Putnam diamond girls get it done in Medford
The Kingsmen go 4-0, with a come-from-behind win over McNary and an extra-inning win over Churchill
MEDFORD - Putnam diamond girls had a good spring break, winning all four of their games in a two-day tournament at North Medford, and stretching their win string to seven games.
'The girls are playing with a lot of confidence,' said Putnam coach Tiffany Strnad. 'They don't quit. We've been behind in a number of games this season, but they fight to the end. That's what pleases the coaching staff the most. I'm really proud of them.'
The Kingsmen had a come-from-behind win in their final game at North Medford, a 7-3 victory over McNary. Putnam was trailing 3-1 heading into the top of the seventh.
Heroine honors went to junior shortstop Sami Parr, who led a six-run seventh inning rally with an in-the-park three-run home run, the first roundtripper of her high school career.
The Kingsmen reached McNary's pitcher [McDonald] for nine hits, including five in the pivotal seventh frame. Danielle Sayres (3-for-3), Emily Kirk (triple), Ronni Sayres (RBI-single), Jade LeBaron (two-run double) and Parr (2-for-4) all hit safely in the rally.
Putnam pitcher Lauren Harvey had six strikeouts, while yielding seven hits, three walks and three unearned runs.
In other games in North Medford, the Kingsmen dropped Churchill 1-0 in eight innings, and earned shutouts over Eagle Point (10-0) and Phoenix (13-0).
Missy Eberhardt had the key hit in the 1-0 win over Churchill. The junior talent ripped a double to left-center in the bottom of the eighth to plate Parr for the game-winner. The Kingsmen had only two other hits in the game.
'Their pitcher [Peterson] had a pretty effective rise and it took us awhile to adjust,' said Strnad. 'Churchill's a strong team. Fortunately they didn't get their hits together.'
Harvey (8 strikeouts, no walks) scattered six hits in the narrow win. Churchill's pitcher matched Harvey's performance, with eight strikeouts and no walks.
The Kingsmen played error-free defense behind Harvey in the 10-0 five-inning win over Eagle Point. Senior Ariel Hayes came through with five assists at third base.
Harvey had four strikeouts and no walks in a one-hitter, and she helped her own cause with a three-run double.
Eberhardt also ripped a three-run double in a six-run first inning; Megan Hodson went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
Harvey fanned 13 and walked no one in a one-hit six-inning win over Phoenix.
Parr (4-for-5, double, triple, 4 runs) and Harvey (4-for-5, double, 4 RBI) headed a 12-hit offensive assault.
The Kingsmen (8-1, 2-0) return to league play this week, hosting Oregon City (2-5, 0-1) this afternoon and playing at Lake Oswego (4-4, 1-1) on Thursday.