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Roseburg's one-man wrecking crew known as Josh Graham demolished South Medford on Thursday.
The University of Oregon-bound senior went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a grand slam and seven RBIs and struck out nine batters in six innings to power the Indians to a 14-5 Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball win at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Jack Walker hit a two-run single in the first to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead, but Graham belted a two-run double in the third to put the Indians (7-1, 1-0 SOH) ahead to stay, 4-2, and made it 9-2 with a bases-clearing shot in the sixth.
The Panthers (1-4, 0-3) staged a mini rally by scoring three runs — two on a Josh Berman single — in the bottom of the sixth, cutting the deficit to 9-5. But Roseburg tacked on five more in the seventh.
Graham surrendered five earned runs on seven hits in six innings before giving way to Brady Fuller, who struck out two in the seventh.
South Medford starter Nate Namanny gave up eight earned runs on nine hits while striking out five and walking five in 51/3 innings.
Connor Newell and Mike Morin each went 2-for-4 for Roseburg, which has won four straight.
For South Medford, Pat Alexander was 2-for-4 and scored twice.
Roseburg 014 004 5 — 14 12 1
South Medford 200 003 0 — 5 8 1
Graham, Fuller (7) and Leach, Graham (7); Namanny, Berman (6), Cooney (7) and J. Walker. W — Graham. L — Namanny (0-2). 2B — R: Kahle, Graham 2, Nelson. 3B — R: Morin. HR — R: Graham.
HENLEY 11, EAGLE POINT 0 — At Eagle Point, Jesse Hilyard kept Eagle Point in check and Paxton Kuhlman had the big early hit for Henley in the nonconference game.
Hilyard pitched four innings, allowing three hits, and Kuhlman belted a bases-loaded triple with two outs in the Hornets' four-run second inning.
Eagle Point dropped to 4-7.
Henley 041 42 — 11 8 2
Eagle Point 000 00 — 0 4 2
Hilyard, Guzman (5) and Overstreet; Dixon, Mickey (4) and Augino. W — Hilyard. L — Dixon. 3B — H: Kuhlman.