The Grants Pass Nuggets took it to extra innings for the second straight day on Friday. This one, however, didn't leave a bitter taste.
The Nuggets scored a run in the ninth to tie the game, then ended it in the 10th to win 4-3 over the Portland Eastside Barbers and stay alive at the American Legion AAA state baseball tournament at Harry & David Field.
Grants Pass, which dropped a 2-1 decision in 12 innings against the Canyon Crushers on Thursday, will play the DeMarini Dirtbags today 1 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament.
Portland was eliminated with the loss.
On Friday, Grants Pass (36-11) found itself in a 3-0 hole after two innings.
The Nuggets chipped away at the lead until finally pushing the tying run across in the ninth. Pinch-runner Jamie Schmidt came around to score from second base when Portland overthrew first base on a groundball to shortstop by Marco Garmeneia. The throw home to get Schmidt came in just late, sending the game to extra innings.
In the 10th, Tyler Bennett singled and Anthony Martin was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. With two outs, Evan Erskine drove in Bennett with the winning run on a single to right-center field.
"We faced two real good arms the last couple days," said Grants Pass head coach Mike Reese. "Defensively we've kept ourselves in these ballgames. We've done a good job staying alive."
Jake Herklotz picked up the pitching win for Grants Pass after tossing an inning of relief. Starter Tyler Gulbransen went nine innings, giving up just the three runs over the first and second innings.
"I thought Tyler threw a hell of a game," said Reese. "He was basically two pitches away from a shutout. After those first two innings he threw up seven zeroes after that.
"Our pitching has been pretty consistent all season."
Bennett went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI to lead the Nuggets, while Josh Cowell was 2-for-4 with a run.
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Grants Pass Nuggets 000 100 101 1 — 4 9 4
Evans, Doyle (8) and Rose; Gulbransen, Herklotz (10) and Garrison, Erskine (10). W — Herklotz. L — Doyle. 2B — P: Chitwood 2. 3B — P: Dennert.
CANYON CRUSHERS 6, DEMARINI DIRTBAGS 3 — The Canyon Crushers emerged as the tournament's lone unbeaten, getting solid pitching from Jonathan Stong and a four-run fourth inning.
Stong went eight-plus innings, allowing six hits and striking out two while walking three.
Conner Gilman was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run for the Crushers. David Harryman and Ty Wyatt added two hits each.
DeMarini plays the Grants Pass Nuggets at 1 p.m. today. Canyon takes on the Northwest Star East County Knights at 5 p.m.
DeMarini Dirtbags 000 102 000 — 3 7 5
Canyon Crushers 010 400 10x — 6 9 3
Henry, Fast (8) and Moskal; Stong, Johnson (9) and Gates. W — Stong. L — Henry. 2B — C: Fessler, Wyatt 2, Gates. HR — D: Peterson.
NORTHWEST STAR 13, COLUMBIA GORGE 6 — Cody Farnes went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs to lead the Northwest Star East County Knights at Harry & David in a game that eliminated the Columbia Gorge Hustlers.
The Knights scored six runs in the sixth inning to take command. Cameron Hawkins' lone hit of the game was the big blow, a two-run double. East County had two hits in the frame but was helped by three errors.
Hawkins drove in three runs, while teammates Kendal Main was 3-for-4 with three runs, and Blake Robison was 2-for-6 with a run.
Northwest Star plays the only unbeaten team, the Canyon Crushers, at 5 p.m. today.
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Columbia Gorge 220 100 010 — 6 14 6
Thometz, Tilton (7) and Fritsch; Wilson, Watt (6), Bartells (6), Mathisen (6), Riger (9) and Denney. W — Thometz. L — Wilson. 2B — NW: Farnes, Hawkins,; C: Denney, Copper, Quintanilla. 3B — NW: Jones.
American Legion A Baseball
ROSEBURG PEPSI 7, NORTH MEDFORD MAVERICKS 4 — At Roseburg, North Medford scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning but it wasn't enough as the Mavericks suffered their defeat in the state tournament.
The Mavericks (37-14-1) will face Central Point today at 3 p.m. in an elimination game for both teams.
Pepsi had a 7-1 lead heading into the seventh. Brett Pearson began North's surge with an RBI single. Another Maverick run was scored on a wild pitch and the other during a rundown.
Christian Gillis and Colton Westfall each went 2-for-4 for the Mavericks.
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Roseburg Pepsi 100 042 x — 7 9 3
Berman, Pearson (5) and Wolff; Hartwick, Watkins (7), Reddekopp (7) and Taylor. W — Hartwick. L — Berman. 2B — R: Walker, Taylor.
CENTRAL POINT 18, ROSEBURG PREMIER INSURANCE 5, 5 inns. — At Roseburg, Central Point scored 14 runs in the third inning and eliminated Roseburg.
The Comets (32-13) square off against North Medford today at 3 p.m. in an elimination game for both squads.
In the third inning, the Comets sent 19 batters to the plate.
The biggest hit of the game, however, came in the fourth inning off the bat of Ty Fox. He hit his second home run of the season — a two-run shot — and finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs.
Also for the Comets, Taylor Tibbets went 3-for-3 with four runs and three RBIs, Paul Turner 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs, Gunnar Asher 3-for-4 with two runs and a pair of RBIs and Ty Plankenhorn 2-for-2 with two runs an an RBI.
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Central Point Comets 20(14) 2x — 18 16 3
Westbrooks, Rose (3), Kennedy (3), Benzeo (3), Yarbrough and Garrett; Roland, Bastendorf (4), Pearce (5) and Aplin, Caballero (4). W — Roland (4-3). L — Westbrooks. 2B — R: Dubois; CP: Turner, Tibbets, Asher, Fox, Lathrop. HR — CP: Fox.
GRANTS PASS MINERS 6, SOUTH MEDFORD COLTS 3 — At Roseburg, Grants Pass broke open a tie game with three runs in the top of the seventh to eliminate South Medford from the state tournament.
With the game knotted 3-all in the seventh, the Miners' McKinnon Bennett hit a two-run double and Jarid Norberg later hit a run-scoring single up the middle.
Norberg picked up the victory for the Miners (21-11), who take on Roseburg Pepsi for a chance to reach the state championship.
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South Medford Colts 010 002 0 — 3
Little League Baseball
MEDFORD NATIONAL WINS 9-10 STATE TITLE — At Salem, after a big rally in the sixth inning, the Medford National All-Stars scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to capture the state championship in an 8-6 triumph over Lake Oswego.
Lake Oswego had a 4-1 advantage in the sixth, but Medford National answered with five runs in the frame to take a 6-4 lead.
However, with just one out remaining in the bottom of the seventh, Lake Oswego tied the game 6-all to send it into extras.
Garrett Smith pitched the final two innings to earn the victory for Medford National. Blake Shields got Medford off to a nice start by pitching 21/3 shutout innings.
Other team members are Bennett Thompson, Kaleb Barney, Charlie Campbell, Monte Spence, Tanner Holmes, Nicholas Karrick, Reese Hinton, Johnny Trussler and Kilian Cosgrove.
Western National Softball
LOCAL TEAMS FALL — The Junior Eagles, Comet Orange and Southern Oregon Dirt Dawgs all fell in loser's bracket action and were eliminated at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Nor Cal Elite beat the Eagle Point squad, 11-3, while Sno Co Express '00 downed the Central Point team, 15-0, and All-American Mizuno-Ybarra defeated the Dirt Dawgs — a Grants Pass squad — 14-5.
U12 Winner's Bracket
USA Elite-Brooks 7, Oregon Titans DeMarini 1; Rip City Rage 11, Strike Force 2; Sorcerer 7, California Breeze 5; Roseville 6, San Jose Sting 5; Northwest Xplosion 3, Oregon Silver Bullets 0.
U12 Loser's Bracket
Storm USA-Herrera 6, California Grapettes 5; All-American Mizuno-C 7, Lady Demons 1; Foothill Gold 11, Oregon Panthers 0; Nor Cal Elite 11, Jr. Eagles 3; Napa Valley Express 9, Raptors 0; AASA-Richardson 10, Sherwood Fireballs 1; Nor Cal Cruisers 5, Cepeda Lady Bulls 3; Hank's Bombers 9, Redding Rebels 1; All-American Mizuno-Y 14, S.O. Dirt Dawgs 5; Sno Co Express '00 15, Comet Orange 0; Samantha Ford Synergy 7, Storm USA-Parker 2.
Lady Hawks 13, Storm USA-Herrera 12; Foothill Gold 3, All-American Mizuno-C 1; Nor Cal Elite 9, Napa Valley Express 3; AASA-Richardson 14, Sno Co Express '01 2; Hank's Bombers 10, Team AB 9; Sno Co Express '00 3, All-American Mizuno-Y 2; Nightmare 8, Samantha Ford Synergy 0; Central Coast Fury 12, Nor Cal Cruisers 0.
Team AB 11, KG Hitters 7; Artesia Punishers 9, Nor Cal Smackers 4; Oregon Shockwaves 8, Lady Celts 0; Oregon Shockwaves 8, Team Mizuno 5; Oregon Thunder 9, Bears 4; Foothill Gold 6, Cen Cal Dirt Dogs 2; Firesliders 12, Oregon Titans DeMarini 7.