SOU softball team goes two-and-out in CCC playoffs
KLAMATH FALLS — The two most productive lineups in the Cascade Conference were too much for Southern Oregon on Thursday as Oregon Tech and College of Idaho ended the Raiders' season in the double-elimination CCC Softball Championships.
The Raiders were the No. 4 seed after going 14-14 in league and wrapped up with a 15-23 overall record. They fell first against the top-seeded Owls, who tallied 11 hits in a 7-4 win. The third-seeded Coyotes stroked 11 more during Nickayla Skinner's five-inning two-hitter for a 10-0 victory in the elimination tilt at the OIT Softball Complex.
OIT catcher Cassidy Olson hit a grand slam and a two-run homer in the opener. After SOU tied it 2-2 in the top of the third on Sulie Augustine's sacrifice fly, the Owls (33-11) came back with five in the bottom of the inning, scoring first on Tre Sullivan's RBI single before Olson's bases-loaded bomb. Her first homer was deposited in the second, giving the Owls a 2-1 edge after the Raiders got on the board with three singles in the first inning.
Tyler Burke went 2-for-2 with a walk, an RBI double and a run scored for the Raiders. Ashley Lowe added two hits and an RBI, Julia Willison hit the first-inning RBI single, and Alexa Gonzalez and Megan Scherer both reached base twice and scored.
Gonzalez's single and Burke's walk brought the potential tying run to the plate with one out in the seventh, but Augustine lined into a double play to end it.
Olson, a senior, went 7-for-8 with three homers in her last three games against SOU. Alyssa Davis (two runs) and Tori Weatherford added two hits apiece for the Owls.
The Coyotes (28-14) did all of their offensive damage in the first three innings, busting the game open with six runs in the second. Alexis Macias went 3-for-3 with two doubles, five RBI and two runs scored, and Briana Brace had three hits and three runs.
Skinner struck out four, walked one and was working on a no-hitter before Willison and Scherer singled in the fifth.
The Coyotes, who lost their first game of the day to Concordia, advanced to play another elimination game Friday morning against OIT, which dropped its second game. Concordia will get two shots at the winner for the tourney title.
At Grants Pass, Ashland senior Carter Glick had his no-hit bid broken up with two outs in the bottom of the seventh before settling for his first shutout of the season as the Grizzlies stretched their winning streak to 14 games with a 5-0 nonleague win over Grants Pass on Thursday at Grants Pass High School.
Glick struck out eight without a walk and hit one batter in the second before retiring the next 16 to get within an out of his first no-hitter. He struck out the first two batters he faced in the seventh and was ahead 0-2 against Grants Pass' No. 3 hitter Easton Bents before Bents laced a single to left. Glick then got Cameron Mathews to ground out to second, securing Ashland's sixth road win in seven tries.
Freshman first baseman Nick Sanderson was 1-for-2 with a double, Max Montgomery 1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI and Bryce Rogan 1-for-3 with two runs to pace the Grizzlies (14-3).
Ashland scored the only run it would need on a second-inning balk by Grants Pass starting pitcher Ben Glaeser. The mistake plated Montgomery, who led off the inning with a walk.
Montgomery helped the Grizzlies tack on an insurance run in the third by drawing a bases-loaded walk.
Ashland's Aaron Scott singled home Rogan in the sixth to make it 3-0, and Ashland added two more in the seventh on another bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly by Jose Perez.
Glick's only misfire in the first six innings occurred when he plunked Drew Van Ess with one out in the second. Glick quickly redeemed himself, however, inducing the next batter into a 4-3 fielder's choice before picking off Hayden Chandler at first to end the inning.
Grants Pass (4-14) has lost nine of its last 10.
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Glick and Cammarota; Glaeser, D'Amico (6) and Mathews. W — Glick (3-1). L — Glaeser. 2B — Sanderson.
At Klamath Falls, Reese Fisher earned medalist honors to lead South Medford to a team victory in a five-way meet Thursday at Running Y.
Fisher shot a 71 to best Ashland's Matt Hedges by four strokes and help the Panthers edge second-place Eagle Point by eight strokes, 317-325. North Medford's Daniel Schuler was third with a 76.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS — Reese Fisher, South Medford, 71; Matt Hedges, Ashland, 75; Daniel Schuler, North Medford, 76; Jarred Misfeldt, Roseburg, 78; Tory Jordan, Eagle Point, 78; Alex Brown, South Medford, 79; Cole Dittemore, Roseburg, 81; Jack Singleton, North Medford, 81; Blake Bartlett, South Medford, 82; Michael Macedo, Eagle Point, 82.
SOUTH MEDFORD (317) — Reese Fisher 71, Alex Brown 79, Blake Bartlett 82, Logan Artner 85.
EAGLE POINT (325) — Tory Jordan 78, Zach Henley 82, Michael Macedo 82, Ethan DeVore 83.
NORTH MEDFORD (328) — Daniel Schuler 76, Jack Singleton 81, David Parson 84, Matt Mendenhall 87.
ROSEBURG (338) — Jarred Misfeldt 78, Cole Dittemore 81, Corey Groshong 83, Gus Bachman 96.
ASHLAND (361) — Matt Hedges 75, Kyle Breeding 83, Pablo Van Renterghen 98, TJ Ferreira 105.