Moore, Panthers shut out Southridge
Pat Moore was dialed in and so were the South Medford softball team’s bats in the opening round of the Class 6A state playoffs Monday.
The junior ace struck out 20 batters on her way to a one-hit shutout and the Panthers topped Southridge 3-0 at South Medford High School.
The Panthers (20-7) move on to play at Jesuit in Wednesday’s second round. The second-seeded Crusaders (26-2) beat Grant 12-1 in six innings Monday.
Moore had a no-hitter going until the sixth inning when Southridge laid down a bunt. Moore, who was responsible for all 21 outs as she fielded the only ball that was hit into play, walked two and hit one batter.
“She’s been working hard and she really got after it today,” said South Medford coach Miranda Gillaspie-Smith. “When we got the run support we needed, that took a lot of pressure off of her.”
With the way Moore was going, the Panthers’ two-run fourth inning made their 3-0 lead seem insurmountable.
In the fourth inning, South Medford’s Shayna Woods smacked a double to left center to plate Bekah Britton all the way from first base. Britton had previously singled with two outs. Bailee Tatum followed with a line drive shot to right field, driving in Woods.
Jewel Burgoyne-Russell put the Panthers on the board in the third inning with an RBI single.
Both Tatum and Burgoyne-Russell went 2-for-3
Mabray and Johnson; Moore and Tatum. W — Moore (20-7). L — Mabray. 2B — SM: Wood, Tatum.
GRANTS PASS 7, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3: At Portland, Grants Pass erupted for five runs in the fifth inning to slip past Central Catholic in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Grants Pass (16-11) will next play at Westview in Wednesday’s second round.
Brooklyn Hurd capped the Cavers’ big fifth inning with a two-run double. Alyssa Etheridge, Haley Dougherty and Olivia DeMars all hit consecutive RBI singles.
Skylar Padgett, who earned the pitching win with five strikeouts, also had a two-run single in the second inning.
Padgett and Doman; McDonald, Croydon (5) and Cox. W — Padgett. L — McDonald. 2B — GP: Hurd; CC: Dooney, Pulido.
WEST LINN 4, SOUTH MEDFORD 3: At West Linn, South Medford nearly rallied in the seventh inning but West Linn’s early three-run home run proved too much to overcome, bringing the Panthers’ season to a halt in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
With West Linn leading 4-2 in the top of the seventh, South Medford’s Hunter Bradford singled home Skyler Loogman, who led off the inning with a triple, and cut West Linn’s lead to 4-3.
After two outs and with runners on first and second, the Panthers’ Jacob Melton hit a laser beam shot to third base but it was snatched off the ground by West Linn’s Stanford-bound third baseman Will Matthiessen, who registered the final out.
The Panthers (11-16) were up 2-1 in the top of the third inning but Matthiessen’s homer in the bottom of the frame turned the table.
Cole Carder went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the first inning and Bradford drove in a run on a fielder’s choice in the third.
Whitney, Bradford (5) and Mahoney; Matthiessen, Tawa (7) and Gibson. W — Matthiessen. L — Whitney (7-3). 2B — SM: Carder; WL: Tawa. 3B — SM: Loogman. HR — WL: Matthiessen.
BEAVERTON 5, GRANTS PASS 1: At Beaverton, Grants Pass wrapped up its season with a 12-15 record as No. 5 seed Beaverton held the Cavemen in check in the first-round contest.
Beaverton (19-9) advances to the second round and will host Oregon City on Wednesday.