SOU, Corban split key twin bill

ASHLAND — The No. 7 Corban and No. 14 Southern Oregon softball teams both proved worthy of their rankings Friday in a Cascade Conference split at University Field, leaving the series to be decided on the second day of their four-game affair.

In Game 1, SOU’s Hannah Shimek shot a double to the centerfield wall that scored Kelsey Randall from second base with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, and the Raiders walked off with a 6-5 extra-inning victory. In Game 2, Corban starter Rachel White and a pair of relievers combined on a seven-hit shutout and Jessie Isham went 3-for-3 with her third home run of season as the Warriors won 7-0.

Corban (20-6, overall, 10-2 CCC) retained its slim lead atop the standings. SOU (27-9, 11-3) is locked in a second-place tie with Eastern Oregon and No. 24 Oregon Tech. The teams will hook up for two more today, the second being a nonleague counter starting at 11 a.m.

By taking the opener, the Raiders ended what had been a seven-game losing streak to Corban in CCC regular-season games, dating back to 2016, and handed reigning CCC pitcher of the year Sabrina Boyd her second loss of the season. They hit her up for four runs in the first inning, when Karlee Coughlin lined a three-run double to the wall in left and Hannah Wessel executed a squeeze bunt that turned into a hit.

But Boyd settled in, blanking the Raiders over the next four innings, and the Warriors eventually stole a 5-4 lead with a four-run fifth. They knocked out SOU starter Gabby Sandoval in the inning — though she returned in the seventh and improved to 13-3 — right before Sam Woodley hit a two-run, game-tying single up the middle. Isham came up next and drove in one more with a sacrifice fly.

Down a run with one out in the sixth, Olivia Mackey sprayed a double to left, and with two outs Randall stroked a hit to right that brought her home. Randall also set the table in the ninth, which she led off with a flare to shallow left that went off a sliding outfielder’s glove and resulted in a double. One batter later, Shimek’s deep drive ended it.

Woodley went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI in Game 2, and her run-scoring single in the third broke a scoreless tie. Isham followed with her two-run homer, a towering shot that cleared the fence in left-center. Woodley added another RBI single in the fifth, and Megan Rybar, who went 2-for-4, contributed one of her own to make it 5-0.

White (4-0) lasted 4 1/3 innings and allowed five hits. Alyssa Vidal took the Warriors through the sixth, and Kaylee Graney handled a scoreless seventh.

SOU’s Allie Hancock (5-1) exited with two outs in the fifth inning of her first loss.

Coughlin went 3-for-4 in Game 1, and she and Tayler Walker had two hits apiece in Game 2.

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