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Tornado ekes out pair of wins at Invitational

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Urban allows one run over 14 innings to propel North Medford on Day 2 of Spring Break Invitational

Continuing its early-season trend of playing in tight games, the North Medford softball team closed out its annual Spring Break Invitational with a pair of one-run wins, 2-1 over Willsonville and 1-0 against Southridge, on Tuesday at Lithia & Driveway Fields.

The Black Tornado (6-2) got a walk-off RBI single from Samara Miles in the bottom of the seventh to secure its first win of the day, then watched sophomore right-hander Gabbi Urban throw a two-hit shutout to close out tournament play against Southridge.

“It was just a great opportunity for those kids to compete and they just battled until the end,” said North Medford coach Chris Campbell of the Tornado’s two wins. “It was a chance for them to learn how to win those close games.”

So far this season, North has seen four of its eight games decided by one run, the first two coming in losses to Central Catholic and Sprague on back-to-back days.

This time around, the Black Tornado got just enough from its offense in support of Urban, who threw all 14 innings Tuesday to push her record to 4-2 on the young season.

“You always learn more from your losses than your wins,” said Campbell, “and we had a good talk with the girls after the first couple of losses. We explained to them that if we learn from these losses and see what we did wrong and get better from it, then you start winning those kinds of games. The girls have really taken it to heart and turned it around a little bit.”

Urban allowed eight hits in the win over Wilsonville (5-1), with a pair of second-inning doubles by Madeline Holly and Calli Weaving giving the Class 5A Wildcats an early 1-0 lead.

North, however, tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on Alexis Wadley’s RBI single.

It was deadlocked until the bottom of the seventh, as Rhyan Hamlin drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on Miles’ single to left.

Urban finished with nine strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter while allowing eight hits against Wilsonville. She also had a pair of hits to equal the outing by Miles.

Urban continued that momentum into her start against Southridge (3-3). In her second complete game of the day, she struck out six — including four straight to close out Southridge’s first trip through the order — and walked one.

Urban allowed just three runners to reach base after the third inning, with only two Skyhawks getting into scoring position the entire game.

North scored the only run of the game on a sacrifice fly to center by catcher Presley Lawton in the top of the sixth.

“She’s that kid that you know you can put in the circle and she’s going to give you everything she’s got,” said Campbell of Urban. “It comes down to having that heart and being there and wanting to produce for the team. Even though we’re not getting a lot of hits, we’re getting a few runs and doing what we can do to get the win.”

Southridge starter AJ Peterson was the tough-luck loser, allowing just three hits and striking out six in a complete-game effort.

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Erickson and Holly; Urban and Lawton. W — Urban (3-2). L — Erickson. 2B — W: Holly, Waving. 3B — W: Matthews.

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Urban and Lawton; Peterson and Llamas. W — Urban (4-2). L — Peterson.

SOUTH MEDFORD SWEEPS: Kacee Hudson pitched a gem in South Medford’s second game of the day when the Panthers took care of business against Dallas/Falls City, 6-1.

The Panthers (5-0) also defeated South Salem, 7-3, earlier in the afternoon in a game that lasted six innings due to a time limit.

Hudson went the distance, striking out 12 and allowed one unearned run on five hits and two walks against Dallas.

Nicole Ledendecker drove in two runs during the Panthers’ three-run third inning, and Kirsten Morgan also added a run-scoring single to give South Medford a 3-0 lead.

In the seventh inning, Kailey Wheelock’s two-run double put the Panthers up 6-1 and Maddy Fullenwider also singled to drive in a run.

Morgan, Wheelock and Fullenwider each went 2-for-4, and June Woster scored twice for the Panthers.

South Medford took advantage of four errors and six walks by South Salem to establish control in that contest. The Panthers scored three runs in the fifth inning to break the game open from a 4-3 lead gained in the fourth.

Wheelock finished 2-for-3, Hudson scored twice and Woster knocked in the Panthers’ lone RBI in the contest.

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Thompson and Scott; Knutson, Hudson (2) and Ledendecker. W — Hudson. L — Thompson. 2B — SM: Thoele.

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Hudson and Ledendecker; Morrison and Creswell. W — Hudson. L — Morrison. 2B — SM: Wheelock.

ASHLAND SPLITS: Senior right-hander Gabby Heiken threw a two-hit shutout in an 11-0, five-inning win over North Valley to give Ashland a second straight split of its two tournament games.

Heiken struck out nine without issuing a walk.

Ashland (3-3) earlier lost 10-6 in six innings to Central.

Heiken went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBIs against Central and then 3-for-4 with an RBI in the nightcap.

Against Central, Tessa Hobein had two hits and an RBI while scoring a run for Ashland.

Shelby Brown went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs against North Valley, while Glory Pistole had two hits and Azaleah Davis-Powell was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.

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McCormick and Brian; Pistole, Heiken (3) and Theobald. W — McCormick. L — Pistole (1-3). 2B — C: Forman 2, Perez; A: Pistole, Heiken. HR — A: Heiken (1).

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Heiken and Theobald; Allison and Godfrey. W — Heiken (2-0). L — Allison. 2B — A: Heiken, Brown.

EAGLE POINT SPLITS: Sydney Boren kept up her torrid pace for Eagle Point, going a combined 5-for-7 with five RBIs, but the Eagles could only manage a split to wrap up tournament play.

Six errors proved costly for EP in a 10-5 loss to Scappoose to begin the day before the Eagles (5-2) cruised to a 13-3, six-inning win over Philomath.

Emilee Nielsen went 4-for-4 with two runs and Boren 2-for-4 with two RBIs against Scappoose, while Jovianna Marshall and Jade Lierman each were 2-for-3.

Against Philomath, the Eagles broke the game open with eight runs in the second inning behind consecutive two-run hits by Boren, Hailey Waldon and Sydney Bruner.

Madysin Gray went 4-for-4 with two runs and one RBI and Baylee Mullen was 2-for-4, while Boren (3-for-3), Waldon and Bruner (2-for-3) each finished with three RBIs.

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Nelson and M. Marshall; Smith and Hanan. W — Nelson. L — Smith (3-2). 2B — S: Sparkman; EP: Nielsen, Smith. HR — S: Berns.

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Boren and Nielsen; Morales-Marquez, Hiner (6) and Berger. W — Boren (2-0). L — Morales-Marquez. 2B — EP: Boren.

CHALLENGERS DROP TWO: Cascade Christian fell victim to early deficits in five-inning losses to Del Norte, 11-1, and Class 2A Lakeview, 18-3.

McKenzie Bonner drove in her team’s lone run against the Warriors with an RBI single, while Chloe Ehrlich and Katelynn Reed also had hits for the Challengers (0-6).

Ehrlich and Josie Scaglione each drove in runs for Cascade against Lakeview.

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Nolan and Harper; Sweem and Williams. W — Nolan. L — Sweem (0-3). 2B — DN: Nolan, Diaz. 3B — DN: Harper, Smith.

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Sweem and Williams; McNeley and Philibert. W — McNealy. L — Sweem (0-4). 2B — CC: M. Scaglione; L: Tacchini, Philibert, Shullanberger. 3B — L: McLean.

Shayanna Jackson, right, is congratulated by teammate Rhyan Hamlin after scoring North Medford's first run Tuesday against Wilsonville. Photo by Denise Baratta
Rhyan Hamlin makes a successful run to first base after hitting a ground ball against Wilsonville. Photo by Denise Baratta
North's Gabbi Urban pitches Tuesday against Wilsonville during the North medford Spring break Invitational. Photo by Denise Baratta
Anna Gates makes a catch shutting down a scoring attempt by Wilsonville in the 7th inning. Photo by Denise Baratta
Shayanna Jackson sprints for the home plate to score North's first run Tuesday against Wilsonville. Photo by Denise Baratta