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South downs Sheldon in non-conference tilt

In a case of quality over quantity, South Medford was outhit by Sheldon but still came away with a 3-1 non-conference baseball victory Thursday at Miles Field.

"We played an excellent game," said first-year South coach Steve Antich. "We hit the baseball hard all day, just right at people. But it was really an absolutely flawless game for us defensively."

Of South's six hits, four were doubles. The Panthers (2-0) used back-to-back doubles by Corey O'Neill and Rodreick to score the game's first run in the third. After a Ryan Norris single moved Rodreick to third, Matt Smith gave South a 2-0 lead on a fielder's choice.

Fresh off their run at the Class 4A state basketball tournament, Ryan Heil and Jeremy Frantz got into the swing of things with back-to-back doubles in the fourth to pad the Panthers' lead.

Sheldon scored its only run with two outs in the seventh.

Sheldon...............................................000 000 — - — 9 2South Medford...................................002 100 x - — 6 0

Dye, Anderson (5) and Powell; Rodreick and M. Smith. W - Rodreick (1-0). L - Dye. 2B - S: Bisgaard; SM: O'Neill, Rodreick, Heil, Frantz.

EAGLE POINT 11, HIDDEN VALLEY 4- At Eagle Point, Eagle Point (1-0) broke open the non-conference game in the sixth inning.

In that frame, Dan Chavez made his way around the bases on a single and three HV miscues, then Brian Sands slapped an RBI triple and Carl Christian and Brandon Willer each had RBI doubles.

Sands went 3-for-3 with three runs, while Chris Boyd added two hits and four runs.

Willer struck out four of the nine batters he faced in two relief innings.

Hidden Valley......................................301 000 0 — 4 7 6 Eagle Point.......................................201 404 x — 11 11 1

Conner, Lane (4), Nelson (6) and Schmidt; Christian, Willer (6) and O'Callahan. W — Christian (1-0). L — Conner. 2B — HV: Schmidt; EP: Christian, Willer. 3B — — EP: Sands.

CRATER 8, YREKA 6- At Yreka, Calif., junior shortstop Colin Schoonover went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs in a season-opening victory for Crater.

The Comets capitalized on two hits, two walks and an error to score four runs in the second inning to go up 5-0. Jared Maddocks delivered the big hit with a two-out, two-run single.

The Comet pitching trio of Derek Petersen, Chris Pettegrew and Kevin Mulder only allowed two hits and struck out six.

Crater...................................................142 000 — — 8 7 4 Yreka...................................................0 31 000 2 — 6 2 4

Petersen, Pettegrew (3), Mulder (7), Pettegrew (7) and Maddocks; Zimmbelman, Mott (3), Stevens (5) and Miller. W — Petersen (1-0). L — Zimmbelman.

ROGUE RIVER 9, COQUILLE 0- At Rogue River, Rogue River scored three runs in the bottom of the first and junior Danny Hunter and senior Aaron Henley combined to no-hit Coquille.

Hunter struck out 10 in five innings for Rogue River (1-0), and Henley followed with four strikeouts in two innings.

Joey Carbone, who had a two-run double, Nick Bashans and Matt Frederick each had two hits for the Chieftains.

Coquille ........................................... 000 000 0 — 0 0 — Rogue River .................................... 301 212 x — 9 8 1

DeSota, Fraley (6), DeSota (7) and Carney; Hunter, Henley (6) and Bashans. W — Hunter (1-0) L — DeSota. 2B — RR: Bashans, Frederick, Carbone.

Softball

SOUTH MEDFORD 4, ASHLAND 0- At Ashland, South Medford, with four hits and four Ashland errors, scored all its runs in the fifth inning of its non-conference, season-opener.

South's Darci Byrne shut down Ashland (1-1) with a three-hitter, striking out eight against just one walk. Kaylee Rickert, Katie Kauffman and Erin Mendenhall had two hits for the Panthers.

Aimee Jeska made her first varsity start for the Grizzlies and permitted one earned run before Natalie Brahm relieved in the fifth for her varsity debut.

South Medford ................................. 000 040 0 — — 4 9 0 Ashland ........................................... 000 000 0 — 0 — 4

Byrne and Conley; Jeska, Brahm (5) and Heine. W — Byrne. L — — Jeska (0-1).

EAGLE POINT 4, HIDDEN VALLEY 2- At Murphy, Jamie Williams didn't allow a hit or walk while striking out six in three innings to lead Eagle Point in the season-opener.

The Eagles capitalized on four walks and singles by Shannon Richardson and K.C. Grieve to push across four runs in the first inning.

Steffani Presley went 2-for-2 at the plate with two walks and an RBI for the Eagles.

Hidden Valley......................................... 001 010 — 2 — 4 Eagle Point........................................... 420 04x — 10 8 4

Slauter and Turley; Williams, Jeeninga (4), R. Mapes (5) and A. Mapes, Meyer (5). WP — Williams (1-0); LP — Slauter.