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South softball beats Crater in tuneup

Katie Meyer produced in the clutch for South Medford during a 5-4 nonconference victory against Crater at South Medford High Tuesday.

Meyer’s two-out double scored Jewel Burgoyne-Russell, who had a two-out single, with the eventual winning run in the fourth inning.

The Comets (13-14) tied the game 2-all in the second on RBI singles by Bayley Jensen and Emily McCollum.

South pitcher Pat Moore (19-7) struck out 14 and walked six in going the distance.

Meyer went 3-for-3 with one RBI for the Panthers (18-7), while Crater’s Simone Turituri had two hits.

South Medford hosts Southridge (13-14), the No. 5 team from the Metro League, in the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Crater will be home in a 5A play-in game at 4 p.m. Friday against Central (11-11), the No 5 team from the Mid-Willamette Conference.


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Fisher and Harris; Moore and Tatum. W — Moore (19-7). L — Fisher. 2B — SM: Meyer, Britton.


GRANTS PASS 16, MCNARY 2: At Grants Pass, Cody Ekwall went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored and Brennen Lauffenburger recorded 11 strikeouts for Grants Pass in the Class 6A state play-in contest.

Tyler Rund was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs for the Cavemen (12-14). Lauffenburger allowed two hits, two runs and one walk in six innings against McNary (11-14).


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Gilbert, Rumbaugh (5), Wentworth (5), Alger (6) and Johnson, Holt (6); Lauffenburger, D’Amico (7) and Bjorn. W — Lauffenburger. L — Gilbert. 2B — MN: Ismay; GP: Ekwall, Zozaya. 3B — GP: Ekwall, Castle.

SUMMIT 9, ASHLAND 8: Summit edged Ashland during nonleague action at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

The game was the Grizzlies’ final tune-up for the postseason. Ashland (17-7) hosts Lebanon in a Class 5A play-in game Friday. The contest is scheduled for 5 p.m. at North Mountain Park, with the winner advancing to the 16-team state tournament.