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PREP ROUNDUP: Tornado splits softball twin bill

SCIO — North Medford seemingly couldn’t stop getting hits in its first game Saturday, but the nightcap didn’t tell the same story as the seventh-ranked Black Tornado was forced to settle for a split in a softball doubleheader hosted by Scio High School.

North Medford pounded out 13 hits, including home runs by Rhyan Hamlin and Presley Lawton, in a 14-4, five-inning win over West Salem to open Saturday.

The nightcap proved to be a little deja vu from one day prior, as Sprague scored in the bottom of the seventh to break a tie and claim a 3-2 victory.

On Friday, Central Catholic scored the only run in the bottom of the eighth inning to prevail in a pitcher’s duel with North Medford.

The Black Tornado (2-2) led 4-2 against West Salem before breaking the game open with a seven-run third inning that was highlighted by a two-run double by Araseli Guerrero and two-run single by Samara Miles.

Earlier in the contest, Lawton blasted a two-run home run in the first inning and Hamlin had a two-run home run in the second.

Lawton finished 2-for-3 with one run and three RBIs, while Miles went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs and Hamlin was 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs.

Alyssa Hartzheim, who picked up the win inside the circle, also was 3-for-4 while Gabbi Urban was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.

Bella Elliott and Mya Ward also hit home runs for West Salem (2-1).

Against Sprague, the Olympians scored twice in the bottom of the first on a single by Hayley McCuistion and carried that advantage until the sixth inning, when the Black Tornado finally broke into the scoring column.

In the sixth, Miles was hit by a pitch and, after two outs, Hartzheim was also hit by a pitch for North. Alexis Wadley followed with a two-run triple to tie the game but was stranded there after Sprague starter halted the threat by inducing a groundout.

In the bottom of the seventh, Ali Ginsbach ripped a leadoff double and, after a flyout and intentional walk, came home to score the winning run on a single by Callie Stubbs.

Urban took her second hard-luck loss in as many days despite striking out eight and allowing six hits with three walks.

Honse struck out seven with no walks and three hits allowed in her own complete-game effort for Sprague (2-0).

North Medford22703—14130

West Salem02200—492

Hartzheim and Lawton; Boyles, Martin (4) and Zachary. W — Hartzheim (1-0). L — Boyles. 2B — NM: Guerrero; WS: Perez, Williams, Martin. HR — NM: Hamlin, Lawton; WS: Elliott, Ward.


North Medford0000020—232


Urban and Lawton; Honse and Stubbs. W — Honse. L — Urban (1-2). 2B — NM: Lawton; S: Ginsbach. 3B — NM: Wadley.


PHOENIX 12, MT. SHASTA 1, 5 inn.: At Yreka, Calif., Andrew Hull and Chance Sherrell each provided RBI doubles in the first inning to get Phoenix off to a good start en route to its first win in the Yreka Tournament.

Hull finished 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI and also picked up the pitching victory, striking out eight and allowing three hits in a complete-game effort for the Pirates (1-3).

Jackson Shilts went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs and Sherrell was 2-for-3 with one RBI.


Mt. Shasta01000—136

Hull and Shilts; Yeager, Raginado (2), Porteous (5) and Cross. W — Hull (1-0). L — Yeager. 2B — P: Hull, Bolstad, Sherrell.

RED BLUFF 16, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 6, 5 inn.: At Yreka, Calif., Cascade Christian was undone by five errors and a 10-run fourth inning by Red Bluff in the five-inning Yreka Tournament contest.

Owen Thompson had an RBI double during a three-run third inning that allowed the Challengers to cut their deficit in half, and went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Cody Reece went 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI and Ashton Moody was 2-for-3 with a run for Cascade (2-1).

Cascade Christian00330—685

Red Bluff240(10)x—16112

A. Moody, Knipos (4) and Wallace; Lawrence, Bonham (4) and Ledbetter. W — Lawrence. L — A. Moody. 2B — CC: Thompson, Stofflet; RB: Lawrence, Bonham 2, Elliott 2.