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North Medford wins pair in tournament

North Medford wins pair in invitational

Rylan Austin had an effective day on the mound — pitching North Medford to a pair of victories — in the second and final day of the North Medford Spring Break Invitational softball tournament at U.S. Cellular Community Park Tuesday.

Austin tossed a five-inning, two-hit shutout in a 10-0 victory over South Salem in the Black Tornado’s first game of the day, then gave up four hits in a 7-3 win over Lebanon.

“Rylan was being Rylan,” said North Medford first-year coach Chris Campbell. “She kept hitters off balance and was throwing to her spots.”

North Medford (5-2) collected 22 hits in the two games.

Against South Salem, Austin struck out six and went 2-for-2 with two RBIs.

Lauren Barry added two hits and one RBI, while Alex Barry and Neveah Smith both went 1-for-1 and scored three runs.

Lebanon jumped on Austin for three runs in the bottom of the first, then the senior righ-thander blanked the Warriors the rest of the way.

Alex Barry paced the offense with four of North’s 13 hits. Smith and catcher Chelby Smalley both contributed two hits and Lauren Barry had one hit with two RBIs and two runs.

The Black Tornado broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the sixth. Grace Johnson, the No. 8 hitter, opened the rally with a two-out double and Smith singled. Lauren Barry doubled home two runs and Alex Barry knocked in the third run with a single.

Austin responded by striking out the side in the sixth and retired Lebanon in order, with two strikeouts, in the seventh.

South Salem 000 00 — 0 2 3

North Medford 330 31 — 10 9 0

Benavidez, Reece (1) and Fox; Austin and Smalley. W — Austin. L — Benavidez. 2B — NM: Smalley, Austin 2.

North Medford 110 103 1 — 7 13 1

Lebanon 300 000 0 — 3 4 1

Austin and Smalley; Sneddon and Seibert. W — Austin (5-1). L — Sneddon. 2B — NM: Johnson, L. Barry.

SOUTH MEDFORD LOSES TWO: South Medford opened with a 20-0 five-inning loss to Barlow, then Bend rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Panthers.

Barlow’s Lexi Leary tossed a one-hitter with five strikeouts. The Panthers’ lone hit came on a fourth-inning leadoff single by Cassidy Clark.

In the second game, Ashley Wolford blanked Bend through four innings but the Lava Bears scored five in the fifth inning to take a 5-4 lead.

South Medford (2-5) grabbed a 2-0 first-inning lead. Shayna Woods walked, Matlyn Leetch reached on an error, then Woods scored on a passed ball and Maddie Dalke hit an RBI single.

In the second, the Panthers added another run on a walk to Rikiya Bratcher and Lexi Jones’ run-scoring single.

South tied the game in the sixth, 5-all, when Jones opened with a walk, stole second and third and scored on Cassie Fleming’s ground out.

Jasmine Nocerino hit an RBI double to plate Bend’s winning run in the seventh.

Barlow 913 25 — 20 16 0

South Medford 000 00 — 0 1 8

Leary and Lernhardt; Jones, Dalke (1) and Clark. W — Leary. L — Jones. 2B — B: Pemberton, Geary, Soukup. HR — B: Virell

South Medford 210 011 0 — 5 4 4

Bend 000 050 1 — 6 6 1

Wolford and Atchley; Smith, Conrad (4) and Mone. W — Conrad. L — Wolford. 2B — B: Wiest, Nocerino.

GRANTS PASS TAKES TWO: Devin Ireland had two of Grants Pass’ four home runs while driving in six runs, helping Grants Pass beat Shasta 17-3 and complete a two-win day for the Cavers.

Grants Pass (5-1) beat West Salem 1-0 earlier in the day.

Against Shasta, Ireland went 4-for-5 with three extra-base hits to power the Cavers’ 21-hit attack, which also featured three hits apiece by Brooklyn Hurd, Halleigh Noga and Hailey Yount. Hurd had two doubles and four RBIs, and Noga went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.

Against West Salem, Alyssa Etheridge tossed a one-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and four walks. She walked the first two batters she faced in the top of the seventh, and the base runners moved up to second and third with nobody out. Etheridge wiggled out of the jam by striking out Gillian Werner, inducing an infield pop up by Reagan Davis and striking out Amelia White to end the game.

Grants Pass scored the only run of the game in the fourth inning, when Ireland (2-for-4) hit a leadoff single, stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Yount’s sacrifice fly to center.

West Salem 000 000 0 — 0 1 1

Grants Pass 000 100 x — 1 2 1

Redman and Wittman; Etheridge and Ireland. W — Etheridge. L — Redman. 2B — GP: Ireland.

Grants Pass 002 177 0 — 17 21 1

Shasta 011 010 x — 3 7 3

Etheridge and Ireland; Feagan, Bertain (5) and Pope. W — Etheridge. L — Feagan. 2B — GP: Hurd 2, Ireland, Yount; 3B — S: Pope. HR — GP: Ireland 2, Noga, Etheridge; S: Feagan.

EAGLE POINT SPLITS: Riley Shopp and Chloe Hurst both went 4-for-5 and Miyah Smith drove in five runs in Eagle Point’s 22-4 win over Willamette, and the Eagles fell 12-10 in nine innings to Central to conclude a successful run through the tournament.

Against Willamette, Samantha Thompson, Corie Dodge and Emeli Torres had three hits apiece as Eagle Point (5-2) scored 12 runs in the third and 10 in the fifth to end the game early. Smith held Willamette to four runs on five hits to improve to 2-0.

Against Central, the Eagles kept alive their hopes for a perfect 4-0 tournament when Emma Stevens hit a double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to bring home the tying run, but the Panthers scored what turned out to be the winning run in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly.

Dodge and Kelsey McFall had three hits apiece for the Eagles, while Coleen Thompson hit a two-run home run in the first inning.

Eagle Point 00(12) 0(10) — 22 23 2

Willamette 003 00 — 4 5 2

Smith, Shopp (5) and S. Thompson, C. Thompson (3); Garcia and Ortega. W — Smith (2-0). L — Garcia. 2B — EP: S. Thompson, Smith, Dodge, Torres; W: Kindt, Ortega. 3B — EP: Shopp, Torres; W: Garcia.

Central 220 004 112 — 12 18 2

Eagle Point 402 030 010 — 10 17 2

Er. Cole, Shimanek (3), Em. Cole (9) and Farley; Shopp and Thompson. W — Em. Cole. L — Shopp (3-2). 2B — C: Farley 2, Nash, Shimanek; EP: Morris, Dodge, Stevens. 3B — C: Em. Cole. HR — EP: Thompson (2).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN SWEEPS: Cascade Christian beat La Pine 5-3, and Toledo, 4-2.

Against La Pine (2-4), Katelyn Willard had two hits, including an RBI triple, and Kara Palmer two hits and an RBI.

Willard allowed one earned run and three hits with seven strikeouts.

Against Toledo (8-3), Cascade Christian took the lead for good in the second inning using an Emily Knight fielder’s choice, Victoria Bennett sacrifice bunt and Makenna Payne groundout.

Willard fanned eight and gave up one earned run and five hits for the Challengers (4-5).

Cascade Christian 001 030 1 — 5 6 2

La Pine 001 101 0 — 3 3 3

Willard and Modrell; Hawkins and Westbrook. W — Willard (3-5). L — Hawkins. 2B — CC: Mayben; LP: Hawkins. 3B — CC: Willard; LP: Toepfer, Marsh.

Toledo 110 000 0 — 2 5 5

Cascade Christian 030 001 x — 4 5 5

Retherford and Barnhart; Willard and Modrell. W — Willard (4-5). L — Retherford. 2B — T: Barnhart, Mann. 3B — T: Richards.