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South Medford snapped a four-game losing streak behind solid pitching Tuesday from senior Caleb Newman and the type of timely hitting head coach Ray Smith had been seeking in Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball at Harry & David Field.
Newman tossed a four-hitter with five strikeouts and three walks and the Panthers got two-run singles from Jake Perry and Austin White to topple Roseburg, 6-0, and send the Indians to their third straight loss.
"We did a lot of little things well, which helped us hold them off there," said Smith, whose team improved to 12-10 overall and 3-7 in SOH play.
"A couple kids came through with some big hits when we needed them with runners in scoring position," added Smith, "and I'm proud of the kids to be able to bounce back after a tough loss at Crater (last Saturday). I was wondering how we would respond and we did."
Perry and White each finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Panthers, while Ryan Carle and Cole Carder each added two hits and one run scored.
Layne Westwang was 2-for-3 for Roseburg (8-10, 4-3).
Perry extended his hitting streak to eight games with two outs in the fourth when he singled home White and Eric Wallan, who had come in to play first base after Nate Walker re-aggravated a shoulder injury. Carder and Carle each singled in the fifth to put runners in scoring position, with Carder coming in on a throwing error before Carle and Brady Breeze scored on White's two-out single to right field.
Jimmy Sporer plated Caleb Bell on a sacrifice fly in a sixth inning that saw Roseburg catcher David Irvine make a sensational play by running down Perry for an out at third base after the area had been vacated on a bunt by Bell.
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Haskett and Irvine; Newman and White. W — Newman (4-4). L — Haskett.
CRATER 7, GRANTS PASS 0 — At Grants Pass, Crater senior Blake Fahndrich was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and Nolan Bastendorff allowed two hits in six innings to earn the SOH victory.
Bastendorff struck out eight and walked two for the Comets (17-4, 6-1 SOH), who led 5-0 after three innings.
Ben Glaser struck out 10 and allowed four earned runs with five walks for Grants Pass (6-15, 1-6), which hurt its cause with six errors.
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Bastendorff, Fahndrich (7) and Aplin, Caballero (6); Glaeser, D'Amico (7) and Mathews, Bjorn (4). W — Bastendorff (6-2). L — Glaeser (1-6). 2B — C: Fahndrich 2; GP: Lopez.
ASHLAND 10, HIDDEN VALLEY 5, 8 inn. — At Grants Pass, Aaron Scott's three-run triple highlighted Ashland's five-run eighth as the Grizzlies exploded in extra innings to win for the 15th time in their last 16 games.
Scott was 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs and Eric Carlson 3-for-5 with two RBIs to pace Ashland (15-4), which also scored four runs on four hits in the fourth to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 lead. Ashland pitcher Tommy Hulick improved to 4-0 after holding the Mustangs (13-6) to one run on two hits over the last three innings.
Jay Hain had a double and an RBI for Hidden Valley.
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Glick, Hulick (6) and Cammarota; Norberg, Chastain (5), Bennett (8) and Hults. W — Hulick (4-0). L — Chastain. 2B — A: Carroll, Rogan, Scott; HV: Hain, Davis. 3B — A: Scott.
EAGLE"ˆPOINT 11, NORTH"ˆVALLEY"ˆ8 — At Merlin, Eagle Point rallied from a six-run deficit after one inning in the nonconference game.
The Eagles (3-13) scored eight runs in the third for a 9-6 lead.
Erratic pitching plagued North Valley (7-13). The Knights' first two pitchers, Elias Stegemiller and Gaige Perry, issued nine of the team's 10 walks.
Eagle Point's Justin Hughes had two hits, three runs and an RBI. Devyn Grady and Tanner Jostad each had a hit and drove in two runs, and Jonathan Wilson had two hits and an RBI.
Jay Segura, who had four RBIs, and Stegemiller each went 3-for-4 for North Valley.
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O'Brien and Wilson; Stegemiller, Perry (3), Kissel (3) and Segura. W — O'Brien. L — Perry. 2B — EP: Hughes, Jostad; NV: Stegemiller 2, Segura 2.
MAZAMA 11, PHOENIX 0, 5 inn. — At Klamath Falls, Joey Lancaster pitched a one-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and one walk for Mazama in Skyline Conference action.
Lancaster was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored and Dallas DeVry finished 3-for-3 for the Vikings (7-13, 5-6 Sky).
Zach Kentner had a double in the fourth for Phoenix (6-14, 3-7).
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Kentner, Hutchinson (2) and McCreadie; Lancaster and Tron. W — Lancaster. L — Kentner (2-3). 2B — P: Kentner; M: Lancaster 2, DeVry, Tron. 3B — M: Edwards.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 7, ST. MARY'S 6 — Cade Wager hit the go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning for Cascade Christian in Southern Cascade Hybrid action at U.S. Cellular.
Matt Sha led off the inning with a single and Trenton Palmer sac bunted before Wager pounded a line drive to right-center field.
Cooper Clark went 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored, Cody Coggins 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run, Will Weaver 2-for-4 with an RBI and Sha 2-for-4 with a run for the Challengers (13-4, 7-0 SCH).
Spencer McCabe was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run and Sam Hough 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run for St. Mary's (12-10, 4-4).
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Mullholland, McCabe (1), T. Smith (4), N. Aviles (6) and C. Aviles, Mullholland (5); Ferguson and Jones. W — Ferguson (5-2). L — N. Aviles (0-1). 2B — SM: McCabe; CC: Clark. 3B — SM: Johnson, McCabe; CC: Coggins, Ferguson.
ROGUE RIVER 6, LAKEVIEW 5 — At Rogue River, Kollen Roohr went 2-for-2 with an RBI triple and rescued Rogue River on the mound late during Southern Cascade Hybrid action.
The Chieftains (9-9, 4-4 SCH) built a 5-0 lead before Lakeview scored two in the third and Rogue River posted one in the fifth. The Honkers scored three more in the seventh to draw within a run before Roohr took the mound with two on and one out in the final frame. He struck out two to seal the victory.
Cody Hamilton was 2-for-3 for Lakeview (7-12, 3-4).
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Hamilton, Staub (6) and Douglas; Carpenter, Devish (2), Roohr (7) and Roohr, Pratt (2). W — Devish. L — Hamilton. 2B — L: Graham; RR: Perston. 3B — RR: Roohr.
ILLINOIS VALLEY 15, PROSPECT-BUTTE FALLS 1, 5 inn. — At Cave Junction, Lander Nordal pitched four solid innings for Illinois Valley (8-9), striking out three.
Nordal also was 3-for-4 and drove in two runs, and teammates Andrew Sherier and Jayson Konik each had two RBIs.
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Nordal, Sherier (5) and Davis; Stillwagon, May (2), Driscoll (3), Scofield (4), Castro (5) and Castro, Scofield (5). W — Nordal. L — Stillwagon. 2B — IV: Welch; P: Scofield.