STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

North Medford Softball Downs Tigard, Heads to Third Straight State Semifinal

With their 9-2 win over Tigard, the North Medford softball team is headed back to the state semifinals for the third season in a row.

Posted: May 25, 2018 10:00 PM
Updated: May 25, 2018 11:36 PM

MEDFORD -- Behind another strong pitching performance from Rylan Austin and a career day at the plate from Chelbey Smalley, the North Medford softball team clubbed Tigard, 9-2, in the state quarterfinals on Friday. 

Smalley was the queen of extra-base hits, smacking two doubles and a home run, accounting for more than half the Black Tornado offense. They didn't need much with ace Rylan Austin again throwing a gem. 

The win sends the Black Tornado into the state semifinals for the third season in a row. Last season, North Medford won the state title; in 2016, they fell to Jesuit, 3-2 in extra innings, in the semifinals. This year, they will face off with No. 2 Clackamas, who knocked off No. 7 Grants Pass, 6-2, in their quarterfinal match up. 

North Medford is 22-2 in its last 24 games while Clackamas is 18-2 in its last 20. Something will have to give when the two teams get together at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Article Comments

Medford
Overcast
53° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 53°
Brookings
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 57°
Crater Lake
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 36°
Grants Pass
Broken Clouds
50° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 50°
Klamath Falls
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 36°
Drying Out & Warming Up
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events