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.

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