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ROSEBURG — North Medford climbed back into first place in Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball with a doubleheader sweep against Roseburg Saturday, 1-0 and 5-1.
David Crofton was stellar for the Black Tornado (16-4, 7-2 SOH) in Game 1, blanking the Indians on five hits.
In Game 2, four of the Black Tornado's runs were unearned, aided by four errors by the Indians (11-6, 1-5).
"They were pretty well-played games in a lot of ways," said Roseburg coach Troy Thompson. "Both games were well-pitched and offense was at a premium."
In the first game, North Medford scored in the second inning when Jared Evans led off with a single and stole second. A strikeout, a walk and a fielder's choice followed before Taylor Raff's two-out single scored Evans.
Roseburg loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, but Kody Matthews' line drive to center field was right at Troy Fowler for the third out.
Crofton struck out 10 and walked two, and Evans was 2-for-3.
"David Crofton did a heck of a job for us," said North Medford coach Brett Wolfe. "He set the tone on the mound. We didn't get too frustrated at the plate and kept competing. Fortunately, they hit a few balls right at us and we made plays."
Roseburg's Brady Haskett allowed five hits, fanned three and walked two.
The second game was tied 1-1 before North Medford scored three runs in the fourth inning.
Micah Brown singled, stole second and scored on Hayden Evans' single. Evans scored on an error on a ball hit to third base by Brett Pearson. Josh Berman, who reached on a fielder's choice, scored the final run on a wild pitch.
In the seventh, Crofton's push bunt scored Raff, who had singled.
Colton Westfall overcame illness from the day before to start on the mound and got the win for the Black Tornado. He was relieved in the sixth by Brown.
"Colton felt good, so we warmed him up in the (bullpen) and he had good pop," said Wolfe. "We put him on the mound, watched his pitch count and he did a heck of a job, too."
North Medford 010 000 0 — 1 5 0
Roseburg 000 000 0 — 0 5 0
Crofton and Zavala; Haskett and Irvine. W — Crofton (3-2). L — Haskett (4-1). 2B — NM: Brown; R: Matthews.
North Medford 010 300 1 — 5 5 1
Roseburg 001 000 0 — 1 3 4
Westfall, Brown (6) and Zavala; Fuller and Irvine. W — Westfall (8-1). L — Fuller (1-3). 2B — R: Westwang.
ASHLAND 1-5, GRANTS PASS 0-3 — At Grants Pass, Ashland scored the winning run on an error in the opener and eked out a 10-inning Game 2 victory in the nonleague doubleheader.
Ashland's Jamie Flynn pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts and two walks in Game 1. The Grizzlies (12-8) posted their lone run after Ryan Bottimore's hit with runners on first and second base was thrown over the Grants Pass catcher's head in the fourth inning, allowing Jack Carroll to come home.
Carroll finished 2-for-3. Ben Glaeser allowed four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in six innings for the Cavemen (13-7), who hit into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning.
With Game 2 tied at 3, Ashland's Carter Glick hit a line drive to center field in the top of the 10th inning that eluded the grasp of a diving Grants Pass outfielder. Carroll and Eric Carlson scored the go-ahead runs.
Carlson went 2-for-4 with two runs and Bottimore smashed a solo home run. Grants Pass' Easton Bents was 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Ashland's Steen Fredrickson fanned 12 and allowed nine hits and three walks in nine innings.
Ashland 000 100 0 — 1 4 1
Grants Pass 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
Flynn and Glick; Glaeser, Ingledue (7) and Leenknecht. W — Flynn. L — Glaeser (5-2).
Ashland 000 011 100 2 — 5 7 3
Grants Pass 200 010 000 0 — 3 9 1
Fredrickson, Glick (10) and Glick, Cammarota (10); Fulton, D'Amico (6) and Leenknecht. W — Fredrickson. L — D'Amico (0-2). 2B — A: Cammarota, Carroll, Carlson, Glick; GP: VanEss, Bents. HR — A: Bottimore.