Wolfe, Becker power Tornado victory

Amanda Wolfe continued to wield a powerful bat and Maryssa Becker provided another strong pitching performance as North Medford defeated Roseburg, 7-2, in Southern Oregon Hybrid softball Thursday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Wolfe hit her second home run in a week and went 2-for-4 with four runs driven in.

Becker won her ninth game against one loss, fanning 12 in a four-hitter. She walked three and gave up one earned run.

"She got stronger as the game went on," said Black Tornado coach Mike Mayben, whose team maintained a 11/2-game lead over second-place Crater in the SOH.

Roseburg got to Becker in the first two innings, leaving the bases loaded in the first after two hits and a walk. The Indians scored an unearned run in the second.

Becker then bore down, notching nine of her strikeouts from the third to the seventh innings.

"She got better and got control and hit her spots," said Mayben.

North (16-2, 8-1 SOH) tied it 1-1 in the third, then went ahead as Wolfe keyed a three-run fifth.

Berryessa hit one of her two doubles, moved up on an error and scored on a passed ball. The right-handed Wolfe then turned on a pitch and drove it over the left-field wall, scoring Hannah Leming, who reached on the error.

"She's a very consistent hitter, but lately she's added more power," Mayben said of Wolfe. "She's had a number of doubles and a couple homers. She's getting a little better barrel on it and driving it in the gaps. This one tonight was pretty impressive against the wind. It was really well hit."

Berryessa was 3-for-4, scored three runs and had two stolen bases. Amanda Freitas went 2-for-2.

Roseburg 010 000 1 — 2 4 2

North Medford 001 033 x — 7 8 3

Akers, Hunt (6) and Van Volkenberg; Becker and Wolfe. W — Becker (9-1). L — Akers. 2B — NM: Berryessa 2, Wolfe. HR — NM: Wolfe.

SOUTH MEDFORD 12, ASHLAND 4 — At Ashland, South Medford ace Lucy Baldovino carved through Ashland's lineup and the offense did the rest as the Panthers rolled.

Baldovino pitched five innings, allowing just one earned run on two hits and no walks. She struck out nine.

Ricki Tacdol and Katie Ramsay both had three hits and scored two runs for the Panthers, and Sam Owirka was 2-for-5.

Piper Cantrell went 2-for-3 and scored twice for the Grizzlies (7-10).

South Medford 102 320 4 — 12 10 0

Ashland 100 003 0 — 4 7 3

Baldovino, Nunez (6) and Ramsay; Williams, Lehman (6) and Scott. W — Baldovino. L — Williams. 2B — SM: Equitz, Tacdol.

CRATER 1, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Grants Pass, on a night when the Crater bats were cold, Renee Murphy was zeroed in, tossing a two-hit shutout.

Managing just four hits off Murphy's counterpart, Grace Marsh, the Comets (11-7, 8-3 SOH), scored its only run on a first-inning throwing error by the Cavers' third baseman. Malorie Mitchell scored from first base.

Murphy, who walked three and struck out seven, got herself out of a bases-loaded jam with two outs in the sixth inning by inducing Marsh, the Cavers' No. 4 hitter, to ground out.

Crater 100 000 0 — 1 4 0

Grants Pass 000 000 0 — 0 2 2

Murphy and Haga; Marsh and Merritt. W — Murphy (11-5). L — Marsh.


CRATER 2, GRANTS PASS 1 — At Central Point, Juan Cortez and Zach Zelecki combined to hold Grants Pass to four hits and Cole Berriochoa singled in the winning run in the second as Crater (8-11, 4-7 SOH) climbed to within a game of third-place North Medford in the SOH standings.

Cortez surrendered one run, a homer, in 41/3 innings before Zelecki took over and blanked the Cavemen (7-14, 4-7) over the last 22/3. Zelecki entered the game with a runner on second and one out. He escaped by striking out Myles Baida and coaxing a fielder's choice groundout from Josh Robinson.

Robinson was tagged with the loss for Grants Pass despite holding the Comets to zero earned runs on seven hits in six solid innings.

Grants Pass 000 010 0 — 1 4 1

Crater 020 000 x — 2 7 1

Robinson and Custer; Cortez, Zelecki (5) and Macuk. W — Cortez (4-2). L — Robinson. 2B — GP: Cantiello; C: Fahndrich, Macuk. HR — GP: Miller.

Boys Tennis

ASHLAND 6, CHURCHILL 2 — At Ashland, Ashland won three singles and three doubles matches against Midwestern League foe Churchill, overcoming chilly, wet weather in the process.

Max Burt won at No. 1 singles and the team of Josh Harris and Grant Kahn triumphed at No. 1 doubles as the Grizzlies improved to 8-2-2 in duals.

The match served as a tuneup for both teams for the Medford-Ashland Invitational, which starts at 9 a.m. today at North Medford High and concludes Saturday.

SINGLES — Max Burt, A, d. Nic Heaton, 6-1, 6-1; Michael Montes, A, d. Chuck Taylor, 6-1, 6-0; Aaron Kenny, C, d. Ahanu Yates, 6-2, 1-6, 11-9; Stevie Dickey, A, d. Reid Gottschalks, 6-2, 6-4.

DOUBLES — Josh Harris-Grant Kahn, A, d. Brett Bell-Zach Konnie, 6-1, 6-1; Ian Murray-Carl Gorbett, A, d. Curtis Bineham-Taylor Camelio, 6-2, 6-3; Garrett Johnson-Forrest Kollar, A, d. Shabir Crum-Mark Whittier, 6-2, 5-7, 11-9; Nic Freeman-Aaron Jenson, C, d. Cal Thomas-Jack Thomas, 7-6, 4-6, 10-7.

Boys Golf

OREGON HIGH SCHOOL INVITATIONAL — At Corvallis, sophomore Kevin Murphy shot a 75 to finish tied for fourth in the 18-team tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Club.

Murphy was one behind a trio of players at 74. Ray Richards of Tualatin won in a playoff over co-runners-up Brent Pollock of Marist and Marcus Potter of Tualatin.

TEAM SCORES — Jesuit 308, Marist 312, Corvallis 315, Tualatin 315, Canby 316, Southridge 319, Crescent Valley 324, Westview 328, McMinnville 334, Tigard 339, Rogue River 342, North Bend 352, Glencoe 353, South Albany 359, Junction 365, Newport 382, Taft 533, Silverton inc.

TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS — Ray Richards, Tualatin, 74; Brent Pollock, Marist, 74; Marcus Potter, Tualatin 74; Chase Lamothe, Corvallis, 75; Garrett Doolen, Crescent Valley, 75; Kevin Murphy, Rogue River, 75; Matt Hanna, Southridge, 75; Nate Krause, Marist, 75; Nathan Pellatz, Canby, 75.

ROGUE RIVER (342) — Kevin Murphy 37-38—75, David Murphy 42-41—83, Tyler Donahue 44-46—90, Zach Hudson 47-47—94.

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