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North Medford sophomore pitcher Colton Westfall continued his hot start and the Black Tornado baseball team made quick work of Klamath Union on Wednesday in improving to 9-1 overall.
Westfall struck out eight and allowed only three hits to help North Medford to a 10-0, five-inning victory over the visiting Pelicans at North Medford High. The right-hander didn't walk anyone and allowed only one baserunner after two first-inning singles to run his record to 4-0.
The Black Tornado got off to a good start with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. After Austin Zavala drew a one-out walk, Micah Brown and David Crofton belted consecutive RBI doubles. Jared Evans added an RBI single and Josh Berman followed with an RBI double to plate Hayden Evans, who had walked.
North's lead grew to 6-0 in the third after Troy Fowler supplied an RBI triple and later scored on a groundout.
A four-run sixth inning allowed North Medford to end the game early on the 10-run mercy rule. Brown singled home Christian Gillis, who walked to start the inning, and Jared Evans later drew a bases-loaded walk for another run. Berman then delivered a walk-off two-run single that plated Crofton and Hayden Evans.
Brown finished 4-for-4 with one run, two RBIs and two stolen bases and Berman was 2-for-4 with one run and three RBIs.
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North Medford 402 04 — 10 11 0
DePew, J. Bell (4) and Whisler; Westfall and Zavala. W — Westfall (4-0). L — DePew. 2B — NM: Zavala, Brown, Crofton, Berman. 3B — NM: Fowler.
SAN BENITO 4, CRATER 0 — At San Jose, Calif., Evan Erskine went 2-for-4 and Paul Turner added a single but those were Crater's only hits in its third game of the Crown Classic.
Ty Fox pitched a four-hitter and allowed only one earned run after the Comets (7-3) committed three errors to help San Benito (13-3) of Hollister, Calif. Fox struck out three, hit three and walked one.
Crater 000 000 0 — 0 3 3
San Benito 112 000 x — 4 4 1
Fox and Aplin; Goodwin, Soto (5), Trujillo (7) and Tonascia. W — Goodwin. L — Fox (2-1). 2B — C: Erskine; SB: Freitas.
SOUTH UMPQUA 10-7, PHOENIX 1-2 — At Myrtle Creek, Phoenix's Jordan Pond went 2-for-4 and scored on a sacrifice fly by Justin McCreadie in the opener but the Pirates were undone by a combined five errors in the doubleheader.
Aaron Hutchinson supplied an RBI single in the first inning of Game 2 for Phoenix (6-3) and Zach Kantner had the only other hit in the nightcap at South Umpqua (4-3).
Phoenix 001 000 0 — 1 4 4
South Umpqua 110 215 x — 10 10 1
Hutchinson, Bottermans (5) and McCreadie; Westbrooks, Doud (4) and Rudy. W — Doyd. L — Hutchinson (0-2). 2B — P: Pond 2; SU: Doud. HR — SU: Pringle.
Phoenix 101 000 0 — 2 2 5
South Umpua 104 020 x — 7 5 1
Kantner, Bottermans (5), Pond (5) and McCreadie; Yarbrough, Rudy (5) and Rudy, Sonka (5). W — Yarbrough. L — Kantner (2-1).
ST. MARY'S 6, GLENDALE 0 — Jake Isola pitched a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and no walks in nonleague action at St. Mary's High.
Jacob Smith was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and Dan Seus 2-for-3 with an RBI and run for the Crusaders (7-3).
Glendale 000 000 0 — 0
St. Mary's 040 200 x — 6
PHOENIX 9-12, SOUTH UMPQUA 0-2 — At Talent, Phoenix senior Meranda Zanni tossed a no-hit shutout in the opener and the Pirates finished with 28 hits in the nonleague doubleheader at Hagler-James Field.
Zanni's perfect-game bid was broken up with two outs in the top of the sixth inning on an infield error. She struck out 10 and did not allow a walk.
Amanda Skaff went 3-for-4, Kasey Hamilton 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Zanni 1-for-3 with three RBIs, including a two-run triple in the fourth inning, in Game 1. The Pirates (7-2) recorded five of their 14 hits in the five-run fourth.
In the second game, Baylee Toney was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and a run and Zanni 4-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and an RBI. Hailey Wyncoop finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
Winning pitcher Delanie Tally gave up two hits, two runs and two walks and fanned four in five innings against the Lancers (1-7).
South Umpqua 000 000 0 — 0 0 2
Phoenix 000 513 x — 9 14 1
Schofield and Bohnenkamp; Zanni and Hamilton. W — Zanni (5-1). L — Schofield. 2B — P: D. Tally, Wallack. 3B — P: Zanni, Toney.
South Umpqua 011 000 — 2 3 3
Phoenix 512 121 — 12 14 1
Westbrooks, Schofield (5) and Bohnenkamp; D. Tally, Scoggins (6) and Hamilton. W — D. Tally (1-0). L — Westbrooks. 2B — P: Zanni 2, Toney. 3B — P: Toney.
NORTH VALLEY 6, DOUGLAS 5 — At Merlin, Kasey Werner finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored, Mikayla Dart 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Kady Kantola 2-for-4 with two RBIs for North Valley in nonleague action.
Mikala Dupper's two-run home run for Douglas with one out in the top of the seventh trimmed the Knights' lead to a single run before North Valley recorded two straight outs.
Douglas 000 111 2 — 5 7 2
North Valley 300 201 x — 6 7 2
A. Dupper, Hokumb (4) and M. Dupper; Mohr, Kantola (6) and Kite, Stark (4). W — Mohr (3-4). L — A. Dupper. 2B — D: Birch; NV: Werner, Kantola, Pittman. HR — D: M. Dupper.
RIDDLE 12, PROSPECT 10 — At Riddle, Riddle (3-2) scored five runs in the sixth inning to run away with the nonleague contest.
Prospect (4-1), which trailed 10-7 heading into the bottom of the fateful inning, committed 12 errors.