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PREP ROUNDUP: Knutson strikes out 14, South wins big

KLAMATH FALLS — South Medford freshman pitcher Jordan Knutson struck out 14 on her way to throwing a one-hit shutout and the No. 10-ranked Panthers provided plenty of offense in an 11-0 win over Class 4A Mazama in six innings on Thursday evening.

The only baserunner to reach base against Knutson was a first-inning double off the bat of Mazama catcher Gracie Hamilton. After allowing the double, Knutson — who also drove in a run at the plate — went on to strike out 10 of the next 11 batters she faced.

Outside of Hamilton’s double, Mazama (3-3) hit just one ball into the outfield against Knutson, a flyout to right field for the final out of the game in the bottom of the sixth.

With Knutson’s exploits Thursday, the Panthers’ pitching staff has now thrown four shutouts through their first seven games this season.

South Medford (7-0) finished with 15 hits. Kacee Hudson — who threw a three-inning perfect game in Monday’s win over McKay — and Brianna Turrey both went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Kirsten Morgan also went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and three runs scored.

Knutson’s batterymate Nicole Ledendecker was 2-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. Maddy Fullenwider drove in a pair of runs while Kailey Wheelock scored three runs.

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Knutson and Ledendecker; Davis and Hamilton. W — Knutson. L — Davis. 2B — SM: Ledendecker 2, Morgan 2, Fullenwider, Hudson; M: Hamilton.

SOUTH UMPQUA 16, EAGLE POINT 12: At Myrtle Creek, Sydney Boren and Hailey Waldon each had two hits and drove in three runs but Eagle Point wasn’t able to keep up with South Umpqua, Class 3A’s top-ranked team, in a slugfest.

Jade Lierman, Jocelyn Hanan and Jovianna Marshall each had three hits for Eagle Point (5-4), which was ahead 10-8 after 4 1/2 innings but saw South Umpqua (10-0) score eight unanswered between the bottom of the fourth and the sixth innings to take a 16-10 lead.

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Boren, Smith (4) and Hanan; Kelly, Richardson (5) and Love. W — Kelly. L — Smith (3-4).

Baseball

SOUTH MEDFORD 11-8, MAZAMA 1-3: South Medford continued its unbeaten start to the season, taking both ends of a nonleague doubleheader against Class 4A Mazama at Harry & David Field.

Tanner Douglas went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles in the five-inning Game 1 win for South (6-0), while Tosh Stupenhaus also had a pair of hits and scored two runs. Jake Mason scored three runs and drove in two in the opener.

Kyle Cope pitched three no-hit innings in Game 1 to get the win, striking out four and walking two batters.

Freshman Tristan Mallari picked up his first win of the season in the nightcap, going 4 1/3 shutout innings. He allowed just three hits and struck out five.

South’s Cameron Sewell went 4-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored and two stolen bases in Game 2. Elijah Havey also had a multi-hit game, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and stole three bases.

Carson Joe drove in three runs in Game 2.

FIRST GAME

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Baker, Heaton (4) and McGuire; Cope, Robertson (4) and Long. W — Cope (2-0). L — Baker. 2B — SM: Douglas 2, Sewell.

SECOND GAME

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Monteith, Doss (3) and McGuire; Mallari, Miller (5), Sewell (7) and Jones. W — Mallari (1-0). L — Monteith. 2B — SM: Sewell 2, Douglas.