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Imhausen pitches South past GP

Imhausen pitches South past GP SOC Baseball

GRANTS PASS ' Rick Imhausen has been a surprise for the South Medford baseball team this season.

But the talented sophomore outdid himself Tuesday with a one-hit shutout in the Panthers' 6-0 Southern Oregon Conference victory over Grants Pass.

The win keeps South Medford (19-5, 15-4 SOC) tied with North Medford atop of the SOC with only one doubleheader remaining Saturday.

Imhausen struck out five, walked one and faced one batter over the minimum with his 70-pitch performance.

(Imhausen) has come out of nowhere this year, South Medford coach Steve Antich said. It was absolutely his best game. He was so calm out there. I doubt he had any idea of how good of a game he pitched.

The only hit for the Cavemen (12-11, 10-9 SOC) came on a bunt single by Patrick Allen with one out in the fourth.

— (Imhausen) took the game to them, said Antich. He worked ahead of everybody and used his defense.

South Medford scored two runs in the first inning on consecutive two-out singles by Dan Chancler, Logan Boyd and Allen Smith, who's line drive off the arm of Nolan Morgan knocked the Grants Pass pitcher out of the game for precautionary reasons.

The Panthers added one run in the fourth on three walks and an RBI ground out by Corey O'Neal

Singles by Evan Norris, Andy Narus and Boyd and a fielder's choice from Smith added two more runs in the sixth.

It was a close game, said Antich. When you have a guy throwing like Imhausen, it takes a lot of pressure off the offense.

South Medford.....................200 102 — ' 6 11 0

Grants Pass..........................000 000 0 ' 0 — 3

Imhaussen and Koziol; Morgan, Zamora (1), Schaft (4), Fode (6) and Donnelly. W ' Imhaussen (3-1). L ' Morgan. 2B ' SM: O'Neal, Smith.

ASHLAND 2, EAGLE POINT — '

At Ashland, Sam Littleton drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning for Ashland (12-10, 9-10 SOC).

The Grizzlies moved into fourth place by themselves in the standings.

Leadoff hitter Rocky Reeser and Jackson Rowe started the seventh with singles.

Brian Ross produced a first-inning RBI, then came on to pitch in the sixth and earned the win. It was his first mound action since the preseason.

Eagle Point...............................000 001 0 ' — 6 0

Ashland.....................................100 000 — ' 2 7 1

Depuy and Grieve. Weston, Ross (6) and Bruce, Littleton (6). W ' Ross (1-0). L ' Depuy. 2B ' EP: Miller, Snyder; A: Hegdahl.