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SOU rally falls short as Raiders swept by Cavaliers

PORTLAND — Concordia limited Southern Oregon to three hits in the first game and held off a late SOU rally in the second as the Cavaliers swept the Raiders 8-2 and 5-4 in a Cascade Collegiate Conference softball doubleheader Friday afternoon at Delta Park.

Southern Oregon fell to 14-17 overall and 10-8 in conference play, while Concordia improved to 27-14 overall and 12-4 in the CCC. The Raiders don't have to go far for their next contest, as today's doubleheader against Northwest has been moved to Clackamas Community College and is set to begin at 11 a.m.

Stephanie Vandenbusch and Sierra Anderson tallied a hit in each game, while Ashley Lowe picked up two hits in the second contest. Katie Aden led Concordia with four hits, while Toby Varney and Taylor Copher each finished the day with three hits. Sydney White started both contests and took the loss, while Ashley Suter earned the complete-game win in the opener and McKenzie Marshall won the second game for the Cavaliers.

Southern Oregon took a brief lead in the opener with a run in the top of the first inning. Alexa Gonzalez walked with two outs and scored on a CU error. The Cavaliers used six hits, a walk and a hit batsman to score six runs in the bottom of the sixth, with a bases-loaded double by Mary Lugar the big hit in the frame.

Concordia added another run in the bottom of the third on a home run by Varney, and each team added a run in the sixth inning. Lauren Keel led off the top of the inning with a walk, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Vandenbusch. In the bottom of the frame, Aden singled through the right side and scored on Copher's double to left center.

The Cavaliers scored the first three runs of the second game. Copher singled to bring home Aden in the bottom of the first, and three CU hits led to two runs in the bottom of the third. Southern Oregon got on the board in the fourth when Anderson singled and scored on Barrantes' groundout. Concordia made it 5-1 with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, as Varney singled and Aden hit a homer to right.

Southern Oregon rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth and left two runners on base in the inning. Willison was hit by a pitch and Lowe hit a ground-rule double. Barrantes singled to drive home Willison, Lauren Keel brought Lowe in with a groundout and Kara Kelsey singled through the left side to make it a one-run game. Concordia brought Danielle Orvella in to get the last out of the sixth, and she finished out a hitless seventh to earn the save for the Cavs.

Girls Tennis

At Eugene, Ashland No. 1 singles player Ashley Knecht avenged a loss to Marilyn Walker suffered in last year's district tournament as the Grizzlies swept the singles matches to beat Churchill 6-2 on Friday.

Knecht beat Walker, 6-2, 6-2, to remain undefeated on the year. Also staying perfect were Ashland's No. 2 singles player, Anne Kim, as well as the Grizzlies top doubles tandem of Hanna Greenberg and Vika O'Brien.

SINGLES — Ashley Knecht, A, d. Marilyn Walker, 6-2, 6-2; Anne Kim, A, d. Sophie Taggart, 6-0, 6-0; Cass Christopher, A, d. Micky Nagayma, 6-0, 6-1; Emily Haptonstall, A, d. Kayla Thomet, 7-6 (5), 6-1.

DOUBLES — Hanna Greenberg-Vika O'Brien, A, d. Olivia Caldwell-Kiana Jensen, 6-0, 6-2; Savannah Taylor-Hannah Montgomery, C, d. Katy Barnard-Elana Cooper, 6-1, 2-6 1-0 (10-5); Alex Tolbert-Amber Wu, C, d. Hannah Barchet-Lilli Patton, 6-3, 7-6 (5); Olivia Butler-Ellie Case, A, d. Isabelle Gangwer/Jane Morgan, 6-0, 6-0.