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Tornado's Rohrbough debuts with one-hitter

Prep Roundup

EUGENE ' Cole Rohrbough made quite an impression in his first varsity baseball pitching start for North Medford.

The junior left-hander limited North Eugene to one hit and struck out 10 in a five-inning, 11-1 nonconference victory Tuesday.

It was the season opener for both teams.

He was pretty dominating, said Black Tornado assistant coach Sandee Kensinger. He had pretty good control throughout, and he's got some stuff to go with it. A kid that throws as well as he does is probably going to dominate most of the time at this time of year.

Rohrbough, who played junior varsity ball last year and pitched for the Mavericks American Legion team last summer, allowed only a first-inning run, walked two and hit a batter.

He was aided by an 11-hit offensive attack. Charles Behnke went 3-for-3, drove in three runs and scored three times. His two-run single to left field and an ensuing error put it out of reach, said Kensinger.

— Sammy McHenry and Jeff Adams each had two hits and scored five runs between them.

North Eugene hurt itself with seven walks and four errors.

North Medford..........................221 35 ' 11 11 1

North Eugene................................100 00 ' — 1 4

Rohrbough and White; Peterson, Swartz (3), Schneider (5) and Green. W 'Rohrbough (1-0). L ' Peterson. 2B ' NM: Schmeltzer, Ubank.

UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 12, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 11 ' At Jacksonville, Cascade Christian's Matt Hauser had two hits and four RBIs, but Umpqua Valley Christian scored five times in the seventh to win the nonconference tilt.

Hauser's bases-loaded triple brought in three of the four third-inning runs that moved the Challengers ahead, 7-6.

Travis Wolf went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Kyle Campbell added two hits for the Challengers.

Umpqua Valley Christian....204 010 5 ' 12 13 6

Cascade Christian................034 103 0 ' 11 14 5

Chappell, Grass (4) and Price; Campbell, Evans (4), Hall (7) and Hall. W ' Grass. L ' Hall (0-1). 2B ' UVC: Yaunker; CC: Campbell. 3B ' CC: Hauser.

Track & Field

PHOENIX AT NORTH MEDFORD ' A strong performance from the North Medford girls highlighted a non-scoring meet with Phoenix at North High.

The Black Tornado girls, who took third at state last season, had several competitors show glimpses of what's to come this season.

I think we were real pleased with how things went, said North coach Mark Hodges, who says this might be his deepest girls team ever. Nothing's official, we didn't even keep score, but our girls really showed a lot today.

Senior sprinter Kelly Birdseye ran well in the 400 meters, while senior distance runner Danielle Jordan also was in midseason form.

Hodges pointed to Phoenix boys standout runner Adam Machado as someone to watch this season.

Softball

CRATER 6, HENLEY 0 ' At Central Point, Jenni Bittle and Janelle Cristofaro each struck out eight batters while no-hitting Henley in the nonconference season opener for both teams.

Bittle faced the minimum 12 batters in four innings, while Cristofaro allowed only two runners.

Allesha Spradling gave the Comets the lead in the fourth inning with a two-run single.

In the fifth, Cristofaro helped spark a three-run inning with a one-out single that plated two runs.

Henley......................................000 000 0 ' 0 0 2

Crater.......................................000 231 x ' 6 7 1

Kessler, Wedam (6) and Kinsman; Bittle, Cristofaro (5) and Bettencourt. W ' Bittle. L ' Kessler.

ASHLAND 9, PHOENIX 0 ' At Ashland, Amanda Bolsinger pitched a three-hitter and Jenna Randall went 2-for-2 as Ashland opened the season with the nonconference win.

Bolsinger struck out five and walked five.

Amanda Cardoza knocked in two runs with a sacrifice bunt.

Phoenix allowed nine walks and committed four errors.

Phoenix....................................000 000 0 ' 0 — 4

Ashland....................................021 051 x ' 9 4 0

Engle, Berry (4) and K. Singleton; Bolsinger and Powell. W ' Bolsinger (1-0). L ' Engle (0-1).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 11, UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 10 ' At Jacksonville, Teresa Gomez singled in the tying run and later scored the winning run on a wild pitch as Cascade Christian won the nonleague game.

Danae McGrath was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Challengers (1-1), and Chelsea Winner belted a three-run home run in the second inning.

Freshman Chessa Fait went the distance for Cascade Christian, giving up seven hits, striking out nine and walking six.

UVC walked 13 batters.

Umpqua Valley Christian.........160 201 ' 10 7 4

Cascade Christian....................150 032 ' 11 5 4

Hill, Burt (2) and Reinhart; Fait and Cornwell. W ' Fait (1-0). L ' Burt (0-1). 2B ' UVC: Hill 2. 3B ' UVC: Birks. HR ' CC: Winner.

Golf

ST. MARY'S BOYS WIN ' Nelson Keating shot a 6-over-par 76 to lead St. Mary's to a boys golf victory Tuesday at Stewart Meadows Golf Course.

Mike Nieto of the South Medford junior varsity was medalist at 74.

ST. MARY'S (316) ' Nelson Keating 76, Mike Rust 78, Cole Thiriot 80, Jim Yaru 82.

SOUTH MEDFORD JV (333) ' Mike Nieto 74, Alex Mueller 77, Ryan Lausmann 91, Jason Artner 91.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (343) ' Jefferson Horn 82, Mike Gmur 84, Sean Hillis 88, Ryan Shipley 89.

ALL SOC GIRLS '

Ashland rolled to the conference victory Monday behind medalist Stephanie Johns, who shot a 2-over-par 72 at Stewart Meadows.

Melissa Carl of Roseburg and Justine Hix of Grants Pass each posted 75s to tie for second.

ASHLAND (334) ' Stephanie Johns 32-40'72, Elaina Graham 38-38'76, Stephanie Graham 39-47'86, Lauren Dow 51-49'100.

ROSEBURG (346) ' Melissa Carl 40-35'75, Ashley Yraguen 43-43'86, Kelly O'Brien 43-47'90, Cassie VanVleet 48-47'95.

GRANTS PASS (366) ' Justine Hix 37-38'75, Helen Blauser 47-44'91, Brynn Forshay 49-49'98, Brittany Oliver 51-51'102.

NORTH MEDFORD (380) ' Snow Powers 42-44'86, Rachel Barry 42-45'87, Sheena Knight 48-49'97, Melissa York 52-58'110.

SOUTH MEDFORD (439) ' Anna Wiley 46-45'91, Calley Duvall 51-53'104, Natalie Miller 54-62'116, Jordan Sies 61-67'128.

Boys Tennis

ASHLAND 8, YREKA 0 ' At Ashland, junior Evan Schleining used an effective serve to post an easy victory in No. — singles during Ashland's season-opening match at Hunter Park.

Schleining lost only one game in two sets to Saylor Flett.

The Grizzlies also received a strong showing from sophomore Nick Spurlock in his first varsity match. Spurlock defeated Garrett Ward, 6-2, 6-2, in No. — singles.

SINGLES ' Evan Schleining, A, d. Saylor Flett, 6-1, 6-0; Jer-wei Chang, A, d. Jason Masters, 6-1, 6-2; Nick Spurlock, A, d. Garrett Ward, 6-2, 6-2; Brendan Curry, A, d. Will Cook, 6-3, 6-0; Kyle Lachmund, A, d. Matt Ward, 6-1, 6-1.

DOUBLES ' Ross Mather-Cory Lescher, A, d. Jason Masters-Adam Thompson, 6-4, 6-2; Jonathon Weighter-Gabe Hoxmeier, A, d. Will Cook-G. Ward, 6-2, 6-0; Jack Turner-Ian Dean, A, d. Jesse Turner-M. Ward, 8-2.

North Medford's Brittany Hodges gets the baton from Malory Calkins, far right, for the final exchange on the winning 4x100 relay team in an unscored track meet against Phoenix on Tuesday at North Medford High. Mail Tribune / Roy Musitelli - Mail Tribune Roy Musitelli