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EAGLE POINT — The North Medford baseball team used a 13-run sixth inning to blow open its nonconference contest against Eagle Point on Tuesday.
The Black Tornado (9-2) finished with 15 hits en route to a 19-1 win in six innings over the Eagles, who gave up 15 walks and managed just one hit.
North already led 6-1 entering the top of the fifth, when it used seven hits, six Eagle Point walks and two hit batsmen to pull away.
Taylor Raff went 4-for-6 with three runs and two RBIs and Micah Brown was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI for the Black Tornado.
Christian Gillis finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs, Jared Evans 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs and Ryan Carbonell 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs against the Eagles (4-9).
Charlie Walker's leadoff home run in the fifth marked North's first homer of the year.
Carbonell, the winning pitcher, recorded five strikeouts with one unearned run in five innings. Eagle Point's Brandon Wilson led off the first inning with a single and then stole second before Carbonell fanned two of the next three batters.
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Eagle Point 000 100 — 1 1 0
Carbonell, Westfall (6) and Zavala, Hyrst (6); Wilson, Dixon (4), Sattler (6), Mickey (6), Skogseth (6) and Augino. W — Carbonell (3-0). L — Wilson. 2B — NM: Raff, J. Evans. HR — NM: Walker (1).
ROSEBURG 12, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Grants Pass, Josh Graham allowed a leadoff double to Matt Cole and then retired 19 batters in a row to lead Roseburg to the SOH victory.
Graham struck out 14 and didn't walk anyone in at three-hitter for the Indians (10-1, 3-0 SOH). Cole was tagged out after sliding past the bag in the first inning and there were two outs in the seventh before Graham allowed two more hits.
Mike Morin was 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs and Boog Leach 2-for-3 with two RBIs against Grants Pass (4-6-1, 1-4).
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Grants Pass 000 000 0 — 0 3 3
Graham and Leach; Bennett, Polder (5), Cole (6), Ingledue (7) and Leenknecht. W — Graham. L — Bennett (1-3). 2B — R: Priestley 2, Leach 2; GP: Cole. HR — R: Irvine.
NORTH VALLEY 9, PHOENIX 3 — At Merlin, Jake Herklotz struck out seven in relief and North Valley capitalized on a big fourth inning against winless Phoenix in the Skyline opener for both teams.
The Knights (8-1, 1-0 Sky) trailed 2-1 before pushing across four runs in the fourth inning on a two-run single from John Parker and RBI hits by Austin Beard and Stephen Parker.
Phoenix (0-5, 0-1) took advantage of four walks and a wild pitch by North Valley starter Dylan Dupont to score twice in the second.
North Valley had six stolen bases in the game.
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North Valley 001 413 x — 9 7 1
Kentner, Hutchinson (6) and McCreadie; Dupont, Herklotz (2) and Schmoll. W — Herklotz (2-0). L — Kentner (0-3).
HIDDEN VALLEY 4, MAZAMA 3, 8 inn. — At Grants Pass, Hidden Valley's Jamie Schmidt ripped the go-ahead single up the middle to drive in B.J. Hults in the bottom of the eighth inning in Skyline play.
The undefeated Mustangs (4-0, 1-0 Sky) went up 3-0 in the first inning, scoring two runs on walks and a third on a fielder's choice.
Five Hidden Valley players had one hit against Mazama (1-6, 0-1 Sky).
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Hidden Valley 300 000 01 — 4 5 2
Smith and Howard; Hurd, Gulbransen (7) and Garrison. W — Gulbransen (1-0). L — Smith. 2B — M: Marquit 2.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 6, UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 0, 5 inn. — At Roseburg, Jake Miller was 2-for-4 with a two-run single in the fourth inning to lead fifth-ranked Cascade Christian to a nonconference victory limited to five innings due to rain.
Daniel Scottow came on to pitch in the third inning for the Challengers (7-5) with one out and the bases loaded and got out of the jam with a strikeout and a groundout.
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Umpqua Valley Christian 000 00 — 0 3 3
Dusenbury, Scottow (3) and Brite; Graham, Werkheiser (4) and Tilton. W — Scottow (2-1). L — Graham.
DAYS CREEK 13, ILLINOIS VALLEY 12 — At Cave Junction, Illinois Valley shook off 10-2 deficit to tie the game in the sixth inning, only to have Days Creek win with a seventh-inning run in nonleague action.
Zach Welch was 2-for-3 with one run and three RBIs for the Cougars (3-4), who also received two RBIs apiece from Mason LaFlamme, Andrew McLaughlin and Josh Free.
Illinois Valley hampered its own cause with seven errors.
Days Creek 343 020 1 — 13 13 0
Illinois Valley 020 163 0 — 12 8 7
J. Muir, Smith (4), Walters (6) and D. Muir; Davis, Free (2), McLaughlin (6) and Wilson, Robbins (6). W — Walters. L — McLaughlin (2-1). 2B — IV: Hults, Arias.