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South Medford Colts fall in opening game of Legion A tourney

PORTLAND ' Tim Holtz did everything he could for the South Medford Colts in the opening game of the American Legion A baseball state tournament Friday.

Yet, it was to no avail.

Despite getting a three-hitter from Holtz, South Medford fell 1-0 to Bend at Sckavone Field in the double-elimination event.

The Colts, the No. 2 team from Area 4, play again today at 9:30 a.m. against Area 4 top-seed Roseburg, a 6-2 loser to Grant.

— He pitched a great game, South Medford coach Steve Antich said of Holtz (6-4). It's too bad we couldn't have won it for him.

Holtz, a crafty pitcher who relies on hitting spots and changing speeds, was at his best throughout. He struck out three, didn't walk a batter and retired the side in the final four innings.

He gave up two hits in the second inning but avoided being scored upon.

In the third, his fortunes changed for the worse.

Bend's Mark Speck led off the inning with an infield single and took second when catcher Justin Meyer's errant throw back to Holtz got past the pitcher and skipped into the outfield.

We were even backing him up, said Antich.

The next pitch produced a grounder to second base and a throw to first for the first out, but Speck moved to third on the play.

It's a double-play ball if we keep him on first, said Antich.

Morgan Flynn then grounded out to shortstop, but Speck scored the lone run. A fly out ended the inning.

Holtz didn't allow a runner the rest of the way.

He finds the corners and changes speeds a lot, said Antich. He was spotting his breaking pitch and kept them off-balance. He pitched an excellent game, which is what we were looking for from him.

South Medford managed only five hits but still had its chances in the late stages.

The Colts put their leadoff hitter on base in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings ' the latter two with doubles.

In the sixth, Dan Chancler doubled and moved to third on Andy Narus' groundout to first. But an infield pop-up and flyout to left ended the inning.

In the seventh, Allen Smith doubled and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, but Bend's Drew Rundel struck out Tyler Heil and Matt Bryant to end the game.

I felt pretty darn good the way (Holtz) was going, said Antich. He could have gone another couple of innings. He was rolling. I felt like we just had to get that one run across and we'd go from there.

Chancler was the only player with more than one hit, going 2-for-3 with a walk.

The Colts dropped to 26-9 on the season.

South Medford........................ 000 000 0 ' 0 5 1

Bend.........................................001 000 x ' — 3 0

Holtz and Meyer; Rundel and Jordan. W ' Rundel. L ' Holtz. 2B ' M: Chancler, Smith.

Babe Ruth

14-YEAR-OLD NORTHWEST REGIONAL '

At Eagle Point, Upper Rogue took advantage of 10 errors to register a 14-8 victory over Lewiston, Idaho in the second round of pool play at The Yard.

Aaron Willis paced Upper Rogue with two hits, two RBIs and one run, while Darren Bruhns added two hits and scored once.

Brandon Smith made two outstanding defensive plays in right field for Upper Rogue, which improved to 2-0 in the tournament.

Upper Rogue faces North Oregon champion Beaverton in the third round of pool action today at 7 p.m.

Softball

14-UNDER ASA B WESTERN NATIONAL '

At Springfield, Mo., the Crater Comets posted two wins to become one of eight undefeated teams remaining in the 74-team double-elimination tournament.

The Comets got past Blue Springs, Mo., 5-2, then defeated the Clovis East Outlaws of Calif., 4-2.

Crater plays the Galvaston, Texas, Hericanes in the quarterfinals of the winner's bracket today.

Ashleigh Cuddie's two-out, two-run single in the fifth inning proved to be the winning hit for the Comets over the Clovis Outlaws.

Crater took a 2-0 first inning lead on back-to-back RBI singles by Kirstin Davidson and Susan Winningham.

In the win over Blue Springs, Winningham slugged a three-run triple to break the game open in the fifth and final inning.

Trailing 2-1, Crater's Kara Perdue led off the fifth with a single and, after an out, Kristen Haga reached on an error. A passed ball allowed them to move up, and an intentional walk to Davidson loaded the bases.

Winningham followed with a shot down the left-field line to clear the bases, then she scored on Ashleigh Cuddie's squeeze bunt.

Cuddie had singled and scored in the fourth for the Comets' other run.

Davidson was 2-for-2. Stephanie Albrecht got the win in relief of Cuddie, each allowing one hit. Cuddie went 31/3 innings, fanned four and walked one.

Crater Comets..............................000 14 ' 5 6 2

Blue Springs, Mo..........................000 20 ' 2 2 4

Cuddie, Albrecht (4) and Winningham; Romball and Mollett. W ' Albrecht. L ' Romdall. 3B ' C: Winningham.

Crater Comets..........................200 020 0 ' 4 9 2

Clovis East Outlaws.................001 010 0 ' 2 9 3

Cuddie, Albrecht (4) and Winningham; Smith and Kimgra. W ' Cuddie. L ' Smith. 2B ' Cr: Cuddie, Hevern; Cl: Barry, Eriksen. 3B ' Cl: Kimgra.

12-UNDER ASA B WESTERN NATIONAL '

At Roseville, Calif., the Black Tornado was eliminated and finished the tournament 2-3.

After dropping a 7-0 decision Thursday to Atwater, Calif., the Tornado beat the Woodland (Calif.) All-Stars, 15-3, and lost, 6-5, to San Jose, Calif., Friday.

The Tornado finishes the season 47-13.

Mariann DeClerck tossed a three-hitter for the pitching win and Gretchen Owens and Katie Bumgarner each smacked three hits to lead the Tornado past Woodland. Candice Hallett was 2-for-5.

San Jose then scored two runs in the seventh inning to rally from a 5-4 deficit and eliminate the Tornado.

Owens and Bumgarner rapped a pair of hits apiece.