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SURPRISE, Ariz. — Jared Evans went deep for the third time in four days and North Medford capped a four-win performance in the Coach Bob Invitational with a 9-3 victory over Desert Edge (Ariz.) on Friday.
Evans' two-run blast ignited a six-run explosion in the second inning by the Black Tornado (7-1), which ran the table after losing its tourney opener Monday.
Isaiah Luzney was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored, Josh Berman 2-for-3 with a double and Colton Westfall 1-for-3 with an RBI to pace North, which overcame four errors.
"I'm happy that we played fairly well," said North Medford coach Brett Wolfe, whose team returns home to host North Valley on Tuesday. "We lost a tough one Monday and had to bounce back, but more importantly we were together and got to have some team meetings and make adjustments. It just gave us an opportunity to continue to grow as a team and have a great experience playing in warm weather."
North starting pitcher Josh Berman surrendered three runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks in three innings before Westfall took over in the fourth and picked up the win to improve to 2-1. Berman finished with four strikeouts, while Greyson Wolff held Desert Edge (6-9) to one hit over the final two innings.
Desert Edge scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 7-3 and loaded the bases to bring the tying run to the plate, but the rally was thwarted when Westfall struck out the next batter to end the inning.
Desert Edge pitcher Kevin Dacey lasted just 11/3, surrendering six runs, all earned, on five hits.
Evans' homer came three days after he hammered two in a 15-2 win over Shadow Ridge (Ariz.), and was one of four extra-base hits for the Tornado.
North Medford 060 120 0 — 9 9 4
Desert Edge 001 200 0 — 3 8 3
Berman, Westfall (4), Wolff (6) and Zavala; Dacey, Ellis (2), Sanders (5) and Cruz, Hitchcock. W — Westfall (2-1). L — Dacey. 2B — NM: Luzney, Pearson, Berman. HR — NM: Evans (3).
BOULDER CREEK 9, SOUTH MEDFORD 8 — At Surprise, Ariz., Will Cooney and Brady Breeze hit a pair of two-run doubles to help South Medford seize a 7-3 lead in the top of the fifth, but Boulder Creek (Ariz.) rallied to win on a walk-off double with two outs in the seventh.
South Medford pitcher Jake Perry allowed nine runs on 11 hits in 61/3 innings. Offensively, Ryan Carle had an RBI single and Eric Wallen an RBI double to help South (2-3) build its four-run cushion.
Down 8-7 after already having scored two runs in the seventh, Boulder Creek stunned the Panthers when pinch hitter Brandon Browne hit a shot to deep center that was just beyond the reach of Jimmy Sporer. The ball went off the tip of Sporer's glove to drive in two more and end the game.
South Medford 002 051 0 — 8 8 1
Boulder Creek 000 320 4 — 9 12 2
Perry, Newman (7) and White; Allen, Rosky (4), Brumfield (5), Mangold (6) and Chavez, Binns (5). W — Mangold. L — Perry (0-1). 2B — SM: Breeze, Cooney, Wallan; BC: Lawrence, Montana 2, Zappala, Browne.
CASTLE VIEW 11, ASHLAND 1, 5 inn. — At Phoenix, Ariz., Ashland managed just two hits against Castle View pitchers Tyler Henninger and Mitch Bivona and left Arizona winless in three tries.
Max Montgomery and Aaron Scott had one hit apiece for the Grizzlies (0-3), who fell behind 3-0 in the first inning when Castle View (3-3) of Castle Crock, Colo., took advantage of four base on balls and an error.
Ashland starter Jerry Carroll was pulled in the first inning and replaced with Tommy Hulick, who surrendered two runs in 42/3 innings.
Castle View 310 016 — 11 15 1
Ashland 000 010 — 1 2 3
Henninger, Bivona (6) and Paul; Jer. Carroll, Hulick (1), Milgram (6) and Glick. W — Henninger. L — Jer. Carroll. 2B — CV: Smeeton, Clemens, Eickstaedt, Witonsky. 3B — CV: Smeeton.
PHOENIX GETS SWEPT — At Yreka, Calif., Phoenix's rally in the sixth inning of its first game fell short as Anderson earned a 5-3 victory. The Pirates lost their second game of the Yreka Tournament, 6-3 to Central Valley.
With a runner at third against Anderson, Phoenix's Travis Stainbrook scorched a line drive into the glove of Anderson's third baseman, who tapped his base to record the inning-ending double play.
Zach Kentner went 2-for-3 for the Pirates (2-4) and Max Potter drove in two runs.
In Game 2, Phoenix's Calvin Decker went 2-for-2 and Aaron Hutchinson had a double and was hit by two pitches.
Phoenix 000 102 0 — 3 4 5
Anderson 120 200 x — 5 5 5
Botermens, Stainbrook (5) and Potter; Ahern and Twight. W — Ahern. L — Botermens (0-1). 2B — P: Kentner; A: Kingston.
Phoenix 120 000 0 — 3 6 6
Central Valley 320 010 x — 6 6 0
Navaro and Potter, Mobley (3); Chavez, Wilson (3) and Ryan. W — Chavez. L — Navaro (1-1). 2B — P: Stainbrook, Hutchinson; CV: Naylor.