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Cruz's no-no helps Royals roll into playoffs

Local Roundup

ASHLAND ' Ritchie Cruz made sure the North Jackson Royals won't miss the district playoffs.

Cruz pitched a five-inning no-hitter in Game — of a doubleheader sweep of Ashland in an American Legion A Area 4 baseball twin bill. The two wins secure a No. 2 seed from the Southern Division and sets up a playoff game on Saturday against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

The Royals (24-16, 14-6 Area 4), who started the season 4-10 but have now won 14 of 18, racked up 12 hits and took advantage of seven Ashland errors during the 15-0 rout in the opener, then added 16 more hits in the nightcap to secure a 16-10 victory.

Cruz struck out just one but walked only one in the five-inning contest that was called due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Ryan Augino went 2-for-2 with three runs, while Kevin Gray and Derrick Grieve each added a pair of hits, with Gray driving in three runs.

— In the nightcap, North Jackson scored five times in the third inning and six more in the sixth to secure the win.

Chris Boyd went 4-for-5 with three RBIs to lead the Royals at the plate, while Nick Staller added three hits and Augino and Steve Wyatt each had two.

Ashland's Bryan Clevenger had three hits ' including a fourth-inning solo home run.

FIRST GAME

North Jackson Royals...............513 06 ' 15 12 0

Ashland Pilots...............................000 00 ' 0 0 7

Cruz and O'Callahan, Grieve; Ross, Nelson (5) and Cook. W ' Cruz (7-2). L ' Ross. 2B ' NJ: Gray.

SECOND GAME

North Jackson Royals..........105 126 — ' 16 16 4

Ashland Pilots......................300 142 0 ' 10 11 4

O'Callahan, Cruz (5) and Cruz, O'Callahan (5); Reefer, Weston (4), Cook (7) and Ross. W ' O'Callahan (6-0). L ' Reefer. 2B ' NJ: Boyd, Gray, Wyatt; A: Jorgenson. 3B ' A: Jorgenson. HR ' A: Clevenger.

Little League Baseball

DISTRICT 6 TOURNAMENT ' Matt Maurer pitched a shutout to lead the Medford American Blue 11-12-year-old all-star team to a 2-0 victory over Ashland in the title game of the eight-team tournament at Medford American Fields.

Medford advances to the state tournament held in Hermiston starting Friday.

Maurer gave up three hits and struck out seven to help Medford finish 5-1 in the tournament.

Medford scored single runs in the third and fifth innings on RBI singles from Tyler Spears and Maurer.

Charlie Sebrill took the loss for Ashland, despite striking out 13.

Cody James had two hits for Medford.

Golf

JUNIOR TOURNAMENT ' Roseburg's Patrick Jovin shot a 6-under-par 64 to rally for a playoff victory in the boys 16-17-year-old division at a junior golf tournament at the Rogue Valley Country Club on Tuesday.

Jovin's effort on the back nine pushed him into a tie with Chris Polski of Emerald Valley Golf Course before Jovin came out with a victory in the playoff. He finished with a 136.

Par was shortened to 70 due to a drainage project on the course.

RVCC's Mike Barry finished third with a 138, while Nick Nieto, also of RVCC, took fourth with a 142.

Jesse Shutte of Ocean Dune won the boys 14-15-year-old division with a 138, while Glendover's Nick Chianello shot a 151 to win the intermediate boys.

Among 15-17-year-old girls, Pumpkin Ridge's Molly Edmunds had a winning score of 157, while Kellie Holmstedt of Coos Bay Country Club shot a 174 to win in intermediate girls.

Stewart Park's Josh Malone shot a 98 to win the pee wee boys event, while Lake Oswego's Amy Simanton finished with a 107 to win the pee wee girls.

Tuesday's Results

BOYS

16-17 YEARS OLD

1, Patrick Jovin, Roseburg, 72-64'136; 2, Chris Polski, Emerald Valley, 68-68'136; 3, Mike Barry, RVCC, 68-70'138; 4, Nick Nieto, RVCC, 70-72'142; 5, (tie) Dale Raybould, Sand Pines, 74-69'143, and Blaine Corkill, Shield Crest, 72-71'143; 7, (tie) Dustin Andries, Langdon Farms, 69-75'143, Adam Browne, RVCC, 72-72'144; 9, (tie) Tyler Juhola, Crosswater, 77-68'145, Matt Murray, Coos CC, 72-73'145; 11, Marc Goodell, Roseburg, 75-74'149; 12, (tie) Ryn Patterson, Widgi Creek, 76-74'150, David Mayer, RVCC, 76-74'150.

14-15

1, Jesse Shutte, Ocean Dunes, 72-66'138; 2, Adam Peterson, Willamette Valley, 75-74'149; 3, Justin Smithhisler, Roseburg, 75-75'150; 4, Aaron Koch, Salishan, 75-75'150; 5, Jonathan Curtwright, RVCC, 76-75'151; 6, Mark Palotai, Roseburg, 72-80'152; 7, Derek Lusk, Cedar Links, 78-80'158; 8, Tyler Morse, Emerald Valley, 78-81'159; 9, Chris Jarrett, Bend, 82-79'161.

INTERMEDIATE (12-13)

1, Nick Chianello, Glendover, 78-73'151; 2, Allan Kelley, Shadow Hills, 78-73'151; 3, Nic Polski, Emerald Valley, 77-74'151; 4, Scan Jovin, Roseburg, 76-76'152; 5, Derek Stamos, Bend CC, 160; 6, Christian Bernard, Oak Knoll, 80-81'161; 7, Brad Johnson, RVCC, 81-91'172; 8, Robbie Pitts, Shadow Hills, 89-84'173.

PEE WEE (8-11)

1, Josh Malone, Stewart Park, 51-47'98; 2, Clint Murphy, Oak Knoll, 46-56'102; 3, Jordan Wright, Oak Knoll, 57-53'110; 4, Brandon Bol, Bear Creek, 56-62'118; 5, Garrick Knowles, Bear Creek, 67-71'138.

GIRLS

15-17

1, Molly Edmunds, Pumpkin Ridge, 79-78'157; 2, Stephanie Johns, RVCC, 78-81'159; 3, Elaine Graham, Quail Point, 84-85'169; 4, Justine Hix, Grants Pass, 85-86'171; 5, (tie) Melissa Carl, Roseburg, 87-87'174, Stephanie Graham, Quail Point, 89-85'174, Elizabeth Jarrett, Bend, 87-87'174, and Kellie Holmstedt, Coos CC, 85-89'174.

INTERMEDIATE (12-14)

1, Kellie Holmstedt, Coos CC, 85-89'174; 2, Kylie Ray, Oak Hills, 101-104'205; 3, Abby Perkins, Bear Creek, 110-99'209.

PEE WEE (8-11)

1, Amy Simanton, Lake Oswego, 53-54'107; 2, Sunshine Powers, Bear Creek, 52-57'109.