PREP SOFTBALL: North rebounds, sweeps Roseburg
ROSEBURG — North Medford spent a week trying to erase the memory of a rough last weekend in Portland and responded Saturday with a gritty effort to topple Roseburg 3-1 and 5-1 in a doubleheader to open the Southwest Conference softball slate.
“The kids just grinded and played their hearts out today like I knew they could,” Black Tornado coach Chris Campbell said. “It was awesome. We had talked after a rough last weekend about just coming back and starting conference play on a positive note against a real quality opponent. We just had to be grittier and grind harder and just work to win the games, and we did that.”
Eighth-ranked North Medford (8-4, 2-0 SWC) erased a 1-0 deficit in the opener with a three-run fifth inning, all coming with two outs in the frame.
Anna Gates reached on a one-out error to get the third inning started and moved to second on a wild pitch before Rhyan Hamlin tied the game with an RBI single.
“We made some adjustments in our lineup today and Rhyan was very competitive at the plate and really came up with a big hit to get us going,” Campbell said. “Then we just went another one and another one, which is good to see us hitting the ball the way we were today.”
Samara Miles advanced Hamlin into scoring position before Presley Lawton supplied the big blow, blasting a two-run double to take the lead before getting thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
Those runs proved ample for starting pitcher Gabbi Urban, who allowed five hits with two strikeouts and was aided by some solid support.
“We made some great defensive plays in the infield and outfield today that really saved the potential of some big innings,” Campbell added.
In Game 2, Gates opened the scoring with an RBI double, while Urban and Emily Dunn added RBI doubles during a three-run sixth inning to help North pull away.
Alyssa Hartzheim allowed two hits and no runs before rolling her ankle between innings and having to be replaced by Urban in the fifth.
Urban and Lawton; Gibson and Stribling. W — Urban. L — Gibson. 2B — NM: Miles, Lawton.
Hartzheim, Urban (5) and Lawton; Blix and Stribling. W — Hartzheim. L — Blix. S — Urban. 2B — NM: Gates, Urban, Dunn.
SOUTH MEDFORD 3-2, SHELDON 2-5: South Medford sophomore pitcher Kacee Hudson scattered four hits with nine strikeouts and also went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the opening game of a SWC split at South Medford High.
Sheldon (9-4, 1-1 SWC) scored both of its unearned runs of Game 1 in the first inning after a two-out error and ensuing double by Ella Swangard.
Tenth-ranked South Medford (9-3, 1-1) responded with an RBI double by June Woster in the first inning to plate Hudson and, in the fifth, saw Hudson score on after an error and Kirsten Morgan provide the go-ahead run on an RBI single.
Maddie Fullenwider supplied an RBI single in the first inning of Game 2, Nicole Ledendecker had a double and Morgan also drove in a run but four errors proved costly for South.
Blanchette, Burnham (3) and Pappas; Hudson and Hillyer. W — Hudson. L — Burnham. 2B — S: Swangard; SM: Woster.
Burnham and Grebb; Knutson, Hudson (3) and Ledendecker, Hillyer (3). W — Burnham. L — Knutson. 2B — SM: Ledendecker.
ASHLAND 15-21, NORTH EUGENE 0-5: At Ashland, freshman Ivy Clason connected for her first career home run in the three-inning opener and senior Gabby Heiken drove in five runs in the three-inning nightcap as Ashland ran its winning streak to seven games in the Midwestern League sweep.
Sophomore Glory Pistole earned the win in each game, striking out three with one walk and two hits allowed in Game 1. Pistole also supplied a three-run home run in the first inning of Game 2 and finished 2-for-2 with four RBIs.
Clason’s homer was a two-run shot to left-center for the Grizzlies (9-3, 5-1 MWL), who turned double plays in all three innings during the opener and capitalized on 12 walks offensively by North Eugene (0-7, 0-4).
Shelby Brown had three hits and scored four runs in Game 2, with Heiken and Kate Theobald also posting three hits apiece.
Spratt, Alter (3), Spratt (3) and Rosander; Pistole and Theobald. W — Pistole. L — Spratt. HR — A: Clason (1).
Spratt, Diven (1), Spratt (2) and Rosander; Pistole, Heiken (3) and Theobald. W — Pistole. L — Spratt. 2B — NE: Rosander; A: Heiken. HR — A: Pistole (2).
EAGLE POINT 13-16, NORTH BEND 8-14: At North Bend, Eagle Point junior Kyra Smith went 4-for-5 in each game of a Midwestern League sweep, combining for four runs and three RBIs to help pace the Eagles.
Hailey Waldon combined for a 5-for-8 showing, posting three RBIs in the opener and four runs scored in Game 2 for Eagle Point (10-5, 4-2 MWL).
Emma Meeks drove in three runs in the nightcap, and Sydney Bruner was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Baylee Mullen went 3-for-5 with three runs.
Jocelyn Hanan had five hits in the twin bill, and Emilee Nielsen finished with four to pace a balanced attack against North Bend (2-9, 0-6).
Smith and Mullen; Shore and Breakfield. W — Smith. L — Shore. 2B — EP: Lierman, Smith.
Nielsen, Smith (5) and Mullen; Shore, Reynon (4), Breakfield (4), Shore (5) and Breakfield, Moore (4), Breakfield (5). W — Nielsen (1-0). L — Shore. 2B — EP: Waldon 2, Mullen, Smith; NB: Shore, Reynon, Breakfield.