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South rebounds with win over Columbine

PEORIA, Ariz. ' The South Medford baseball team bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 5-2 victory over Columbine on Wednesday.

The Panthers (3-1) suffered a 7-0 setback to Dakota Ridge on Tuesday.

Columbine, a high school from the suburbs of Denver, managed eight hits against five different South pitchers in the six-inning game, which was called because of a time limit.

Marcus James went 3-for-4 and Rick Imhausen had two hits to lead the Panthers.

South Medford starting pitcher Logan Boyd was hit on his pitching elbow by a line drive just five pitches into the game and did not return.

— Nick Donato took the mound in place of Boyd and worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs to preserve the scoreless tie.

The Panthers went to work during their next at-bat.

Mark Austad led off the second with a single, moved to third on Imhausen's double then scored on a Ben Koziol sacrifice fly. Dan Chancler and James followed one out later with back-to-back RBI singles to move South ahead, 3-0.

In the third inning, Justin Meyer walked and advanced to second on a Jared Adamson single. Both runners moved up a base on a double steal and Meyer came home on an Imhausen hit. Adamson scored on a wild pitch to cap off South's offensive day.

Donato notched his first pitching win of the season, while freshman Griffin Boyd came on in the sixth to record the save.

South Medford concludes its Arizona road trip with a 4 p.m. game today against Brighton High, a suburb of Denver.

South Medford............................032 000 ' 5 8 1

Columbine.................................001 010 ' 2 10 2

L. Boyd, Donato (1), Harris (5), Odell (5), G. Boyd (6) and Koziol, Meyer (4); Baum and Gillman. W ' Donato (1-0). L ' Baum. S ' G. Boyd. 2B ' SM: Imhausen; C: Tucker, Gillman.

CRATER 6-9, CANBY 5-12 ' At Central Point, Tyler Schmidt had two home runs and six RBIs as Crater split a nonconference doubleheader.

Schmidt hit both homers in Game 2 ' a grand slam and a two-run shot ' but Canby scored four runs over the final two innings to pull away.

Charlie Reina and Jesse Bailey each had two hits in the Game — victory.

FIRST GAME

Canby......................................030 020 0 ' 5 10 3

Crater.......................................021 210 X ' 6 7 1

Jones, Harmston (6) and Johnson; Davidson, Zelecki (6) and Reina. W ' Davidson (1-1). L ' Jones. 2B ' Cra: Reina, Bailey, Staniforth.

SECOND GAME

Canby....................................015 203 — ' 12 14 5

Crater......................................002 510 — ' 9 10 3

Lockwood, Harmston (6) and Johnson; Weiss, Ogle (4), Lovemark (7) and Lovemark, Reina (7). W ' Harmston. L ' Ogle (0-1). 2B ' Can: Johnson 2, Griaer; Cra: Staniforth. 3B ' Cra: Bailey. HR ' Cra: Schmidt 2, Reina.

CHURCHILL 15, ASHLAND 2 ' At Ashland, Justin Meza and Andrew Del Carlo slammed first-inning, solo home runs to get Ashland off to a quick 2-0 start, but sixth-ranked Churchill rallied for a decisive victory.

The Lancers exploded for 12 runs over the final four innings and got two-run homers from Matt Ersfeld in the fourth inning and Travis Larsen in the sixth.

Corey Kent had three hits for the Lancers, who rolled to their fourth victory without a loss. Ashland dropped to 2-2.

Churchill...............................012 404 4 ' 15 10 0

Ashland....................................200 000 0 ' 2 4 5

Koharchick, D. Ersfeld (6) and Larsen; G. Gaviglio, Morris (5), Del Carlo (6), S. Gaviglio (7) and Bruce, Littleton (6). W ' Koharchick. L ' G. Gaviglio (1-1). 2B ' C: Larsen, C. Ersfeld, Crinklan, Trautman. HR ' C: Larsen, M. Ersfeld; A: Meza, Del Carlo.