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PREP SOFTBALL / BASEBALL: North tops South, reaches final

North Medford’s Shahar Miles, shown in an earlier game, was 4-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs against South Medford Thursday. MT file photo

North Medford freshman Gabby Urban authored another strong game inside the circle and the Black Tornado used its 10th straight win to clinch a spot in Saturday’s championship game of the Southern Oregon Conference softball tournament.

Urban posted five strikeouts and allowed five hits to help North Medford top visiting South Medford 11-1 in five innings during Thursday’s semifinal round.

The Black Tornado (14-3) will play host to Roseburg at noon Saturday after the Indians beat Grants Pass 13-3 in five innings in the other semifinal.

Hannah Drysdale had a big day at the plate for North, going 4-for-4 with four RBIs, including the game-clinching hit in the fifth to induce the 10-run mercy rule.

Shahar Miles went 4-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs and Matlyn Leetch was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI for the Tornado. Samara Miles also was 2-for-2 with two runs and one RBI and Presley Lawton was 2-for-4 with one RBI.

“It doesn’t matter who it is for us,” said North Medford coach Chris Campbell, “it’s just been different kids stepping up every game and competing and working hard to get the victory for our team.”

South Medford used an RBI single by June Woster in the fifth inning to plate Katelyn McLeod and Kaycee Hudson followed with a single but both Panthers were stranded when Urban secured her fifth and final strikeout.

Maddie Fullenwider finished 2-for-3 for South (4-12), which will play at Grants Pass in the third-place final Saturday.

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Hudson and Ledendecker; Urban and Lawton. W — Urban. L — Hudson. 2B — SM: NM: Drysdale 2, Hartzhiem, Sh. Miles. 3B — NM: Sa. Miles.

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GRANTS PASS 7, NORTH MEDFORD 4: Grants Pass starting pitcher Andrew Eide limited North Medford to just four hits in 6 1/3 innings as the Black Tornado’s 12-game winning streak came to an end in the semifinals of the SOC tournament.

Eide allowed just one earned run and struck out four and walked three for Grants Pass (8-9), which will face Roseburg in Saturday’s SOC title game.

Eide, who went 2-for-4 at the plate, was also one of four Grants Pass players to record a multi-hit game against North Medford (13-3). Luke Morgan finished 3-for-4, while Troy Osborne — who pitched the final two outs — went 2-for-5 with a double and Gabe Calabro was 2-for-4.

Morgan and Logan Vinyard both had RBI singles in the top of the third to help Grants Pass take a 4-2 lead.

Cody Borraggine was the lone North player with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a triple.

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Eide, Haven (7) and Osborne; Newmann, Borraggine (4) and Robbins. W — Eide. L — Newmann (2-1). 2B — GP: Osborne, Eide; NM: Schmidt. 3B — NM: Borraggine.

ROSEBURG 2, SOUTH MEDFORD 1: South Medford senior Bennett Thompson cut his team’s deficit in half with a two-out RBI double in the sixth inning but Roseburg first baseman Dominic Tatone may have followed with the play of the game to strand the bases loaded three batters later at Harry & David Field.

Playing in the semifinals of the Southern Oregon Conference tournament, each team received stellar complete-game outings from their pitchers. South Medford junior Carson Joe struck out seven, walked two and allowed four hits, while Roseburg sophomore Evan Corbin tossed his own four-hittter with three strikeouts and two walks.

Roseburg (13-4) tallied both its runs on a two-run double by Carson Dunn in the second inning.

After Thompson doubled home Tosh Stumpenhaus, who had been hit by a pitch to open the sixth, Tanner Douglas reached on an infield hit and Joe walked to load the bases for the Panthers (12-4).

Kaleb Long followed with a hard liner heading down the right-field line that Tatone snared while reaching across his body.

Douglas finished 2-for-3 for South.

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Corbin and Hubbard; Joe and Thompson. W — Corbin. L — Joe (4-2). 2B — R: Dunn; SM: Thompson.

CRATER 6, EAGLE POINT 3: At Eagle Point, Crater broke a 3-all tie with three runs in the seventh inning to advance into Saturday’s fourth-place final in the SOC tournament.

With two outs in the seventh, Damon Kindreich singled and Caden Lasater walked for the Comets (5-12). Cole Eldred then hit an RBI double to plate pinch-runner Jeromy Gardiner with the go-ahead run, and freshman Hayden Kindreich followed with a two-run single for his first varsity hit.

Hayden Kindreich had four strikeouts, two walks and allowed one earned run and five hits in a complete game.

Caleb Randolph had two RBIs on groundouts to help Crater build a 3-1 lead before Dawson Foulon tied the game in the sixth for Eagle Point (3-13) with a two-run double.

Crater will wrap up play at Ashland on Saturday.

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H. Kindreich and Lundeen; Lund, Marsh (6) and Meade. W — H. Kindreich (1-1). L — Marsh. 2B — C: Eldred; EP: Foulon. 3B — C: Chubb.