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ROSEBURG — Roseburg's Josh Graham and Crater's Matt Preston each took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of Saturday's opening game of a Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball doubleheader but the Indians got the best of the Comets in the end and eventually wound up earning a key sweep.
Graham struck out 15, walked one and hit one in his complete-game effort and was rewarded with a victory when Roseburg scored with one out in the bottom of the seventh on a walk-off single by Connor Newell for a 1-0 triumph.
In Game 2, the Indians (15-1, 7-0 SOH) built a five-run cushion through three innings en route to a 6-1 victory in a matchup of the conference's top two teams in the standings.
Crater dropped to 13-3 overall and 6-3 in league.
"Crater did a nice job, they're a very good team, very good ballclub," said Roseburg head coach Troy Thompson. "We were fortunate to play well today and to come out on top."
Graham hit Taylor Pardee in the fifth inning and walked Sebastian Reynolds in the sixth but otherwise was dominant on Saturday. Preston was more than up to the challenge, with the senior allowing only two seventh-inning hits to go with three walks and one strikeout. Roseburg stranded nine runners on base prior to its final at-bat.
"It was a fantastic pitching performance by really both guys," said Thompson, "but it was obviously really special from our end with Josh throwing the no-hitter. It doesn't happen like that every day; it's fun to be a part of it."
Kody Matthews broke up Preston's no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the second. After sacrificing him over to second base, Newell lined a shot to the outfield to plate the lone run.
"It was a great high school game, we just came up a little short," said Crater head coach Jay Campbell.
In Game 2, Newell was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, David Irvine 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Mike Morin 2-for-4 with one RBI to pace the Indians. Crater scored its lone run in the sixth when RJ Morgan walked, advanced to third on a single by Ty Fox — his second of the game — and scored on a sacrifice fly by Stefano Sparacino.
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Roseburg 000 000 1 — 1 2 1
Preston and Aplin; Graham and Leach. W — Graham (5-0). L — Preston (4-1).
Crater 000 001 0 — 1 5 1
Roseburg 122 010 x — 6 10 1
Bastendorff, Fox (3) and Aplin; Priestley and Graham. W — Priestley (5-0). L — Bastendorff (4-1). 2B — R: Newell, Irvine, Morin.
NORTH MEDFORD 4-0, ASHLAND 3-2 — Taylor Raff singled home the game-winning run in the eight-inning opener for North Medford, but Billy Hansen answered for Ashland in the nightcap with a pair of RBIs in the nonconference doubleheader split at North Medford High School.
Raff went 3-for-5 in Game 1 and drove in Christian Gillis in the eighth inning with a two-out hit to right-center field.
Hayden Evans added two doubles for the Black Tornado (11-3), which limited the Grizzlies to four hits behind the pitching of Charlie Walker and Bryan Carbonell, who improved to 4-0 after two innings of relief.
Ethan Schlecht was 2-for-3 to lead Ashland (7-7).
In Game 2, Jack Carroll held North Medford in check while Hansen provided the offense for the Grizzlies with an RBI double in the first inning and a run-scoring single in the third.
Walker went 2-for-3 to pace the Black Tornado.
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North Medford 200 001 01 — 4 8 1
Flynn, Frederickson (7) and Glick; Walker, Carbonell (7) and Zavala. W — Carbonell (4-0). L — Frederickson. 2B — NM: Raff, H. Evans 2.
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North Medford 000 000 0 — 0 5 2
Carroll and Westhelle; Brown, Gillis (3), H. Evans (5) and Hyrst. W — Carroll. L — Brown (1-2). 2B — A: Hansen.
SOUTH MEDFORD 7-3, EAGLE POINT 2-2 — Daniel Jimenez produced offensively for South Medford in the nonconference doubleheader sweep at Harry & David Field.
Jimenez, a senior outfielder, had a pair of hits in each game for the Panthers (4-10). His one-out RBI single in the seventh inning of the second game plated Eric Wallan with the winning run.
In the opener, Austin Reames collected two hits, two stolen bases and one RBI for South. Jack Walker also had two hits and scored once.
For Eagle Point (4-14), Brandon Wilson provided two hits and Evan Jolliffe doubled to open the fourth and scored.
Zack Meerten picked up two hits and one RBI for the Eagles in Game 2.
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South Medford 120 040 x — 7 10 3
Wilson and Augino; Berman, Smith (4), Eastman (7) and J. Walker. W — Smith (1-0). L — Wilson. 2B — EP: Jolliffe; SM: Cooney, Jimenez.
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South Medford 200 000 1 — 3 6 2
Dixon and Brammer; Reames, Cooney (3), Namanny and Walker. W — Namanny (1-3). L — Dixon.
GRANTS PASS 6, SOUTH EUGENE 1 — At Grants Pass, Tyler Bennett fanned nine and pitched a two-hitter while also going 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI for Grants Pass in the nonleague victory.
Justin Spinner was 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI and Chase Van Ess was 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs for the Cavemen (8-8-1).
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Grants Pass 100 041 x — 6 7 1
Wectawski, Quierold (7) and Giland; Bennett and Leenknecht. W — Bennett (2-4). L — Wectawski. 2B — GP: Spinner.
HENLEY 10-8, PHOENIX 0-3 — At Klamath Falls, Phoenix sophomore Zack Kentner and senior Ryan Knutsen each drove in a sixth-inning run in Game 2 and junior Nick Kern went 2-for-2 but the Pirates (0-10, 0-6 Skyline) were swept in a conference doubleheader.
Josh Overstreet struck out seven and allowed three hits in the five-inning opener for Henley (7-8, 3-3), while Kody Kuhlman had a two-run double and solo home run.
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Henley 342 1x — 10 10 1
Reynoso, Knutsen (3) and McCreadie; Overstreet and Hillyard. W — Overstreet. L — Reynoso (0-3). 2B — H: Kuhlman. HR — H: Kuhlman.
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Henley 120 005 x — 8 9 2
Kentner, Hutchinson (6) and McCreadie; Alves and Hillyard. W — Alves. L — Kentner (0-5). 2B — H: Seater, Dykstra.
NORTH VALLEY 2-7, HIDDEN VALLEY 1-2 — At Merlin, North Valley scored a run in the bottom of the seventh in the first Skyline game, then another in the ninth inning.
John Parker's grounder through the infield scored Dylan Dupont, who had singled, with the winning run for the Knights (11-3, 4-2 Sky). Pitcher Parker went all nine innings for North Valley, allowing five hits.
In the seventh, Kevin Olmstead singled and scored on Nick Tordero's two-out single to force extras.
Marco Garmendia and Olmstead each had two hits for North Valley, as did Jamie Schmidt for Hidden Valley (7-2, 4-2).
In Game 2, Josh Cowell hit a two-run single in the third inning, when the Knights had three hits.
Schmidt and Michael Hults had two hits each for Hidden Valley.
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North Valley 000 000 101 — 2 9 2
Hurd, Hults (9) and Ko. Garrison; Parker and Schmoll. W — Parker. L — Hults (1-1). 2B — NV: Olmstead.
Hidden Valley 101 000 0 — 2 7 1
North Valley 102 220 x — 7 6 1
Gulbransen, Ky. Garrison (5) and Ko. Garrison; Herklotz and Dupont. W — Herklotz. L — Gulbransen (2-1). 2B — HV: Hults; NV: Parker.
ILLINOIS VALLEY 9-5, ST. MARY'S 7-2 — At Cave Junction, in the first game, Illinois Valley's Freddy Hults was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and Andrew McLaughlin was 3-for-4 with three RBIs in SCH play.
William Housel added two hits for IV (6-5, 2-1 SCH), while Ryan Ross had three hits and Daniel Seus added two hits for St. Mary's (2-5, 0-3).
In Game 2, Seth Aries was 3-for-3 with two RBIs for the Cougars, and Housel and Tyler Andrews added two hits each.
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Illinois Valley 240 201 x — 9 9 2
Wall and Seus; McLaughlin, Hults (7) and Robbins. W — McLaughlin. L — Wall. 2B — SM: Seus 2; IV: McLaughlin. 3B — IV: Hults.
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Illinois Valley 010 112 x — 5 12 1
Hammond and Seus; LaFlamme, Hults (6) and Robbins. W — LaFlamme. L — Hammond. 2B — IV: LaFlamme, Aries. 3B — IV: Hults.