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Horstman steps back to advance

GRANTS PASS — Some golfers would kill for a new set of Ping irons.

Noah Horstman left his at home and went back to his trusty Pro Tours when qualifying began at the State Junior Golf Championships .

Horstman shot a 1-over-par 73 in qualifying Monday, then pulled out a sudden death victory over Joey Rossknecht in the opening round of match play in the junior boys division (16-17) on Tuesday.

Horstman sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the 19th hole to win Tuesday's match.

I was duffing shots with the Pings. They're a little longer and I haven't gotten used to them yet, said Horstman. The old ones — it feels pure every time I hit the ball with them. I may stick with them for a while.

Horstman didn't play as well against Rossknecht as he did in qualifying and was in danger of going two holes down with two to play after his drive came up 30 yards short on the 16th hole. But he chipped to within 10 feet of the cup and sank a pressure-packed 10-foot par putt to remain one back.

Horstman then parred the difficult 217-yard, par-3 17th hole that evened the match.

Both golfers bogeyed the 18th, sending the match to an extra hole that Horstman won with his birdie putt.

And what happened to Horstman's new clubs?

My dad's using them, he said.

In another junior division boys match, Marcus Omdahl of Grants Pass rolled to a 7 and 6 victory over Medford's Adam Huycke.

Meanwhile, North Medford High senior-to-be Tai Kinney cruised to a 7 and 5 victory over Amy Mombert.

South Medford senior-to-be Abby Fowler wasn't as fortunate, dropping an 8 and 6 decision to Grants Pass? Johnna Nealy.

Kinney, the girls medalist after Monday's qualifying round of 77, missed five of 13 greens Tuesday but salvaged par on four of them and finished her round at even par.

— American Legion Baseball

SOUTH MEDFORD COLTS 7-8, SISKIYOU SPIRITS 6-6 -Jeremy Frantz belted the game-winning single in the seventh inning of the opening game as the South Medford Colts rallied from a 6-4 deficit to defeat the Siskiyou Spirits in non-league baseball.

The Colts also won the second game at South Medford High when Nick Erwin hit a two-run single that snapped a 6-6 tie in the seventh.

The two victories evened South Medford's record at 11-1 on the season.

— FIRST GAME

Siskiyou Spirits................................................................. 001 122 0 — 6 — 6

South Medford Colts ........................................................030 100 — — 7 6 3

Dooley and Jones; Parker and Stebbins. W — Parker (3-3). L — Dooley. 2B — SM: St. Onge, Stebbins.

— SECOND GAME

Siskiyou Spirits .................................................................005 001 0 — — 6 5 4

South Medford Colts ......................................................310 022 x — 8 10 5

Hickman , Grappi (4) and Jones. Rodreick and Smith. W — Rodreick (5-1). L — Hickman.

NORTH JACKSON ROYALS 10-23, KLAMATH FALLS HAWKS 5-6 ?

At Klamath Falls, the North Jackson Royals continued their dominance in the American Legion Area 4 A league Monday with a doubleheader victory at Kiger Stadium.

The Royals improved to 13-1 in league play and 20-6 overall.

In the second game, North Jackson totalled its top run and hit (21) output of the season.

The Royals went into the seventh inning of Game 2 with a 10-6 lead, but scored 13 runs in the frame to put the game out of reach.

Ryan Garrett hit a three-run homer and Nick Newmann powered a grand slam to highlight the final-inning outburst.

Mark Farrell and Sam Scarbrough each went 4-for-5 to lead the attack in the nightcap.

In the opener, Charlie Jackson collected four hits and Newmann three. Kyle Gray pitched a complete-game seven-hitter with six strikeouts.

— FIRST GAME

North Jackson Royals .................................................030 421 0 — 10 17 2

Klamath Falls Hawks .....................................................000 221 0 — 5 7 3

Gray and Garrett; Clark, Nelson (6) and James. W — Gray (2-2). L — Clark. 2B — NJ: McFall, Newmann, Jackson, Gray; KF: Broadhead, James. 3B — NJ: Newmann.

— SECOND GAME

North Jackson Royals .............................................220 105 (13) — 23 21 2

Klamath Falls Hawks ....................................................100 203 0 — 6 10 5

Holte and Garrett; Wagner, Grohs (6), Nelson (7) and Manhull. W — Holte (5-1). L — Wagner. 2B — — NJ: Kleker, Farrell, Scarbrough 2; KF: Blank. HR — NJ: Garrett (2), Newmann (1).

— Girls Basketball

CRATER 66, JUANITA 18 -At Seattle, the Crater Comets summer girls basketball squad opened pool play in the 50-team tournament in impressive fashion against the host school.

Crater had four players in double figures led by Sarah Pool's 14 points and seven rebounds. Bre Johnson registered a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds , while Janell Sapienza and Jody McLeod each added 11 points.

The Comets started the game with a 12-0 run and led 36-5 at halftime. Juanita had difficulty dealing with Crater's full-court pressure.

— Little League

MEDFORD NATIONAL GOLD 9, BROOKINGS 2 -At Roseburg, Medford became one of four teams left in the boys 9- and 10-year-old District 8 tournament when it avenged an opening-game loss to Brookings behind three shutout innings from pitcher Steven Pirrello.

Gold jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings. Jared Smith collected three hits with two RBIs and scored once for Medford. Additionally, Smith pitched the final two innings.

Medford plays Grants Pass Red in an elimination game today at 8 p.m.

MEDFORD AMERICAN 17, LAKEVIEW 7 -Erica Sanders tossed a three-hitter through five innings and had 10 strikeouts to lead Medford American to a victory over Lakeview and remain the only unbeaten team at the Little League district tournament for 11- and 12-year girls Tuesday at the Medford American Fields.

Medford exploded for 10 runs in the first inning, the final two powered home by Jessica Sandoval's two-run single. Sandoval finished with three RBIs. Angela Tersieff added a two-run single for the winners.

In Tuesday's loser's bracket game, Klamath Falls South Suburban eliminated Upper Rogue 19-0.

In the 13-14 age bracket, Klamath Basin eliminated Phoenix-Talent, 9-8.

In the 9-10 division, Medford American Red held on for a 30-28 victory over Phoenix-Talent.