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South Medford remains unbeaten in SOC

Prep Roundup

ASHLAND ' South Medford parlayed a deep pitching staff and solid hitting throughout the lineup into a Southern Oregon Conference baseball doubleheader sweep Saturday at North Mountain Park.

The host Panthers defeated Klamath Union, 11-2 and 13-4, to improve to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in league.

South Medford used seven pitchers in the two games as coach Steve Antich continued to be wary of overworking his staff's arms.

We still have guys on a pretty short pitch count, said Antich. It's still early, so we used a lot of guys, and everyone on the roster contributed.

Griffin Boyd had the most extensive outing, starting Game — and going five innings.

After a walk and Jake Waardenburg's two-run home run staked Klamath Union to an early lead, Boyd settled down. He didn't allow another hit and finished with four strikeouts and three walks.

— The Panthers responded with all 11 of their runs over the third through fifth innings.

Jared Adamson slugged a three-run home run in the fifth inning to punctuate the attack. He was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs.

In the bottom two spots in the order, Trent Smith and Dane Happeny made noise. Smith doubled and tripled, and Happeny was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs.

You worry with league starting so early because some early mistakes can hurt you, said Antich, and we're still making them. But we did a lot of good things today. Our pitchers did a good job of keeping us in it, and we were able to string together a lot of hits.

In Game 2, a lot of the hits came in the second inning, when South Medford erupted for eight runs to pull away from a 2-2 deadlock.

Zach Wilson and Happeny each had two hits in the frame. Happeny had an RBI triple and a two-run single, and Rick Imhausen added a two-run single.

Kelly Kline and Adamson were each 3-for-5 and scored three runs. Adamson had two RBIs.

Tommy George provided a game-turning pitching effort. He came on in the second inning with one out, runners at third and second and the heart of the Pelicans' lineup awaiting.

But George struck out Mark Cruz and Adam Cornachione, the Nos. 2 and — hitters, to quell the threat and set up South Medford's onslaught.

That was big, said Antich. He's just efficient. He can throw any of three pitches at any time. He hits his spots. He's kind of a control guy. Tommy's logged a lot of innings for us and has a lot of experience. He's expected to perform in those types of spots, and he did it.

The Panthers next hit the road for a three-game tournament at Tigard. They face Newberg at 7 tonight, then meet Barlow Monday and West Albany Tuesday.

FIRST GAME

Klamath Union..........................200 000 0 '2 2 4

South Medford.......................003 440 x ' 11 8 0

Waardenburg, Carnachione (5) and Cruz; Boyd, Wilson (6), Robinson (7) and Koziol. W ' Boyd (1-0). L ' Waardenburg. 2B ' SM, Koziol, T. Smith, Happeny. 3B ' SM: T. Smith. HR ' KU: Waardenburg; SM: Adamson.

SECOND GAME

Klamath Union.........................020 200 0 ' 4 4 3

South Medford.....................281 200 x ' 11 11 5

Matthews, Carnachione (2) and Cruz; J. Smith, George (2) Odell (5), Austad (6) and Koziol. W ' Geroge (1-0). L ' Matthews. 2B ' KU: Wilhite; SM ' Kline. 3B ' SM: Happeny.

GRANTS PASS 5-1, ASHLAND 4-7 ' At Grants Pass, Ben Murray fired a four-hitter and Grants Pass erupted for five runs in the fourth inning to rally past Ashland in Game 1, but the Grizzlies managed a split by taking advantage of six GP errors in the nightcap.

The Cavemen (1-4, 1-2 SOC) trailed 3-0 in the opener before their big fourth inning.

Tim Sabo stroked a single and Page Morgan socked a double before walks to Buddy Saxon, Ryan Fauver, Zach Morgan and Sean O'Brien forced home three runs. Murray and Craig Dolmage followed with RBI groundouts, accounting for Grants Pass' other two runs.

In Game 2, the Grizzlies (3-2, 1-2 SOC) were clinging to a 2-1 lead through three innings before Tyson Senestraro smashed a two-run single in the fourth to make it 4-1.

Ashland added three more runs in the fifth when a Grants Pass outfielder dropped a fly ball with two outs and the bases loaded.

FIRST GAME

Ashland.....................................102 001 0 ' 4 4 1

Grants Pass..............................000 500 x ' 5 5 5

Gaviglio, C. Sebrell (4) and L. Sebrell. Murray and Garcia. W ' Murray (1-1). L ' Gaviglio. 2B ' A: Goldberg, San Nicholas. GP: Morgan (2).

SECOND GAME

Ashland.....................................011 230 0 ' 7 4 1

Grants Pass..............................001 000 0 ' — 3 6

San Nicholas and Sebrell; Dolmage, Sabo (4) and Garcia. W ' San Nicholas. L ' Dolmage (0-2). 2B ' A: Gordon, Mesa.

Softball

SOUTH UMPQUA 6, NORTH VALLEY 2 ' At Myrtle Creek, North Valley committed four errors and gave up four runs in the first inning in the nonconference game.

The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed due to rain.

Nancy Carl had an RBI single in the second inning for the Knights (2-2), while Casie Hinkle provided an RBI double in the fourth.

North Valley.............................010 100 0 ' 2 4 4

South Umpqua.........................400 200 x ' 6 7 0

Hinkle, Ni. Carl (6) and Na. Carl; Johnson and Morgan. W ' Johnson. L ' Hinkle (1-2). 2B ' NV: Hinkle; SU: Bengood. 3B ' SU: Hunt.