Prep Softball: Roseburg loses to Dallas, Henley at North Medford Invitational

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The Indians ended the North Medford Spring Break Invitational with a 5-0 loss to Class 4A Henley of Klamath Falls in an evening game at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

The Hornets (3-1) won the state title last spring.

Henley junior right-hander Lilly Poe scattered seven hits en route to the shutout. She struck out four and walked none.

Jordan Gibson went 2-for-3 for Roseburg and Marinda Carlyle doubled. The Tribe stranded seven baserunners.

“They (Hornets) were aggressive at the plate (with 12 hits),” said RHS coach Brad Deaver. “They strung most of their hits together in the third inning (with six). We had runners on second and third three times, but couldn’t find the two-out hit. That was a killer for us both days.”

In the first game, a two-run homer by Dallas’ Lauren Wallace with two outs in the top of the third inning proved to be the difference. The 5A Dragons (8-0) are coached by Brandi Jackson, the daughter of former Roseburg coach Tony Campos.

The Dragons lost 12-7 to Marist in the 2017 state championship game.

The Indians only managed three hits off Dallas pitcher Kaelynn Simmons, who struck out six and walked one. Alexa Ligon knocked in the lone run for Roseburg with a single in the bottom of the second, scoring Samie Bergmann.

“It was a good ballgame. They got one big hit,” Deaver said. “I thought Mady (Blevins) pitched a good game and our defense was pretty solid, but we didn’t get enough hits.”

Blevins allowed five hits, fanning seven and walking three.

Roseburg returns to Southwest Conference play Monday, visiting Grants Pass for a makeup doubleheader.

Simmons and Wallace; Blevins and Bergmann. WP — Simmons. LP — Blevins (4-2). 2B — Whitlow (D). HR — Wallace (D).

Blevins and Bergmann; Poe and Perez. WP — Poe. LP — Blevins (4-3). 2B — Carlyle (R), Perez (H), Poe (H).

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