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North Medford thumps Grants Pass

SOC baseball

North Medford trailed Grants Pass by margins of 5-1 and 7-4 early in the second game of a Southern Oregon Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday at Miles Field.

But the explosive Black Tornado knew it had the ability to rally.

And that's exactly what happened as North came back for a 20-10 six-inning victory to complete the twinbill victory.

In the opener, fifth-ranked North Medford (18-2, 9-1 SOC) blasted the Cavemen 11-1 in six innings.

We don't panic, North Medford coach Brett Wolfe said. When we're down like that we just let the game come to us and play hard. Our kids believe they can win.

North senior pitcher Jarred Pagnini, a converted infielder, did his job in the first game. Pagnini struck out eight and walked one to pick up his sixth victory without a loss.

After going 30 innings without a walk this season, Pagnini issued his first when he put on Jason Anderson in the first inning. For the season, Pagnini has struck out 53 batters in 38 innings.

We've had a lot to work on, but Jarred is a quick learner, said Wolfe, about Pagnini's move to pitcher this season. He comes right at you and gets ahead of hitters. He forces a hitter to hit his pitch than throw from behind.

Pagnini added an impressive two-inning relief stint in game 2. He came into the game with runners on second and third with no outs and two runs in, but didn't allow the Cavemen to score again.

The Black Tornado collected 26 hits in both games. And no one provided more offensive clout than Kenny Halpin.

The junior outfielder went 5-for-8 with eight RBIs on the day. Halpin's leadoff home run in the sixth inning of game — opened the door for a sixrun rally that ended the game.

For Grants Pass, Matt Major produced a 6-for-6 effort in the double-header, including a home run and two doubles in the second game.

To accompany its potent offense, North stole 14 bases on the day without getting thrown out.

We like to put the pressure on, said Wolfe. We're real fortunate we have good athletes and good speed. We like to take advantage of that.

FIRST GAME

Grants Pass .............100 000 -- — 5 2 North Medford .....101 306 -- 11 12 0

Sammis, Conger (6) and Gregory; Pagnini and Brownell. W -- Pagnini (6-0). L -- Sammis. 2B -- NM: Pagnini. 3B -- NM: DeClerck, Brownell. HR -- NM: Halpin (2).

SECOND GAME

Grants Pass .........232 120 -- 10 19 7 North Medford .....133 904 -- 20 14 1

Anderson, Restvedt (4) and Gregory; Mayben, Crandall (3), Pagnini (5) and Brownell. W -- Crandall (3-1). L -- Anderson. 2B -- GP: Major 2, Barbee, Malcolm; NM: Halpin. 3B -- NM: Mayben. HR -- GP: Major, Restvedt; NM: Mayben.

SOUTH MEDFORD 13-9, KLAMATH UNION 2-3 -- At Klamath Falls, Graham Foster and Chris Empio tossed complete-game victories as South Medford evened its SOC record at 5-5.

Foster (2-5) struck out a season-high 13 batters and scattered three hits in the opener. Both Pelican runs were unearned after a two-out error in the fifth.

Graham also provided some offensive punch for the Panthers. The senior lefthander produced a two-run double in the second, a solo home run in the fourth and an RBI single in the fifth.

In game 2, Empio improved to 4-0 on the season with a 10 strikeout, two-walk effort.

South's leading hitter Jimmy Maddox improved his SOC batting average to .538 going 5-for-8 in the doubleheader.

FIRST GAME

South Medford...... 031 311 4 -- 13 14 — Klamath Union .........000 020 0 -- 2 — 1

Foster and Shine; Woodrum, Christmon (5) and Mortenson. W -- Foster (2-5). L -- Woodrum. 2B -- SM: Shine, Foster, Maddox. 3B -- KU: Mortenson; SM: Thrapp. HR -- SM: Foster.

SECOND GAME

South Medford .......032 400 0 -- 9 10 — Klamath Union ........001 011 0 -- — 3 5

Empio and Shine; Kallstrom, Woodrum (5) and Mortenson. W -- Empio (4-0). L -- Kallstrom. 2B -- SM: Haag, Tompkins 2, Maddox 2. 3B -- SM: Shine. HR -- KU: Kesling.

CRATER 6-6, EAGLE POINT 1-0 -- At Eagle Point, Casey Campbell fired a four-hitter in the opening game and Brent Foster tossed a two-hit shutout in the nightcap as Crater catapulted to the SOC sweep.

Foster, who was knocked out in the first inning a week earlier against South Medford when the No. 3-ranked Comets suffered their only loss, came back with a vengeance against Eagle Point. The junior right-hander struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

Foster also went 2-for-4 at the plate in the second game as Crater improved to 9-1 in the SOC and 19-1 overall.

In the opening game, Campbell's RBI single gave Crater a 1-0 lead in the second inning and the Comets made it 3-0 in the third thanks in part to Jose Hinosa's double and Jason Korthalls' RBI double.

Korthalls and P.J. Pardee each had two hits in the first game.

Eagle Point's Mike Newmann, who has been hampered by a sore arm most of the spring and had been limited to late-inning relief status, went the distance in the second game, allowing seven hits.

FIRST GAME

Crater ................120 012 0 -- 6 8 — Eagle Point .......001 000 0 -- — 4 2

Campbell and Hinosa; N. Newmann and Cardoza. W -- Campbell. L -- N. Newmann. 2B -- C: Hinosa, Korthals.

SECOND GAME

Crater ..............031 002 0 -- 6 7 0 Eagle Point ......000 000 0 -- 0 2 5

Foster and Hinosa; M. Newmann and Cardoza. W -- Foster. L -- M. Newmann. 2B -- C: Campbell.

ROSEBURG 16-16, ASHLAND 7-4 -- At Ashland, Roseburg erupted for 32 runs on 28 hits in sweeping the Grizzlies in the Southern Oregon Conference doubleheader.

FIRST GAME

Roseburg ......026 215 0 -- 16 15 2 Ashland ............001 330 0 -- 7 8 6

Morrison and Charles. Allen (4), Newfield (4) and McGuire. W -- Morrision. L -- Allen (1-5).

3B -- R: Liston, Hinderman, Morrison, Wolford. 2B -- R: Kuitert, Charles, Liston, Linderman. A: Walsh, Goodwin, Tyson George 3.

SECOND GAME

Roseburg ....801 010 6 -- 16 13 — Ashland ..........003 000 — -- 4 7 5

Brewer, Black (3) and Smith. Ehlers, Swallow (4), Turner (6) and George. W -- Brewer. L -- Ellers. HR -- A: Walsh. 2B -- R: Kuitert, Charles, Liston, Zumwalt, Linderman.