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Rogue River falls short in title contest

Prep Baseball

TALENT ' Rogue River's pitchers ran out of gas, and that fueled a surge by North Bend Tuesday in the championship game of the Phoenix Tournament at Hagler-James Field.

The Bulldogs broke a 6-6 deadlock with 10 runs in the sixth inning and won, 16-8.

Rogue River (3-3-1) responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, then the game was called due to darkness.

We just kind of got to the end of our pitching as far as pitching depth is concerned, said Chieftains coach John White. It's tough to go three games in two days. We've got some really good kids, and they'll get better. We just had a lot of walks.

North Bend benefited from five walks and two hit batsmen in the sixth. It collected only three hits.

Eli Haberman started for Rogue River and was pulled when he reached his pitch count of 85.

— We're not going to push it too far this early in the season, said White.

Chris Burman and Carson Frantz finished up.

Rogue River had taken a 5-0 lead through three innings, but the Bulldogs tied it in the fourth.

Spencer Frantz got Rogue River going with a two-run home run in the first.

Joe Christie was 2-for-3 for the Chieftains and finished the tournament 7-for-8.

North Bend...........................000 51(10) ' 16 9 2

Rogue River.................................302 012 ' 8 9 4

Vaught and Johnson; Haberman, Burman (6), C. Frantz (6) and Perston. W ' Vaught. L ' Haberman (0-2). 2B ' NB: Lancaster, Vaught, Larsen; RR: Perston, Worthington. HR ' RR: S. Frantz (2).

PHOENIX 9, BROOKINGS-HARBOR 5 ' At Talent, Dustin Smith went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a solo home run as Phoenix claimed third place at its own tournament.

Phoenix pulled ahead with a five-run sixth inning, which was keyed by a two-run double by Jordan Decker and a two-run single by Smith.

Decker was 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs for the Pirates (3-1), while Josh Johnson recorded his first win after entering the game in the sixth with the contest tied at 4-4.

Brookings-Harbor....................000 220 — ' 5 8 4

Phoenix....................................011 025 x ' 9 9 2

Nelson, Parke (6) and Bansener; Smith, Roland (5), Johnson (6), Decker (7) and Giron. W ' Johnson (1-0). L ' Nelson. 2B ' B: Ehlers; P: Barrett, J. Decker. HR ' P: Smith (2).

SOUTH MEDFORD 12, WEST ALBANY 7 ' At Tigard, Zach Wilson clubbed a three-run homer and South Medford banged out a dozen hits en route to a nonconference win at the Tigard Spring Break Tournament.

Wilson's home run came in the first inning and wiped out West Albany's early 2-0 lead.

The Bulldogs scored three runs in the third inning to retake the lead at 5-4, but Kelly Kline's triple sparked a four-run fourth and gave South Medford the lead for good.

Four Panther pitchers combined to hold West Albany to six hits. Sophomore right-hander Josh Camp gave up two hits and no runs over 21/3 innings to pick up the win.

Junior outfielder Taylor Comford went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Jared Adamson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice to lead South at the plate.

West Albany............................203 000 2 ' 7 6 2

South Medford.....................400 422 x ' 12 12 0

Sterns, Filipponi (5), Spangler (5) and Gibson; Boyd, Camp (3), M. Smith (6), Austad (7) and Koziol. W ' Camp (1-0). 2B ' SM: Adamson, Comford. 3B ' SM: Kline. HR ' SM: Wilson.

EAGLE POINT 6, REYNOLDS 5 ' At Eagle Point, Nick Staller ripped a two-out, two-run single to cap a sixth-inning rally in a nonconference game at The Yard.

Mychal Williams pulled the Eagles (4-2) even with Reynolds at 4-all in the sixth and, following a double by Johnny Harvey, Staller delivered the go-ahead hit to right-center field.

Staller finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs, while Harvey went 3-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases.

Reynolds...................................022 000 — ' 5 8 2

Eagle Point.............................200 013 x ' 6 10 1

Winsor, Prante (7) and Cook; Willis, R. Smith (5), Staller (7) and Hulla. W ' R. Smith (1-0). L ' Winsor. 2B ' EP: Harvey, Staller, Bateman. HR ' R: Winsor.

ASHLAND 14, CRESCENT VALLEY 4 ' At Ashland, Ashland scored early and often in the opening game of its eight-team tournament at North Mountain Park before it was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Aaron San Nicholas had a triple and double for the Grizzlies. They also got two hits each from Tysin Senestraro, John Goldberg and Sheldon Cotts.

Pitcher Sam Gaviglio checked the Raiders on five hits, struck out six, walked two and hit a batter. He's 2-0.

Ashland faces Sheldon at 6:30 tonight in the semifinals.

In other games, Sheldon defeated Roosevelt, 6-5; fifth-ranked Churchill beat Rex Putnam, 7-4; and McMinnville downed Summit, 6-2.

Crescent Valley............................012 10 ' 4 5 2

Ashland.....................................432 5x ' 14 12 1

Campi, Wambach (2), McCarthy (5) and Walsh; S. Gaviglio and Gordon. W ' S. Gaviglio (2-0). L ' Campi. 2B ' A: Meza, Senestraro, G. Gaviglio, San Nicholas, Cotts. 3B ' A: San Nicholas.