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Indians take a pair from Grants Pass

Grants Pass slugged 17 hits in the doubleheader, but constantly was undone by Roseburg's defense.

We weren't exactly fooling them with our pitching, said Roseburg coach Ron Goodell. They were hitting the ball pretty well. The difference was our defense.

Buoyed by several standout defensive efforts from third baseman Kevin Linderman, Roseburg also turned a handful of double plays to thwart the Cavers' attack.

Ole Sheldon provided the big stick in the first game for Roseburg, smacking a two-run double in the fifth to give the Indians a 3-1 lead. Nick Bowers added an RBI double in the sixth to close out the scoring.

Mitch Black went 2-for-3 to pace Roseburg in Game 1, while Gabe Barbee was 2-for-3 for Grants Pass.

Matt Liston made sure the offense picked up in the six-inning nightcap, lacing a bases-clearing double in a five-run fourth inning that put Roseburg ahead 9-0. Liston went 3-for-4 in Game 2, including two doubles, with five RBIs.

Kellen Walker chipped in a 4-for-4 effort for the Indians in the nightcap, while Sheldon went 4-for-5 and Cory Baird added two hits.

Grants Pass dropped to 0-6 in SOC play.

FIRST GAME

Grants Pass......................001 000 0 -- — 5 2 Roseburg.........................100 021 x -- 4 7 0

Howe and Richard; McInerney and Smith. W -- McInerney (3-1). L -- Howe. 2B -- R: Black, Sheldon, Bowers. 3B -- GP: Barbee.

SECOND GAME

Grants Pass.......................000 011 -- 2 12 — Roseburg............................310 503 -- 12 17 0

York, Barbee (4), Draper (4) and Richard; Zumwalt, Myhre (6) and Smith. W -- Zumwalt (4-1). L -- York. 2B -- GP: York, Richard, Tomasini; R: Baird, Liston 2.

HIDDEN VALLEY 8, ROGUE RIVER 6-- At Rogue River, senior outfielder Seth Pietsch slugged a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Hidden Valley rallied for a Skyline Conference victory.

The Mustangs (8-5-1, 5-4 Skyline) were forced to go on the road because of unplayable field conditions on their home diamond, then battled back from a two-run deficit in their final at-bat.

Rogue River took a 6-4 lead on Bryan Woodall's two-run, bases-loaded single in the top of the eighth. Hidden Valley pulled within 6-5 when Ryan Steward scored on an error. Pietsch then knocked right-hander Colin Hanley's 0-2 fastball on the inside half of the plate over the left-field fence.

Rogue River .....................020 200 02 -- 6 6 4 Hidden Valley ..................002 200 04 -- 8 7 3

Welch, Hanley (7) and Bowers; Hyde, Steward (8) and Schmidt. W -- Steward (2-1). L -- Hanley. HR -- HV: Wilson (1), Pietsch (3).

Softball

NORTH MEDFORD 6, CRATER 2--At Central Point, North Medford scored three runs in the fourth inning and three in the fifth to dispose of Crater in a non-league game.

Tina Quintero and Brittany Hillyer both had two hits for North Medford. Quintero had a two-run double in the fourth inning and Tai Kinney had a two-run single in the fifth for the Black Tornado.

No. 6 North Medford improved its season record to 9-4.

North Medford ................000 330 0 -- 6 6 2 Crater .............................000 101 00 -- 2 — 5

Sevano, Coe (6) and Hillyer; Foster and Ridge. W -- Sevano. (1-0). L -- Foster.

2B -- NM: Quintero.

NORTH EUGENE 2, ROSEBURG 0-- At Eugene, second-ranked North Eugene pushed across two runs in the fifth inning to notch its 13th win in 15 tries.

Dani Jodoin and Kelly Manion spanked back-to-back run-scoring singles in the decisive inning.

Roseburg slipped to 11-7 overall.

Roseburg .............................000 000 0 -- 0 2 — North Eugene .......................000 020 x -- 2 5 0

Liston and Black, Schruth (6); J. Harris and Manion. W -- J. Harris. L -- Liston (7-2). 2B -- R: Hegle.

ROGUE RIVER 6, HIDDEN VALLEY 0-- At Rogue River, Allison Bailey had two triples and Jamie Artoff was 2-for-2 to lead Rogue River to its fifth Skyline Conference win against three losses.

The Chieftains are 9-3 overall.

Pitcher Katie Glassock picked up her sixth win against no losses with a seven-inning complete game for Rogue River. She allowed just four hits.

Hidden Valley ....................000 000 0 -- 0 4 2 Rogue River ......................300 111 X -- 6 8 0

Bain and Evan; Katie Glasscock and Allison Bailey. W -- Glasscock (6-0), L Bain. 3B -- Allison Bailey (2) in the first; Melissa Day (1).