach Chris Arnold, whose team fell to 2-4 in the MWL and 5-7 overall. "She definitely kept us off balance. She threw well. She's a hard thrower, and she worked us in and away and up. She kept to her game plan. She was able to get ahead of us quite frequently and make us choose something outside the zone, which is a pretty good strategy."

Ayres was also successful at the plate for the Eagles (5-5, 3-1 MWL), belting a solo home run in the first game and in the second, going 2-for-3 with a walk. Her courtesy runner, Kalyn Tresch, scored three runs in the nightcap.

Also in the first game for Eagle Point, Corie Dodge hit an RBI single in the third and Paige Leeper was 2-for-3.

In Game 2 for the Eagles, Shaelynn Grady, who drove in three runs, and Dodge, who had two RBIs and two runs, were each 2-for-3.

For Crater, Genna Cottini went 2-for-3 with a run, and Sydney Beck rapped an RBI single.

FIRST GAME

Eagle Point;001;010;0;—;2;7;1

Crater;000;000;0;—;0;4;0

Ayres and Grady; Fisher, Warner (2) and Harris. W — Ayres. L — Fisher (5-5). 2B — EP: Willis. HR — EP: Ayres.

SECOND GAME

Eagle Point;041;023;0;—;10;11;4

Crater;004;000;0;—;4;4;1

Ayres and Grady; Fisher, Warner (6) and Harris. W — Ayres. L — Fisher (5-6). 2B — EP: Ayres. 3B — EP: Grady.

NORTH MEDFORD 12-6, SHELDON 0-3: At Eugene, Sarah Thomas tossed a six-inning no-hitter with seven strikeouts and one walk in the opener and North Medford swept the SWC twin bill after Ashley Ripplinger highlighted Game 2 with a solo home run.

Taelor Mayben went 5-for-5 with six RBIs in the opener and was 3-for-4 with two runs in Game 2 for the Black Tornado (9-1, 5-1 SWC).

Olivia Lethlean combined to go 3-for-7 with three runs and two RBIs in the twin bill, while Teanna Gonsalves earned the pitching win in Game 2 and was 3-for-3 with three RBIs.

FIRST GAME

North Medford;140;133;—;12;13;1

Sheldon;000;000;—;0;0;5

Thomas and Kucera; Mundorff, Wagoner (6) and Neuman. W — Thomas (8-1). L — Mundorff. 2B — NM: Mayben.

SECOND GAME

North Medford;220;020;0;—;6;9;3

Sheldon;102;000;0;—;3;4;1

Gonsalves, Thomas (5) and Kucera; Mundorff and Coats. W — Gonsalves (1-0). L — Mundorff. 2B — NM: Miles. 3B — S: Coats. HR — NM: Ripplinger.

THURSTON 1-0, SOUTH MEDFORD 0-8: At Springfield, South Medford pitcher Pat Moore had 34 strikeouts in the SWC doubleheader but Thurston’s only hit in the opener accounted for the Colts’ lone run and handed the Panthers their first loss of the season

Moore allowed one hit, walked five and had 16 strikeouts against Thurston (5-6, 3-3 SWC) in Game 1. Thurston’s run came after a leadoff walk in the fifth was followed by Maya Jenkins’ two-out, run-scoring bloop single to center field.

Jewel Burgoyne-Russell had two hits for the Panthers (9-1, 5-1).

In Game 2, Moore struck out 18 and walked one. The junior pitcher added two hits and two RBIs.

South erupted for four runs in the fourth inning on three walks and singles by Emily Lawruk, Burgoyne-Russell and Moore. Jaden Alexander blasted a two-run homer in the seventh for the Panthers.

FIRST GAME

South Medford;000;000;0;—;0;6;0

Thurston;000;010;x;—;1;1;2

Moore and Tatum; Muggy and Schmidt. W — Muggy L — Moore (8-1).

SECOND GAME

South Medford;000;420;2;—;8;8;1

Thurston;000;000;0;—;0;3;3

Moore and Tatum; Muggy and Mak. W — Moore (9-1). L — Muggy. 2B — SM Britton. HR — SM: Alexander.

GRANTS PASS 11-12, WILLAMETTE 1-2: At Grants Pass, sophomore pitcher Alyssa Etheridge won both ends of the doubleheader and recorded 17 strikeouts in the twin bill.

Etheridge allowed two hits in the five-inning opener and didn’t give up an earned run in a six-inning performance in the nightcap.

Freshman leadoff hitter Skylar Padgett paced the Caver offense with six hits and seven runs scored on the day.

Brooklyn Hurd added a pair of hits in each game for Grants Pass (9-2, 5-1 SWC) and combined for four RBIs

FIRST GAME

Willamette;100;00;—;1;2;6

Grants Pass;431;12;—;11;11;1

Zepeda and Bartlett; Etheridge and Doman. W — Etheridge. L — Zepeda. 2B — W: Gayle.

SECOND GAME

Willamette;010;100;—;2;5;5

Grants Pass;171;102;—;11;13;2

Deffenbacher, Gayle (2) and Bartlett; Etheridge and Doman, Hurd (5). W — Etheridge. L — Deffenbacher.