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Timmerman, Folsom homers power Tornado

KLAMATH FALLS ' The second-ranked North Medford baseball team used the long ball to eclipse Mazama on Monday.

Brett Timmerman and Rob Folsom each hit home runs as the Black Tornado won its season-opener, 12-2 in five innings, over the Vikings. The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

North pieced together three hits to start a fourth-inning rally and Timmerman finished it off with a two-out grand slam.

Folsom, who finished 2-for-4, belted his homer, a two-run shot, in the third inning.

Timmerman also worked five innings, striking out eight and giving up just five hits.

JC Rowley added three hits in as many plate appearances.

North Medford..........................012 90 ' 12 10 1

Mazama.....................................002 00 ' 2 5 1

Timmerman and Folsom; Nelson, Clark (4) and Manful. W ' Timmerman. L ' Nelson. 2B ' NM: Folsom, Timmerman; M: McGraw. HR ' NM: Folsom, Timmerman.

EAGLE POINT 3-10, SILVERTON 0-0 ' At Eagle Point, Ron Depuy fired a two-hit shutout in the first game and Casey Hedrick fashioned a three-hit shutout in the nightcap as Eagle Point swept Silverton to run its season record to 3-0.

Depuy, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior left-hander, struck out seven and walked one while throwing just 90 pitches.

Tyson Nelson's RBI single in the first inning pushed across Eagle Point's first run in Game 1. Depuy smacked an RBI double in the second, and Richie Cruz laced an RBI single in the fourth for EP's other runs.

In Game 2, which ended after six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule, Mark Farrell belted a two-run double in the first inning and a two-run double in the sixth. He finished the day 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

FIRST GAME

Silverton...................................000 000 0 ' 0 2 4

Eagle Point...............................110 100 x ' — 5 3

Shivers and Kaser; Depuy and O'Callahan. W ' Dupuy (1-0). L ' Shivers. 2B ' EP: Depuy.

SECOND GAME

Silverton..................................... 000 000 ' 0 — 3

Eagle Point..............................320 023 ' 10 11 2

Roth, Staamyer (2) and Kaser; Hedrick and O'Callahan. W ' Hedrick (1-0); L ' Roth. 2B ' EP: Nelson, Farrell 2.

PHOENIX INVITATIONAL ' Phoenix scored five times in the first inning to pull out an 8-4 victory over North Marion in the opening game of the eight-team tournament at Hagler-James Field.

The Pirates (1-1), who play in the third-place game today at noon against Central, dropped their second game, 8-7, to Newport.

Brent Ferguson, Mark Emerson and Jason Lockett each had two hits in the opening-game win, while Jonathan West tossed a two-hitter in his varsity debut on the mound.

Against Newport, the Pirates led until the Cubs exploded for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the victory.

Newport's Sam Johnson poked the game-winning, two-out, two-run double into right field to help the Cubs advance to today's — p.m. championship tilt with Elmira at Hagler-James Field.

Brady Rhodes hit a two-run home run for Phoenix in the second inning but had to leave the game in the third due to a strained back.

Rogue River, which hosted half of the tournament games, dropped a 9-0 decision to Central in its lone contest.

Jordan Pratt, a senior who has signed on to play for Washington State University, belted two home runs and tossed five innings of two-hit ball. He also stole three bases and reached base six times in seven trips to the plate on the day.

The Chieftains play Seaside today at 9 a.m., with the winner playing for fourth place.

Other tournament scores from Rogue River were Elmira 3, Seaside 1; and Elmira 5, Central 1. At Hagler-James, Newport beat South Eugene, 8-0.

North Marion............................004 000 0 ' 4 2 2

Phoenix.....................................500 210 x ' 8 7 3

VanTassel, Jones (2) and Lambert; West and Emerson. W ' West. L ' VanTassel. 2B ' P: Hudnall.

Phoenix...................................340 000 0 ' 7 10 2

Newport...................................100 101 5 ' 8 7 2

Rhodes, Cook (3), Ferguson (6) and King; McKnight, Ritucco (3) and Munoz. W ' Ritucco. L ' Ferguson. HR ' P: Rhodes.

Central......................................420 201 0 ' 9 6 2

Rogue River..............................000 000 0 ' 0 6 2

Pratt, Joe Pratt (6) and Herbert; Frey, Richardson (4) and Bashans. W ' Jordan Pratt. L ' Frey. HR ' C: Pratt 2.

BUTTE FALLS 14, PHOENIX FRESHMEN 6 ' At Butte Falls, Shannon Sizemore, Ken Biando and Chris Copeland spear-headed an eight-run fifth inning as Butte Falls (1-1) cruised.

Sizemore finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs, while Copeland also banged out three hits while driving in three runs. Biando finished with three hits and two RBIs.

Isaac Stephenson struck out 10 batters in four innings of relief for Butte Falls.

Phoenix Freshman..................132 000 ' 6 — 0

Butte Falls...............................000 185 ' 14 13 4

Ritchie, Haggart (4), Ritchie (4), Siy (6) and Glanz; Copeland, Stephenson (2) and Sizemore. W ' Stephenson (1-1). L ' Ritchie. 3B ' BF: Copeland.

Softball

SHELDON 7, ASHLAND 5 ' At Central Point, Keri Bellotti's two-run double capped a five-run fourth inning as Sheldon roared back to beat Ashland.

The Grizzlies (2-1) used Megan Beugli's two-run double and Cate Gibbs' two-run single to push across four runs in the bottom of the first inning, and added another run in the second to take a 5-1 lead. But it wasn't enough.

Bellotti, the daughter of University of Oregon football coach Mike Bellotti, had a pair of doubles on the day.

Sheldon....................................101 500 0 ' 7 8 5

Ashland....................................410 000 0 ' 5 4 5

Armstead and Johnson; Brahan, Jeska (4) and Gibbs; W ' Armstead. L ' Jeska (0-1). 2B ' S: Bellotti, Burke; A: Elliott, Beugli.

CRATER 9, SHELDON — ' At Central Point, Janelle Cristofaro gave up one hit and struck out nine during a complete-game victory for Crater.

Kelsey Anhorn led the Comets (2-0) with two hits and two RBIs, while Jenni Bittle also contributed a pair of hits.

Crater strung together four hits and benefited from a Sheldon walk and error during a game-breaking, four-run fourth inning.

Sheldon....................................000 001 0 ' — 1 4

Crater.......................................310 401 x ' 9 8 6

Wirtala, Armstead (4) and Johnson; Cristofaro and Womelsdorf. W ' Cristofaro (1-0). L ' Wirtala.

EAGLE POINT 10-4, SILVERTON 0-2 ' At Eagle Point, Shannon Richardson smacked a two-run double for the eventual game-winning run in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep for Eagle Point.

Richardson finished with two hits, both doubles, in Game 2, as the Eagles improved to 2-0-1 on the season.

Jamie Williams picked up two hits and two RBIs along with a complete-game win on the mound during the six-inning opener. The game was called due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Christina Bateman added two hits for the Eagles in Game 1.

FIRST GAME

Silverton.....................................000 000 ' 0 — 5

Eagle Point................................050 023 ' 10 7 2

Thomas and Koenig; Williams and Scott. W ' Williams (1-0). L ' Scott. 2B ' EP: Williams.

SECOND GAME

Silverton...................................010 010 0 ' 2 — 1

Eagle Point...............................000 202 x ' 4 6 2

Simon and Church; Heider and Scott. W ' Heider. L ' Simon. 2B ' S: Thomas; EP: Richardson 2.