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Meyer homer lifts Panthers over Roseburg

Katie Meyer picked the perfect time to hit her fifth home run of the year.

The South Medford senior shortstop had the go-ahead solo home run in the fourth inning as the Panthers edged Roseburg, 1-0, during Southwest Conference play at South Medford High on Tuesday.

Leading off the bottom of the fourth in the gridlocked game, Meyer connected on an 0-2 pitch for the deep homer to center field.

"It was a shot," South Medford coach Miranda Gillaspie-Smith said. "It went past the scoreboard and on top of the batting cage."

The hit gave junior Pat Moore just enough offense to improve to 14-3 after the lefty tossed a two-hit shutout with 18 strikeouts and five walks. She was 2-for-3.

"She threw well tonight," Gillaspie-Smith said. "She definitely had good control."

South couldn't capitalize with the bases loaded in the third and fifth innings.

The victory lifted the Panthers (14-3, 10-3 SWC) into a tie for second place with the Indians (14-4, 10-3) in the league race. The two squads split at Roseburg on April 18.

South hosts North Medford in a key crosstown doubleheader at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

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Martin and Bergmann; Moore and Tatum. W — Moore (14-3). L — Martin. HR — SM: Meyer (5).

NORTH MEDFORD 8, GRANTS PASS 0: At Grants Pass, Teanna Gonsalves went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and two doubles and she combined with Sarah Thomas on a no-hitter for North Medford during Southwest Conference play.

Thomas improved to 12-1 after recording 10 strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Gonsalves had two Ks in the seventh for North (14-1, 10-1 SWC), which has won seven straight.

Ashley Ripplinger blasted a two-run homer, Taelor Mayben was 3-for-4 with two runs and Olivia Lethlean went 2-for-4 against Grants Pass (10-8, 6-7).

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Thomas, Gonsalves (7) and Kucera; Ethridge and Doman. W — Thomas (12-1). L — Etheridge. 2B — NM: Gonsalves 2. HR — NM: Gonsalves (2), Ripplinger (2).

CRATER 13, ASHLAND 0, 5 inn.: At Central Point, Grace Hilton was 3-for-3 and Ally Plankenhorn 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Crater during Midwestern League play.

Tristin Fisher went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, Kaila Lee 2-for-2 and Genna Cottini 2-for-3 for the Comets (9-8, 6-5 MWL). Fisher and Holley Warner combined to allow two hits against Ashland (1-12, 0-11).

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Bohn and Senestraro; Fisher, Warner (4) and Cottini, Harris (5). W — Fisher (8-6). L — Bohn. 2B — A: Philpott, Bohn; C: Lee.

MAZAMA 14, PHOENIX 0, 5 inn.: At Klamath Falls, Brooke Kentner doubled for Phoenix during Skyline Conference play.

The Pirates dropped to 2-11 overall, 2-5 in league. Mazama improved to 10-7, 4-3 in conference.

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Taylor and Wolfe; Lotspeich and Allred. W — Lotspeich L — Taylor. 2B — P: Kentner; M: Lotspeich.

ROGUE RIVER 24, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1, 5 inn.: At Rogue River, Molly Cullotta and Alyssa Sands had four RBIs apiece for Rogue River during Southern Cascade League action.

Sands allowed one run, four hits and one walk with six strikeouts for the Chieftains (5-7, 1-1 SCL). Illinois Valley dropped to 2-13, 0-3 in league.

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Sommers and Miller; Sands and Hardy. W — Sands (4-6). L — Sommers. 2B — RR: Gibson, Sands, Valencia, Cullotta.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 21, RIDDLE 3, 5 inn.: Cascade Christian sophomore Shaylee Ledesma pitched four innings of shutout ball and helped her cause with three hits, six RBIs and four runs in the nonconference game at U.S. Cellular.

Allison Winter went 3-for-3 with four RBIs and Allison McMahon contributed a double and triple for the Challengers (11-1).

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Lincecum and Reeder; Ledesma, Winter (5) and Bogue, Rivas (5). W — Ledesma (11-1). L — Lincecum. 2B — CC: McMahon, Ledesma 2, Bogue. 3B — R: Lincecum, Reeder; CC: McMahon, Winter.