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South Medford gains split at Invitational

South Medford senior pitcher Pat Moore had her strikeout pitches working as the Panthers split a pair of games in the North Medford Spring Break Invitational at U.S. Cellular Community Park Tuesday.

South Medford suffered an 8-0 loss to Henley in the opener but bounced back with a 1-0 win over Mountain View of Bend.

Moore struck out 16 in both games and has fanned 80 in five contests this year.

But seven walks and three errors hurt South’s cause against the Hornets (4-0), and Moore was handed her first loss on the season.

Henley sophomore pitcher Lily Poe handcuffed South (4-1) on two hits and struck out seven.

The Panthers’ hits came on Shayna Woods’ second-inning single and Ashley Wolfard’s single in the seventh.

“If we’re going to win, we need to put up some runs against good teams,” said South Medford coach Miranda Gillaspie-Smith. “It gives us some things to work on going into our league schedule.”

Moore (4-1) blanked Mountain View on one hit and walked four in registering the victory.

“(Moore) made the pitches she needed to make in the second game,” said Gillaspie-Smith.

South’s winning run came in the sixth inning when Moore scored on a two-out passed ball.

Lanie Rodriguez and Moore each had two hits against the Cougars.

Henley;201;300;2;—;8;4;1

South Medford;000;000;0;—;0;2;3

Poe and Armantrout; Moore and Tatum. W — Poe. L — Moore (3-1). 2B — H: Higgins.

South Medford;000;001;0;—;1;5;0

Mt. View;000;000;0;—;0;1;2

Moore and Tatum; Berg and Garcia. W — Moore (4-1). 2B — SM: Moore

NORTH MEDFORD WINS TWO: North Medford defeated Barlow, 2-1, and Newberg, 16-0 in six innings.

Against Barlow, the Black Tornado (7-0) scored twice in the second inning, and Rylan Austin made that hold up by scattering six hits in the complete-game victory.

Austin reached on an error in the second inning and moved to third on a double by Danyelle Milam. Ashley Ripplinger followed with an RBI groundout and Courtney Williams added an RBI triple.

Austin struck out five with no walks.

Against Newberg, Austin was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs, and Chelby Smalley was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Taelor Mayben had two hits and two RBIs, Olivia Lethlean scored three runs and Milam and Lauren Barry each drove in two.

Courtney Williams and Monique Kruse combined to pitch a one-hitter.

Barlow;000;001;0;—;1;6;2

North Medford;020;000;x;—;2;3;2

Geary and Gernhert; Austin and Salvador. W — Austin (6-0). L — Geary. 2B — B: Osgarden, Gernhert; NM: Milam. 3B — NM: Williams.

North Medford;174;130;—;16;15;2

Newberg;000;000;—;0;1;6

Williams, Kruse (3) and Smalley; Yoder and Gooding. W — Williams (0-1). L — Yoder. 2B — NM: A. Barry, Salvador, Austin 2, Smalley; N: Willoughby.

GRANTS PASS SWEEPS: Grants Pass defeated Sprague, 7-6, and Dallas, 14-3 in six innings.

In the first game, Grants Pass scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to stun Sprague. Alyssa Etheridge’s second double started the scoring in the seventh, and Jordan Kuykendall followed with a two-run double to highlight the surge. Etheridge was 3-for-4, while Brooklyn Hurd and Devin Ireland each added two hits.

Against Dallas, another big inning keyed the Cavers. They scored 11 in the fifth to overcome a 2-0 deficit.

Etheridge, who homered, and Skylar Padgett each drove in three runs. Kuykendall had three hits, Hurd was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, and Megan John scored three runs.

Ireland, who had two hits, allowed five hits, struck out six and walked one.

Sprague;000;015;0;—;6;13;2

Grants Pass;001;001;5;—;7;10;2

Sage and Lenaburg; Etheridge, Ireland (6) and Kuykendall. W — Ireland. L — Sage. 2B — S: McCulstion 2; GP: Etheridge 2, Kuykendall.

Grants Pass;000;0(11)3;—;14;10;1

Dallas;000;201;—;3;5;4

Ireland and Kuykendall; Locke, Parnell (5) and Wallace. W — Ireland. L —Locke. HR — GP: Etheridge; D: Wallace.

EAGLE POINT SPLITS: Megan Ayres allowed only four hits and struck out 24 in a pair of games as Eagle Point defeated Summit 9-3 and suffered its first loss of the season to Del Norte of Crescent City, Calif., 1-0 in eight innings.

Ayres went 6-for-7 with three doubles in the two games.

Against Del Norte, Ayres (3-1) carried a no-hitter into extra innings. Del Norte scored the winning run on an RBI single after a runner began the inning at second base on international rules and was bunted to third.

The Eagles (4-1) collected seven hits and lined into three double plays.

Gillian Willis had two hits and Samantha Thompson rapped a double against Del Norte.

In the opener, Ayres had four hits and Samantha Thompson added two in the win over Summit.

PHOENIX DROPS PAIR: Phoenix squandered a 5-0 lead in its opening game against Marshfield and fell 15-5 in six innings, then saw Amity score eight runs in the second inning of Game 2 en route to a 14-3, five-inning win.

Against Marshfield, Brooke Kentner was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, Halie Bowman 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Tiona Hurd 3-for-4 with two runs for the Pirates (0-4).

Against Amity, Bowman was 3-for-3 with two runs and McKenna Page 2-for-2 with one run and two RBIs.

Marshfield;004;533;—;15;17;0

Phoenix;320;000;—;5;8;2

Johnson and Maine; Truex, C. Mathewson (4) and Bowman. W — Johnson. L — Truex (0-2). 2B — M: Hall; P: Kentner 2, Hurd.

Phoenix;021;00;—;3;10;1

Amity;082;4x;—;14;12;0

Hurd, Truex (2), C. Mathewson (3) and Bowman; G. Wright and B. Wright. W — G. Wright. L — Hurd (0-1). 2B — P: Page 2, Gurr; A: Roberts 2.