PREP SOFTBALL: Hot-hitting North sweeps South
North Medford put in some extra time in batting practice the past couple days and it paid off in a doubleheader softball sweep of South Medford on the Panthers’ diamond Saturday.
North Medford rapped nine hits in each game, winning the first one 14-2 in five innings and the second 5-1.
“We had some kids that stepped up and really hit the ball well,” said Black Tornado coach Chris Campbell.
North, which ended a three-game losing streak and raised its record to 6-3, sharpened its focus Friday and again Saturday before the games.
“I think we had a much better approach at the plate,” said Campbell. “We were looking for our pitch, something we coud drive gap to gap and get some extra bases on and put pressure on people. I think that hard work they put in really paid dividends.”
In the first game, the Tornado scored nine runs in the second inning, rapping six hits. Neveah Smith, Shahar Miles, Sara Hamlin and Alyssa Hartzheim each hit two-run singles in the frame.
Matlyn Leetch added a two-run triple in the third.
“We changed up some stuff and really made them focus on knowing what their pitches are and what pitches they can drive to certain locations and put them in different situations,” said Campbell. “Learning 0-2, 2-0, just working on those kinds of things and battling at the plate; going up there with a mindset of what your pitch is and look for that pitch. If it comes, then obviously take a hack at it.”
Shahar Miles and Hamlin each had two hits and scored two runs.
Alyssa Hartzheim pitched four innings for the win. She allowed four hits and both runs, striking out two and walking two.
Nicole Ledendecker doubled in both runs for South (2-6) in the fourth.
In the second game, North Medford scored three runs in the third inning for a 3-0 lead, then added two in the seventh.
In the third, Samara Miles and Leetch sandwiched doubles around a fielder’s choice by Smith. Shahar Miles then delivered a run-scoring single.
Shahar Miles added an RBI triple in the seventh, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Hamilin.
Shahar Miles was 2-for-4 and Hannah Drysdale was 2-for-3. Leetch scored two runs.
Drysdale got the pitching win with five innings of five-hit ball. She struck out three and walked one.
Kacee Hudson singled in Kailey Wheelock for the Panthers’ run in the fifth.
Hartzheim, Urban (5) and Lawton; Hudson, Wheelock (2) and xxx. W — Hartzheim. L — Hudson. 2B — NM: Hamlin, SM: Ledendecker. 3B — NM: Leetch.
Drysdale, Urban (6) and Lawton, Wadley (7); Hudson, Wheelock (7) and Ledendecker. W — Drysdale. L — Hudson. 2B — NM: Sa. Miles, Leetch. 3B — SM: Sh. Miles.
GRANTS PASS 4-10, ASHLAND 3-0: At Grants Pass, Ashland used three seventh-inning runs to tie the opener, only to have Grants Pass use a two-out walk-off single by Sophie Woodburn to settle the contest in the bottom half of the frame.
Grants Pass won Game 2 10-0 in five innings.
Tatum Pantle singled to start the rally for Ashland (0-8) and scored following a hit batter and an error. Shelby Brown used one of her two singles to load the bases and Gabby Heiken’s second hit pulled the Grizzlies within 3-2. Kirsten Morgan was then hit by a pitch to tie the game.
Ashley Falk had two hits in Game 1 for Grants Pass and joined Raegan Bruner with two RBIs apiece in Game 2.
Sara Martin had a solo home run in the opener and picked up both pitching victories for the Cavers (7-2), allowing only singles by Amelie Kirkland and Brown in Game 2.
Shayelynn Totten had three hits, two runs and one RBI for GP in the nightcap.
Heiken, Pistole (4) and Theobald; Martin and Woodburn. W — Martin. L — Pistole. 2B — A: Heiken; GP: Falk. HR — GP: Martin.
Heiken, Pistole (1), Morgan (4) and Theobald; Martin and Woodburn. W — Martin. L — Heiken. 2B — GP: Berg, Harry.
ROSEBURG 11-10, EAGLE POINT 1-0: At Eagle Point, Roseburg got plenty of early offense and quality pitching from starters Stephanie Blix and Kami Gibson in the sweep.
Blix and Gibson both went the distance in their respective starts. Blix allowed one run on five hits while striking out six and walking one in Game 1, while Gibson struck out 10 and walked one in a one-hit shutout that was ended after five innings due to the mercy rule.
Sydney Boren recorded a fourth-inning single to break up Gibson’s no-hit bid in Game 2.
Gibson finished with seven hits while Haleigh Wambolt drove in seven runs in the doubleheader to lead the way offensively for Roseburg (6-3). Wambolt hit a three-run home run in Game 2 as part of Roseburg’s early inning surge.
Roseburg’s Emma Murphy had four hits in the opener.
In Game 1, Sage Teixeira — who was recently called up from the junior varisity — drove in Madysin Gray with a single for the lone run for Eagle Point (3-6).
Blix and Williams; Brown and Lierman. W — Blix. L — Brown. 2B — R: Mead 2, Blix, Wambolt. .
Gibson and Williams; Brown, Boren (1) and Lierman. W — Gibson. L — Brown. 2B — R: Gibson 2, Deadmon. HR — Wambolt.
MAZAMA 10-14, PHOENIX 7-3: At Phoenix, Mazama remained undefeated with the sweep, improving to 9-0 as Phoenix dropped to 6-3 with its third straight loss, all to the Vikings.
In the opener, Phoenix struck for 11 hits, getting two each from Raelyssa Goff, Jayden Vos, Addison Brite and Paityn Croy. Goff walked twice, scored two runs and drove in one.
In Game 2, which went six innings, Vos was 2-for-3 with a run, and Josie Bolstad slapped a two-run single in the Pirates’ three-run first.
Bailey and Charkins; Vos and Bolstad. W — Bailey. L — Vos. 2B — P: Goff. 3B — M: Charkins.
Lease and Charkins; Goff and Bolstad. W — Lease. L — Goff. 2B — M: Utley 2.