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PREP ROUNDUP: North rises to top with softball sweep of GP

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Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune North Medford's Matlyn Leetch connects for a solo home run to tie the game, 6-6, in the sixth inning.

The Southern Oregon Conference softball doubleheader between North Medford and Grants Pass Saturday had the feel of a championship matchup, and for good reason.

The two teams ranked one-two in the standings, with North Medford owning a better winning percentage but Grants Pass one-half game ahead of the Black Tornado because of a discrepancy in the number of games.

North Medford pulled off a sweep at North Medford High, winning the first game, 7-6, on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning, then getting a stellar pitching performance from freshman Gabby Urban in the nightcap for a 7-0 victory.

The Black Tornado is 8-1, and Grants Pass dropped to 8-4.

“It definitely did have that feel to it,” said North Medford coach Chris Campbell. “It was one of those things that put us in a good place for the conference championship. We’ve still got three games left, but sweeping Grants Pass definitely put us in a much better place than if we had split or lost both of them.”

In the opener, North Medford pulled into a 6-6 tie in the sixth inning on Matlyn Leetch’s one-out, solo home run to center field.

After Black Tornado pitcher Alyssa Hartzheim blanked the Cavers in the top of the seventh, despite giving up two hits, North Medford generated the winning rally.

Hannah Drysdale opened the frame with a single and got as far as third before being forced out at the plate.

Hartzheim and Samara Miles had singles and Neveah Smith loaded the bases on the fielder’s choice that caught Drysdale. Leetch then coaxed a walk out of Cavers pitcher Sara Martin.

Leetch was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and the Black Tornado, though out-hit 16-7, benefited from eight walks.

Grants Pass’ Atianna Vainuku-Johnson went 3-for-4 with a run, and Alexa Medley was 3-for-5 with a run. Martin was 2-for-2 with three RBIs.

In the second game, Urban kept the Cavers in check, allowing only singles to Vainuku-Johnson and Raegan Bruner. Urban struck out 12 and walked two.

“It was just an outstanding performance by her in the circle,” said Campbell, who said Urban had a minor back injury to start the season. “She’s finally getting back and getting healthy and working really hard with our pitching coach, Ron Becker. He’s working really hard with all our pitchers, working on spins and different things that are really paying dividends right now.”

North Medford led 4-0 before sealing the win with a three-run sixth.

Presley Lawton rapped three doubles and had an RBI in her three at-bats for the Black Tornado, and Drysdale was 3-for-3 with an RBI.

Shahar Miles had a double with two RBIs and two runs, Leetch two RBIs and Smith a triple, three runs and an RBI.

FIRST GAME

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Martin and Woodburn; Hartzheim and Lawton. W — Hartzheim. L — Martin. 2B — NM: Lawton, Sh. Miles. HR — NM: Leetch.

SECOND GAME

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Martin and Woodburn; Urban and Lawton. W — Urban. L — Martin. 2B — NM: Lawton 3, Sh. Miles. 3B — NM: Sa. Miles, Smith.

CRATER 7-12, SOUTH MEDFORD 6-2: At Central Point, Caitlyn Warner’s two-out squeeze bunt plated Kailee Davis for the tying run in the seventh inning for Crater and Davis had a two-out walk-off hit in the eighth to score Payton Schwab in a wild opening game of a doubleheader.

Davis finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Comets (6-6), and Kaylynn Wolchok added a solo home run.

Kaycee Hudson and Nevaeh Atchley each went 2-for-4 for South Medford (2-9) in Game 1.

Ellie Laws was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Alyssa Kilbane 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs for Crater in the five-inning nightcap.

FIRST GAME

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Ledendecker, Hudson (6) and Turrey, Ledendecker (6); Warner, Sheadel (7) and Laws. W — Sheadel. L — Hudson. 2B — SM: Atchley, Sewell; C: Laws, Sheadel, Hillyer. HR — C: Wolchok (1).

SECOND GAME

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Hudson, Ledendecker (2), Wheelock (3) and Ledendecker, Turrey (3); Perez and Laws. W — Perez. L — Hudson. 2B — C: Sheadel, Laws.

ROSEBURG 10-10, ASHLAND 0-0: At Roseburg, Kami Gibson pitched a one-hit shutout in Game 2 and clubbing three home runs overall in Roseburg’s sweep of Ashland.

Roseburg (9-3) hit four home runs in the doubleheader, with Gibson hitting two in Game 1 and another in Game 2 to go along with her 17-strikeout performance in the circle.

Stephanie Blix tossed a four-hit shutout in the opener with 13 strikeouts.

Gabby Heiken had the only multi-hit day for Ashland (1-10) in the six-inning tilts, going 2-for-2 in Game 1.

FIRST GAME

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Pistole, Heiken (4) and Theobald; Blix and Williamson. W — Blix. L — Pistole. 2B — R: Murphy. 3B — R: Wambolt. HR — R: Gibson 2.

SECOND GAME

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Pistole, Morgan (6) and Farrow; Gibson and Williamson. W — Gibson. L — Pistole. 2B — R: Mead, Williamson 3. HR— R: Gibson, Murphy.

Girls Tennis

SOUTH MEDFORD 5, NORTH MEDFORD 2: Molly Milligan edged Maggie VonStrahl (6-4, 6-2) at No. 1 singles for North Medford but host South Medford swept the remaining singles matches to secure the Southern Oregon Conference victory.

SINGLES: Molly Milligan, NM, d. Maggie VonStrahl, 6-4, 6-2; Reese Andersen, SM, d. Hailey Dolmage, 6-1, 6-1; Keilani Sprague, SM, d. Shelly Chung, 6-0, 6-2; Ara Mathis, SM, d. Hayley Chung, 6-2, 4-6 (10-4).

DOUBLES: Jade Yang-Hadley Dunlevy, NM, d. Emerie Doell-Sarah McAllister, 6-1, 4-6 (10-7); Elena Hill-Abby VonStrahl, SM, d. Megan Burnett-Sarah Grussenmeyer, 6-4, 6-1; Rachel Parks-Abby Shuldberg, SM, d. Emma Almanza-Harlie Endicott, 6-0, 6-0.

ASHLAND 4, ROSEBURG 2

Singles: Zoe Zapf, A, d. Hannah Root, 4-6, 6-4, 10-2; Harper Wells, A, d. Kamryn Wattman, 4-6, 6-2, 10-6; Grace Smith, A, d. Audrey Goins, 6-2, 6-3; Ava Goins, R, d. Savannah Witnauer, 6-1, 6-2.

DOUBLES: Krissy Wattman-Lauren Sansfort, R, d. Sofia Shelton-Talia Vivrett, 6-1, 6-2; Claire Davis-Emily Hatfield, A, Cambria Stone-Abbey Medak, 6-1, 4-6, 10-8.

GRANTS PASS 4, PHOENIX 1

SINGLES: Ally Ellis, P, d. Allison Robinson, 3-6, 6-2 (10-4); Maddy Cox, GP, d. Agatha Hosking, 6-1, 6-0.

DOUBLES: Amelia Gladbach-Alyssa Jarred, GP, d. Courtney House-Gowri Vellanki, 6-4, 6-4; Rowyn Burnside-Danni Rome, GP, d. Madison Gridley-Maggie Bakke, 6-1, 6-1; Elise Gattey-Rebekah Guymon, GP, d. Clara Newell-Lexi Rogers, 6-0, 6-0.

HENLEY 4, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3

SINGLES: Lena Dreyer, H, d. Timnah Roberson, 8-2; Sophia Graetsch, H, d. Makenna Dunn, 8-1; Elle Harrington, CC, d. Grace Bernadino, 8-0; Katherine Grayson, H, d. Lily Preszler, 8-5.

DOUBLES: Elli Smith-Ashleigh Johnston, H, d. Makenna Dunn-Lily Preszler, 8-2; Elle Harrington-Timnah Roberson, CC, d. Lauren Wilkinson-Sydney Cox, 8-0; Tiana Williams-Ziona Christy, CC, d. Katherine Grayson-Meredith Brown, 8-7 (7-3).

Boys Tennis

SOUTH MEDFORD 5, NORTH MEDFORD 1

SINGLES: Andrean Gurov, SM, d. Casey Haggins, 8-0; Robert Doshier, NM, d. Jayden Crupp, 8-2; Andrew Opperman, SM, d. Nick Snowden, 8-1; Elijah Spencer, SM, d. Nick Doshier, 8-0.

DOUBLES: Sam Sykes-Elijah Spencer, SM, d. Casey Haggins-Robert Doshier, 8-4; Hayden Allen-Andrew Opperman, SM, d. Nick Doshier-Nick Snowden, 8-0.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3, HENLEY 3

SINGLES: Nathan Elwood, H, d. Bryson Cannon, 8-6; Seth Thomas, CC, d. Carson French, 8-3; Josh Huynh, H, d. Owen Harrington, 8-6; Brandon Parker, CC, d. Matt Holliday, 8-5.

DOUBLES: Landon Larson-Randolph Duran, H, d. Bryson Cannon-Seth Thomas, 8-7 (8-6); Owen Harrington-Brandon Parker, CC, d. Floyd Wigger-Gabe Preston, 8-5.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneGrants Pass Sophie Woodburn slides under the tag from North Medford's Presley Lawton to score during the first inning.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth Medford's Alyssa Hartzhiem makes a play off a bunt for an out during the 5th inning.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth Medford's Alyssa Hartzhiem delivers a pitch during the 4th inning.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth Medford's Matlyn Leetch steels 2nd base ahead of the throw during the first inning.