Raiders rally in suspended game for split

Southern Oregon scored a run in the seventh inning to tie the game and won the weather-delayed contest in the eighth, 4-3, to salvage a softball doubleheader split with Eastern Oregon Monday at University Field

The game was suspended Sunday afternoon with Eastern Oregon leading 3-2 going into the bottom of the third.

Southern Oregon is now 15-16 overall and 12-8 in Cascade Conference play. The Raiders host William Jessup in a nonconference game at 2 p.m. today. Eastern dropped to 7-27 overall and 2-18 in conference.

Before the rain on Sunday, Eastern jumped on the board with three runs in the top of the first, highlighted by a two-run single by Sarah Jackson.

Southern Oregon cut the lead to 3-2 with a two-run double by Sierra Anderson.

The game was suspended going into the bottom of the third and the two teams resumed play Monday.

Neither team could get much going offensively off starting pitchers Eastern Oregon's Jenn McDonnell and SOU's Jordyn Kurtz.

The Raiders broke through in the seventh.

Walks to Sarah Wharton and Rayna Okimoto put runners on for Kurtz with two outs. The junior came through with a liner to left field that dropped, allowing Wharton to tie the game at 3-3 on an unearned run.

Kurtz shut down the Mountaineers in the top of the eighth and in the bottom of the eighth, Southern struck again with two outs.

Anderson started the rally with a single to right. Wharton followed with a double down the line in left, and a walk to Katie Moy loaded the bases.

The bases didn't stay loaded long as Anderson broke from third as a McDonnell pitch rolled away from the Eastern catcher and scored the winning run.

Anderson had two hits for the Raiders and Kurtz picked up her eighth victory of the year.

Wailana Buchanan had two hits for the Eastern.


Southern Oregon's Katie Moy and Jordyn Kurtz combined to help the Raiders sweep this week's Cascade Conference weekly honors.

Moy was named the conference's player of the week, while Kurtz was named the pitcher of the week.

The Raiders went 4-1 last week with sweeps of 17th-ranked Oregon Tech and College of Idaho.

Moy was the force behind the SOU offense during the week, hitting .571 with two doubles and a triple. She also had three walks and was hit by two pitches.

Kurtz appeared in four of SOU's five games and went 3-0 with a 1.22 ERA. She struck out 15 and walked five.

Boys Golf

At Bend, Matt Hedges led the way for the Ashland boys golf team with the fourth-lowest score in the field, shooting an 8-over-par 80, but the Grizzlies placed fifth in the Bend Invitational on Monday at Bend Country Club.

Ashland, which got a sneak peak of the teams it will face in the district tournament, scored a 346 as a team, 26 strokes off the pace of the winner Summit with a 321.

Dylan Cramer of Summit carded a 78 to earn medalist honors.

TEAM SCORES — 1, Summit, 321; 3, Crook County, 332; 2, Redmond, 335; 4, Bend, 340; 5, Ashland, 346; 6, Hermiston 357; 7, Mt. View, 408; 8, Sisters, 591.

ASHLAND (346) — Matt Hedges 39-41—80, Ben Sager 45-43—88, Ian Smeek 44-42—86, Dylan Molner 45-47—92.

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