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SPRINGFIELD — Senior pitcher David Crofton was solid through seven innings and North Medford used a five-run fifth inning to pull away for a 9-3 triumph over Thurston in nonleague baseball Saturday.
Crofton allowed four hits and one walk in going the distance for the Black Tornado (10-1), with seven strikeouts and only one earned run.
"David had pretty good command of the strike zone and he forced contact and we made enough plays to get out of there and then score some runs," said North Medford head coach Brett Wolfe.
Brett Pearson led the charge for the Tornado by going 3-for-3 with one RBI.
Troy Fowler helped kickstart the five-run frame with a two-run double in the fifth and Jordan Ragan added a two-run single in the inning to answer Thurston after the Colts had trimmed their deficit to 3-2 through four innings.
Gauge Hallett smacked a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning for Thurston (8-4).
Each team committed five errors, and seven of North Medford's runs were unearned.
The Black Tornado will host South Medford at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to open Southern Oregon Hybrid play.
North Medford 111 051 0 — 9 8 5
Thurston 100 110 0 — 3 4 5
Crofton and Zavala; Patterson, Cook (4), Asa (5) and Hallett. W — Crofton (3-0). L — Patterson. 2B — NM: Fowler, Pearson. HR — T: Hallett.
- GRANTS PASS SWEPT — At Eugene, Churchill beat Grants Pass (3-8), 8-1, and South Eugene topped the Cavemen, 10-6, in nonleague action.
- ASHLAND 6, HIDDEN VALLEY 3 — At Ashland, Steen Fredrickson pitched five solid innings, Bryce Rogan drove in two and Ashland handed Hidden Valley its first loss of the season to wrap up a stellar week in nonleague action at North Mountain Park.
Fredrickson struck out eight, walked four and limited the Mustangs to two unearned runs on four hits before Carter Glick took over in the sixth. The win improved Fredrickson to 2-1 and the streaking Grizzlies — they've won five straight — to 5-3. Three of those victories have come in the last five days over Hidden Valley, Henley and Crater, who are a combined 25-4.
Rogan's two-run single capped a four-run fifth for the Grizzlies that turned around a 2-0 deficit.
For the Mustangs (8-1), leadoff hitter McKinnon Bennett was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Hidden Valley 001 011 0 — 3 6 1
Ashland 000 042 x — 6 6 2
Cahstain, Norberg (5) and Hults; Fredrickson, Glick (6) and Glick, Hamik (6). W — Fredrickson (2-1). L — Cahstain. 2B — A: Sanderson.
NORTH MEDFORD 6-11, THURSTON 1-5 — North Medford pounded out 21 hits in a nonleague sweep at home.
Grace Jovanovic went 2-for-4 with seven RBIs and two runs scored for the Black Tornado (9-1) in the second contest. She hit a three-run triple in the second inning and added a three-run inside-the-park home run in the sixth.
Also in Game 2, Joci Ellis finished 2-for-3 with three runs, Maddie Gates 2-for-4 with two runs and Katie Ramsay 2-for-4.
In the first game, Keisha Williams went 2-for-4 with two runs, Ramsay hit a solo home run and Alexis Barkwell added a two-run single.
Barkwell earned both wins in the circle. She struck out nine with one walk in the opener against Thurston (6-6).
Thurston 001 000 0 — 1 4 2
North Medford 005 100 x — 6 9 1
Stedman and Hoechlin; Barkwell, Thomas (7) and Ramsay. W — Barkwell (6-1). L — Stedman. 2B — NM: Gates. HR — NM: Ramsay (1).
Thurston 000 040 1 — 5 7 2
North Medford 251 003 x — 11 12 1
Muggy, Stedman (2) and Hoechlin; Barkwell, Thomas (4) and Ramsay. W — Barkwell (7-1). L — Muggy. 2B — T: Garner, Dolbin; NM: Ellis. 3B — NM: Jovanovic. HR — NM: Jovanovic (1).
HENLEY 6, GRANTS PASS 2 — At Grants Pass, Halee Rose recorded two hits and Nicole Godwin and Amy Robinson added RBIs for Grants Pass (7-4) in the nonconference loss.
Henley 103 002 0 — 6 8 0
Grants Pass 100 001 0 — 2 6 3
Scott and Armantrout; Robinson and Doman, Lenard (5). W — Scott. L — Robinson.