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PREP SOFTBALL: After long wait, North sweeps

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North Medford's Presley Lawton connects for a three-run double during game one at North Medford Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune

North Medford waited a couple years to play a softball game because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just when it was set to finally take the field earlier this week, its game against South Medford was forfeited when the Panthers couldn’t field a team.

The Black Tornado’s delayed season start came Saturday, and it made the most of it, sweeping Roseburg in a Southern Oregon Conference doubleheader at North Medford High, 9-4 and 5-4.

“Yeah, that was kind of a letdown for them,” Tornado coach Chris Campbell said of the forfeit. “But the next team was the one we had to focus on. Roseburg’s got two really good pitchers and some really good hitters, and we just had to be better than them today.”

North completed the sweep in Game 2, when it scored its final run in the fifth inning, then held on as the Indians tallied two in the sixth to pull within 5-4.

“It was one of those back-and-forth games where everybody was kind of on the edge of their seat as far as who was going to get the big hit or who was going to push across the crucial run,” said Campbell. “We were just lucky to get on top and maintain on top.”

Presley Lawton doubled to start the fifth inning — her third double of the day — and came around to score following a fielder’s choice and an RBI grounder by Sara Hamlin.

Za’riah Silafau was 2-for-3 for North, the team’s lone player with multiple hits. Hamlin had two RBIs.

Alyssa Hartzheim went the distance in both games for a pair of victories. She allowed nine hits and two earned runs in the nightcap, with no strikeouts and two walks.

“She pitched two beautiful complete games,” said Cambpell. “I can’t express how good of a job she did.”

In the opener, North scored five runs in the second, but Roseburg responded with four in the third to tighten it. A three-run sixth gave the Tornado a cushion.

Lawton was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, and Shahar Miles, Samara Miles and Hamlin each had two hits. Samara Miles scored three runs and Matlyn Leetch scored twice.

“All of them came up with crucial hits at crucial times,” said Campbell.

Hartzheim allowed nine hits, struck out four and walked three in the first game.

FIRST GAME

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Gibson and Williams; Hartzheim and Lawton. W — Hartzheim (1-0). L — Gibson. 2B — R: Mead; NM: Lawton 2. 3B — NM: Leetch.

SECOND GAME

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Blix and Williams; Hartzheim and Lawton. W — Hartzheim (2-0). L — Blix. 2B — R: Wambolt, Murphy; NM: Lawton.

SOUTH MEDFORD 9-4, EAGLE POINT 6-15: At Eagle Point, South Medford rallied from 5-0 down to win the opener in extras, but Eagle Point’s offense responded in the second game to get the split.

South (1-2), playing its first games of the season after forfeiting its opener against North Medford earlier this week due to not having enough players to field a team, scored three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to tie it up at 5-5.

The Panthers scored four runs in the top of the eighth to go ahead 9-5, getting RBI singles from Kaycee Hudson, Maddie Fullenwider and Brianna Turrey.

Neveah Atchley finished with three hits, while four different Panthers — Nicole Ledendecker, Fullenwider, Brianna Turrey and Katelyn McLeod — all had two hits in the opener.

Eagle Point (2-1), which recorded 25 hits on the day, built an 8-0 after one inning in Game 2. Eagles junior Jovianna Marshall went 3-for-3 with five RBIs in the second game, while senior Bailee Worrell recorded four RBIs and Jocelyn Hanan had a pair of hits. Sydney Boren was 3-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored in Game 2 and 5-for-6 on the day.

Eagle Point sophomore pitcher Kyra Smith allowed just two hits in five innings of work in Game 2, coming back into the circle with no outs in the fifth after Boren started the inning.

FIRST GAME

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Hudson and Ledendecker; Brown and Slayton. W — Hudson. L — Brown. 2B — EP: Worrell. 3B — EP: Boren, Sowell.

SECOND GAME

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Wheelock, Hudson (1) and Ledendecker; Smith, Boren (5), Smith (5) and Slayton. W — Smith. L — Wheelock. 2B — SM: Hudson. 3B — EP: Marshall, Boren.

CRATER 9-2, GRANTS PASS 4-8: At Grants Pass, senior Caitlyn Warner provided a three-run, pinch-hit triple that proved to be the winning hit for Crater in the opener, but Grants Pass took the nightcap to salvage the split.

Senior Haley Hillyer had a strong showing at the plate for Crater (1-3), going 5-for-7 with a double and three runs scored in the doubleheader. Sophomore Maddie Sheadel was 2-for-3 with an RBI in Game 2, while hitting a double in the opener.

Crater’s Kailee Davis hit a home run in the nightcap.

Crater freshman Alexis Perez earned the win in Game 1 with a complete-game effort. She allowed eight hits while striking out four and walking four.

Leading the charge for Grants Pass (2-1) in the second game was Alexa Medley, who went 3-for-4 and scored three runs.

Sara Martin pitched all 14 innings for Grants Pass. She drove in three runs in Game 2, including a two-run double in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.

FIRST GAME

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Perez and Kilbane; Martin and Woodburn. W — Perez. L — Martin. 2B — C: Sheadel, Schwab; GP — Harry. 3B — C: Perez, Warner; GP — Bruner.

SECOND GAME

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Sheadel and Kilbane; Martin and Woodburn. W — Martin. L — Schedel. 2B — C: Hillyer; GP — Martin. HR — C: Davis.

ROGUE RIVER 23-26, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2-12: At Rogue River, Rogue River opened its season in a big way, recording a pair of blowout wins in a doubleheader against Illinois Valley.

Rogue River (2-0) drew 22 walks and was hit by a pitch five times in Game 1.

Presley Tiger went the distance in the opener, allowing four hits and no earned runs while striking out five.

Tiger’s batterymate, catcher Avery Bushey, was 5-for-5 in the doubleheader, recording three RBIs and stealing seven bases.

In Game 1, Diana Weilbacher was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Amy Barnwell was 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs and Tia Trahan had three RBIs in Game 2.

FIRST GAME

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n/a; Tiger and Liles, Bush (3). W — Tiger. L — n/a.

SECOND GAME

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Kindell and Bushey, Woollett (3); n/a. W — Kindell. L — n/a. 2B — RR: Bushey 2,. 3B — RR: Barnwell.

North Medford's Matlyn Leetch makes a throw to first base for an out during game one at North Medford Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
North Medford's Alyssa Hartzhiem delivers a pitch during game one at North Medford Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
North Medford's Amber Lynch drops a bunt to get on base during game one at North Medford Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
North Medford's Sara Hamlin makes a play on a foul ball for an out during game one at North Medford Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
North Medford's Anna Gates makes a catch for an out during game one at North Medford Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
North Medford's Matlyn Leetch makes an out at 2nd base looking for a throw to first during game one at North Medford Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
North Medford's Matlyn Leetch makes a throw to first base for an out during game one at North Medford Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune
North Medford's Sara Hamlin gets caught in a pickel back to third base during game one at North Medford Saturday. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune