Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
Bad starts hurt the South Medford baseball team in its nonconference doubleheader against Evergreen of Vancouver, Wash., at Harry & David Field on Friday.
Evergreen used a four-run first inning to down the Panthers 4-0 in the opener and another four-run burst in the first inning of the second game en route to a 9-2 win.
In the top of the first of Game 1, Evergreen used three hits and three walks to begin to pull away.
South (1-6) put its two runs on the scoreboard in the seventh inning when Nate Namanny scored after being walked with the bases loaded. Eric Wallan's fielder's choice groundout made it 4-2.
The Panthers hit into three double plays in the first game.
South pitcher Zach Smith gave up five hits, two walks and no runs and fanned four in 62/3 innings.
In the second game, it was more of the same: a four-run first inning by Evergreen that saw the road team get five hits, including a two-run double by Will Pecson.
Evergreen 400 000 0 — 4 6 0
South Medford 000 000 2 — 2 3 0
Thorpe, Whitman (3), Grening (5), Pecson (7), Smith (7) and Dietrich; Cooney, Smith (1) and J. Walker. W — Thorpe. L — Cooney (0-1).
Evergreen 410 300 1 — 9 11 0
South Medford 001 100 0 — 2 5 3
Hadley, Price (3), Lowrimore (5), Smith (7) and Dietrich; Alexander, Berman (4), N. Walker (6) and J. Walker, White (3). W — Hadley. L — Alexander (0-2). 2B — E: Grening, Pecson, Dietrich.
CRATER 7, ARCATA (Calif.) 6, 8 inn. — At Central Point, Ty Fox drove in the winning run in the top of the eighth as Crater kept its perfect record going at Anhorn Field.
With one out in the eighth, Fox, a sophomore, poked an infield single between first and second to plate Anthony Martin for the go-ahead run. Martin hit a double to begin the frame then was moved to third on Blake Fahndrich's groundout to second base.
Crater's Taylor Pardee captured the victory on the mound. He pitched all eight innings, allowing six runs — three earned — on seven hits and three walks. He also struck out three.
Martin hit a two-run home run to left-center field in the first inning and was 2-for-3 on the day.
Also for the Comets (9-0), who host North Medford today in a Southern Oregon Hybrid doubleheader, Cole Berriochoa was 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs and an RBI. Fahndrich was 2-for-4.
Arcata 110 400 00 — 6 7 1
Crater 211 200 01 — 7 10 4
Souza, Keil (4), Vina (6) and Bressoud; Pardee and Aplin. W — Pardee (1-0). L — Vina. 2B — A: Keil; C: Martin. 3B — C: Berriochoa. HR — C: Martin.
GRANTS PASS 5, ARCATA (Calif.) 0 — At Central Point, Tyler Bennett and Josh Robinson combined to throw a no-hitter for Grants Pass which shut down Arcata at Anhorn Field.
Bennett earned the pitching victory, throwing four innings with five strikeouts and two walks. Robinson struck out one and walked none over the final three innings.
Andrew Martin hit a two-run home run to deep right field during a four-run inning for the Cavemen (2-5-1). Martin finished 2-for-3 as did Aaron Perez.
Grants Pass' Justin Stinner went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run.
Arcata 000 000 0 — 0 0 3
Grants Pass 004 010 x — 5 10 1
Kauffman, Crandell (4) and Bressoud; Bennett, Robinson (5) and Leenknecht. W — Bennett (1-2). L — Kauffman. 2B — GP: Stinner, Perez. HR — GP: Martin.
HIDDEN VALLEY 12, BROOKINGS 2, 6 inn. — At Grants Pass, Jamie Schmidt went 2-for-3 with three runs and two stolen bases for Hidden Valley in nonconference play.
Starting senior pitcher Greg Hurd earned the win, striking out seven and allowing three hits, one run and no walks in five innings against Brookings (3-1).
Tyler Gulbransen, B.J. Hults and A.J. Potts had two RBIs apiece for the Mustangs (3-0).
Brookings 000 101 — 2 4 6
Hidden Valley 201 036 — 12 7 0
Briganti, Kioo (5), Ensley (6) and Ehlers; Hurd, B.J. Hults (6) and Garrison. W — Hurd (2-0). L — Briganti. 2B — B: Cefebrev; HV: M. Hults.