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Tornado splits with Indians on road

ROSEBURG — The North Medford softball team settled for a split with Roseburg in a matchup of the top two squads in the Southwest Conference on Saturday.

The Black Tornado won the opener, 1-0 in eight innings, and the Indians rebounded to take Game 2, 8-5. With three league contests remaining, North (20-2, 16-2 SWC) can finish no worse than tied for first place with Roseburg (17-6, 13-5), although the Indians hold a 2-1 series advantage over the Tornado.

In the opener, Olivia Lethlean had the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the eighth inning with one out. She brought home Cassie Campbell, who led off the frame with a triple.

Taelor Mayben finished 3-for-5 with three stolen bases, Ashley Ripplinger 2-for-2, Campbell 2-for-4 and Tra Kucera 2-for-5 for North in Game 1. Sarah Thomas pitched a two-hitter with four strikeouts and no walks to improve to 17-1.

The Indians jumped out to a 8-2 advantage in the nightcap en route to the triumph. Lethlean and Mayben were both 2-for-4.

FIRST GAME

North Medford;000;000;01;—;1;11;3

Roseburg;000;000;00;—;0;2;5

Thomas and Kucera; Martin and Bergmann. W — Thomas (17-1). L — Martin. 3B — NM: Campbell.

SECOND GAME

North Medford;200;300;0;—;5;8;1

Roseburg;332;000;x;—;8;15;2

Thomas, Gonsalves (2) and Kucera; Martin, Blevins (5) and Bergmann. W — Martin. L — Thomas (17-2). 2B — R: Bergmann, Wyscaver. HR — R: Bergmann.

GRANTS PASS 4-3, SOUTH MEDFORD 3-2: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass eked out the Southwest Conference sweep.

In the opener, the Cavers (14-9, 10-8 SWC) took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when Skylar Padgett came home on a bases-loaded walk. Halleigh Noga was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Grants Pass. South Medford lefty Pat Moore allowed two hits and 10 walks with 10 strikeouts.

In Game 2, Brooklyn Hurd and Noga hit back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh with one out.

Moore was 3-for-4 with two runs, Katie Meyer 3-for-4 and Jewel Burgoyne-Russell 2-for-4 for the Panthers (15-7, 11-7), with Moore recording nine Ks and seven walks in the circle. Noga went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

FIRST GAME

South Medford;100;020;0;—;3;6;0

Grants Pass;010;021;x;—;4;2;2

Moore and Tatum; Padgett and Doman. W — Padgett (4-0). L — Moore (15-6). 2B — GP: Noga.

SECOND GAME

South Medford;101;000;0;—;2;10;0

Grants Pass;100;000;2;—;3;4;1

Moore and Tatum; Padgett and Doman. W — Padgett (5-0). L — Moore (15-7). 2B — SM: Burgoyne-Russell; GP: Noga.

CHURCHILL 6-4, EAGLE POINT 1-3: At Eugene, Churchill held on for the Midwestern League sweep.

Paige Leeper hit an RBI single to bring home Ashley Oppelt in the top of the seventh inning of Game 2, giving Eagle Point a 3-2 lead before the Lancers (19-4, 16-1 MWL) rallied in the bottom of the frame.

Shaelynn Grady had a run-scoring single in the opener for the Eagles (10-11, 8-7), who loaded the bases in the seventh but couldn't capitalize.

FIRST GAME

Eagle Point;000;000;1;—;1;4;1

Churchill;141;000;x;—;6;6;0

Ayres and Grady; Jegtvig and DeLap. W — Jegtvig. L — Ayres. 2B — EP: Ayres, Thompson; C: DeLap. HR — C: DeLap, Daniels.

SECOND GAME

Eagle Point;200;000;1;—;3;5;2

Churchill;000;101;2;—;4;5;1

Ayres and Grady; Jegtvig and Delap. W — Jegtvig. L — Ayres. 2B — C: Cole.

ROGUE RIVER 10-3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1-6: At Rogue River, Kelsey Bogue hit the go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning of Game 2 for Cascade Christian during Southern Cascade League action.

Bogue was 2-for-4 in the nightcap for the Challengers (16-3, 8-1 SCL).

Marina Hall went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two runs in the opener and finished 2-for-4 in Game 2 for Rogue River (10-8, 4-2).

FIRST GAME

Cascade Christian;100;000;0;—;1;3;4

Rogue River;104;041;x;—;10;11;3

Sands and Hardy; Ledesma and Bogue. W — Sands. L — Ledesma. 2B — RR: Hall. 3B — RR: Hall.

SECOND GAME

Cascade Christian;200;010;3;—;6;8;2

Rogue River;200;100;0;—;3;7;3

Sands and Hardy; Ledesma and Bogue. W — Ledesma. L — Sands. 2B — CC: Bogue; RR: Hall. 3B — RR: Hardy.

PROSPECT 13-16, DAYS CREEK 1-0, 5 inn.: At Prospect, Marissa Raines hit an inside-the-park grand slam in the opener and Katie Munsell tossed a no-hitter in Game 2 for Prospect during nonleague action.

Theresa Ferguson went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Hanna Kuykendall 2-for-3 in Game 1 for the Cougars (14-6). Munsell, who scored four runs in the nightcap, had eight strikeouts and no walks and Ferguson finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs against Days Creek (4-11-1).

FIRST GAME

Days Creek;000;01;—;1;4;3

Prospect;307;3x;—;13;7;3

Kewish, Crume (4) and Pickett; Weaver, Munsell (5) and H. Kuykendall. W — Weaver (8-5). L — Kewish. 3B — DC: Dossman. HR — P: Raines (1).

SECOND GAME

Days Creek;000;00;—;0;0;4

Prospect;20(11);3x;—;16;7;3

Kewish, Crume (4) and Pickett; Munsell and H. Kuykendall. W — Munsell (5-1). L — Kewish. 3B — P: Munsell, Ferguson.