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PREP ROUNDUP: North clips Canby in state playoffs

CANBY — Playing in somewhat familiar confines, North Medford’s softball team was able to turn the tables on Canby and avenge an early-season loss to the Cougars with a 7-4 triumph in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs Monday.

Gabbi Urban’s three-run double in the third inning catapulted the 20th-seeded Black Tornado (13-14) to its fourth win in the last five games and a first playoff win since North advanced to the semifinals in 2018. Canby, seeded 13th, had beaten the Tornado 4-0 on its home field April 2.

“It was just a phenomenal team effort by everybody,” said North coach Chris Campbell. “Whether they were yelling and screaming in the dugout or driving in runs or getting hits, everyone contributed.”

North Medford advances to play No. 4 McNary, a 13-3 winner in five innings over Grants Pass, in Wednesday’s second round.

Canby miscues allowed the bases to be loaded in the third and Urban’s clutch hitting allowed them to be cleared moments later with a drive down the left-field line. Alyssa Hartzheim and Caileigh Raines added RBI singles and Anna Gates plated another run in the six-run frame.

“That was a big hit by Gabbi,” said Campbell. “She just turned on a good pitch and hit it right down the line to get those first three runs in. Alyssa followed it right after and then it just kind of snowballed for a while. It was a big inning, which we haven’t had in a while.”

Urban finished with four RBIs while Hartzheim, Raines and Emily Dunn each had two hits for North.

Canby closed to within 7-4 with three runs in the bottom of the fifth before Urban was able to come on in relief of Hartzheim and close the door. Hartzheim struck out five and walked one in 4 1/3 innings, and Urban allowed two hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

“Alyssa threw a great game and was down in the zone and very effective,” said Campbell. “There were not a lot of hard-hit balls against her. A lot of their hits were Texas Leaguers. When Gabbi came in she kind of shut down that momentum without too much damage.”

Ava Carroll went 4-for-4 to lead Canby (15-11), which lost its sixth straight game.

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Hartzheim, Urban (5) and Hall; Loomis and Bigej. W — Hartzheim. L — Loomis. 2B — NM: Urban; C: Carroll.

ROGUE RIVER 15, MONROE 10: At Monroe, Rogue River came alive for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull off the upset of No. 12 Monroe in the first round of the Class 2A/1A playoffs.

Rogue River (10-6), seeded 21st, will travel to face fifth-seeded Nestucca in Wednesday’s second round.

Peyton Stillwagner finished 2-for-5 with three runs and four RBIs and Madi Stancliff went 4-for-5 with two runs, two RBIs and three stolen bases.

Mikayla Moore went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs for Rogue River, while Jaeden Gillette went 2-for-3 with three runs and Lizzy Smith was 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

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Baseball

SOUTH MEDFORD 8, LINCOLN 1: Third-seeded South Medford erupted for all eight of its runs in the fifth inning to deny Lincoln (14-14) in the opening round of the Class 6A state playoffs at Harry & David Field.

The Southwest Conference champion Panthers (23-3) will host Canby in the second round on Wednesday. Canby, the No. 14 seed, defeated Bend 2-1 on Monday.

Lincoln right-hander Owen Smiley allowed one hit through four innings and was the beneficiary of two double plays to initially keep South at bay.

Walks drawn by Kaleb Long and Tosh Stupenhaus began the fifth-inning surge for South, and a throwing error by Smiley on a bunt by Carson Joe allowed Long to score and tie the game at 1-all.

Stupenhaus scored the go-ahead run on a high infield chopper by Jake Mason on a play at the plate where Stupenhaus slid around the tag. After Cooper Mitchell walked to load the bases, Cameron Sewell hit a two-run double and Jace Miller followed with a two-run triple. Elijah Havey capped the frame with an RBI double.

Joe struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings, with Lincoln’s lone run unearned. He allowed three hits and two walks before Sewell closed the final 1 1/3 with two strikeouts and one hit allowed.

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Smiley, Fisher (5), Frankovich (6) and Eldridge; Joe, Sewell (6) and Havey. W — Joe (7-2). L — Smiley. 2B — L: Cordry, Fisher; SM: Sewell, Havey. 3B — SM: Miller.

TUALATIN 7, GRANTS PASS 1: At Tualatin, Grants Pass struck first but could not contain ninth-seeded Tualatin in the 6A playoff opener.

Luke Baker plated Troy Osborne on a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning for the Cavemen (12-14), but Tualatin (16-11) responded with three runs in the bottom half of the frame and led 5-1 after two innings.

Osborne finished 2-for-3 while Luke Morgan and Jackson Tunick had the only other hits for GP.

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Morgan, Ireland (3) and Osborne; Morrison, Simon (7) and Miller. W — Morrison. L — Morgan. 2B — GP: Morgan; T: Greer. 3B — T: Pfeifer, Biggs.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth Medford's Gabbi Urban, shown earlier this season, came through with a key three-run double and some solid relief pitching to help the Black Tornado top Canby in its 6A state playoff opener Wednesday.