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GRANTS PASS — The North Medford baseball team wrapped up its Southern Oregon Hybrid schedule with a bang, cranking out 24 hits in a sweep of Grants Pass on Friday.
Junior Jordan Ragan, a 6-foot-2 lefty, pitched a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts in the Black Tornado's 11-1 victory in six innings and David Crofton threw a six-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks in North's 11-2 triumph that lasted just five innings.
They got plenty of support from the offense, with 10 hits in the opener and 14 in Game 2.
"It was nice to have those pitchers come out and command the strike zone and be able to get the innings moving so we could get up to bat," North Medford head coach Brett Wolfe said. "We broke out the bats a little bit today. We've had some inconsistencies with that, but today we were hitting the ball well one through nine."
In the opener, Micah Brown finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs and Crofton 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Black Tornado (20-4, 9-3 SOH), which is second in the league standings. Troy Fowler was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Josh Berman 2-for-3.
Crofton's RBI double in the top of the third inning drove in Brown and broke a 2-all tie.
Drew Bjorn went 2-for-2 with two RBIs for last-place Grants Pass (6-20, 1-11).
In the second contest, Ragan owned a no-hitter until the fourth inning. He allowed two walks and one earned run.
Jared Evans finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs, including a three-run double in the fourth. Berman went 2-for-4 with a leadoff home run in the third and two RBIs, Crofton 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Jordan Pond 2-for-2 with an RBI.
North Medford 113 06 — 11 10 1
Grants Pass 020 00 — 2 6 5
Crofton and Zavala; Glaeser, Ekwall (3) and Bjorn. W — Crofton (6-0). L — Ekwall. 2B — NM: Brown, Crofton; GP: Bjorn.
North Medford 501 311 — 11 14 1
Grants Pass 000 100 — 1 2 1
Ragan and Zavala; Bunn, D'Amico (2), Crume (5), Kroplin (6) and Bjorn. W — Ragan (3-1). L — Bunn. 2B — NM: Evans 2, Berman; GP: Bents. 3B — NM: Pond. HR — NM: Berman.
ROGUE RIVER 5-14, ILLINOIS VALLEY 3-4 — At Rogue River, Rogue River earned a key sweep of Illinois Valley in Southern Cascade Hybrid action.
The Chieftains (11-10, 6-5 SCH) can finish second in the league and claim the final state playoff berth with a win over St. Mary's (15-10, 7-4) on Tuesday. The two squads split a doubleheader earlier this year.
In the opener against Illinois Valley, Tyler Sakraida went 2-for-3 and Dylan Devish hit a two-run double.
Devish was 3-for-3 with a single, double, triple and two RBIs and Kollen Roohr 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and four RBIs in Game 2.
Conrad Davis finished 2-for-2 and Zach Welch pounded a two-run homer for the Cougars (9-14, 0-11).
Illinois Valley 100 100 1 — 3 5 0
Rogue River 031 100 x — 5 8 2
Nordal, Miller (3) and Co. Davis; Devish and Pratt. W — Devish. L — Nordal. 2B — RR: Devish.
Illinois Valley 020 02 — 4 4 0
Rogue River 312 62 — 14 8 1
Welch, Miller (4) and Co. Davis; Carpenter and Roohr. W — Carpenter. L — Welch. 2B — RR: Devish, Perston. 3B — IV: Davis; RR: Devish, Sakraida. HR — IV: Welch; RR: Roohr.
ILLINOIS VALLEY 10-5, ROGUE RIVER 0-15 — At Rogue River, Miliya Stewart tossed a four-hit shutout in the six-inning opener for Illinois Valley, then Alyssa Sands helped Rogue River gain a split in the nightcap.
With the victory, Rogue River (7-8, 6-3 SCH) clinched at least second place in the league.
Keyanna Augustadt, a senior catcher, led the Cougars offense with two hits, one RBI and two stolen bases. Sophomore Alexus Inge contributed a two-run single in Illinois Valley's four-run second inning.
Brittany Fredenburg collected a pair of hits for the Chieftains.
In Game 2, Sands, a freshman pitcher, went the distance in the five-inning game for Rogue River and had three hits and four RBIs. Laura Potter added two hits and two RBIs
For Illinois Valley (7-14, 4-4), Samantha Frederick provided two hits and one RBI.
Illinois Valley 242 002 — 10 7 1
Rogue River 000 000 — 0 4 3
M. Stewart and Augustadt; Atteberry, Sands (2) and Hardy. W — M. Stewart. L — Atteberry. 2B — RR: Fredenburg.
Illinois Valley 101 03 — 5 7 4
Rogue River 329 01 — 15 9 6
M. Stewart and Augustadt; Sands and Hardy. W — Sands. L — M. Stewart. 2B — IV: Anderson; RR: Fredenburg, Sands 2.