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Bend Elks sweep away RiverDogs

BEND - Caleb Robbins went on a one-man RBI spree Friday, but he, along with his Southern Oregon RiverDogs baseball teammates, found the Bend Elks too much to handle.

Robbins went 4-for-4 and hit for the cycle to go along with all five RBI for Southern Oregon (7-3) but the RiverDogs put up too little too late in a 6-5, opening-game loss.

Bend (19-6) continued their hit parade in the nightcap with a 12-3 shellacking of Southern Oregon.

Robbins' two-run double in the seventh inning of Game — brought Southern Oregon's deficit to just 3-2.

Bend's Kyle Carothers belted a pinch-hit triple to clear hit the bases full of Elks, putting the RiverDogs in a 6-2 hole the following inning.

Robbins capped his perfect evening with a three-run home run, but Southern Oregon could get no closer.

Colby Gonzalez added two hits in the loss.

In Game 2, Robbins and Mike Newmann each had two hits but Bend scored three times in the second and third innings then put the game away with a six-run fifth.

Seth Pietsch hit two home runs for the Elks, a third-inning solo shot and a three-run backbreaking bomb in the fifth.

The two teams square off again today in a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.

FIRST GAME

Southern Oregon.............................000 000 203 - 5 9 5Bend...................................................110 100 03x - 6 7 1

Connors, Pergin (7) and Taylor; Whitaker, Grimmer (8) and Ritchie, Munhall (6). W - Whitaker. L - Connors (0-2). 2B - SO: Jensen, Robbins. 3B - SO: Robbins; B: Carothers. HR - SO: Robbins (1); B: Howard.

SECOND GAME

Southern Oregon...............................012 000 0 - — 11 4Bend...................................................033 060 x - 12 13 1

Holmes, Alvarez (3) and Robbins; Quiring, Garland (7) and S. Richards. W - Quiring. L - Holmes (0-1). 2B - SO: Newmann, Robbins, Westfall; B: J. Pratt, S. Richards, D. Richards. HR - B: Pietsch 2.

MEDFORD MUSTANGS 13-3, EUGENE PEPSI 7-1- At Eugene, Tony Conklin struck out nine and pitched out of two late jams in the first game of a doubleheaders sweep for Medford.

Conklin (3-2) found his way out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth inning then struck out Eugene's No. 2 and — hitters with runners on second and third in the seventh inning.

Phil Ouellette provided an RBI double in the fifth to break up a scoreless tie and give the Mustangs (11-6-1, 4-2 league) the lead for good.

Matt Skundrick had two hits to lead Medford.

In the opener, Travis Dunlap had a double and a home run to lead the 11-hit Medford attack.

Skundrick added two doubles and Chris Empio ran his pitching mark to 3-1.

FIRST GAME

Medford..............................................400 225 0 - 13 11 2Eugene ................................................110 104 0 - 7 10 1

Empio and Folsom; Prezol, Cooley (5) and Wolf, Smith (7). W - Empio (3-1). L - Prezol. 2B - M: Skundrick 2, Dunlap, Engle, Conklin. E: Moran, Norris. 3B - M: Folsom. E: Nelson. HR - M: Dunlap (1).

SECOND GAME

Medford..................................................000 010 2 - — 7 2Eugene...................................................000 000 — - — 2 1

Conklin and Folsom; Newell, Moscolo (7) and Smith. W - Conklin (3-2). L - Newell. 2B - M: Ouellette, Conklin.

Girls Basketball

CRATER 45, BEAVERTON 42- At Oregon City, Amy Denson scored 26 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Crater High girls basketball team to a win in a sixth-place quarterfinal game at the End of the Trail tournament.

The Comets built a 10-point cushion in the second half but Beaverton rallied to take a brief lead in the closing minutes of the game.

Erin Kinney followed a steal with a jumper to regain the lead for Crater and Sarah Pool iced the win with 18 seconds left with two free throws.

The Comets take on Reno, last year's Nevada state champions, in the sixth-place semifinal contest today at — p.m.

The winner advances to Sunday's 9 a.m. sixth-place final.