Black Tornado advances to quarterfinals

FOREST GROVE — Defending state softball champion North Medford had to overcome some sloppy fielding in a Class 6A second-round state playoff game Tuesday.

Despite five errors, the top-ranked Black Tornado showed enough resilience to come away with a 6-3 victory over Forest Grove.

North Medford (26-2) will next host Central Catholic in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

"Normally we have a strong defense," North Medford coach Mike Mayben said. "This was very uncharacteristic for us."

Forest Grove (18-10), the No. 3 seed from the Pacific League, led 2-1 after four innings.

North scored two unearned runs in the fifth to go ahead 3-2, but the Vikings answered with their third unearned run in the bottom of the inning to tie the score.

The Black Tornado used four hits and aggressive baserunning to put together the winning rally with three runs in the sixth inning.

Logan Hagey opened with a double and was sacrificed to third. With two outs, Sierra Berryessa's single knocked in the go-ahead run. Amanda Freitas followed with a single, then North executed a double steal to put runners on second and third. Jenna Stevens delivered a clutch two-run single to right-center to complete the scoring.

North starter Kelsie Bartley went 61/3 innings to register the win. Maryssa Becker was summoned to the mound with one on and one out in the seventh and retired both batters she faced on groundouts to end the game.

Bartley (15-1) struck out six and walked one.

"(Bartley) had great movement in-and-out," said Mayben. "She forced them to hit a lot of groundballs."

McKenna Storey went 3-for-3 and scored two runs to pace North's 10-hit attack. Hagey added two hits, one RBI and one run and Freitas had two hits, scored twice and stole two bases.

"The biggest thing is we didn't allow our mistakes to get us down and lead to more mistakes," said Mayben. "We kept playing tough and stayed focused."

North Medford 100 023 0 — 6 10 5

Forest Grove 100 110 0 — 3 5 2

Bartley, Becker (7) and Wolfe; Riechard and Evenson. W — Bartley (15-1). L — Riechard. 2B — NM: Storey, Hagey; FG: Evenson, Thourd.

Class 5A

MAZAMA 1, CLEVELAND 0 — At Happy Valley, LeAnn Valenta pitched a five-hit shutout for seventh-ranked Mazama at Hood View Park.

The Vikings (20-5) host Liberty, a 3-2 winner over Pendleton, in the quarterfinals Friday.

Class 4A

MARIST 2, PHOENIX 1 — At Eugene, Nyree White struck out 14 batters and Marist capitalized on four errors to gain the second-round victory.

Kirstin Stroud had two strikeouts and allowed four hits for Phoenix (18-9).

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Marist 010 000 1 — 2 4 0

Stroud and Scoggins; White and Boyd. W — White. L — Stroud.

HENLEY 16, SWEET HOME 0, 5 inn. — At Klamath Falls, Rylee Carleton pitched a one-hitter and belted out three hits to lead Henley to the second-round victory.

Brittany Grant also had three hits for the Hornets (19-7), while Mariah Mahon and Megan Driessen each added two hits.

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Henley (10)12 3x — 16 14 1

Riggs, Gravelle (1) and Gillepsie; Carleton and Prock. W — Carleton. L — Riggs. 2B — H: Mahon. 3B — H: Grant.

Class 3A

WILLAMINA 4, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — At McMinnville, Caralyn Chewning fired a one-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts for the West Valley League champion in the opening round of the state playoffs.

Bree Luzny got the Challengers' only hit on a third-inning single.

Challenger pitcher Jasmine Gomez (16-9) allowed three hits and struck out two.

Cascade Christian, the No. 3 seed from the Sunset League, completed the season with a 17-11 record.

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Willamina 010 030 x — 4 3 0

Gomez and J. Martinez; Chewning and Bowman. W — Chewning. L — Gomez (16-9).

Class 2A/1A

BUTTE FALLS 3, RIDDLE 1 — At Riddle, Jessica Driskell's two-run home run in the third inning spurred Butte Falls (12-7), the No. 3 team out of District 4.

Mariah Moore pitched a four-hitter, striking out eight and walking three, and shortstop Beth Sutfin led an errorless defense.

In the first inning, Cheyenna Kirkpatrick reached on an error and scored. The Loggers struck again in the third when Sierra Kirkpatrick walked and Driskell followed with her one-out blast to left-center field.

On Friday, the Loggers either host Kennedy or visit Knappa.

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Moore and Hobbs; S. Maurer and Yackamouitt. W — Moore (9-3). L — S. Maurer. 2B — R: S. Maurer. 3B — R: D. Maurer. HR — BF: Driskell.

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