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SOFTBALL/BASEBALL: Woster walk-off helps South sweep

June Woster provided a little birthday celebration and the South Medford softball team got to reap those rewards in helping the host Panthers pull off a much-needed sweep of Roseburg in Southwest Conference action Saturday.

On her birthday, Woster snapped a 2-all tie with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 1 to give South Medford a 3-2 come-from-behind victory.

The junior second baseman added two more hits and an RBI in Game 2 as the Panthers (12-3, 4-1 SWC) secured their third straight win by holding on for a 7-5 triumph.

“Those were big wins,” said South Medford coach Shane Ramsay. “Roseburg’s been looking for a ‘W’ and struggling lately and they came out fighting. They were in control of that first game until that last inning.”

Roseburg (4-11, 0-5) led 2-0 until the Panthers cut their deficit in half in the sixth inning after Kaycee Hudson singled and later scored on a single by Kirsten Morgan, who advanced to third on a single by Maddy Fullenwider but was stranded as the tying run following an offensive interference call and a strikeout.

In the bottom of the seventh, Jordan Knutson reached on an error and then moved to third on an error following a sacrifice bunt effort by Nahlani Quigley. Knutson scored and tied the game when Hudson’s fielder’s choice resulted in an error, then Woster worked the count full before coming through with a game-winning single over the shortstop.

“It was a long at-bat and then she finally get one over the shortstop,” said Ramsay. “It was a nice birthday present.”

Roseburg struck early in the nightcap with a three-run home run by Olivia Dedmon in the top of the first inning but South Medford clawed back with four runs in the bottom of the frame and then never looked back to eventually build a 7-3 advantage through four innings.

Hudson went 4-for-4 in Game 2, while Nicole Ledendecker was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, one coming on a fourth-inning triple.

FIRST GAME

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Gibson and Stribling; Hudson, Knutson (4) and Hillyer. W — Knutson. L — Gibson. 2B — R: Wamboldt.

SECOND GAME

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Blix, Gibson (3) and Stribling; Hudson, Knutson (4) and Hillyer. W — Hudson. L — Blix. 2B — R: Murphy, Hoshowski; SM: Hudson. 3B — SM: Ledendecker. HR — R: Dedmon.

GRANTS PASS 7-5, NORTH MEDFORD 6-4: At Grants Pass, host Grants Pass claimed a pair of close wins over North Medford, extending the Black Tornado’s Southwest Conference losing streak to three games after the single-run affairs.

North Medford, which has lost five of its last seven, fell to 8-7 overall and 2-3 in the SWC. Grants Pass, the lone unbeaten team in SWC play, improved to 9-7 and 5-0.

The Cavers, who have won five straight, are one game ahead of second-place South Medford and Sheldon.

Baseball

NORTH MEDFORD 6-9, GRANTS PASS 0-10: At Grants Pass, North Medford junior Trey Newmann fired a complete-game three-hitter with 11 strikeouts to help set the tone in the opener but Grants Pass used a six-run third inning to take control in Game 2 of the SWC doubleheader to force a split.

Aiden Horsley had a two-run double in the fifth inning of Game 1 and Davis Carr finished with a pair of RBIs for the Black Tornado (7-8, 2-3 SWC), while Colton Morgan went 2-for-4 with one run scored.

Horsley was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, Frankie Rutigliano 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Carr went 2-for-3 in the nightcap.

North scored four first-inning runs and led 5-1 when Grants Pass (8-5, 3-1) erupted in the bottom of the third behind two-run doubles from Cole Carnes and Troy Osborne. Two costly North errors allowed the inning to be extended for the Cavemen.

North left the bases loaded in three innings and had the tying run on in the sixth and seventh innings but couldn’t bring them home.

Osborne finished 3-for-3 and Carnes totaled three RBIs in Game 2 for GP.

FIRST GAME

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Newmann and Robbins; Ireland, Baker (6) and Osborne. W — Newmann (2-2). L — Ireland. 2B — NM: Horsley; GP: Osborne.

SECOND GAME

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Horsley, King (3) and Robbins; Morgan, Montejano (4), Baker (5), Osborne (6) and Osborne, Carnes (6). W — Morgan. L — King. 2B — NM: Rutligliano 2; GP: Osborne 2, Carnes, Kantola.

THURSTON 1, ASHLAND 0, 4 1/2 inn.: At Springfield, Thurston pitcher Maddox Molony threw five no-hit innings and the top-ranked Colts edged No. 2 Ashland in the opening game of a Midwestern League doubleheder that was ended early due to poor weather.

Game 1 was called with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning and is considered official since the home team was ahead at the time. The second game of the doubleheader is set to be made up on a date to be determined.

In his five innings of work, Molony had nine strikeouts and no walks, with the lone blemishes being a pair of hit batters.

Gabe Brabec and Jackson Rosenthal combined to allow two hits and one run in 4 1/3 innings for Ashland (11-2, 6-1 MWL), with Drew White driving in the lone run of the game on an RBI single in the bottom of the second.

Thurston improved to 11-2 and 6-1 in the MWL.

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Brabec, Rosenthal (3) and Wright; M. Molony and Boring. W — M. Molony. L — Brabec.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Kirsten Morgan (11) and company retreat to the dugout during a recent game at Lithia & Driveway Fields.