Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
EUGENE — After sputtering through the first inning, the North Medford baseball team responded with a seven-run fourth and defeated North Eugene 14-8 in nonconference play Monday.
The big inning for the Black Tornado (3-0) was capped by David Crofton's bases-clearing double, his second two-base hit of the frame. North Medford pounded out seven hits in the inning and 22 in the contest.
The Highlanders (2-3) took advantage of a mistake-prone North Medford squad in the first inning by chalking up seven runs. The Black Tornado committed four errors and yielded five walks while giving up a pair of hits.
Hayden Evans helped in North Medford's turnaround, relieving starter Josh Berman to throw 51/3 innings. He allowed just one unearned run and three walks to go with three strikeouts.
Austin Zavala and Taylor Raff each went 4-for-5 and scored twice for the Black Tornado. Zavala also drove in two and Raff one.
Crofton went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and two runs. Jared Evans was 3-for-3 and Micah Brown 3-for-6. Troy Fowler went 2-for-5 and scored twice.
Berman added a two-run double during North Medford's four-run third inning.
North Medford 204 701 0 — 14 22 5
North Eugene 700 001 0 — 8 7 3
Berman, H. Evans (1), B. Pearson (6) and Zavala; Owen, Sensabaugh (4), Ahlstrom (6) and Hackett. W — Evans (1-0). L — Sensabaugh. 2B — NM: Crofton 2, Zavala, H. Evans, Berman. 3B — NM: Raff.
GLIDE 4, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0 — Cascade Christian couldn't solve Glide Brandon Halter, who tossed a three-hitter at the Challengers (2-1) at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Halter needed just 67 pitches. He did not surrender a walk and threw six strikeouts.
The Wildcats (2-0) tallied their first two runs in the third inning on three straight Challenger errors. Three of Glide's four runs were unearned.
Glide 002 000 2 — 4 8 0
Cascade Christian 000 000 0 — 0 3 4
Halter and Beard; Ragan, Scottow (4), Luzny (7) and Coggins. W — Halter. L — Ragan (0-1). 2B — G: Rose.
GLIDE 13, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2, 5 inn. — Cascade Christian's Victoria Emery-Hunter hit an RBI single to drive in Rebekah Ratcliff in the second inning before Glide ran away with the nonleague win at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Courtney Case's single in the bottom of the fifth scored Katelyn Smith for the Challengers (0-5), who were hurt by six errors.
Amanda Hatley was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Glide (2-2).
Glide 213 43 — 13 10 0
Cascade Christian 010 01 — 2 4 6
Graham, Moyers (5) and Hatley; Smith and Ratcliff. W — Graham. L — Smith (0-2). 2B — G: Parazoo, Hatley, Cordell.