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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The South Medford baseball team couldn't complete a rally in a 13-10 loss to Marian Catholic, Ill., at the Coach Bob Invitational at Desert Edge High on Tuesday.
The Panthers trailed 13-6 entering the top of the seventh inning before rattling off four runs and then running out of steam.
Nate Walker led the way, going 3-for-4 with a triple, double, two RBIs and a run scored. Cole Carder finished 2-for-4 with three runs, Hudson Thomas went 2-for-5 with a run and Jake Perry added a two-run double for South, which finished with 12 hits.
Caleb Bell took the loss against Marian Catholic (2-2), which used six different pitchers.
The Illinois squad also had 12 hits.
The Panthers (1-2) are off today and will play Heritage of Colorado at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.
South Medford 032 001 4 — 10 12 3
Marian Catholic 214 213 x — 13 12 2
Bell, James (3), Winner (6) and White; Dilbia, Tavarez (3), Whitehead (4), Kelly (7), Clary (7), Bainbridge (7) and Dallagher, McMurray (4). W — Tavarez. L — Bell (0-1). 2B — SM: Walker, Perry; MC: Janowski 2, Baker, Clary. 3B — SM: Walker.
NORTH MEDFORD 15, SHADOW RIDGE (Ariz.) 2, 5 inn. — At Surprise, Ariz., North Medford used a 12-run first inning to quickly pull away for the victory at the Coach Bob Invitational at Shadow Ridge High School.
Brett Pearson supplied a two-run double and Jared Evans belted a grand slam during the first-inning onslaught for the Black Tornado (4-1), which next plays Lancaster, Calif., at 12:30 p.m. today.
David Crofton struck out eight and allowed four hits and one walk in four innings and Micah Brown struck out the side to end the game by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.
Evans added a solo homer in the fifth to finish 2-for-4 with two runs and five RBIs, while Pearson was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Austin Zavala 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.
North Medford (12)10 11 — 15 9 1
Shadow Ridge (Ariz.) 200 00 — 2 4 2
Crofton, Brown (5) and Zavala; Casillas, Berstraten (2), Sutton (5) and Hero. W — Crofton (2-0). L — Casillas. 2B — NM: Pearson; SR: Messner. 3B — SR: Demore. HR — NM: Evans 2 (2).
CRATER 2, WEST SALEM 1 — At Central Point, Crater scored twice in the fifth inning to rally past West Salem in a pitcher's dual at Anhorn Field in the Crater Spring Break Tournament.
West Salem's Connor Mathison allowed only two hits, but one of them was a leadoff double in the fifth by Blake Fahndrich. After Gunnar Asher walked, Fahndrich stole third base and quickly advanced home when the catcher's throw went into left field.
Asher was then sacrificed to third base by Zach Lathrop and scored the eventual winning run on Tyler Plankenhorn's grounder to second base that forced the fielder to range right for no play at home.
Ty Fox struck out eight and allowed five hits and three walks in 62/3 innings for Crater (3-1). Nolan Bastendorff got the final out after his only pitch was in the dirt but resulted in a pickoff throw from catcher Tyler Aplin to first baseman Taylor Tibbets.
Paul Turner's sixth-inning single was the only other hit against Mathison.
In other tournament games, South Salem edged Westview, 8-7; Grants Pass beat Southridge, 6-4; and North Salem topped Benson, 6-1.
West Salem 010 000 0 — 1 5 3
Crater 000 020 x — 2 2 1
Connor Mathison and Rediger; Fox, Bastendorff (7) and Aplin. W — Fox (2-0). L — Mathison. 2B — WS: Mathison; C: Fahndrich.
GRANTS PASS 6, SOUTHRIDGE 4 — At Central Point, Jake Stoffel was 2-for-3 with two runs and Kadin Lopez added an RBI triple in the second inning to lift Grants Pass to victory at the Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.
The Cavemen (2-3) rallied to take a 5-3 lead with a four-run fifth inning against Southridge (2-2).
Southridge 000 301 0 — 4 9 3
Grants Pass 010 041 x — 6 8 2
Knudsen, Riesch (5) and Parker; Ekwall, D'Amico (6) and Zozaya, Bjorn (2). W — Ekwall (1-0). L — Riesch. 2B — GP: Ekwall; S: Orlutt, Giraldi. 3B — GP: Lopez.
ASHLAND SPLITS — At Bend, Georgia Williams struck out 13 batters to power Ashland to its first win of the season, 11-1, over Sisters, after the Grizzlies fell 13-8 to Redmond during the second day of the Central Oregon Tournament.
Ashland's Grace Lenthe provided all the run support Williams would need against Sisters, blasting a grand slam in the Grizzlies' six-run fourth inning.
Against Redmond, Ashland (1-5) let an 8-4 lead slip away. Lenthe was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, giving her seven RBIs on the day.
Redmond 220 702 0 — 13 7 2
Ashland 431 000 0 — 8 7 6
Senko, Reed (1) and Williams; Hayes, Lenthe (4) and Teixiera. W — Reed. L — Hayes. 2B — R: Edwards; A: Lenthe. 3B — R: Brown.
Sisters 100 00 — 1 1 1
Ashland 146 0x — 11 10 1
Hudson and McIntosh; Williams and Teixiera. W — Williams. L — Hudson. 2B — S: Gnos; A: Williams. HR — A: Lenthe.