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Adamson fuels South Medford triumph

PEORIA, Ariz. ' Jared Adamson has gotten off to a hot start with the South Medford High baseball team.

Four days after collecting three hits in the Panthers' 14-3, season-opening victory over Henley, Adamson went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs to lead South Medford to an 8-5 win over Centennial High of Peoria, Ariz.

The junior shortstop also had three RBIs on South Medford's first leg of a four-game trip in Arizona. The Panthers meet Dakota Ridge of Colorado at 8 a.m. today.

Jared did a great job for us last summer with the (Medford) Colts (American Legion team), and he's just carrying that through, South Medford coach Steve Antich said of Adamson. He's getting his shot at varsity baseball and he's making the most of it.

Trailing 4-2 after five innings, South Medford exploded for four runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead for good. Justin Meyer kick-started the rally with a double. Two outs later, Nick Donato reached base on an error, scoring Meyer.

Ben Koizol drew a walk, putting runners on first and second. Zach Wilson then bunted down the third-base line. Coyotes pitcher Mike Nicastro fielded it but threw wildly to first base, allowing Donato and Koziol to score with the tying and go-ahead runs.

— Dan Chancler followed with an RBI single that made it 6-4.

The Panthers added two insurance runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Adamson and a sacrifice fly by Donato.

The most gratifying thing was the way we scratched back after falling behind, Antich said. We've got some fighters on this team.

Chancler and Meyer each went 2-for-4 at the plate and Meyer scored three runs.

Kenny Licea, a junior right-hander, worked the final three innings in relief of Rick Imhausen to get the win and run his record to 2-0.

Centennial lost for just the third time in 18 games this season.

South Medford.......................000 204 2 ' 8 10 1

Centennial,,,,,,,............................... 041 0 ' 5 7 3

Imhausen, Licea (5) and Koziol. Armenta, Nicastro (6), Polizzi (6), Bloomquist (6), Hackworth (7) and Kawaski. W ' Licea (2-0). L ' Armenta. 2B ' C: Hackworth; S: Adamson, Meyer. 3B ' C: Ochoa.

NORTH MEDFORD 10, MAZAMA 0 ' North Medford senior left-hander Cole Rohrbough gave up only one hit to Mazama before the game was called by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.

Zack James had a three-run triple in a six-run first inning for the Black Tornado.

The Vikings' lone hit came off a Quinn Hummel double in the fourth inning,

Rohrbough had a three-ball count only once and struck out 10, including five in succession.

The Black Tornados' Darren Bruhns and Abe Eubank each went 3-for-3 from the plate, and Eubank scored three times.

Mazama.........................................000 00 ' 0 — 0

North Medford............................611 11 ' 11 0 1

Crewse, McGovern, Holous (5) and Blake, Miller (2); Rohrbough and Bruhns. W 'Rohrbough (2-0). L ' Crewse. 2B ' M: Hummel; NM: Eubank; 3B: NM ' Eubank, James.

PHOENIX SPLITS ' At Talent, Robert Woodward went 4-for-4 with two RBIs to lead Phoenix to a 6-5 win over Brookings. The Pirates committed a pair of costly mistakes in Game 2 as Brookings returned the favor with a 6-5 victory.

Brookings, by virtue of winning a coin flip, will play in today's championship game against Rogue River at — p.m. Phoenix will take on Newport in the third-place game at noon.

The Pirates scored a run in the seventh inning of Game — on an RBI single by Woodward to tie the game.

In the eighth inning, Dustin Smith singled, then scored after an errant throw to first on Brenton Ferguson's infield hit.

Ferguson had three hits and scored twice, while John Goldberg and Smith each added two hits.

In the second game, Phoenix committed a crucial error in the sixth inning that led to the eventual winning run.

The Pirates also had a runner called out in the third inning after not touching third base on what would have been a two-run hit.

FIRST GAME

Brookings...............................203 000 00 ' 5 9 4

Phoenix.................................001 120 11 ' 6 15 2

Green, Deneau (6) and Bavaro; Walker, Strong (6), Decker (8) and Harvey. W ' Decker. L ' Deneau. 2B ' P: Ferguson. 3B ' P: Woodward. HR ' B: Green.

SECOND GAME

Phoenix.....................................013 000 — ' 5 9 2

Brookings...............................031 002 x ' 6 10 1

Lorton, Strong (6) and Harvey; Dean, Ehlers (4) and Longo. W ' Ehlers. L ' Lorton. 2B ' B: Green. 3B ' P: Smith.

ROGUE RIVER WINS TWO '

At Talent, Mike Miller's two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning and strong pitching by Gary Richardson gave Rogue River its second win of the day in the Phoenix Invitational.

After downing Newport 11-1 in their first game, the Chieftains used their heroics to beat North Bend, 3-1.

Miller's homer came after Josh Hill singled and ended a duel in which Richardson went all 10 innings, giving up four hits and striking out 12.

In Rogue River's first game, Justin Castro pitched a five-hitter.

The Chieftains meet Brookings in today's title game at — p.m.

FIRST GAME

New Port.......................................100 00 ' — 5 4

Rogue River.............................600 401 ' 11 11 3

Barbers, Cashen (4) and Conkon; Castro and Reagles. W ' Castro (1-0). L ' Barbers. 2B ' RR: Hill, Frantz, Richardson.

SECOND GAME

North Bend........................000 000 100 0 ' — 4 3

Rogue River.......................000 000 100 2 ' — 9 0

Ottemiller, Buvond (10) and Bollig; Richardson and Reagles. W ' Richardson (2-0). L ' Ottemiller. 2B ' NB: Kinman, Martin; RR: Parrillo. HR ' RR: Miller.

Softball

NORTH MEDFORD SPLITS ' Kendra Strahm fired a one-hit shutout and struck out 18 as North Medford cruised to an 8-0 victory over South Salem in its opening game of the North Medford Invitational.

The Black Tornado wasn't so fortunate later in the day as it dropped a 5-4 decision to Barlow.

In the latter contest, Barlow's Kathy Cox slammed a three-run triple in the fourth inning and the Bruins tacked on two more runs in the fifth to overcome North Medford's early 4-0 lead.

FIRST GAME

North Medford..........................131 012 x' 8 8 0

South Salem..............................000 000 0' 0 — 0

Strahm and Haskett; Joanson and Jenkins. W ' Strahm (1-0). L ' Joanson. 2B ' NM: Wilden.

SECOND GAME

North Medford.........................004 000 0 ' 4 8 3

Barlow......................................000 320 0 ' 5 5 3

Howlette, Strahm (4) and Haskett; Tidwell, Evans (4) and Brisbane. W ' Evans. L ' Strahm (1-1). 3B ' B: Cox.

SOUTH MEDFORD 3, NORTH EUGENE 0 ' Jen Mendenhall struck out 14 and allowed just three hits to lead South Medford to a win at the North Medford Invitational.

Simone Hubbard went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Panthers, who play back-to-back games today against South Salem at — p.m. and Churchill at 5.

North Eugene...........................000 000 0 ' 0 — 2

South Medford.........................101 001 x ' — 5 0

Likens and Barton; Mendenhall and Jordahl. W ' Mendenhall (2-0). L ' Likens. 2B ' SM: Hubbard 2.

CRATER SPLITS ' Westview exploded for four runs in the top of the seventh inning to spoil a brilliant pitching performance by Crater's Janelle Cristafaro and hand the Comets a 4-1 loss at the North Medford Invitational.

Cristafaro rebounded against Valley Catholic, firing a one-hit shutout and striking out 12.

Westview..................................000 000 4 ' 4 — 0

Crater........................................100 000 0 ' — 5 5

Rethwell and Turner; Cristafaro and Lokeno. W ' Rethwell. L ' Cristafaro (1-1). 2B ' WV: Gawista.

Crater........................................002 010 — ' 4 9 2

Valley Catholic.........................000 000 0 ' 0 — 3

Cristafaro and Winningham; Picken and Illias. W ' Cristafaro (2-1). L ' Picken. 2B ' C: Sutherland; VC: Illias. 3B ' C: Cristafaro.