Cotton leads Ashland girls at Running Y

Ginny Cotton tied for second to lead the Ashland High School girls golf team to a third-place showing in a six-team tournament held at Running Y on Friday.

Cotton shot a 94 to tie Eagle Point's Nauvoo Beal. Both were well off the pace set by medalist Haley Brown, who shot an 81 to pace Crater.

Crater shot a 400 as a team to win the girls tourney. Eagle Point (416) was second and Ashland (430) third.

In boys action, Ashland, led by Kevin Iriawan (97), shot a 401 to place sixth out of 12 teams. 

College Track and Field

At Hermiston, Joseph Dotson showed his readiness for the NAIA Championships and became a two-time All-Cascade Conference decathlete with a stellar second day that included three personal bests at the CCC Multi-Event Championships on Friday.

Dotson was in fourth place after Thursday's five disciplines. Ultimately, the top of the decathlon standings looked identical to last year's: Oregon Tech junior Seth Gretz defended his title with 6,760 points, Dotson was the runner-up with 6,695, and Corban's Jason Bracken — the Day 1 leader, just like 2016 — finished third with 6,319.

Dotson, a sophomore from Florence, Ore., had the second-best point total in the NAIA coming into the championships at 6,304. His new score marked a personal best, topping the 6,484 he put up while placing fifth at the national meet. He also earned eight team points for the SOU, which will attempt to defend its conference title at the CCC Championships on May 12-13 at Raider Stadium.

Dotson, along with 12 other entrants, competed Friday in the 110-meter hurdles (16.40 seconds), the discus (130 feet 10 inches), the pole vault (14-5 ), the javelin (159-8) and the 1,500 meters (4:27.51). He notched personal bests in the pole vault, javelin and the 1,500 by six seconds after doing so Thursday in the 100-meter dash and shot put.

Gretz picked up 10 points for OIT with his title, while Bracken and fifth-place Michael Schmidt got 10 total points for Corban. College of Idaho had three scorers for a total of nine points.

College Softball

At Helena, Mont., Southern Oregon's freshman one-two pitching punch came through again Friday as the 18th-ranked Raiders started their series against the Carroll Saints with 6-2 and 5-1 victories at Centennial Park.

While Gabby Sandoval improved to 13-5 and Karlee Coughlin stayed perfect at 12-0 in the circle, Harlee Donovan tied SOU's single-season home run record with her 11th, a solo shot in the sixth inning of Game 2 that Tyler Burke turned into a back-to-back display with her second of the year.

The Raiders (34-9 overall, 18-5 Cascade Conference) now have a two-game cushion in second place but remain two games back of first-place Corban, which swept Eastern Oregon on Friday.

They needed more clutch at-bats in Game 1 to keep pace, scoring all six of their runs in the seventh inning. Trailing 1-0, they loaded the bases with no outs as walks issued to Taylor Martinez and Rebecca Velasquez sandwiched a Coughlin single. Abigail Lund then came through with a two-run single to the opposite field. With one out, Kelsey Randall made it 3-1 with an RBI single and the next batter Kayleen Smith, hit a two-run triple to right.

Donovan's RBI groundout capped the scoring. The Raiders only had two hits against Carroll pitcher Tess Eaton before recording five in the frame.

Sandoval allowed six hits, struck out five and walked one. It was the fifth time this season she's pitched seven innings and allowed two or fewer runs. It was also the third time the Raiders have come back to win when they've trailed going into the seventh inning. Last year, they didn't do it once.

SOU went ahead in the fourth inning of Game 2, when Coughlin's single to center scored Skyler Matthews and broke a 1-1 tie. Donovan and Burke went deep in the sixth — Donovan's now done so eight times in SOU's last eight games — and Kelsey Randall capped a three-hit game with an RBI double that drove in Lund in the seventh.

Coughlin allowed six hits, walked three and struck out two. She lowered her ERA to 2.02 in her ninth complete game of the season.

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