North Medford powers past Willamette
EUGENE — North Medford stretched its winning streak to seven games after collecting 31 hits over a doubleheader sweep at Willamette, 14-1 in five innings and 9-0, in Southwest Conference softball action Thursday.
Black Tornado pitcher Rylan Austin was dominant inside the circle, allowing only two hits with 10 strikeouts in a complete-game performance in Game 2. In the opener, Austin allowed three hits in two innings before giving way to Courtney Williams with a 12-1 cushion. Williams went on to allow only two hits in the final three innings.
Austin was equally impressive at the plate, going 4-for-7 overall with six RBIs, including a three-run double in an eight-run third inning to help the Black Tornado (19-1, 12-1 SWC) bat through the order in the opener against the Wolverines (3-19, 0-15).
North Medford senior Taelor Mayben continued her torrid pace by combining to go 6-for-7 with five runs and two RBIs, while Alex Barry was 3-for-7 with two runs and four RBIs in the twin bill.
Ashley Ripplinger had an RBI triple in Game 2 and was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI in the opener, while Mahal Miles and Jovanna Salvador also added two hits apiece in Game 1 and Danyelle Milam supplied a solo home run.
In Game 2, Lauren Barry was 3-for-4 with two runs, Jordan Neathamer 2-for-4 with one run and Olivia Lethlean drove in two runs.
Austin, Williams (3) and Sandoval; E. Garcia and Willoughby. W — Williams (4-0). L — E. Garcia. 2B — NM: Salvador 2, Miles, Austin 2. HR — NM: Milam.
Austin and Salvador; K. Garcia and Ortega. W — Austin (14-1). L — K. Garcia. 2B — NM: Austin. 3B — NM: Ripplinger.
HIDDEN VALLEY 11, PHOENIX 5: At Murphy, Halie Bowman and Claire Mathewson each had two hits, one run and one RBI as Phoenix (3-15, 1-10 Sky) dropped the Skyline Conference road game.
Hidden Valley improved to 10-7 overall and 6-5 in league play.
Hurd and Bowman; Sheely and Caddock. W — Sheely. L — Hurd.
HIDDEN VALLEY 15, PHOENIX 12: At Murphy, Phoenix built a 10-3 lead through four innings but an 11-run outburst in the fifth inning by Hidden Valley quieted any chances of an upset win in Skyline Conference action.
The host Mustangs (17-2, 10-1 Sky) had nine hits in the fifth inning, including a two-run home run by Cade Kissel and a grand slam by Kolton Fisher that snapped a 10-all tie.
Brennen Watts was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and Dylan Knudson 3-for-5 with four RBIs to pace Phoenix (11-9, 5-6), while Sam Datz was 2-for-4 with one RBI and James Turnbull was walked three times and scored three runs.
Turnbull, Martinez (5), Skaff (5) and Courtney; Lawson, B. Kissel (4), C. Kissel (7) and C. Kissel, Stevens (7). W — B. Kissel. L — Martinez. 2B — P: Watts, Datz; HV: Pereira, DiMatteo, Williamson, Simons. HR — HV: C. Kissel, Fisher.
ST. MARY’S 6, HIDDEN VALLEY 2: St. Mary’s swept the doubles matches and got singles wins from Pratheev Weerakoon and David Zhang to earn the win at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park.
SINGLES: Pratheev Weerakoon, SM, d. Jake McCarthey, 6-0, 61; David Moore, HV, d. Peter Zhu, 6-1, 6-2; David Zhang, SM, d. Karl Gurlani, 8-3; Jonas Beachy, HV, d. Tomas Hernandez, 8-4.
DOUBLES: Ian Newton-Quinn Randall, SM, d. Walker York-Josh Saunders, 6-0, 6-1; Parker Lam-Corin Elmore, SM, d. Calder Wilson-Chris Pearson, 6-2, 4-6, 10-6; Ken Guo-Steven Shi, SM, d. Sean Roberts-Garrett Moran, 8-4; Carson Greboski-Aidan Peard, SM, d. Daniel Beachy-Jesus Bedolla, 8-3.