PREP SOFTBALL: Panthers split pair of 8-inning tilts
South Medford worked overtime in a pair of softball clashes on the road but the No. 10-ranked Panthers were rewarded for it in only one outing, scoring a 1-0 win over No. 7 Oregon City in eight innings after a tough 2-1 loss to Canby in as many frames Saturday.
The Panthers (8-1) received dynamic pitching performances in each game, with Kacee Hudson allowing six hits with one earned run after 11 strikeouts and two walks against Canby before Jordan Knutson locked down Oregon City on a one-hitter with seven strikeouts and only one walk issued.
Against the Pioneers (6-2), South Medford was able to advance Kailey Wheelock to third base in the second and fourth innings before the junior was ultimately stranded.
South left runners on base in the fifth and sixth innings as well before Hudson provided a leadoff triple in the eighth and was driven home for the game’s lone run on a single by June Woster.
Oregon City left two runners in scoring position in the first inning but otherwise was handcuffed by the freshman Knutson.
Abigail Loomis matched the sophomore Hudson for Canby (4-2) in the opening game of the day, striking out 13 while scattering six hits with one walk in eight innings.
Kirsten Morgan scored the lone run for the Panthers in the sixth inning after a leadoff single and two-out RBI single by Nicole Ledendecker, who joined Hudson in getting two hits against the Cougars.
Canby answered with a run in the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Loomis, then won in walk-off fashion in the eighth after Ava Carroll notched her fourth single of the game, was sacrificed to second and scored on a throwing error.
Hudson and Hillyer; Loomis and Bigei. W — Loomis. L — Hudson. 2B — C: Carroll.
Knutson and Ledendecker; Joseph and Borkus. W — Knutson. L — Joseph. 3B — SM: Hudson.
NORTH DROPS TWO: Eighth-ranked North Medford came up short in a pair of Portland-area contests, 5-1 against No. 7 Oregon City and 4-0 against Canby.
The Black Tornado dropped to 6-4 overall and will have a week off before returning to play next Saturday at Roseburg in a Southwest Conference-opening doubleheader.
SHELDON 7-12, CRATER 4-3: At Central Point, Crater leadoff hitter Kailee Davis had two hits in each game but the Class 5A No. 4-ranked Comets were unable to slow down Sheldon, ranked sixth in Class 6A, in a pair of nonleague losses.
Alyssa Kilbane and Maddie Sheadel had two hits apiece while Megan Allen and Taylor Ryan each had an RBI in Game 2 for Crater (7-4). Sheadel also had the Comets’ lone RBI in the opener.
Sophomore Payton Burnham went a combined 5-for-7 with two home runs, five RBIs and a double for Sheldon (8-2).
Blanchette, Burnham (6) and Pappas; Perez and Reid. W — Blanchette. L — Perez (3-2). HR — S: Burnham, Gebb, Swangard.
Burnham, Gilhuber (4) and Gebb; Lundeen, S. Foster (2), Allen (5) and Reid. W — Burnham. L — Lundeen (0-1). 2B — S: Sain, Burnham; C: Sheadel, Allen. HR — S: Burnham.
ASHLAND 13-19, NORTH BEND 2-9: At Ashland, sophomore Tessa Hobein recorded six hits — including her first career home run — and drove in nine runs to help Ashland sweep the Midwestern League twin bill with a pair of six-inning wins.
Hobein went 3-for-4 in each game, driving in four runs in Game 1 and five more in the nightcap. Lindsey Jenkins went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs in Game 1.
Gabby Heiken drove in seven runs in the doubleheader — five of which came in Game 2 — for Ashland (6-3, 3-1 MWL), which has won four straight.
In Game 2, Heiken and Shelby Brown homered as the Grizzlies recorded a season-high run total. Brown, Hobein, Glory Pistole and Ivy Clason all had three hits in the nightcap, with Brown also scoring four runs.
Heiken got the win in relief in Game 2, throwing five innings and allowing four runs (one earned) while striking out four.
Shore and Breakfield; Pistole, Heiken (5) and Theobald. W — Pistole (3-3). L — Shore. 2B — A: Jenkins, Hobein. HR — A: Hobein.
Shore, Reynon (5) and Breakfield; Pistole, Heiken (2) and Theobald. W — Heiken (3-0). L — Shore. 2B — NB: Shore, Burgmeier; A: Clason, Pistole, Heiken. 3B — A: Hobein; HR — A: Brown, Heiken.
EAGLE POINT 13-8, THURSTON 8-14: At Eagle Point, Baylee Mullen had a pair of doubles and hit her first home run of the season in Game 1 for Eagle Point, but the Eagles were forced to settle for a split in the Midwestern League twin bill.
Mullen was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored in the opener, then collected another two hits in Game 2.
Jocelyn Hanan also had a pair of multi-hit games for Eagle Point (6-5, 2-2 MWL), going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs in Game 1 and 2-for-4 in Game 2.
Jade Lierman and Sage Teixeira each had two hits in the opener against Thurston (3-2, 1-1), while Sydney Boren drove in three runs in the nightcap.
C. Thompson, S. Thompson (2) and Tovey; Smith, Boren (7) and Hanan. W — Smith (4-4). L — C. Thompson. 2B — T: Tovey, C. Thompson, Miller; EP: Boren, Marshall, Mullen 2. HR — T: Miller; EP: Mullen (1).
S. Thompson, Ogan (4) and Tovey; Boren, Smith (2) and Hanan. W — S. Thompson. L — Boren (2-1). 2B — EP: Boren. 3B — T: Decker, Kumle.