Crater first ran into some stingy pitching, then ran out of opportunities in Game 2 to drop both of its softball games Tuesday in the North Medford Invitational at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
The Comets registered more hits than Marist but fanned 11 times against Nyree White to fall 5-2 in their first game, then gave up seven first-inning runs against Sprague in the nightcap. Crater rallied and had runners on second and third with two outs in the final inning but couldn't come up with another key hit in falling 11-10 to the Olympians.
"White is a very talented pitcher," said Crater head coach Chris Arnold. "She's one of the toughest pitchers in the state, and we made some defensive mistakes and mental errors that allowed them to take advantage."
Malorie Mitchell provided a spark against Marist with a two-run home run following Rachel Ray's two-out single, and both finished 2-for-4 as the Comets racked up seven hits against White but not nearly enough in succession.
Renee Murphy struck out seven and allowed five hits to take the loss for Crater (2-4).
A three-run homer by No. 8 hitter Kanissa Brown highlighted Sprague's early onslaught against Crater starter Amber Bleth, but the Comets were able to scratch back.
Sarah Haga supplied a two-out, two-run double in the seventh to pull Crater within one run. Haga was held on second base and another runner on third to set the stage for Murphy, but she grounded out to second to end the game.
Haga finished 3-for-4, while Mitchell was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Cassi Murphy 2-for-2 with two runs and a three-run triple in the sixth inning. Dennae Grant added two hits and two runs for the Comets.
Marist 021 010 1 — 5 5 2
Crater 000 020 0 — 2 7 1
White and Boyd; R. Murphy and Haga. W — White. L — R. Murphy (1-2). HR — C: Mitchell (1).
Crater 011 005 3 — 10 14 1
Sprague 704 000 x — 11 14 2
Bleth, R. Murphy (1) and Haga; Smith, Leachi (6) and Medley. W — Smith. L — Bleth (0-2). 2B — C: Haga 2; S: Hannibal. 3B — C: C. Murphy. HR — S: Brown.
NORTH MEDFORD SPLITS — North Medford's Kelsie Bartley tossed a two-hit shutout and struck out 11 in a 5-0 win over Sprague, but her pitching mate, Maryssa Becker wasn't as fortunate in a 3-2, nine-inning loss to South Salem.
Becker allowed only three hits and fanned 10, but the Saxons scored a game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh, then won it in the ninth.
It was the first loss for North Medford (5-1).
The Black Tornado's Logan Hagey went 4-for-7 with an RBI in the two games, and Sierra Berryessa was 4-for-8 and drove in a run.
North Medford 410 000 0 — 5 9 2
Sprague 000 000 0 — 0 2 0
Bartley and Wolfe; Leach, Murrell (1) and Medley. W — Bartley (3-0). L — Murrell. 2B — NM: Leming.
North Medford 100 000 010 — 2 7 1
South Salem 000 100 011 — 3 3 1
Becker and Wolfe; Donovan and Bliss. W — Donovan. L — Becker (2-1). 2B — SS: Bliss 2.
SOUTH MEDFORD SWEPT — South Medford senior Lucy Baldovino lost a 3-0 decision to Redmond despite pitching a two-hitter with seven strikeouts and one walk. She is a North Medford transfer.
In its second game, South Medford fell to West Salem, 11-8.
Redmond's Ashley Pesek matched Baldovino's two-hitter. Teammate Randy Knowles hit a two-out solo home run in the third.
Against West Salem, Baldovino went 3-for-4 and Sam Owirka added two hits, including a two-run triple in the second. Ricki Tacdol recorded a two-run double in the first for the Panthers, who allowed seven runs in the fifth.
South Medford 000 000 0 — 0 2 2
Redmond 001 002 x — 3 2 2
Baldovino and Equitz; Pesek and McCarthy. W — Pesek. L — Baldovino (1-2). 2B — SM: Tacdol. HR — R: Knowles.
South Medford 320 000 3 — 8 12 4
West Salem 002 270 x — 11 11 3
Nunez, Baldovino (5) and Ramsay; Haven and Castro. W — Haven. L — Nunez (0-1). 2B — SM: Equitz, Tacdol; WS: Shorb, Haugen. 3B — SM: Owirka, Baldovino; WS: Isaac.
GRANTS PASS SPLITS — Lizzy Merritt's single up the middle brought home the decisive run in the sixth as Grants Pass edged Southridge, 4-3, before getting shut out by Glencoe, 4-0.
Merritt, a junior catcher, was 2-for-3 with an RBI against Southridge, which scored three runs in the top of the seventh to make it close. GP pitcher Grace Marsh struck out three in seven solid innings to pick up the win, and senior left fielder Jessica Glaeser was 2-for-2 and scored twice.
Glencoe managed 10 hits against Marsh and handed the Cavers' starter her first loss of the season after a 3-0 start. Grants Pass is 3-2.
Southridge 000 000 3 — 3 5 1
Grants Pass 300 001 x — 4 5 0
Mendenhall and Bradley; Marsh and Merritt. W — Marsh (3-0). L — Mendenhall. 2B — S: Komin, Nelson. HR — S: Kasler.
Grants Pass 000 000 0 — 0 3 0
Glencoe 100 012 x — 4 10 3
Marsh and Merritt; Sutherland-Finch and Sullivan. W — Sutherland-Finch. L — Marsh (3-1). 2B — G: Davis, Kreiger.
EAGLE POINT DROPS TWO — Lake Oswego scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to top Eagle Point, 3-2, then the 5A Eagles fell to another 6A team, Redmond, 5-2.
In the first game, EP's Emily Jeffries had a bunt single that scored Jennie Fernandes in the second, and in the sixth, Shauntel Rodgers tripled and scored on Chloe Hanson's double.
Pitcher Hanson went the distance, striking out eight.
In the second game for the Eagles (2-3), Fernandes and Christine McCready were each 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Candace Rodgers had two hits.
Eagle Point 010 001 0 — 2 4 0
Lake Oswego 000 001 2 — 3 8 2
Hanson and McCready; Dunn, Huston (3) and Pyle. W — Huston. L — Hanson (2-1). 2B — EP: Hanson; LO: Saldinar 2, Mendez-Oliver. 3B — EP: Rodgers.
Redmond 022 001 0 — 5 8 0
Eagle Point 010 010 0 — 2 7 4
Edwark and Carthy; S. Rodgers and McCready. W — Edwark. L — Rodgers (0-1). 3B — R: Knowles.
PHOENIX DROPS TWO — Phoenix (2-3) lost a pair of tournament contests, falling 14-4 to Horizon Christian and 13-4 to Sheldon.