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Jodoin gets win No. 500.

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North Eugene softball coach Mike Jodoin picked up career win No. 500 on Friday as sophomore Ashley Likens pitched a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and was 3-for-4 with a double to lead the host Highlanders to a 7-0 Midwestern League victory over Lebanon.

"I feel like I've had the pleasure of coaching a lot of good kids and working with a lot of good parents," Jodoin said. "Without that, I don't think you would have 500 wins."

The lone hit off Likens was a sixth-inning single by Katie Atchley.

Denee Johnson was 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs and Jacque Barton was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI for the fourth-place Highlanders.

Jodoin has an overall record of 500-164 in 26 seasons as a softball coach. Jodoin went 59-22 at Sheldon from 1978-81, and has compiled a record of 441-142 in 22 seasons with the Highlanders.

Jodoin is the second coach in state history to reach 500 wins, following Putnam's Jerry Stidham, who accomplished the feat earlier this year.

According to the National High School Sports Record Book, 17 coaches in the nation had 500 or more wins at the start of this season. Diana Laffey of Regina High School in Harper Woods, Mich., entered the season as the winningest coach in the nation with 766 victories.

North will make its ninth consecutive trip to the state playoffs on Friday.

Churchill 3, Springfield 2

SPRINGFIELD - Krystal Dyer led off the ninth inning with a game-winning home run as the league-champion Lancers finished unbeaten in league with a 16-0 record. Jodi Parmer led off the game with her sixth home run of the season and Caley Peterson pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts.

Stephanie Bour sent the game into extra innings with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh for the second-place Millers (13-3).

Both teams will open the state playoffs at home on Monday, May 26.

Willamette 6, Marshfield 2

COOS BAY - Shauna Dill was 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs and Cathy Garrett was 2-for-4 to spark the Wolverines. Teammate Lisa Robbins pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts. Abby Wright was 3-for-3 to lead the Pirates.

Thurston 19, South Eugene 0

Sophomore Cotie Howard had three hits with a triple, double and two RBIs and Whitney Phelps pitched a five-inning no-hitter as the visiting Colts claimed the No. 3 seed.

Lauren Rascon was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Darrah King was 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs in Thurston's 12-hit attack.

Far West League

Glide 9, Sutherlin 4

GLIDE - Meghan Meier was 3-for-4 with two doubles and Geri Norton was 3-for-4 with two RBIs as the Wildcats took sole possession of first place from the Bulldogs with one game remaining.

Douglas 4, North Bend 3

WINSTON - Wendy Drake was 3-for-3 with a triple and an RBI and Jennifer Davey hit a solo home run to spark the Trojans. Nicole Canup had a two-run triple for the Bulldogs.

Val-Co League

Taft 2, Newport 0

LINCOLN CITY - Ashley Birdsong threw a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts and no walks and Katie Phelps was 2-for-3 with an RBI to help the Tigers improve to 15-0 in league and 19-0 overall.

Trico League

Central Linn 13, Mohawk 3

HALSEY - Rochelle Province knocked in four runs, including a three-run home run, and Ashley Vanleeuwen had two RBIs and also had nine strikeouts in five innings to spark the Cobras.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 17, 2003
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