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EAGLE POINT — The South Medford baseball team kept up its winning ways at The Yard on Wednesday, cruising past nonleague opponent Eagle Point 8-3 and 12-2 in six innings to stay perfect on the season.
The Panthers (8-0) tallied 22 hits in the doubleheader.
In the opener, Forrest Pierson crushed a two-run home run to left field with two outs in the fifth inning to put South ahead 6-3. The shot drove in Joe Cooney, who had gotten on base with a walk.
Nate Walker went 3-for-4 with three doubles, one run scored and one RBI and Jimmy Sporer was 2-for-4 with two runs in Game 1. Caleb Newman earned the win on the mound after allowing four hits, three earned runs and three walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings.
The Panthers went ahead 2-0 in the first inning on a fielder's choice by Pat Alexander that scored Sporer and an RBI double by Walker that brought home Alexander.
In the second contest, Brandon Lupton finished 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI, Austin White 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, Newman 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI and Sporer 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Pierson added a two-run single in the sixth inning, when South tacked on five more runs.
Lupton claimed the victory, giving up six hits, two earned runs and two walks with seven strikeouts in six innings.
The Eagles (4-5) totaled six errors on the day.
South Medford 211 021 1 — 8 10 1
Eagle Point 002 100 0 — 3 4 3
Newman and White; Wilson, Sattler (6) and Hangaard. W — Newman (4-0). L — Wilson. 2B — SM: Walker 3, Cooney 1; EP: Brammer. HR — SM: Pierson.
South Medford 001 525 — 13 12 1
Eagle Point 000 200 — 2 6 3
Lupton and White; Skogseth, Sattler (5), Mickey (5) and Hangaard. W — Lupton (2-0). L — Skogseth. 2B — SM: White, Lupton, Newman; EP: Hangaard.
NORTH MEDFORD 12, HIGLEY 0, 5 inn. — At Gilbert, Ariz., North Medford sophomore Josh Berman tossed a no-hitter in five innings and the Black Tornado compiled 11 hits at the Coach Bob National Invitational.
Berman struck out five and walked two against the Arizona school.
Kyle Packard hit a three-run double to right-center field with one out in the fifth inning to evoke the 10-run mercy rule.
Taylor Raff went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs and Jared Evans 2-for-3 with one run, one RBI and two stolen bases for North (6-1), which is 2-1 at the tournament.
North Medford 302 25 — 12 11 0
Higley, Ariz. 000 00 — 0 0 0
Berman and Zavala; Meder, Martinez (4) and Wilkinsen. W — Berman (1-0). L — Meder. 2B — NM: Packard, J. Evans. 3B — NM: Raff.
CRATER SWEEPS — At Central Point, Crater cruised past Newberg 8-2 and held on to beat South Eugene 8-5 in the Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.
The Comets (5-1) owned an 8-0 lead before giving up five runs in the top of the seventh inning to the Axemen. With one out and the bases loaded, Anthony Martin induced a groundball fielder's choice and pop up to end the contest.
Against Newberg (3-4), Blake Fahndrich was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run and Ty Fox 2-for-3 with two runs. Evan Erskine hit a two-run single in the second inning and Paul Turner added a two-run double in the third.
Nolan Bastendorff allowed six hits and two walks and struck out six in six innings en route to his first win of the year.
Against South Eugene (0-6), Turner finished 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI and Erskine 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run.
Fahndrich picked up the victory after giving up three singles and two walks and fanning four. Rick Joerger replaced Fahndrich to start the seventh and was swapped out for Martin after the Axemen scored their runs. Crater made five errors against South Eugene.
Also Wednesday, North Salem beat Marist 9-0.
Newberg 001 001 0 — 2 7 3
Crater 233 000 x — 8 9 2
Symolon, Muller (5) and Reichenbach; Bastendorff, Martin (7) and Aplin, Caballero (4). W — Bastendorff (1-0). L — Symolon. 2B — N: Sheely, Irsik; C: Aplin, Martin, Fahndrich, Turner. 3B — C: Fox.
South Eugene 000 000 5 — 5 4 2
Crater 210 140 x — 8 11 5
Quierolo and Moore; Fahndrich, Joerger (7), Martin (7) and Caballero. W — Fahndrich (2-1). L — Quierolo. 2B — C: Turner, Fahndrich, Tibbets.
GRANTS PASS 13, NORTH EUGENE 3, 6 inn. — At Central Point, Chace VanEss and Easton Bents each finished one key hit shy of the cycle in leading Grants Pass at the Crater Spring Break Classic at Anhorn Field.
VanEss went 4-for-5 with four runs and one RBI on his solo home run and finished a triple shy of the cycle. Bents was 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs and missed out on hitting for the cycle after finishing with a single, triple and home run.
Cameron Mathews was 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs and Justin Spinner 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs for the Cavemen (6-1).
North Eugene 000 300 — 3 9 3
Grants Pass 225 031 — 13 17 0
Ahlstrom, Sensabaugh (4), Wallace (6) and Pachano; Fulton, Sabota (5) and Leenknecht. W — Fulton. L — Ahlstrom. 2B — NE: Ahlstrom; GP: VanEss. 3B — GP: Mathews, Bents. HR — GP: Bents, VanEss.
ASHLAND 16, CORONADO 6, 6 inn. — At Phoenix, Ariz., leadoff hitter Bryce Rogan had two doubles and two RBIs in Ashland's 10-run fourth inning to help the Grizzlies win in six innings by the 10-run mercy rule at the Greenway Festival.
Rogan finished 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs to lead the Grizzlies (3-5), who have won three of their last four games. Ashland starting pitcher Steen Fredrickson was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI while also striking out eight batters in five innings to pick up the win.
Also for Ashland, Ryan Bottimore was 2-for-3 with four runs, three RBIs and his first home run of the season, while Jamie Flynn and Eric Carlson added two hits apiece.
The game was tied 1-1 when Ashland scored twice in the bottom of the third on RBI singles by Carlson and Fredrickson to take the lead for good.
Coronado 010 032 — 6 9 4
Ashland 012 (10)03 — 16 13 2
Brown, Busemeyer (4) and Trujillo; Fredrickson, Hulick (6) and Glick. W — Fredrickson (2-2). L — Brown. 2B — C: Gerber; A: Rogan 2, Bottimore, Flynn, Carlson. HR — A: Bottimore (1).
NORTH VALLEY 6, STAYTON 1 — At Stayton, Marco Garmendia finished 2-for-4 with one RBI and Ben Bacon hit a two-run single for North Valley at the Stayton Spring Break Tournament.
The Knights (4-3) scored five runs in the fifth inning against Stayton (1-4).
North Valley 010 050 0 — 6 7 0
Stayton 000 010 0 — 1 3 2
Parker, Garmendia (6) and Dupont, Swanson (6); Byers, Lindlemann (6) and Gates. W — Parker (2-2). L — Byers. 2B — NV: Martin, Calzada.
NORTH MARION 7, HIDDEN VALLEY 1 — At Aurora, Tyler Gulbransen took the pitching loss for Hidden Valley against the hosts of the North Marion Tournament as the Huskies used a five-run fourth inning to pull away in the tourney finale.
Hidden Valley's Jarid Norberg and McKinnon Bennett each doubled to pace the Mustangs (5-2).
Hidden Valley 000 001 0 — 1 4 1
North Marion 000 511 x — 7 8 1