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Chancler helps South secure a split

SOC Roundup

KLAMATH FALLS ' South Medford's Dan Chancler hit a pair of home runs in the opening game and went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in the nightcap, but the Panthers had to settle for a split of their Southern Oregon Conference baseball doubleheader against Klamath Union on Tuesday.

The Pelicans rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the opener, 4-3, before South Medford romped to a 14-2 victory in the nightcap.

The split clinched a state-playoff berth for the Pelicans (15-7, 8-4 SOC). South Medford (9-12, 5-7 SOC) can secure the fourth and final playoff berth with a sweep of Crater in its regular season-ending doubleheader Saturday at Anhorn Field in Central Point.

Chancler, a sophomore outfielder, hit both of his homers in Game 1. His solo shot against Klamath Union right-hander Jon James to lead off the fourth inning was the Panthers' first hit, while his second clout came in the top of the seventh, giving the Panthers a 3-2 lead.

But they couldn't hold it.

— In the bottom of the inning, Brandt Renstrom singled and Bryan Rogers got aboard on an error after laying down a bunt. Sean Anderson then reached base on a fielder's choice, and Renstrom scored to tie the game at 3-3.

After walks to Brian Quigley and James loaded the bases, Cory Spires poked the game-winning hit to right.

James, a senior right-hander, struck out six and walked one in improving his record to 6-1.

In Game 2, South Medford scored two runs in the first inning, piled on five more in the second and added four in the third to take an 11-0 lead.

Jeremy Frantz's two-run double highlighted South's five-run second inning. Frantz finished Game 2 with two hits and four RBIs.

Andy Narus, Tim Holtz and winning pitcher Tyler Heil also had two hits in the nightcap for the Panthers.

FIRST GAME

South Medford.........................000 101 — ' — 9 3

Klamath Union.........................100 010 2 ' 4 8 2

Holtz and Meyer; James and Rogers. W ' James (6-1). L ' Holtz. HR ' Chancler 2 (5).

SECOND GAME

South Medford....................... 254 003 ' 14 15 1

Klamath Union........................... 000 020 ' 2 — 2

Heil and Koziol; Tidwell, Bennett (2) and Rogers. W ' Heil. L ' Tidwell (4-2). 2B ' SM: Holtz, Frantz.

NORTH MEDFORD 11, CRATER — ' At Central Point, North Medford belted three home runs during a non-conference win and clinched the Southern Oregon Conference title.

South Medford split a conference doubleheader with second-place Klamath Union, making North (20-2) the SOC champions.

Tyler Engle, Reese Lamson and Jimmy Ulrey each smacked homers as the Black Tornado eclipsed the school's single-season home run mark with 22. The previous high was 19 set in 1999.

Rob Folsom and Dustin Butler each went 3-for-4 with two and three RBIs, respectively, while Gary Gomes and Dan Whitehead each had two hits to lead Crater.

North Medford.....................201 224 0 ' 11 15 2

Crater.....................................020 100 0 ' — 10 2

Timmerman, Ulrey (3), Hovland (5) and Folsom; Miller, Seegmiller (5), Schoonover (7) and Peila. W ' Timmerman (7-0). L ' Miller. S ' Hovland (1). 2B ' NM: Rowley, Ulrey; C: Schoonover, Teaters. HR ' NM: Engle (4), Lamson (1), Ulrey (3).

ASHLAND 1, EAGLE POINT 0 ' At Eagle Point, Ashland (12-10) crept past Eagle Point (11-11) in non-conference action.

The Grizzlies had 11 hits, with Arron Nelson and Elliot Stone both going 2-for-3.

Ashland..................................000 100 0 ' — 11 0

Eagle Point...............................000 000 0 ' 0 — 1

Stone, Page (7) and Ross, Jorgensen (4); Cruz, Hedrick (7) and O'Callahan. W ' Stone. L ' Cruz (4-3). 2B ' A: Ross.

GRANTS PASS 6, ROSEBURG 5 ' At Roseburg, Patrick Allen scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Grants Pass slipped past Roseburg in a non-conference game.

Allen led off with a single and came home after a strikeout got past the Indians' catcher.

Kerry Hall and Marcus Simone each had two hits to lead Roseburg.

Grants Pass............................011 030 01 ' 6 5 4

Roseburg................................000 202 10 ' 5 8 4

Mecum, Davidson (7) and Doman, Mecum (7); Keitzman, Clagett (5), Robinson (8) and Mitchell, Hanussak (6). W ' Davidson. L ' Clagett. 2B ' GP: Fode; R: Hall.

Softball

GRANTS PASS 2, SOUTH MEDFORD — ' At Grants Pass, Jessica Morton fired a one-hitter and Justine Cerda singled home the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Grants Pass edged fifth-ranked South Medford in non-conference softball.

The Cavers tagged South Medford sophomore Jennifer Mendenhall with her first loss of the season while stamping out the Panthers' seven-game win streak.

South Medford is now 17-5 overall, while Grants Pass improved to 15-8.

With the score tied 1-1 after the regulation seven innings, South Medford went down quietly in the top of the eighth.

In the bottom of the inning, GP's Jenny Austin singled and advanced to second on an error on South Medford center fielder Bethany Stousland. Karyne Sander sacrificed Austin to third, setting the stage for Cerda's game-winning hit.

The lone hit that Morton allowed was an RBI triple to Jackie Chaplin in the third inning that tied the game at 1-1.

GP's first run came in the second inning when Amber Gallego singled home Ashley Bellum, who had tripled off starting pitcher Darci Byrne.

Bellum and Austin each had two hits to pace the Cavers' eight-hit attack.

South Medford...................... 001 000 00 ' — 1 2

Grants Pass...........................010 000 01 ' 2 8 2

Byrne, Mendenhall (5) and Jordahl; Morton and Sander. W ' Morton (12-5). L ' Mendenhall (8-1). 3B ' SM: Chaplin; GP ' Bellum.

NORTH MEDFORD 7, ROSEBURG — ' At Roseburg, North Medford bashed 12 hits, including two each by Mallorie Hoover, Megan Lamson and Beth Morrill, in the non-conference win.

Third-ranked North Medford (21-2 overall) also got two RBIs from Lamson.

North Medford.......................031 201 0 ' 7 12 2

Roseburg..................................000 020 — ' — 8 3

Hoover, Strahm (5) and Haskett; Charles, Smith (2) and Schruth. W ' Hoover. L ' Charles. 2B ' NM: Hoover; R: David

CRATER 2, ASHLAND — ' At Central Point, Tyler Sutherland drove in the game-winning run with a single in the seventh inning as Crater (17-5, 9-3 SOC) defeated Ashland in a non-conference game.

Sutherland was 2-for-4, while teammate Angie Wright was 2-for-2.

Ashland....................................100 000 0 ' — 3 2

Crater.......................................100 000 — ' 2 5 1

Jeska, Beugli (6) and Carlson; Bittle, Cristofaro (5) and Thomas. W ' Bittle. L ' Jeska. 2B ' C: Huntley.