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Timberjacks outlast Emeralds in 10 innings

EUGENE -- Southern Oregon outlasted Eugene 11-9 in 10 innings for a 4 hour and 2 minute marathon Northwest League victory Saturday night at Civic Stadium.

The Timberjacks (2-0) and Emeralds (0-2) played to a 6-all tie after nine innings, but both teams proved they had plenty in reserve as they combined for eight runs in the final frame.

Southern Oregon erupted for five runs in the top of the 10th inning, with Jeremy Schied slapping a key two-run single and Michael Lockwood following with an RBI triple to make it 11-6.

Eugene threatened to tie the contest by scoring three in its half of the 10th, only to have left-hander Jay Crawford nail down the contest with two outs and runners on first and second. Crawford got Derrick Cohens to pop up to third baseman Brian Henderson to end the game and send Southern Oregon to its second straight win of the season.

Schied paced the Timberjack attack with three RBIs on a 2-for-6 performance, while Henderson went 2-for-6 with two RBIs.

The game included seven hit-batsmen, with Southern Oregon's pitching staff plunking five Emerald batters and Eugene's pitchers returning the favor twice.

Southern Oregon concludes its opening series with Eugene today at 2:05 p.m. The Timberjacks will then return home Monday to play host to a series against the Boise Hawks at Miles Field.