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PHOENIX, Ariz. — Colton Westfall tossed a one-hit shutout and North Medford scored all of its runs in the fifth inning to beat Pueblo West, Colo., 5-0, and lock up third place in the All-Star Division of the Coach Bob Invitational Thursday at Sandra Day O'Connor High School.
Westfall, a sophomore, lost his no-hit bid — it would have been his second as a varsity pitcher — when Pueblo West's No. 9 hitter reached on an infield single with one out in the sixth inning. He finished with five strikeouts, two walks and his first shutout of the season to improve to 3-0.
"(Westfall) was pretty dominant," said North Medford head coach Brett Wolfe, whose team improved to 7-1, including 3-1 in the tournament. "He used his fastball early and then he commanded his breaking pitch. He set the tone for us, worked fast — we were in and out on defense pretty quick thanks to his rhythm and tempo."
North Medford, which lost its first game of the tournament Monday before rebounding with three straight wins, broke a scoreless tie when Micah Brown drew a bases-loaded walk to score Christian Gillis with one out in the fifth. David Crofton and Hayden Evans followed with back-to-back RBI singles, which proved to be plenty of insurance for Westfall.
Austin Zavala was 2-for-2 with two walks and a run, Gillis 1-for-2 with a run and two walks and Brett Pearson 1-for-2 with a run to lead North Medford at the plate.
The Black Tornado wraps up its Arizona trip today with a game against Piedra Vista, N.M.,
"It's hard to be away from home, but it's also a good experience and we were able to stay focused and play through it," Wolfe said.
North Medford 000 050 0 — 5 7 0
Pueblo West 000 000 0 — 0 1 3
Westfall and Zavala; Ward, Dwyer (5) and Evans. W — Westfall (3-0). L — Ward.
GRANTS PASS SPLITS — At Central Point, Grants Pass pitcher Ben Glaeser stayed perfect on the season with a near-perfect performance in the Crater Spring Break Classic at Anhorn Field.
Glaeser's no-hitter led the Cavemen to a 10-0 win over South Eugene. Grants Pass then lost to North Salem, 12-2 in five innings, leaving the Cavers 3-1 in the tourney. Both games were five innings due to the mercy rule.
Glaeser (3-0), a junior right-hander, struck out five and walked two. Jake Stoffel of Grants Pass had a two-run single in the top of the fourth. He went 2-for-3 with a run and three RBIs, while Chris Leenknecht was 2-for-3, drove in two runs and scored twice.
Against North Salem, Chace VanEss had two doubles and an RBI for the Cavemen (7-2).
North Salem scored nine runs in the first inning on six hits and four walks.
Grants Pass 230 50 — 10 9 2
South Eugene 000 00 — 0 0 5
Ben Glaeser and Leenknecht; Hennessy, Stolt (4), Severson (4) and Moore. W — Glaeser (3-0). L — Hennessy. 2B — GP: VanEss, Leenknecht. 3B — GP: Stoffel.
Grants Pass 000 20 — 2 5 1
North Salem 902 01 — 12 10 1
Polder, D'Amico (1), Ekwall (5) and Leenknecht; Hamilton and Alvarado. W — Hamilton. L — Polder (1-1). 2B — GP: VanEss 2, Chandler; NS: Hamilton.
ASHLAND 6, WIDEFIELD 3 — At Phoenix, Ariz., Jamie Flynn struck out 13 in a complete-game win and Bryce Rogan had two hits, including a two-run single in the fourth, as Ashland completed a 3-0 week at the Greenway Festival.
Flynn allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits. He fanned five batters in the last two innings to help the Grizzlies (4-5) hang on for their third win in as many days in Arizona. Rogan was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run and Aaron Scott 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Ashland went ahead in the first inning when Rogan opened the game with a double and scored on Flynn's single to center. In the second, Steen Fredrickson scored on Aaron Scott's sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
Ashland 110 400 0 — 6 6 3
Widefield 000 120 0 — 3 6 2
Flynn and Glick; Volcic, Gutherie (4), Balquin (5) and Sanabria. W — Flynn (1-2). L — Volcic. 2B — A: Rogan, Bottimore.
NORTH VALLEY 11, CENTRAL 1, 6 inn. — At Stayton, Joseph Calzada was 4-for-4 with two RBIs for North Valley in the Stayton Tournament.
The Knights (5-3) have won both tournament games and can claim the championship with a victory over Cottage Grove at 1 p.m. today.
North Valley scored seven runs in the fifth inning to break open the game. Pitcher Stephen Parker made it stand up, pitching one-hit ball for five innings, striking out six and walking one.
The Knights' Marco Garmendia was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Josh Cowell 2-for-2 with three RBIs.
North Valley 000 272 — 11 12 2
Central 000 001 — 1 1 0
Parker, Olmstead (6) and Dupont; Rech, Cutsworth (5) and Cutsworth, Hobgood (5). W — Parker (3-2). L — Rech. 2B — NV: Olmstead, Parker. 3B — NV: Cowell.
GLENDALE 5-3, ILLINOIS VALLEY 4-12 — At Glendale, Lander Nordal had three hits and two RBIs and Zach Welch added two hits and tossed a two-hitter in Game 2 as Illinois Valley salvaged a split in the nonleague doubleheader.
William Housel also had two hits in the nightcap for Illinois Valley (3-4).
In the opener, Seth Arias singled twice and the Cougars scored three times in the top of the seventh to tie it at 4-all before Glendale won it in the bottom of the inning.
Illinois Valley 100 000 3 — 4 4 2
Glendale 110 020 1 — 5 8 2
Davis, Duarte (6) and Housel; Sams, Streeter (7) and Moodey. W — Streeter. L — Duarte.
Illinois Valley 222 221 1 — 12 12 0
Glendale 200 100 0 — 3 2 3
Welch and Housel; Moodey, Streeter (4) and Streeter, Moodey (4). W — Welch (2-0). L — Moodey. 2B — IV: Welch, Nordal 2, Housel; G: Stewart.
WILAMETTE 6-2, GRANTS PASS 4-3 — At Grants Pass, Sadie Zozaya accounted for all three Grants Pass runs in Game 2 as the Cavers split with Willamette in nonconference action.
Zozaya's two-run double in the third put the Cavers (2-7) up for good. She earlier scored the first run on a Jaeyn Lenard single in the second.
Zozaya had two doubles in Game 2 and was 2-for-3 in both contests.
In the opener, Zozaya's double drove in a run and Stephanie Norrick added a two-run single in the Cavers' four-run fifth inning.
Dalenna Bellum went 2-for-4 in Game 1 for Grants Pass.
Willamette 110 031 0 — 6 9 3
Grants Pass 000 040 0 — 4 7 3
Hall, Boyles (6) and Eckhart; Norrick and Lenard. W — Hall. L — Norrick (0-4). 2B — W: Norton; GP: Zozaya.
Willamette 010 000 1 — 2 5 2
Grants Pass 012 000 0 — 3 5 2
Gayle, Boyles (4) and Munkres; Norrick and Lenard. W — Norrick (1-4). L — Gayle. 2B — W: Anderson; GP: Zozaya 2.