PREP SOFTBALL: Crater corrals pair of tourney wins
CLACKAMAS — Crater’s softball team won a pair of games in different ways at the North Clackamas/Rex Putnam Tournament on Tuesday.
The Comets rallied to defeat the Franklin Quakers of Portland in a slugest, 13-12, then got a strong pitching performance from Megan Wagner en route to a 4-1 victory against Central Catholic at Hoodview Park.
In the opener, the Comets (8-2) blew an early lead before pulling out the win with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Crater capitalized on two errors, a single and two walks to produce the winning rally. Jordan Petersen, who reached on a one-out error, scored from second on an error to tie the game. After Marissa Eilenberger walked to load the bases, pinch-hitter Anna Myers drew a four-pitch walk that scored Haley Hillyer to end the contest.
Hannah Joseph went 4-for-5 with four RBIs to spark Crater’s 13-hit attack. Joseph’s two-run double highlighted the Comet six-run first inning.
Eilenberger and Petersen contributed two hits each.
In Game 2, the senior Wagner (3-1) struck out five and had no walks. She pitched four shutout innings before surrendering a fifth-inning run in the six-inning contest due to a time limit.
Crater scored what proved to be all the runs it would need with two in the first. The Comets’ first two batters, Presley Robison and Kaila Lee, singled and came around to score on passed balls.
Robison, who was 2-3, delivered an RBI triple to give Crater a 4-0 lead after four innings.
Lee and Myers also collected two hits each.
The Comets won three of four games over two days in the tournament.
“I like the way the kids battled back against Franklin,” said veteran Crater coach Chris Arnold. “In all four games here we produced runs in the first inning. Our focus and intensity was together.”
Pedersen and Brauckmiller; Joseph, Peterson and Sanderson. W — Petersen (1-0). L — Pedersen. 2B — F: Rosenberger, Wilson, Brauckmiller; C: Joseph 2, Carder, Eilenberger. 3B — C: Petersen. HR — F: Barrett 2.
Hyde and Prettyman; Wagner and Sanderson. W — Wagner (3-1). L — Hyde. 2B — CC: K. Pulido, B. Pulido, Codino; C: Myers. 3B — C: Robison.
North Medford Spring Break Invitational
NORTH MEDFORD SWEEPS: Chelby Smalley combined to go 5-for-6 with one run and two RBIs and Ella Ivens earned both wins inside the circle as North Medford secured a 15-1 win in five innings over Forest Grove and 4-1 triumph over West Albany to wrap up play at the North Medford Spring Break Invitational.
Smalley supplied a solo home run and an RBI double in the nightcap at U.S. Cellular Community Park against West Albany, while Ivens struck out eight.
Kyleigh Lopez combined to go 6-for-8 with four runs and one RBI for the Black Tornado (6-3), while Lauren Barry was 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs against Forest Grove.
Colfelt, Hale (4), Sahlfeld (4) and Tanaka, Colfelt (4); Ivens and Smalley. W — Ivens (3-3). L — Colfelt. 2B — NM: Silafau. 3B — NM: Hertager, Lopez.
Ivens and Smalley; Gamble and Greening. W — Ivens (4-3). L — Gamble. 2B — NM: Smalley 2; WA: Grening, Jantzi, Ramirez. 3B — NM: Smith. HR — NM: Smalley.
SOUTH MEDFORD LOSES TWICE: Matlyn Leetch had two doubles against Thurston and was one of three South Medford players to have two hits against West Salem, but the Panthers lost a pair of games in the second day of the tournament.
Thurston (8-1) pounded 18 hits, including four by Olivia Jegtvig, to beat South Medford 16-6 in five innings. Leetch went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, and Cassie Fleming was 2-for-3 with a run to pace the Panthers (2-5).
West Salem later scored four in the fifth to pull away for a 9-3 win over South Medford. The Panthers were led in that game by Leetch (2-for-4), Fleming (2-for-4) and Nevaeh Atchley (2-for-3).
Truex, Garcia (5) and Bratcher; Stevens and Mote, Jegtvig (5). W — Stevens. L — Truex (1-3). 2B — SM: Leetch 2; T: Steward, Stevens. HR — T: Decker.
Perez, Wilsey (2) and Davis; Truex, Rodriguez (6) and Bratcher. W — Perez. L — Truex (1-4). 2B — W: Davis, Searle; SM: Fleming, Leetch 2, Bratcher.
EAGLE POINT SPLITS: Eagle Point defeated Central of Independence, 5-3, then dropped a 6-1 decision to Henley in tournament play.
Riley Shopp played a role offensively in both games and went the distance inside the circle in each contest for Eagle Point (3-3).
Shopp and Emma Stevens each had two hits against Central. Shopp’s double started the Eagles’ winning four-run rally in the fifth inning. Chloe Hurst, Coleen Thompson, Jayci Pugh and Emma Stevens all had RBI singles in the frame.
Against undefeated Henley (7-0), Eagle Point’s lone run came on Shopp’s homer with two outs in the third inning.
Cole, Morris (3) and Foreman; Shopp and Thompson. W — Shopp (3-2). L — Morris. 2B — EP: Shopp
Shopp and Thompson; Poe and Perez. W — Poe. L — Shopp (3-3). 2B — EP: Thompson; H: Perez, Northcutt. HR — EP: Shopp (2).
CASCADE CHRISTIAN SWEEPS: Cascade Christian sophomore pitcher Katelyn Willard picked up a pair of victories to wrap up the two-day tournament, striking out 12 in an 8-3 win over Toledo and fanning nine in a 12-10 triumph over Mazama.
Willard allowed zero earned runs in the opener and only two in the nightcap after the Challengers committed 10 errors overall.
Mallory Meilicke had a big day at the plate for Cascade Christian (6-1), notching three hits and four RBIs against Toledo (8-1) and finishing with two doubles and one RBI against Mazama (3-4).
Willard combined for five hits, four runs and five RBIs in the two games, while Kara Palmer had an RBI single against Toledo and a pivotal two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning against Mazama.
Emily Knight also had two hits and two runs against the Vikings.
Frederic and Reed; Willard and Modrell. W — Willard (5-1). L — Frederic. 2B — CC: Meilicke, Willard.
Willard and Modrell; K. Lease, Spoon (3) and Hamilton. W — Willard (6-1). L — K. Lease. 2B — CC: Meilicke 2, Palmer. M: K. Lease. 3B — M: Grounds.
BUTTE FALLS DROPS TWO: Leanna McNabb drove in two runs and Adrianna Watanabe scored twice and had a triple for Butte Falls/Crater Lake Charter in a 21-5, six-inning loss to Taft.
The Loggers (1-5) managed only four hits in a 15-0, five-inning loss to South Umpqua but saw center fielder Jaimee Byrum use her speed to chase down three fly balls in the gap for outs.