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PREP SOFTBALL: Lupton drives in five in South win

Jocelyn Lupton wielded a big bat to lead South Medford to an 11-1 nonconference softball victory over Phoenix Tuesday in a tune-up for the postseason at South Medford High.

Lupton cracked a bases-loaded, two-run double in the third inning and a three-run home run in the fourth to spark the Panthers (8-18). They scored 10 runs in the two frames. The game ended after five innings on the mercy rule.

South Medford’s regular season has concluded. The Panthers are awaiting the release of the Class 6A state playoff brackets later this week. The first round is Monday.

Phoenix (13-11) has a Class 4A play-in game on Friday at Cascade, in Turner.

Lupton was 2-for-3 with five RBIs. The home run was her first of the season.

Lanie Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for South Medford, and Maddie Dalke was 2-for-2.

Dalke pitched the first four innings and got the win. Phoenix managed four hits.

The Pirates’ Makenna Page was 2-for-2 and drove in their lone run with a double in the fifth.

Phoenix00001—143

South Medford1046x—11102

Goff, Mathewson (4) and Bowman; Dalke, Truex (5) and Bratcher. W — Dalke (4-7). L — Goff. 2B — P: Page, Bolstad; SM: Upton. 3B — SM: Flemming. HR — SM: Upton.

GRANTS PASS 11, HENLEY 1, 5 inn.: At Grants Pass, Maddie Naylor’s two-run single helped spark a seven-run fifth inning by Grants Pass that wrapped up the nonleague victory in a battle of the No. 1 6A team in the state power rankings and No. 2 4A squad.

Devin Ireland added a two-run triple in the third inning and Hailey Yount also drove in two for the Cavers (23-3), while Skyler Padgett limited Henley (25-2) to only three hits, two by Paige Barnett.

Henley10000—133

Grants Pass01307—1170

Poe, Hamilton (5) and Perez; Padgett and Stevens. W — Padgett. L — Poe. 2B — H: Perez. 3B — GP: Stevens, Ireland.

SOUTH UMPQUA 5, EAGLE POINT 4: At Eagle Point, Riley Shopp and Areona Conte had back-to-back two-run singles for Eagle Point in the third inning, but South Umpqua held the Eagles off the board otherwise to earn the nonleague win.

Eagle Point is No. 13 in the 5A state power rankings and South Umpqua No. 4 at the 3A level.

Conte finished with two hits for the Eagles (14-7), who had runners in scoring position in the sixth and seventh innings but couldn’t convert.

Freshman Jovianna Marshall crushed a line drive to right-center in the sixth inning but saw it backhanded in the gap to deny a prime scoring opportunity.

South Umpqua (20-4) used home runs by Aaliyah Rudy and Kalie Mann to earn the win.

South Umpqua0220100—581

Eagle Point0040000—472

Kelley and Rudy; Shopp and Thompson. W — Kelley. L — Shopp (12-8). HR — SU: Rudy, Mann.

Closeup of a Softball Glove and ball