GRANTS PASS — North Medford had its perfect baseball record tarnished Monday, courtesy of Zach Morgan and the Grants Pass Cavemen in the opening game of a rescheduled Southwest Conference twin bill.
Morgan allowed two hits, one walk and a run in the first inning, then allowed only two base runners the rest of the way in leading Grants Pass to a 6-2 upset.
The top-ranked Black Tornado (13-1, 2-1 SWC) rebounded to earn a 14-5 victory in the nightcap.
"I think we were prepared to play, we just didn't bring our 'A' game and they capitalized," said North coach Brett Wolfe.
"It's good for us to realize and recognize there's things we need to work on to try to get better," he added.
Logan Odom struggled from the mound early in Game 1, walking two and hitting another batter to load the bases in the first. Shawn O'Brien followed with an RBI single, but center fielder Jordan Bostwick kept the damage to one run by teaming with Shea Bedortha and Darren Bruhns to throw a runner out at the plate.
Craig Dolmage and O'Brien then pulled off a double-steal of home and second base to score another run for GP (4-9, 1-2), and Buddy Saxon followed with an RBI single. After getting a line-drive out and walking a batter, Odom was relieved by Matt Maurer. The freshman left-hander struck out Ryan Fauver to close the first.
Maurer struck out eight overall and went the rest of the way for North, allowing a two-run homer to Saxon in the third and an unearned run in the sixth.
Odom hit a solo homer in the fourth for the Black Tornado's only other run against Morgan. Kody Stevens had an RBI single in the first inning.
North Medford regrouped in the nightcap, erasing a 4-3 deficit with four runs in the fifth inning and seven in the sixth to pull away. Bostwick had a key two-out, two-run single in the fifth, while Bruhns and Bedortha had two-run hits in the sixth.
Bruhns finished with three RBIs on 3-for-4 hitting with two runs, with Bostwick and Bedortha each tallying two hits.
North Medford 100 100 0 — 2 4 1
Grants Pass 302 001 x — 6 5 1
Odom, Maurer (1) and Bruhns; Z. Morgan and Saxon. W — Z. Morgan (3-2). L — Odom (2-1). 2B — GP: Dolmage. HR — NM: Odom (3); GP: Saxon.
North Medford 210 047 0 — 14 11 4
Grants Pass 100 301 0 — 5 8 0
Jones and Bruhns; Albright, Suthann (5), Chaldu (6) and Saxon, P. Morgan (6). W — Jones (4-0). L — Albright (0-2). 2B — NM: Bruhns, Jones, Earle, S. Bedortha.
u ROSEBURG 9-6, SOUTH MEDFORD 0-5 — Dakota Cavens threw a two-hit shutout in the opener and Kellen Spicer broke a 5-5 tie with a sixth-inning solo homer in the nightcap as Roseburg swept South Medford in a Southwest Conference twin bill.
Roseburg (8-2, 3-0 SWC) jumped on South Medford (3-8, 1-2) starter Griff Boyd for five runs in the first inning of Game 1. Jordan Guthrie and Kyle Hansen paced the Indians' attack with two hits each.
In Game 2, John Adamson doubled home Patrick Thibeault and Trent Smith in the bottom of the fifth inning, tying the game at 5, but Spicer unloaded on losing pitcher Jared Smith one inning later.
Roseburg 500 120 1 — 9 10 0
South Medford 000 000 0 — 0 2 0
Cavens and Hansen; Boyd, Adamson (6) and Williamson. W — Cavens. L — Boyd (2-1). 2B — R: Tommasini, Hansen, Allred, Lint.
Roseburg 140 001 0 — 6 5 1
South Medford 210 200 0 — 5 8 2
Counts and Hansen; J. Smith and Williamson. W — Counts. L — Smith (0-2). 2B — R: Tommasini, Allred, Guthrie; SM: T. Smith, J. Smith, Adamson 2. HR — R: Spicer.
u SHELDON 4-7, SOUTH EUGENE 3-1 — At Eugene, Alex Besaw allowed two hits and no walks with 11 strikeouts and Chris Vitus scattered two hits with 13 strikeouts to lead Sheldon to the Southwest Conference sweep.
Brandon Hayes and Vitus each hit solo home runs in the opener to offset a two-run HR by Ethan Trachtenberg of South Eugene (5-6, 0-3 SWC). Greg Wirtala stole home to highlight Game 2 for Sheldon (7-6, 2-1).
South Eugene 000 102 0 — 3 3 4
Sheldon 002 020 x — 4 7 1
Rooke-Ley and Carpenter; Besaw and Davis. W — Besaw (3-1). L — Rooke-Ley. 2B — S: Wirtala. HR — SE: Trachtenberg; S: Hayes (4), Vitus (1).
South Eugene 000 001 0 — 1 2 3
Sheldon 110 113 x — 7 6 2
Trachtenberg and Carpenter; Vitus and Davis, Pappas (7). W — Vitus (4-2). L — Trachtenberg. 2B — S: Martell.