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CENTRAL POINT — Batting ninth in the order, Brett Pearson made the most of his opportunity to help North Medford take the first game from Crater in a key Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball series Tuesday.
Pearson singled and scored the first run of the game in the third inning and came through with a two-run single to make it 3-0 in the fourth, and North Medford sophomore ace Colton Westfall held the Comets to one earned run as the Black Tornado secured a 7-3 victory at Anhorn Field.
Crater (9-6, 0-1 SOH) scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and had two runners in scoring position but Westfall got Comets slugger Blake Fahndrich to ground out to short and the Tornado (13-2, 4-0) escaped with a 6-3 lead.
"I wasn't real happy with our plate approach early on in the game," Crater coach Jay Campbell said. "Toward the end of the game, I thought we had better at-bats and started putting things together.
"We definitely have some things that we need to fix offensively, so we've got to use the next couple days in practice to do that."
The next two games of the three-game series will be played Saturday at North Medford.
Westfall gave up seven hits while striking out six with three walks in the complete-game effort. His counterpart, Ty Fox, gave up seven runs, all earned, on nine hits before Taylor Pardee took over to start the sixth.
Pearson, Micah Brown and Christian Gillis had two hits apiece for North Medford, which has won nine of its last 10 games. Jared Evans had an RBI double and Gillis an RBI triple to help North score three runs in the fifth and take a 6-0 lead.
North Medford 001 231 0 — 7 12 2
Crater 000 030 0 — 3 7 0
Westfall and Zavala; Fox, Pardee (6) and Aplin. W — Westfall. L — Fox (3-2). 2B — NM: Brown, J. Evans, Gillis; C: Fox, Tibbets, Pardee. 3B — NM: Gillis.
SOUTH MEDFORD 3, GRANTS PASS 2 — At Grants Pass, Joe Cooney struck out 13 in his second complete game of the season to help South Medford claim the first game of the three-game SOH series.
South Medford's Brady Breeze hit an RBI double to tie the game in the fourth, and the Panthers (9-5, 1-3 SOH) took the lead on back-to-back sacrifice flies by Eric Wallan and Pat Alexander in the fifth.
Grants Pass (11-4, 2-2) cut the deficit to one on Easton Bents' solo home run to lead off the sixth and had the tying run at second base with two outs in the seventh before Cooney struck out Cameron Mathews to end the game.
Wallan, Forrest Pierson and Austin White had two hits apiece to lead the Panthers.
South Medford 000 120 0 — 3 9 3
Grants Pass 001 001 0 — 2 5 1
J. Cooney and White; Ingledue, Glaeser (7) and Leenknecht. W — J. Cooney (2-2). L — Ingledue. 2B — SM: Wallan, Breeze; GP: VanEss. HR — GP: Bents.
ROSEBURG 13-10, ASHLAND 3-0 — At Roseburg, Bryce Rogan led off the first game of the nonleague doubleheader with a home run for Ashland but it was downhill from there as Roseburg secured a pair of six-inning victories.
Rogan finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the opener, while Eric Carlson also went 2-for-3 for the Grizzlies (8-8).
Roseburg (11-3) broke open the opener with a six-run fourth inning, and used a four-run third inning to pull away in the nightcap.
Layne Westwang combined to go 4-for-7 with six runs and four RBIs for the Indians, while Tristan Guillen drove in four runs in Game 2 and teammates Cody Watkins, Zach Wyscaver and Ryan Carhart all went 3-for-4 in Game 1.
Ashland 100 110 — 3 7 3
Roseburg 013 603 — 13 17 0
Fredrickson, Hulick (5) and Cammarota; Walker, Haskett (6) and Irvine. W — Walker (2-0). L — Fredrickson. 2B — R: Irvine, Guillen, Fuller, Carhart 2. HR — A: Rogan.
Ashland 000 000 — 0 5 2
Roseburg 004 033 — 10 9 1
Carroll, Glick (3), Alpenia (5), A. Scott (6) and Glick, Cammarota (3), N. Scott (5); Bassett and Irvine. W — Bassett (1-0). 2B — A: Flynn; R: Watkins, Allen. 3B — R: Irvine, Guillen.