It happened rather unceremoniously, but there was a changing of the guard last Monday and Tuesday for one of the state’s biggest high...
South Medford junior Brandon Lupton earned the pitching victory and had a key two-run double in Game 2 to help the Panthers salvage a split with Grants Pass in Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball Saturday at Harry & David Field.
The visiting Cavemen scored three times over the final two innings to score a 5-3 victory in the opener but South Medford used a pair of four-run innings in the nightcap to secure a 9-8 triumph.
With the split, South Medford (10-6, 2-4 SOH) was able to take two games in this week's three-game series against the 10th-ranked Cavemen (12-5, 3-3).
Eric Wallan went 2-for-4 in both games for the Panthers, scoring twice in Game 2. Joe Cooney was 2-for-3 with three runs in the nightcap, which started strong with four first-inning runs by South. Lupton finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs, with his two-run double highlighting a four-run fourth inning that lifted the Panthers' lead to 9-3.
Lupton went the distance on the mound, allowing four earned runs with four walks and four strikeouts.
Chace VanEss was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs and Justin Spinner's three-run home run in the third inning trimmed GP's deficit to 4-3. Spinner finished 2-for-3 with two runs.
In the opener, Spinner was 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI and Easton Bents went 2-for-4 with two runs to pace GP.
For South in Game 1, Lupton was 2-for-2 and Trevor Meyer had an RBI groundout in the sixth that closed the gap to 4-3. Caleb Newman took the loss despite allowing only four earned runs with nine strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.
Grants Pass 000 202 1 — 5 8 3
South Medford 101 001 0 — 3 7 1
Glaeser and Leenknecht; Newman and White. W — Glaeser. L — Newman (4-2). 3B — GP: Spinner.
Grants Pass 003 013 1 — 8 9 2
South Medford 401 400 x — 9 8 4
D'Amico, Fulton (1), Ingledue (3) and Leenknecht; Lupton and White. W — Lupton (3-1). L — D'Amico. 2B — GP: VanEss; SM: Alexander, Lupton. HR — GP: Spinner.
ROSEBURG 4-12, CRATER 1-2 — At Roseburg, Roseburg's Allyssa Hunt blasted two home runs in the second game and Makinna Akers allowed just seven total hits during the Southern Oregon Hybrid doubleheader at Stewart Park.
In Game 1, Crater's Malorie Mitchell was 2-for-3 and Alex Sheperd, who pitched for 42/3 innings before being replaced by Brittany Berryhill, allowed four earned runs, four hits and two walks and struck out three. Akers tossed a four-hitter with one walk and nine strikeouts.
In the second contest, Hunt went 2-for-3 with two homers, four RBIs and two runs scored, while Akers and Sydney Reynolds each finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Indians (11-3, 6-1 SOH).
Akers threw a three-hitter with six strikeouts and one walk against the Comets (5-12, 1-8) in Game 2.
Crater 000 100 0 — 1 4 1
Roseburg 010 030 x — 4 5 3
Sheperd, Berryhill (5) and Doggett; Akers and Conklin. W — Akers. L — Sheperd (1-3). 2B — R: Wyscaver, Larkin.
Crater 000 20 — 2 3 3
Roseburg 206 4x — 12 10 2
Sheperd, Beck (3), Fisher (3), Beck (4) and Doggett; Akers and Conklin. W — Akers. L — Sheperd (1-4). 2B — C: Winningham; R: Reynolds, Conklin. HR — R: Hunt 2.
EAGLE POINT 4, SOUTH MEDFORD 2 — Eagle Point's Brianna Shopp hit a run-scoring triple and Teanna Gonsalves added a groundout RBI in the third inning of the nonleague contest, helping put the Eagles (12-7) ahead for good at South Medford High.
South Medford (4-15), which scored its runs in the second and third, committed five errors.
Eagle Point 102 010 0 — 4 3 2
South Medford 011 000 0 — 2 4 5
Gonsalves and Grady; Newman and Garrett. W — Gonsalves. L — Newman (2-8). 3B — EP: Shopp.