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Prep Baseball Roundup: Another late rally lifts the Panthers to victory

TIGARD ' It may be early in the season, but the South Medford High baseball team is already gaining a reputation as the Comeback Kids.

For the fifth time in six games, the Panthers found themselves trailing an opponent and then rallying for a victory. Their latest comeback effort came against Barlow at the Tigard Spring Break Tournament on Monday.

Trailing 7-3 after five innings, South Medford exploded for five runs in the sixth to snag an 8-7 win and boost its season record to 6-0.

These kids are going to make an old man out of me if this keeps up, South Medford coach Steve Antich said. I don't know how many more of these games I can take.

Taylor Comfort singled to kick-start South Medford's decisive sixth inning. Freshman Mitch Singler and Kelly Kline drew walks to load the bases. Trenton Smith and Jared Adamson followed with RBI singles, cutting Barlow's lead to 7-5. Rick Imhausen then ripped a two-run double to left center field ' he came within inches of attaining a home run ' to tie the game and Adamson scored what proved to be the winning run on a wild pitch.

Ryan Odell pitched the final 21/3 innings to earn the win on the mound and run his record to 3-0. Odell logged a huge strikeout when he entered the game in the fifth inning. Barlow had already pushed across one run and had the bases loaded with two outs and a 7-3 lead.

— Smith led South Medford at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Barlow......................................410 110 0 ' 7 9 1

South Medford .....................100 205 x ' 8 10 2

Grandjean, Staehle (6), Mozon (6) and Gerkman; George, Jared Smith (4), Ryan Odell (5) and Koziol. W ' Odell (3-0). L ' Staehle. 2B ' B: King; SM: Imhausen 2, Wilson. 3B ' B: Walters 2; SM: Kline, T. Smith.

REYNOLDS 4-2, CRATER 0-6 ' At Central Point, junior pitcher Chris Thomas struck out six and gave up three hits in Game 2 to help Crater (2-1) salvage a split in a nonconference doubleheader.

Cory Staniforth and Matt Hunt each went 2-for-3 in the nightcap. Josh Surgeon provided a two-run single, while Staniforth and Tony Murphy also had RBIs.

FIRST GAME

Reynolds...................................012 001 0 ' 4 6 0

Crater........................................000 000 0 ' 0 4 2

Holbrook, Windsor (6) and Cook; Zelecki and Reina. W ' Holbrook. L ' Zelecki (0-1). 2B ' R: Windsor, Moore.

SECOND GAME

Reynolds...................................000 200 0 ' 2 — 2

Crater.......................................022 002 x ' 6 9 1

Moore, Crante (5) and Cook; Thomas and Lovemark. W ' Thomas (2-0). L ' Moore. 2B ' R: Windsor; C: Staniforth, Murphy.

PHOENIX SPLITS ' At Talent, Phoenix defeated Tillamook 11-5 in its first contest, but was upended by North Bend 8-6 in Game 2 at the Phoenix Invitational.

The Pirates (2-1) compiled six runs in the fifth inning to break away from Tillamook.

Josh Johnson's two-run double scored Matt Hagert and Aaron Decker to make it 7-3. A pair of wild pitches by Tillamook followed to score two more Pirate runs.

Decker had two hits, added two runs and watched his freshman brother Jordan pick up his first career pitching win for Phoenix. Kyle Giron went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.

Tillamook..................................021 001 — ' 5 9 3

Phoenix...................................212 060 x ' 11 7 0

McMullen and Lusby; J. Decker, A. Decker (4), Barrett (6) and Giron. W ' J. Decker (1-0). L ' McMullen. 2B ' T: Fetzer, Leutholt, Lusby; P: Johnson. 3B ' T: Valencia.

North Bend.............................102 212 0 ' 8 11 1

Phoenix...................................020 040 0 ' 6 11 3

Ottemiller, Gaines (5), Larsen (6) and Johnson; Lewis, Abney (4), A. Decker (5) and Giron. W ' Larsen. L ' Abney (0-1). 2B ' Ottemiller 2; P: Smith, Richie, Hagert.

ROGUE RIVER SWEEPS ' At Rogue River, Rogue River's pitching helped edge Elmira 5-3 before shutting down Brookings 13-0 in the Phoenix Invitational.

Cheiftains star Spencer Frantz relieved Ryan Watson with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh inning to pick up the save.

Frantz then started against Brookings to pitch six shutout innings while giving up only three hits before the game was called because of the 10-run mercy rule. Frantz recorded eight strikeouts in the contest and added three hits.

Joe Christie went 5-for-5 on the day

for Rogue River (3-2-1), which meets North Bend in the Phoenix Invitational championship game today at — p.m.

Elmira........................................000 010 2 ' — 5 5

Rogue River..............................001 121 x ' 5 7 3

Schermerhorn, Whitaker (6) and Long, Mosher (5); Watson, S. Frantz (7) and Perston. W ' Watson (1-1). L ' Schermerhorn.

Rogue River............................102 019 x'13 12 0

Brookings..................................000 000 x' 0 — 3

Frantz and Perston; Ehlers, Pruden (6), Eszlinger (6) and Corpening. W ' Frantz (2-0). L ' Ehlers. 2B ' RR: S. Frantz 2, C. Frantz; B: Ehlers.

BUTTE FALLS/PROSPECT 8-8, NORTH MEDFORD FROSH 2-11 ' At Butte Falls, Darryl Swearingen drilled a two-run homer in the first inning and Jacob Schultz spanked a two-run double in the fifth to fuel Butte Falls/Prospect to victory in the first game of a doubleheader against the North Medford freshmen.

Schultz went 5-for-8 on the day with two doubles for the Loggers (4-1).

FIRST GAME

North Medford frosh..................000 101 ' 2 6 3

Butte Falls/Prospect...............202 040 0 ' 8 6 0

Bonham and Peden; Swearingen, Ross (6) and L. Strickland. W ' Swearingen (3-0). L ' Bonham. 2B ' NM: Wolf, Bradshaw. BF: L. Strickland, Schultz. HR ' Swearingen.

SECOND GAME

North Medford frosh............030 410 — ' 11 10 0

Butte Falls/Prospect...............410 101 — ' 8 9 3

Ellis and Peden; Stephenson, Ross (7) and L. Strickland. W ' Ellis. L ' Stephenson (1-1). 2B ' NM: Ellis, Smith, Bonham; BF: Ross, Schultz.