Locals ink letters of intent

Rylan Austin, who last year helped the North Medford High softball team win the Class 6A state championship, will sign a letter of intent to play for Division II Montana State University Billings today at 2:45 p.m. in the North Medford Tornado Conference Room.

Although she’s being recruited to play shortstop, Austin primarily pitched during her junior season, compiling a 25-1 record in the circle. She had an ERA of 2.10 heading into the championship game, in which she allowed 10 hits but no earned runs in an 11-3 win over Westview.

Austin had a breakout year at the plate last season, hitting .528 with 22 doubles and one home run while posting a slugging percentage of .759. She drove in 48 runs and batted .567 with runners in scoring position.

Montana State Billings competes in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Last season the Yellowjackets finished seventh in the eight-team conference with a record of 10-18.


South Medford seniors Luke Ramirez and Jazmin Duncan on Wednesday signed their Big Sky Conference letters of intent to run for Portland State University.

Ramirez finished ninth in the Southwest Conference championship and 36th in the Class 6A state championship, while Duncan was 10th in the SWC final and 96th in the state final.


Eric Carlson, a 2014 graduate of Ashland High, recently signed his letter of intent to play for Division II Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Carlson, a third baseman, transfers to OBU from Lassen College, where he was MVP of the Golden Valley Conference and was selected to the All-Region and All-State teams for the California Community College Athletic Association. He helped lead the Cougars to their first playoff appearance in nine years, while batting .398 for the season.

Carlson played for coach John Wallace at Ashland, where he earned Midwestern Conference player of the year, honorable mention all-state and set the school record for hits in a season while leading the squad to two quarterfinal appearances in the state playoffs.

Oklahoma Baptist competes in the Great American Conference. Last year the Bison finished 42-15 overall, 22-10 in the GAC, third in the 12-team conference.

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