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South Medford falters late against Roseburg

ROSEBURG — South Medford suffered a tough loss to Roseburg in a key Southwest Conference softball game Tuesday.

After rallying to take the lead, the Panthers faltered in the bottom of the seventh and allowed Roseburg to escape with an 8-7 victory at Stewart Park.

South Medford (11-7, 8-5 SWC) and Roseburg (12-7, 9-4) entered the contest tied for second place in the SWC.

The Panthers fell behind 6-0 after two innings but came back to take a 7-6 lead when Ashley Wolfard opened the sixth with a single and came around to score on an error.

But the Panther defense and senior pitcher Pat Moore’s control problems proved costly on Roseburg’s last at-bat.

The Indians opened the seventh when South right-fielder Lexi Jones misplayed a fly ball for a three-base error. Moore walked the next three batters to force in the tying run, then Panther freshman shortstop Rikiya Bratcher could not handle the short hop on Samie Bergmann’s grounder as the winning run crossed the plate.

“We were in good position going into the seventh with the bottom of their order coming up,” said South Medford coach Miranda Smith. “At that point you have to make the routine plays.”

Roseburg bunched three of its four hits to go with with four walks and one hit batter in the six-run second inning.

Jones smacked a solo home run in the third to get South on the board.

Then the Panthers scored five runs in the fourth to tie the score 6-all. South had RBI singles by Lanie Rodriguez, Bailee Tatum and Kara Jacobson to highlight the outburst.

Moore (11-7) allowed just four hits and struck out 12 but walked 12 and hit three batters.

Jaden Alexander went 2-for-4 to pace South Medford’s 10-hit attack.

“We showed a lot of determination to come back from that rough second inning,” said Smith. “We came back to get the runs we needed. We just needed to shut the door in the bottom of the seventh but it didn’t happen.”

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Moore and Tatum; Blevins and Bergmann. W — Blevins. L — Moore (11-7). HR — SM: Jones.

CRATER 11, SPRINGFIELD 1, 6 inn.: At Central Point, three Crater pitchers combined to toss a one-hitter as the Comets shut down Springfield for the Midwestern League win.

Starting and winning pitcher Hannah Joseph, along with relievers Megan Wagner and Jamie Cappello, pitched two innings each and combined for 12 strikeouts — Wagner six and three apiece for Joseph and Cappello.

Alaina Winningham’s game-ending sacrifice fly scored Cappello to give the Comets (9-8, 7-4) the win in six innings by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.

Winningham went 2-for-2, Grace Hilton finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored and Presley Robison went 2-for-3 with a two-run single in the third inning for Crater.



Not available; Joseph, Wagner (3), Cappello (5) and Harris, Sanderson (4). W — Joseph (3-2). L — Not available. 2B — C: Joseph.

PHOENIX 7, HIDDEN VALLEY 5: At Talent, Brooke Kentner went 3-for-4 and Phoenix scored five runs in the fifth inning to rally and capture its first Skyline Conference victory.

Kentner also drove in a run and scored, as did Hailie Bowman. Bowman, McKenna Page and Courtney Baker all had two hits, and Baker scored twice for the Pirates (3-14, 1-9 Sky).

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Sheely and Caddock; Hurd and Bowman. W — Hurd. L — Sheely. 2B — P: Hurd, Page.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 10, LAKEVIEW 1: Shaylee Ledesma struck out 10 batters and collected two hits to lead Cascade Christian in the Southern Cascade League game.

Ledesma allowed five hits for the Challengers (12-4, 7-0 SCL).

Other Cascade Christian players with two hits were Eeklyn Magee and Allison Winter, who each scored twice, and Mallory Meilicke, who had an RBI and a run.


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Thomas and Ramsey; Ledesma and Plankenhorn. W — Ledesma (12-4). L — Thomas.

ROGUE RIVER 13-7, CHILOQUIN 2-4: At Rogue River, Rogue River won both ends of the nonleague doubleheader.

In the five-inning Game 1, the Chieftains (8-3) got three-hit pitching from Alyssa Sands. She struck out seven and hit a batter.

Akira Alvarado, Amanda Earnest and Jillian Steinbrook each had two hits. Alvarado tripled and drove in three runs, and Earnest, who doubled, and Steinbrook each had two RBIs.

In the nightcap, Molly Cullotta had a big game, earning the win in her first pitching appearance and hitting her first home run while going 2-for-4.



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Frost and Parrish; Sands and Moulder. W — Sands. L — Frost. 2B — C: Aisia; RR: Earnest. 3B — RR: Alvarado.



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Frost and Parrish; Cullotta, Sands (4) and Moulder. W — Cullotta (1-0). L — Frost. 2B — C: Sampson; RR: Steinbrook. HR — RR: Cullotta.