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ROSEBURG — North Medford baseball coach Brett Wolfe would have nothing to do with excuses for his team's third straight loss, a 9-4 Southern Oregon Hybrid setback to Roseburg Tuesday.
The Black Tornado was without the top part of its pitching rotation after playing 22 innings in a doubleheader Saturday against Crater.
Wolfe didn't want to hear it.
"Absolutely not," he said of residual effect from Saturday. "People are looking for us to make excuses, and we won't do it. The bottom line is we walked seven, had four errors and hit two batters. We put 13 on base that didn't earn their way on. When you do that, you're gonna get beat. And we didn't produce enough timely hitting to put enough runs on the board to overcome that."
North Medford dropped to 4-3 in the SOH and 14-4 overall. It had won 11 straight prior to this slide.
"We have to have a better work ethic in practice and be able to make adjustments," said Wolfe. "We're a better team than what we've been playing. ... Today it was a matter of being a little flat and flat not getting after it because we weren't competing."
North Medford got a first-inning double from Christian Gillis, who later stole home for a 1-0 lead that held up until the third inning.
The Indians scored three in the third — all unearned — two in the fourth and four in the fifth.
North Medford, which scored three runs in the seventh, got two hits and two runs from Gillis, and Micah Brown and Jared Evans were each 2-for-4.
For Roseburg (8-7, 4-0), Ryan Carhart was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and David Irvine was 2-for-4 with two runs.
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Luzny, Pearson (4), Berman (5) and Zavala; Haskett and Irvine. W — Haskett. L — Luzny (2-1). 2B — NM: Gillis, Brown, Evans; R: Irvine, Fuller.
ASHLAND 7, PHOENIX 2 — At Talent, Ashland freshman Nick Sanderson was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs and Kyle Milgram allowed one earned run in 41/3 innings to lead the Grizzlies to their 13th straight victory in the nonleague contest at Hagler-James Field.
Ashland (13-3) opened the game with a three-run surge in the first inning, then closed it with four runs in the seventh — highlighted by Sanderson's two-run home run — to pull away from Phoenix (6-11).
Vince Cammarota was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI and Steen Fredrickson 1-for-3 with one run and one RBI for Ashland. The Grizzlies also got 22/3 scoreless innings in relief by Tommy Hulick, who allowed one hit with four strikeouts.
Six different players had one hit for Phoenix, with Knute Thompson driving in Kyle Botermans in the fourth to make it 3-2.
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Milgram, Hulick (5) and Cammarota; Kentner, Stainbrook (7) and McCreadie. W — Milgram (2-0). L — Kentner (2-3). 2B — A: Fredrickson. HR — A: Sanderson (3).
EAGLE POINT 6, HIDDEN VALLEY 5 — At Eagle Point, Nate Page had two hits and three RBIs in the nonleague win for Eagle Point, which scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to overcome a 5-4 deficit.
Justin Hughes had a triple among his two hits and drove in two runs for the Eagles, who won their second straight game after opening the season with 11 consecutive losses. Others with two hits for EP were Destin Adams and Tanner Jostad, who scored twice.
Coleman Davis drove in two runs for Hidden Valley (11-5).
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Morris, Fretz (6), Norberg (7) and NA; Wilson, O'Brien (4) and NA. W — O'Brien. L — Norberg. 3B — EP: Hughes.
HENLEY 17, NORTH VALLEY 1, 5 inn. — At Merlin, Henley tallied 15 hits and North Valley was held to three while committing seven errors in Skyline Conference action.
Jay Segura, Kyle Streeter and Gaige Perry each had singles for North Valley (5-12, 1-7 Sky). Cody Dykstra led the Hornets (17-1, 11-0) with three hits.
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Goodell, Howard (3) and Hilyard; Olmstead, Kissel (3), Stegemiller (5) and Segura. W — Howard. L — Olmstead. 2B — H: Dykstra, Seater 2, Hilyard, Guzman, Noonan.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 13, LAKEVIEW 2 — At Lakeview, Kyle Ferguson pitched a complete game for Cascade Christian (11-4, 6-0 SCH) and struck out 15 batters while allowing only one earned run on two hits.
Ferguson also scored three times and had two RBIs, while Tristan Jones drove in three runs and Eric Higday had two hits, two runs and two RBIs in the victory over Lakeview (5-10, 1-3).
Cody Coggins had three RBIs and scored a run for the Challengers, who led 5-1 after two innings.
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Ferguson and Jones; Staub, Hamilton (5) and Douglas. W — Ferguson. L — Staub. 2B — CC: Clark, Coggins, Higday. 3B — CC: Palmer; LV: Graham.
ST. MARY'S 4, MT. SHASTA 2 — St. Mary's used a three-run outburst in the fourth inning to rally for the nonconference victory at St. Mary's High.
The Crusaders (11-8) bunched four of their five hits together to erase a 2-1 deficit in the fourth.
Joe Johnson opened with a single and moved to third on a stolen base and a balk. Ty Mulholland walked and Sam Hough delivered an RBI single. Then Duncan O'Boyle and Jacob Smith both got hits on squeeze bunts that scored the next two runs.
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Radabaugh, Brooks (5) and Bolstridge; Aviles, Hammonds (5), Smith (7) and Mulholland. W — Aviles (3-2). L — Radabaugh. 2B — MS: McRee, Radabaugh; SM: Robison.
ROGUE RIVER 6, ILLINOIS VALLEY 5, 8 inn. — At Cave Junction, Dylan Devish had an all-around key effort for Rogue River after pitching seven innings and scoring three runs with one RBI and four stolen bases for the Chieftains.
Kollen Roohr hit a go-winning RBI double in the eighth inning and then took the pitchers mound and scored the save for Rogue River (7-8, 2-3 SCH).
Senior utility man Shea Mather had a RBI and a run scored for Illinois Valley (8-7, 0-4).
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Illinois Valley 010 201 10 — 5 6 1
Devish, Roohr (8) and Pratt; Miller and Davis. W — Devish. L — Miller. 2B — RR: Roohr; IV: Klingbeil.