Black Tornado powers past Panthers
South Medford’s softball team didn’t have much margin for error with North Medford in the opposite dugout and the Black Tornado made the Panthers pay with two big innings to help secure a Southwest Conference sweep at South Medford High Saturday.
North Medford used a 10-run third inning in the opener and a nine-run fourth inning in Game 2 to separate from South Medford and score 15-1, five-inning victories in each game of the doubleheader.
“We had a couple big innings and played solid defense and just took care of business,” said North Medford head coach Chris Campbell, whose team has now won 10 straight games.
Rylan Austin picked up both pitching victories for the Black Tornado (13-2, 8-0 SWC) to run her record to 13-1, and she was boosted by plenty of offensive support as North combined for 24 hits.
Alex Barry was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Lauren Barry 2-for-5 with two RBIs, Lily Gann 3-for-4 with one RBI in the opener for North. Chelby Smalley drove in three runs and Rylie Stewart had two RBIs.
“They were squeezing and bunting and then getting some big hits and we just couldn’t stop it,” said South head coach Shane Ramsay. “They have a lot of team speed and they just executed and played well.”
In Game 2, Maddie Dalke was 2-for-3 with one RBI for the Panthers (3-10, 1-6).
For North in the nightcap, Lauren Barry and Smalley each had two hits and two RBIs, while Kylie Baker and Grace Johnson each drove in two runs.
“We’ve got to eliminate the big innings,” said Ramsay. “Big innings are painful.”
North Medford 10(10) 40 — 15 14 0
South Medford 000 01 — 1 5 3
Austin and Smalley; Wolfard, Dalke and Clark. W — Austin (12-1). L — Wolfard (3-5). 2B — NM: Gann, A. Barry, Austin, Smalley. 3B — NM: L. Barry.
North Medford 411 90 — 15 10 1
South Medford 100 00 — 1 6 3
Austin and Smalley; Dalke, Jones (4), Wolfard (4) and Clark. W — Austin (13-1). L — Dalke (0-5). 2B — NM: L. Barry, Smalley; SM: Wolfard. 3B — SM: Leetch.
GRANTS PASS 16-13, SOUTH EUGENE 0-0: At Eugene, Grants Pass pitchers Alyssa Etheridge and Devin Ireland each tossed one-hitters and the Cavers collected 27 hits in the SWC road sweep.
Etheridge struck out six in the six-inning opener. Sydney Crabbe’s leadoff double in the fourth accounted for the only hit for South Eugene (4-12, 2-7 SWC).
Emily Rund led the Grants Pass 12-hit attack with two hits and four RBIs. Hailey Yount added two hits, including a two-run homer in an eight-run second inning, and scored three runs. The Cavers (11-2, 6-1) also received two hits each from Jordan Kuykendall and Grace Gaither.
In Game 2, Etheridge provided the big bat with three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored. Kuykendall and Gaither combined for five hits and five RBIs.
Ireland fanned seven in the five-inning contest and gave up a two-out single to Tatum Kessler in the third inning.
Grants Pass 180 430 — 16 12 1
South Eugene 000 000 — 0 1 4
Etheridge and Kuykendall; Kurtz, Clark (2) and Kochevar. W — Etheridge. L — Kurtz. 2B — GP: Kuykendall, Ireland; SE: Crabbe. HR — GP: Yount.
Grants Pass 404 05 — 13 15 1
South Eugene 000 00 — 0 1 3
Ireland and Kuykendall; Kurtz, Clark (4) and Gonenne. W — Ireland. L — Kurtz. 2B — GP: Kuykendall, Ireland, Hurd.
EAGLE POINT 22-15, NORTH EUGENE 0-0: At Eugene, Samantha Thompson went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and drove in six runs in the opener as Eagle Point swept North Eugene in a Midwestern League twin bill. Each game went five innings.
Gillian Willis went 4-for-4 with three doubles and four RBIs, Kaylena Hoag 3-for-3 with two runs scored and Miya Smith had a grand slam during the Eagles’ 11-run fourth inning.
Eagles pitcher Riley Shopp tossed a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts and one walk, and went 4-for-5 with two doubles.
In Game 2, Thompson had a three-run homer and Chloe Hurst was 3-for-3 with three runs and a pair of RBIs for the Eagles (9-4, 5-2 MWL).
Smith completed a two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts, one walk and two hit batters.
Eagle Point 321 (11)5 — 22 20 0
North Eugene 000 00 — 0 3 1
Shopp and S. Thompson; Rogers, Murphy (5), Rogers (5) and Lake. W — Shopp (6-4). L — Rogers. 2B — EP: Willis 3, Shopp 2, Guillory. HR — EP: S. Thompson (3), Smith (2).
Eagle Point 325 50 — 15 15 1
North Eugene 000 00 — 0 2 0
Smith and S. Thompson, C. Thompson (3); Rogers and Lake. W — Smith (3-0). L — Rogers. 2B — EP: C. Thompson, Dodge, Stephens. 3B — EP: Hurst. HR — EP: S. Thompson (4).
PHOENIX 11-4, NORTH VALLEY 2-18: At Talent, Makenna Page combined to go 5-for-7 with three runs and three RBIs to help Phoenix earn a split in a Skyline Conference doubleheader at Hagler-James Field.
Page went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI in the opener, which saw Phoenix (5-5, 1-2 Skyline) build a 6-0 lead through five innings.
Brooke Kentner was 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, Taylor Wallack 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI and Kate Hanson 3-for-4 with two runs to boost the Pirates, with Abigail George and Josie Bolstad each driving in two runs.
In Game 2, Page hit her second home run of the season and Tattum Truex was 2-for-3 with one RBI against North Valley (8-4, 2-1).
North Valley 000 002 0 — 2 5 1
Phoenix 200 225 x — 11 16 3
R. Arana and Johnston; Mathewson and Bowman. W — Mathewson (2-2). L — R. Arana. 2B — NV: Kirkland; P: Hanson, Kentner, Page, Wallack.
North Valley 141 129 — 18 15 1
Phoenix 002 002 — 4 6 6
Grider and Johnston; Truex, Mathewson (2), Hanson (4), Mathewson (4) and Bowman. W — Grider. L — Truex (3-3). 2B — NV: Herklotz. HR — P: Page (2).