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Top-seeded North Medford tallied 18 hits en route to a 17-2 win over David Douglas in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs Monday at North Medford High.
The Black Tornado (22-6), ranked first in the final Oregon School Activities Association power rankings and second in the coaches poll, will next host Southridge in a second-round contest Wednesday. The Skyhawks (16-12) beat Reynolds, 3-0, on Monday.
"I was just pleased because our kids came out prepared," North Medford head coach Brett Wolfe said. "They actually played to the level that they are capable of playing. When you are the No. 1 team, that puts a stigma on you that everyone has expectations. Sometimes those expectations are hard to meet."
Sophomore Jared Evans had a day to remember, going 4-for-5 with six RBIs and coming a home run short of hitting for the cycle. He pounded a pivotal three-run triple with one out and his team ahead 4-2 in the fourth inning.
"That was a huge at-bat for us," said Wolfe of Evans, who also scored a run and stole a base. "Had he popped the ball up, the momentum would have swung. They had put the last run on the board."
Evans added a two-run triple in the fifth, when North erupted for seven runs.
Micah Brown went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored, Christian Gillis 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, Hayden Evans 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs and Taylor Raff 2-for-5 with three runs. Austin Zavala finished 1-for-1 with two RBIs and two runs.
Colton Westfall earned the win after striking out 10 and allowing two runs (one earned), five hits and one walk in six innings.
David Douglas (4-23) — ranked last in the final OSAA power rankings — was coming off a 3-2 upset of South Medford in a 6A play-in game at Harry & David Field on May 14.
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Patterson, Oberman (5), Couch (5), B. Tomiak (6), Convirs (6) and Pate; Westfall, Crofton (7) and Zavala. W — Westfall (11-1). L — Patterson. 2B — NM: J. Evans. 3B — NM: Gillis, J. Evans.
OREGON CITY 11, GRANTS PASS 1 — At Grants Pass, Chace VanEss went 2-for-4 with a run and Josh Sabota doubled to lead Grants Pass, which walked seven batters and hit four other to hinder its cause in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
Oregon City's Rilyn Lewchuk struck out nine and allowed five hits, four walks and no earned runs in a complete-game effort. The Pioneers (16-12) will play at Crater on Wednesday.
Bo McClintock hit a ground-rule two-run double to center field to give Oregon City a 3-1 lead in the third, and Jake Phillips duplicated the feat to make it 10-1 in the seventh. Phillips finished 2-for-3 with four runs and two RBIs, while Luke Ehli went 0-for-4 but drove in three runs and Cary Swalwell was 1-for-2 with three runs and one RBI.
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Lewchuk and Valenzuela-Reece; Ingledue, Glaeser (4), Polder (7), D'Amico (7) and Leenknecht. W — Lewchuk. L — Ingledue. 2B — OC: Phillips, Lewchuk, McClintock; GP: Sabota.
ROSEBURG 6, SOUTH EUGENE 0 — At Roseburg, Zach Wyscaver belted a three-run home run in the fifth and Cody Watkins had two RBIs and scattered seven hits to lead Roseburg to the first-round win.
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Schindler and Moore; Watkins and Irvine. W — Watkins. L — Schindler. 2B — R: Watkins. 3B — R: Watkins. HR — R: Wyscaver.
BARLOW 6, CRATER 2 — At Gresham, senior Allie Winningham supplied a two-run double in the third inning for Crater but the Comets still came up short in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
Barlow (22-5) scored three runs in the second inning on just two hits and added three more in the third to close out Crater (9-17).
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Sheperd, Berryhill (3) and Doggett; Bergerson and Powers. W — Bergerson. L — Sheperd (3-8). 2B — C: Winningham.
GLENCOE 7, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — At Hillsboro, Glencoe senior Katie Sutherland-Finch threw a one-hit shutout with 19 strikeouts in first-round Class 6A state playoff action.
South Medford's Brittany Miller broke up a perfect-game bid in the fourth inning after reaching first base on a slap bunt attempt that resulted in an error. She singled in the seventh against Sutherland-Finch, who is bound for the University of California.
The Panthers ended their year 5-23.
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Newman, Britton (6) and Garrett; Sutherland-Finch and Apling. W — Sutherland-Finch. L — Newman (2-14). 2B — G: Dendinger, Eastman.
GRANTS PASS 2, WESTVIEW 0 — At Portland, sophomore pitcher Amy Robinson tossed a one-hitter with six strikeouts, one hit batter and no walks to help lead Grants Pass to a road win to open the 6A state playoffs.
Nicole Godwin supplied a solo home run to left-center field with out in the fourth to give the Cavemen (13-14) the lead.
Grants Pass will play at South Salem (25-3) on Wednesday.
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Robinson and Stevens; Greer and Whelstine. W — Robinson (10-6). L — Greer. 2B — GB: Zozaya. HR — GP: Godwin.