SOU softball team swept by No. 21 Oregon Tech

The Southern Oregon softball team missed a chance to cut into Oregon Tech's lead in the Cascade Conference standings, instead losing more ground after as the 21st ranked Owls rolled to a commanding sweep at Klamath Falls.

Oregon Tech won the opener 8-4 and the second game 6-4.

Oregon Tech improved to 25-6 overall and 11-1 in Cascade Conference play with the victory. Southern Oregon dropped to 10-13 overall and 7-5 in conference. The Raiders host Concordia Friday at 2 p.m. in a key conference doubleheader.

In the opener, Katie Moy got the Raiders on the board in the first with a two-run home run over the wall in leftfield.

The Owls answered with a pair of runs in the second and a pair of runs in the third for a 4-2 lead.

The Raiders came back in the fourth to tie the game at 4-4. Jordyn Kurtz laced a single to right and scored on a double by Irene Barrantes. Barrantes then scored on an RBI single by Sarah Wharton to tie the game.

The Owls came right back in the fifth with a pair of unearned runs and then added two more runs in the sixth inning for the winning margin.

Barrantes led the SOU offense with a pair of hits, while Moy had two RBIs.

In the second game, Oregon Tech score all six of their runs off a pair of home runs in the first two innings.

Jess Plummer put the Owls up 2-0 in the first with a two-run shot. In the second inning, an error kept the inning alive for Oregon Tech and three batters later Ashleigh Larson blasted a grand slam for an early 6-0 lead.

The Raiders fought back, starting with a solo home run by Melissa Corn in the third to trim the lead to 6-1. In the fourth, Moy drove in Sierra Anderson and Wharton to cut the lead to 6-3.

In the fifth, the Raiders cut the lead to two with a solo shot by Barrantes, but that's as close as the Raiders would get.

Moy and Wharton had a pair of hits for the Raiders.

Prep track and field

Junior distance runner Isaac Schaaf won the 3,000-meter run in a personal best 9 minutes, 35 seconds to lead Ashland High in a nonconference dual at North Medford Wednesday.

The Black Tornado dominated the meet overall: its boys won 107-33 and its girls prevailed 82-44.

Schaaf was one of four Grizz boys to pull off victories. Ben Mikey won the 100 in 11:82, Sam Jackson took the 800 in 1:58.30 and Ian Wurfl finished first in the 300 hurdles in 47.80.

On the girls side, Ashland's Sarah Cotton-Honeywell won hurdle events, while Alex Kiesling took first place and set a new PR in the 3,000, finishing in 11:25.00.

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