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Bryan Carbonell threw a two-hit shutout and Charlie Walker was 2-for-2 with an RBI triple as North Medford completed a three-game Southern Oregon Hybrid sweep of Grants Pass with a 4-0 victory Tuesday at North Medford High.
Carbonell struck out seven with two walks in his second shutout of the season, lowing his ERA to 0.23 in 30 innings pitched. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning when Aaron Perez grounded into a 4-6-3 double play and then dominated the rest of the game, allowing only three more Cavemen batters to reach base.
Carbonell also gave himself all the run support he would need by doubling home the first run of the game as part of North Medford's three-run outburst in the bottom of the first. Hayden Evans added an RBI single to right and the third run scored on a fielder's choice groundout.
The Black Tornado (12-4, 4-3 SOH) added an insurance run in the third when Micah Brown drew a one-out walk and came all the way around to score on Walker's triple to left-center. Brown was 1-for-2 and scored twice for North.
Grants Pass starter Josh Robinson allowed four runs on seven hits in four-plus innings of work on the mound. He was replaced by Chris Ingledue with two on and nobody out in the fifth, and Ingledue kept Grants Pass (8-9-1, 1-7) within striking distance by retiring the next three batters.
North Medford swept the three-game series against GP on the strength of three shutout pitching performances, including freshman Colton Westfall's no-hitter in both teams' league opener March 24.
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North Medford 301 000 x — 4 7 0
Robinson, Ingledue (5) and Leenknecht; Carbonell and Zavala. W — Carbonell (5-0). L — Robinson. 2B — NM: Carbonell. 3B — NM: Walker.
ROSEBURG 8, ASHLAND 4 — At Roseburg, Roseburg scored five runs in the second inning of the nonconference game.
The Grizzlies (7-8) scored all their runs in the final three innings. Taylor Humphrey, Ethan Schlecht and Billy Hansen all had two hits.
Roseburg (16-1), which committed five errors, got a two-run triple from Kody Matthews in the second and a two-run double from Jared Priestley in the sixth. Connor Newell was 2-for-4.
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Roseburg 051 002 x — 8 7 5
Schlecht, Fredrickson (4) and Glick; Morin, Fuller (6) and Graham. W — Morin (4-0). L — Schlecht. 2B — R: Priestley. 3B — R: Matthews.