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Highlanders knock out Tornado

EUGENE - The North Medford baseball season is over.

Coming off eight straight wins, including the Midwestern League championship, the North Eugene Highlanders defeated the Black Tornado 7-3 in the first round of the 4A State playoffs.

Zach Bird provided the power and Scott Nelson provided the pitching to lead the Highlanders to the victory.

Bird went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs, including a leadoff solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Nelson went the distance for North Eugene, and although he allowed four walks and eight hits, he only gave up three runs.

Nelson also went 2-for-3 and knocked in two runs.

The Tornado had scoring opportunities but was never able to get the big hit.

When North put men on base Nelson toughened up and the Black Tornado couldn't get a hit off him.

For the game the Tornado stranded eight runners, including two in each of the first three innings.

In the top of the seventh down 7-1 the Tornado tried to mount a comeback.

After Tyler Engle made it to second off a walk and a wild pitch, Phil Ouellette singled to put runners on first and third. Evan McArthur followed a Rob Folsom strikeout with a double to score Engle and move Ouellette to third.

North was only able to score one more run and Shawn Backstrom grounded out to effectively end North Medford's season.

Folsom and McArthur each went 2-for-4 for the Black Tornado, which finished the season at 15-12.

North Medford...................................001 000 2 - — 8 0North Eugene....................................102 220 x - 7 13 1

Kircher, McArthur (5) and Folsom; Nelson and R. Smith. W - Nelson, L - Kircher (7-4). 2B - NM: McArthur; NE: P. Smith, Brushett double, Bird. HR - NE: Bird.

BEND 11, ROSEBURG 1,

6 innings - At Bend, Aaron O'Dell improved his pitching record to 12-0 and Mike Rundle went 4-for-4 as top-ranked Bend blasted Roseburg in a six-inning first-round, state tournament game.

Bend plays David Douglas in a second-round game on Friday.

Southern Oregon Conference player-of-the-year Ole Sheldon went 2-for-3 for the Indians, while Dusty Eide had three hits for the Lava Bears (24-2).

Roseburg................................................000 010 - — 6 1Bend......................................................101 405 - 11 16 1

Zumwalt, Stembridge (4) and Baird; O'Dell and Eide. W - O'Dell. L - Zumwalt. 2B - R: Cooper; B: Eide 2, Wagner. 3B - B: Dusan. HR - B: McMillan.

Class 3A

YAMHILL-CARLTON 10, PHOENIX

At Yamhill, Jake Mahon smacked a pair of two-run homers for Phoenix, but the Pirates squandered a 9-2 lead against the Valco No. 2 seed.

Yamhill-Carlton (17-6) won the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out, Brett Miller doubled and one out later Brandon Malloy provided the game-winning single.

Mahon hit his home runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Bobby Dawson followed Mahon's round tripper in the fourth with a solo blast.

Travis Dunlap added a three-run homer in the fifth for Phoenix.

Greg Shutts went 4-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Tigers' 14-hit attack.

Phoenix..............................................010 350 0 - 9 7 3Yamhill-Carlton...............................010 152 — - 10 14 4

L. Rhodes, Dunlap (6) and Mahon; Shutts, Miller (4), Sitton (5) and Gunther. W - Sitton. L - Dunlap. 2B - P: L. Rhodes; YC: Miller, Shutts, 3B - YC: Sticka. HR - P: Mahon 2, Dunlap, Dawson.

HENLEY 16, DOUGLAS 4- At Klamath Falls, Henley committed all five of its errors and spotted visiting Douglas a four-run lead in the first two innings, but stormed back to win the playoff game in five innings at Kiger Stadium.

The Hornets (19-7), the Skyline Conference co-champion but No. 2 seed, will play at Philomath in the second-round Friday.

D.J. Kooken's one-out, two-run homer in the first staked the Trojans to an early lead. Then Douglas took advantage of Henley's sloppy fielding to add two more runs in the second.

Henley pitcher Brad Bailey only allowed one earned run and struck out four to run his record to 12-3 on the season. Bailey also drove in four runs.

Henley received big offensive production from Brian Kinsman, who had three hits, four RBIs and scored three times.

Kirk Cunningham got the Hornets started with his first of two doubles that scored the team's first run during a five-run second inning. Brian Stock added two hits and three RBIs for Henley.

Douglas..................................................220 00 - 4 — 4Henley....................................................058 3x - 16 11 5

Dwight, Martin (3), Hamilton (4) and Shoop; Bailey and Pryor. W - Bailey (12-3). L - Dwight. 2B - H: Kinsman, Cunningham 2. 3B - H: Stock. HR - D: Kooken.