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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.