Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
North Medford pitcher David Crofton was efficient in a complete-game effort, Taylor Raff went 2-for-3 with a run and Micah Brown added two RBIs to help lead the Black Tornado baseball team to a 3-1 win over Thurston in nonleague action at North Medford High on Saturday.
Crofton earned the win after striking out six, walking one and allowing one earned run and five hits for North (2-0), which jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Raff led off with a double, Austin Zavala reached on an error by the Thurston pitcher and both scored on a single up the middle by Brown.
With one out in the sixth inning, Christian Gillis tripled and eventually scored on a single by Josh Berman. An inning earlier, Cory Weick's double drove in Devyn Minium and cut the Colts' deficit to a single run, but Weick was thrown out at third base on the play.
The Black Tornado couldn't cash in a couple of bases-loaded opportunities late in the contest, but made up for it by holding Class 6A state runner-up Thurston at bay.
"The biggest thing is we overcame adversity a few times and didn't score with the bases loaded and turned around the next inning and were able to shut the team down as the momentum swung," North Medford head coach Brett Wolfe said. "David did a great job. It could have easily swung as we went through the pitfalls of not scoring and not producing. We had to bounce back in a hurry because Thurston is a very good team."
Thurston 000 010 0 — 1 5 5
North Medford 200 001 x — 3 5 1
Quarterly and Hallett; Crofton and Zavala. W — Crofton (1-0). L — Quarterly (0-1). 2B — T: Weick; NM: Raff. 3B — NM: Gillis.
SOUTH MEDFORD 11, SOUTH EUGENE 1 — At Eugene, Caleb Newman was solid on the mound and three South Medford players had two hits apiece to lead the Panthers in the nonleague game.
The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed due to poor field conditions.
Newman struck out four and walked one in a five-hitter.
Jimmy Sporer was 2-for-3 with two runs, one RBI and three stolen bases, Nate Walker was 2-for-3 with two runs and Joe Cooney 2-for-4 with one RBI to lead South Medford (2-0).
South Medford 104 400 2 — 11 11 0
South Eugene 010 000 0 — 1 5 1
Newman and White; Queirolo, Stolt (3), Severson (4) and Moore. W — Newman (1-0). L — Queirolo. 2B — SM: Wallan, Walker; SE: Delap.
DALLAS 6-10, ASHLAND 4-3 — At Ashland, Ashland's Jack Carroll and Steen Fredrickson had two hits apiece in the opener, but visiting Dallas fought back from a 4-3 deficit to claim Game 1 and then used a 12-hit barrage in the nightcap to complete the sweep at North Mountain Park.
Dallas reliever Josh Kibbey held the Grizzlies scoreless on two hits over the last three innings to help the Dragons pull out the opener. Ashland ace Jamie Flynn surrendered six runs on four hits in six innings and was tagged with the loss in his first start of the season.
In the nightcap, Ian Alpenia was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run.
Dallas 003 021 0 — 6 4 2
Ashland 022 000 0 — 4 8 3
Peterson, Kibbey (5) and Muskal; Flynn, Carroll (7) and Glick. W — Peterson. L — Flynn (0-1). 2B — D: Peterson; A: Carroll. 3B — D: Fast.
Dallas 050 220 1 — 10 12 2
Ashland 020 100 0 — 3 6 3
Schepige, Hatley (5) and Muskal; Fredrickson, Glick (5), Hulick (6) and Scott. W — Schepige. L — Fredrickson (0-2). 2B — D: Fast 2, Smith; A: Fredrickson. 3B — D: Schepige, Summerfeldt.
NORTH VALLEY 10-12, NORTH BEND 8-8 — At Merlin, Joseph Calzada won the first game with a three-run walk-off home run in the eighth inning.
North Bend scored three runs in the top of the seventh to tie it, then took an 8-7 lead an inning later, setting up Calzada's heroics.
Marco Garmendia got the pitching win in relief, then went the first four innings of Game 2 and earned that victory as well.
In the second game, North Bend pitchers hit North Valley batters nine times. Kevin Olmstead was hit three times.
Calzada had two RBIs.
North Bend 020 011 31 — 8 7 2
North Valley 301 300 03 — 10 5 2
Grudacz, Bennisin (4), Hunter (8) and Doryee; Parker, Dupont (6), Garmendia (7) and Swanson. W — Garmendia (1-0). L — Doryee. 2B — NB: Corder, Berker. HR — NB: Doryee; NV: Calzada.
North Bend 100 061 0 — 8 10 2
North Valley 540 012 0 — 12 8 2
Hunter, Hampton (1) and Doryee; Garmendia, Olmstead (5) and Dupont. W — Garmendia (2-0). L — Hunter. 2B — NB: Hackmey (2); NV: Bacon. HR — NV: Cowell.
ST. MARY'S 15-7, GLENDALE 2-4 — At Glendale, Daniel Seus tripled in each game to lead St. Mary's to the nonconference sweep.
In the six-inning first game, Daniel Leavens had three RBIs and Christian Aviles had two for the Crusaders (3-1). Each joined Seus in rapping two hits. Brady Robison and Jake Isola each scored three runs.
Ryan Ross pitched five innings, striking out five, walking two and allowing two hits.
In Game 2, Seus ripped a two-run triple in the third inning and finished with three RBIs. Isola was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
St. Mary's 101 445 — 15 9 3
Glendale 000 110 — 2 2 8
Ross, Smith (6) and Seus; Sams, Rodriguez (5) and Streeter. W — Ross (2-0). L — Sams. 2B — SM: Leavens, Aviles. 3B — SM: Seus.
St. Mary's 004 200 1 — 7 9 5
Glendale 011 000 2 — 4 6 4
Aviles, Smith (3), Seus (7) and Robison; Streeter, relievers not available. W — Smith. L — Streeter. 3B — SM: Seus; G: Wytcheely.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN, SANTIAM CHRISTIAN RAINED OUT — At Adair Village, the rematch of last year's Class 3A championship contest was rained out in the fifth inning and is not expected to be resumed or rescheduled.
The game was called in the bottom of the fifth with one out and the Challengers — who won the 2012 3A state crown — leading 5-3.
ROGUE RIVER 4, GRANTS PASS JV 2 — At Grants Pass, Rogue River's Dylan Devish and DeAndre Harris each went 2-for-4 to help the Chieftains build a 4-0 lead en route to the nonleague win at Grants Pass High.
In the fifth inning, Devish doubled with two outs, stole third and scored on a single by Garrett Carpenter. Kollen Roohr led off the sixth with a triple before Harris hit an RBI single. Jared Ritchie then recorded a sacrifice bunt and Brandon Fode added a bunt single to bolster Rogue River's advantage.
Winning pitcher Carpenter recorded four strikeouts and no walks in five innings for the Chieftains (1-1).
Rogue River 000 013 0 — 4 9 2
Grants Pass JV 000 002 0 — 2 3 2
Carpenter, Roohr (6) and Devish; McGill, Lauffenburger (6) and Worthington. W — Carpenter (1-0). L — McGill. 2B — RR: Devish, Harris, Watkins; GPJV: Bunn. 3B — RR: Roohr.
ILLINOIS VALLEY 17-14, LOST RIVER 12-4 — At Merrill, sophomore William Housel pitched a four-hitter and struck out 12 in the six-inning second game, and Illinois Valley collected 25 hits in the nonconference sweep.
Jayson Konik paced the Cougars (2-0-1) in the opener with three hits, two walks and six RBIs. Lander Nordal added a triple and double, and Zach Welch had two hits and two RBIs.
In Game 2, Welch banged out three hits, walked twice and scored four runs. Nordal had two hits, four RBIs and three runs. Housel helped his cause with three hits and two runs, and Gregorio Duarte chipped in a pair of singles and scored twice.
Illinois Valley 435 005 0 — 17 13 1
Lost River 231 060 0 — 12 5 1
Davis, Duarte (3), Welch (5) and Housel; Sites and McAuliff. W — Welch (1-0). L — Sites. 2B — IV: Nordal. 3B — IV: Welch, Nordal.
Illinois Valley 421 142 — 14 12 0
Lost River 100 030 — 4 4 0
Housel and Miller; O'Grady, McAuliff (6) and McAuliff, O'Grady (6). W — Housel (1-0). L — McAuliff. 2B — IV: Nordal.