Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
Charlie Walker laced a one-out single down the left-field line in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the North Medford baseball team to a 2-1 victory over North Eugene in a nonconference game at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Tuesday.
The Black Tornado (2-0) overcame a 13-strikeout performance over five innings from North Eugene's hard-throwing senior Andrew Moore, who has committed to play at Oregon State.
Freshman Colton Westfall, who reached on a one-out single and scored the game-winning run, picked up his second pitching victory after sitting down the side in order in the top of the eighth.
Walker started on the mound and went three hitless innings before giving way to Christian Gillis, who yielded five hits and one run in four innings of work.
The Highlanders plated a single run in the fifth to take a brief lead, but North Medford answered immediately. Jared Evans reached on a one-out double — the Tornado's first hit of the game — then came home from third base on a two-out infield single by Taylor Raff.
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Moore, House (6) and Owens; Walker, Gillis (4), Westfall (8) and Zavala. W — Westfall (2-0). L — House. 2B — NE: Shuster; NM: J. Evans.
CRATER 6, GRANTS PASS 1 — At Grants Pass, Matt Preston pitched five solid innings and Blake Fahndrich was 2-for-3 with two RBIs to help Crater win the Southern Oregon Hybrid opener for both teams.
Preston struck out seven, walked one and allowed four hits and one unearned run in his five innings. Chris Painter came on in relief for the final two innings and struck out three with one hit allowed for the Comets (1-0, 1-0 SOH). Tyler Aplin chipped in by going 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Tyler Bennett was 2-for-3 for Grants Pass (0-2, 0-1 SOH), which got a combined 11 strikeouts from Andrew Polder and Bennett. The Cavemen committed five errors that led to three unearned runs.
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Preston, Painter (6) and Aplin; Polder, Bennett (5) and Leenknecht. W — Preston (1-0). L — Polder (0-1). 2B — C: Erskine, Wynant, Aplin, Berriochoa; GP: Bennett.
SOUTH UMPQUA 3-5, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2-10 — Justin Cheney, Tristan Jones and Isaiah Luzny each went 2-for-4 in Game 2 to allow Cascade Christian to salvage a nonconference split at U.S. Cellular.
Cheney slapped a two-run triple in the third inning to break things open for the Challengers (4-1) in the nightcap, while Jones also had an RBI in the game.
Cody Coggins was 2-for-4 with one RBI in the opener.
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Reese, Blansett (5) and Rudy; Huntley, Ferguson (5) and Jones. W — Reese. L — Huntley (0-1). 2B — SU: McKenna, Pringle.
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Yarborough, McKenna (3) and Rudy; Dusenbury, Scottow (4), Coggins (5) and Brite. W — Scottow (1-0). L — Yarborough. 2B — SU: Blansett, Bennett; CC: Jones, Sha. 3B — CC: Cheney.
NORTH MEDFORD 4-6, NORTH EUGENE 0-2 — Kelsie Bartley was one walk away from a perfect game in the opener and Maryssa Becker combined to go 4-for-7 with three RBIs in the doubleheader sweep by North Medford at U.S. Cellular.
Bartley struck out 10 and faced the minimum 21 batters in Game 1, with the Black Tornado turning a double play after her lone walk issued in the second inning.
Becker followed a leadoff double by Sierra Berryessa with a two-run home run in the first inning. Hannah Leming's RBI triple in the sixth followed a double by Becker, and Bartley plated Leming with a triple of her own.
In Game 2, Becker struck out 11 and allowed only two hits but walked five to earn her first decision. She also was 2-for-4 with one RBI, while Leming was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Bartley 2-for-3 to pace the Black Tornado (3-0).
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Pruett and Litahen; Bartley and Williamson. W — Bartley (2-0). L — Pruett. 2B — NM: Berryessa, Becker, Gann. 3B — NM: Leming, Bartley. HR — NM: Becker (1).
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Sorenson and Litahen; Becker and Williamson. W — Becker (1-0). L — Sorenson. 2B — NM: Becker, Williams.
EAGLE POINT 18, ASHLAND 0, 5 inn. — At Ashland, McKinzee Parker struck out seven and allowed three hits with two walks in the five-inning shutout for Eagle Point to open Class 5A Southern Oregon Hybrid play.
Megan Cowden was 3-for-5 for the Eagles (2-0, 1-0 5A SOH), while Karly Tolen was 2-for-3 and Janelle Rodgers 2-for-4.
Ashland (0-2) allowed 10 runs in the third inning to break the game open.
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Parker and McCready; Lehman, Williams (4) and Corey. W — Parker (2-0). L — Lehman.
NORTH VALLEY 10, DOUGLAS 2 — At Merlin, Amber Green homered and had four hits and Kady Kantola rapped four doubles in as many at-bats in the nonconference win for North Valley (1-1).
Green belted a three-run home run in the sixth inning and produced four RBIs and three runs. Kantola had two RBIs and two runs, and Kenzie Schmoll, Cami Million, Kasey Werner and Josephine Stark all had two hits for the Knights.
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Parr, Holcomb (3) and Stuplin, Dahms (3); Million, Mohr (5) and Green. W — Million (1-0). L — Parr. 2B — D: Stuplin, Birch; NV: Schmoll, Kantola 4, Moore. HR — NV: Green.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 11-6, SOUTH UMPQUA 4-2 — Identical twins Kaitlyn and Madigan Smith earned their first pitching victories of the season and Beca Ratcliff went a combined 5-for-7 with two RBIs and two runs scored for Cascade Christian in the nonleague sweep at U.S. Cellular.
Jordan Martinez had three doubles in four at-bats in Game 1, scoring three times to go with one RBI and McKenna Britten had a three-run, first-inning double to spark the Challengers (2-5).
Cassie Zimmerer had a two-run triple in the first inning of Game 2 and Haley Casebier was 2-for-4 with one run scored for Cascade.
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Schofield and Bohnenkamp; K. Smith and Martinez. W — Smith (1-2). L — Schofield. 2B — CC: Martinez 3, Ratcliff, Britten.
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Hill and Bohnenkamp; M. Smith and Martinez. W — M. Smith (1-3). L — Hill. 2B — SU: Gallego; CC: Casebier, Ratcliff 2. 3B — CC: M. Smith, Zimmerer.
ROGUE RIVER 6, BUTTE FALLS 5, 8 inn. — At Rogue River, Teri Carroll dropped in a single down the left-field line to plate Hope Watterman with the winning run for Rogue River in the bottom of the eighth inning. Watterman had reached on an error and moved into scoring position on a passed ball and stolen base.
Kailin Honea was 2-for-4 with two runs for the Chieftains (0-1).
Mariah Moore struck out 12 and walked two for Butte Falls (1-1), which was limited to two hits and committed seven errors.
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Moore and Hobbs; Taylor, Swangel (8) and Pratt. W — Swangel. L — Moore (1-1). 2B — RR: Honea. 3B — RR: Rabitoy.