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Perry pitches Panthers past Pels

KLAMATH FALLS — Jake Perry's arm was the only thing that stayed warm when chilly winds and rainy conditions made playing baseball at Klamath Union High miserable Thursday.

No. 5 Crater falls to Clovis in title game

FRESNO, Calif. — Crater put up quite a fight this week in the 32-team Easter Baseball Classic but the fifth-ranked Comets simply didn't have enough in the tank to finish things off Wednesday night.

North slips by South

North slips by South

Hits were hard to come by as North Medford and South Medford opened Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball play on Tuesday.

Navarro's gem sparks Phoenix past North Valley

TALENT — Sophomore pitcher Israel Navarro tossed a three-hitter and the Phoenix offense put together two big innings as the Pirates defeated North Valley 7-2 in Skyline Conference baseball at Hagler-James Field Tuesday.

Comets win two at Easter Classic

FRESNO, Calif. — Crater pitchers Gunnar Asher and Dylan Pearce each were steady on the mound and the Comets used timely hitting to open the 32-team Easter Baseball Classic with a pair of wins Monday.

Crofton, Black Tornado take down Thurston

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.

Skaff hits for cycle but Mazama sweeps Phoenix

TALENT — Phoenix head softball coach Jason Zanni says he is surprised that hard-hitting senior Amanda Skaff hasn't received more looks from colleges.

Catching On

Catching On

The jokes keep coming, but all Austin Zavala can do is laugh. After all, he's heard them all.

Ashland's Hulick blanks Crater

ASHLAND — Ashland senior pitcher Tommy Hulick tossed a two-hit shutout in his first start of the season, Ashland's defense overcame five errors and Eric Carlson continued his blistering start as the Grizzlies delivered their second shocker in three...

Luzny sparks North in rout of Cougars

North Medford combined 13 hits with 13 walks allowed by Mountain View to run away with the nonconference baseball game Wednesday at North Medford High.

April 2014

South sweeps
South sweeps

The South Medford baseball team got a nice mix of good hitting and pitching in a nonleague sweep of Red Bluff, Calif., at Harry & David Field on Tuesday.

Pirates go deep in Skyline Conference win

TALENT — Phoenix's Adriana Mereida-Ford and Bailee Tally both hit home runs and the Pirates beat Hidden Valley, 11-2, in the Skyline Conference opener at Hagler-James Field on Tuesday.

Coggins, Challengers deny Eagles, 11-1

Cascade Christian junior pitcher Cody Coggins was in control throughout and the Challengers got an unusual power surge from Cooper Clark en route to an 11-1 baseball victory over Eagle Point in five innings Monday.

Ashland's Fredrickson stymies Phoenix

ASHLAND — Steen Fredrickson tossed a four-hit complete game to lead Ashland to a 6-1 nonleague win over Phoenix on Saturday at North Mountain Park.

Tornado no-hits Knights
Tornado no-hits Knights

Three North Medford pitchers combined for a no-hit shutout as the Class 6A Black Tornado cruised by 4A North Valley, 10-0 in six innings, at North Medford High on Wednesday.

Ashland powers past Cascade Christian

Carter Glick rediscovered his command of the strike zone and Eric Carlson and Bryce Rogan powered Ashland to its first win of the season, 15-6 over Cascade Christian, in nonleague baseball action Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Phoenix slides by EP
Phoenix slides by EP

Coming off a winless four-game road trip to California, Phoenix's baseball team needed a little shot in the arm as it navigates its nonconference schedule.

March 2014

All eyes facing North
All eyes facing North

After a three-year drought, North Medford finally broke through for a conference baseball title last spring.

Panthers wrap up Arizona trip with win

PHOENIX, Ariz. — The South Medford baseball team edged Piedra Vista, N.M., 4-2, to wrap up at the Coach Bob Invitational at Pinnacle High on Saturday.

Evans leads North to fourth win in Arizona

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.

Panthers ride hot bats to big win in Arizona

SURPRISE, Ariz. — South Medford didn't play a lot of defense, but when Jimmy Sporer and company hit like they did Thursday it usually doesn't matter.

Comets tame 'Cats
Comets tame 'Cats

CENTRAL POINT — It isn't often when you get a quick chance at redemption, but Crater senior Taylor Tibbets seized that opportunity in a big way late Wednesday night at Anhorn Field.

North Medford cruises past Lancaster

SURPRISE, Ariz. — The North Medford baseball team beat Lancaster, Calif., 6-1, at the Coach Bob Invitational at Shadow Ridge High on Wednesday.

South Medford edged in hit-fest

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The South Medford baseball team couldn't complete a rally in a 13-10 loss to Marian Catholic, Ill., at the Coach Bob Invitational at Desert Edge High on Tuesday.

Saxons pin first loss on Comets

CENTRAL POINT — Early season issues got the best of both baseball teams Monday in the opener of the Crater Spring Break Tournament, but South Salem found a way to send host Crater to its first defeat in a 5-2 contest at Anhorn Field.

Pirates open season by sweeping St. Mary's

TALENT — The Phoenix Pirates experienced their fair share of thrills in a season-opening baseball doubleheader against St. Mary's on Saturday.

Luzny lights up mound for Black Tornado

While the North Medford baseball team welcomed Isaiah Luzny to the mound for the first time this season, Luzny greeted Wilson with a midseason-form performance as the Black Tornado routed Wilson, 7-0, Friday at North Medford High.

North Medford sweeps past Crater in track

Anchored by dominant performances by Aaron Browne-Moore and Halley Folsom, the North Medford track teams swept Crater in a Southwest Conference meet at North Medford High Wednesday.

Triple play helps Crater top defending champs

EUGENE — Crater senior Nolan Bastendorff was in prime form and the Comets pulled off a game-ending triple play to defeat defending Class 6A baseball state champion Sheldon 4-1 Tuesday.

August 2013

Challengers tab Mayben for baseball post

As torn as he was by making such a move, Nate Mayben said Cascade Christian High simply made him an offer he couldn't refuse.

July 2013

Coaches differ on need for change
Coaches differ on need for change

An attempt to revamp the state playoff baseball system for the larger classifications won't encounter resistance from Class 6A coaches in southern Oregon, although that four-man group differs on whether a change truly is necessary.

June 2013

A time to heal
A time to heal

There are few things in life more beloved by John Bruce than the game of baseball.

Flynn first-team all-state again
Flynn first-team all-state again

Ashland High senior pitcher Jamie Flynn earned first-team honors and three of his teammates also were recognized as the Class 5A all-state baseball team was announced Tuesday.

Phoenix's Zanni named Skyline's top pitcher

Phoenix senior Meranda Zanni was named Skyline Conference pitcher of the year to highlight a host of honors for the Pirates during the recent all-league meetings by the Skyline's softball and baseball coaches.

May 2013

Seus named SCL Player of Year

St. Mary's senior catcher Daniel Seus was named the Southern Cascade League baseball player of the year and Rogue River senior shortstop Kailin Honea was named the league's softball POY.

Brown, Westfall on state first team

North Medford junior infielder Micah Brown was named the Southern Oregon Hybrid player of the year and also landed a spot on the Class 6A all-state first-team list.

All too familiar pain for Challengers
All too familiar pain for Challengers

It's the little things in a baseball game that often determine whether you walk away with a grin or with a tear in your eye.

Sheldon stuns Comets with walk-off HR

EUGENE — Crater's Nolan Bastendorff delivered one of his finest pitching performances of the season, but against the power-loaded Sheldon Irish it wasn't quite enough for the Comets in a Class 6A baseball quarterfinal thriller Friday.

Skyhawks oust Black Tornado
Skyhawks oust Black Tornado

Nothing in life is guaranteed, and Southridge's baseball team went about proving that fact in off-and-on rain Wednesday afternoon at North Medford High.

Heiberg, Senators knock Grizzlies out of playoffs
Heiberg, Senators knock Grizzlies out of playoffs

ASHLAND — Maybe the OSAA rankings were skewed to favor southern Oregon after all.

Fox tosses gem, Crater advances

CENTRAL POINT — Crater coach Jay Campbell was faced with a dilemma concerning pitching ace Ty Fox prior to Wednesday's Class 6A second-round baseball contest against defending state champion Oregon City.

Power surge carries the Comets

CENTRAL POINT — Home runs have not been a staple of a very potent Crater offense this baseball season but that doesn't mean the Comets aren't capable of clearing the fence every now and then.

Tornado rolls past Scots in opener

Top-seeded North Medford tallied 18 hits en route to a 17-2 win over David Douglas in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs Monday at North Medford High.

Tornado on top
Tornado on top

The focus throughout the season for the North Medford High baseball and softball programs has been to improve with each passing day and try to finish as high up in the state's power rankings as possible.

Challengers enter state playoffs on hot streak

Cascade Christian will enter the Class 3A baseball state playoffs on an eight-game winning streak after taking both games of a nonleague doubleheader against Horizon Christian on Saturday at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Challengers off to a good start at regional meet

LAKEVIEW — Cascade Christian boys and girls had a successful afternoon during the first of two days at the eight-school Class 3A District 1 Regional track and field championships Friday.

Zanni fans 12 as Phoenix advances to state playoffs

TALENT — Phoenix pitcher Meranda Zanni was so dominant in a Class 4A softball play-in game against Brookings-Harbor on Thursday, her teammates were getting bored.

GP stuns North

GRANTS PASS — The top-ranked North Medford softball team suffered a rare disappointment on Wednesday, falling 2-1 to Southern Oregon Hybrid foe Grants Pass in nonleague action.

South stunner
South stunner

Overconfident and underwhelming, South Medford made the kind of history no baseball team wants to make Tuesday at Harry & David Field.

Mitchell, Winningham boost Crater to victory

CENTRAL POINT — The Crater Comets had tradition on their side going into Tuesday's Class 6A softball play-in game.

Back on top
Back on top

Preparation has always been a key for North Medford's baseball program under head coach Brett Wolfe, with the idea that the team that's most prepared to win usually does just that.

Comets settle for second after SOH split

CENTRAL POINT — The Crater baseball team was focused only on what it could control on Saturday — a doubleheader with Roseburg at Anhorn Field — and the Comets came away with a split, winning the first game, 4-3, and dropping the second,...

Small Wonder
Small Wonder

Taylor Raff has heard it all before.

Whatever it takes
Whatever it takes

At first glance, Cody Coggins is a young man of mystery.

Challengers clinch crown
Challengers clinch crown

Cascade Christian head baseball coach John Bruce wasn't thinking about conference titles on Tuesday.

Westfall's gem helps North take SOH lead

GRANTS PASS — North Medford sophomore Colton Westfall and Grants Pass senior Chris Ingledue waged quite a pitcher's duel on Tuesday, with Westfall getting the better of the deal as the Black Tornado secured a 1-0 victory at Grants Pass High.


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Crater pulls into tie for first in SOH

CENTRAL POINT — It didn't come easy, but Crater secured a sweep of Grants Pass at Anhorn Field on Saturday to move into a tie for first place in the Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball standings with one three-game series remaining.

Grizz rise to occasion
Grizz rise to occasion

Minus two of their top players, few would have faulted Ashland's baseball team for coming up short in a road game at North Medford High that pitted the No. 1 teams in the state's Class 6A and 5A power rankings.

Clutch hitting lifts Crater over GP

GRANTS PASS — There wasn't much quit in the Crater batting lineup Tuesday as the Comets defeated Grants Pass, 5-4, in Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball.

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Cascade ramps up wrestling program, gets Vidlak

Cascade Christian High has been able to take pride in numerous athletic achievements over the years, but wrestling hasn't exactly seen a surplus of...