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Cavemen nip EP in extrasEAGLE POINT ' Ben Murray had 11 strikeouts in a complete-game effort as Grants Pass edged Eagle Point, 5-4, in a nine-inning Southern Oregon Conference baseball game Wednesday at The Yard.

Tim Sabo singled home Craig Dolmage, who was hit by a pitch and stole second, with two outs in the ninth.

The Eagles (8-4, 3-4 SOC) committed six errors to aid the Cavemen. Starting pitcher Nick Staller gave up two earned runs and reliever Derek Grieve yielded the ninth-hitting run.

It's tough because we just didn't make the plays when we needed to, said Eagle Point coach Rob Cowden. Our pitchers threw strikes and did a good job. We can't afford to go out and boot the ball around like that.

Dolmage blasted a two-run home run in the first inning and Ryan Fauver capped the four-run outburst with a two-RBI single.

Eagle Point rallied with three runs in the fourth ' keyed by Logan Fosenburg's two-run double ' and tied the game at 4-all in the sixth with a single run.

— Murray, however, blanked the Eagles over the final three frames.

Murray is tough, said Cowden of the GP right-hander. He threw nine very strong innings. We had way to many strikeouts and we didn't put the ball in play enough. Give him credit though.

Sean O'Brien, Dolmage and Sabo each went 2-for-5 to lead Grants Pass, which improved to 3-4 in the SOC.

Grants Pass..........................400 000 001 ' 5 9 3

Eagle Point...........................000 301 000 ' 4 6 6

Murray and Garcia; Staller, Grieve (7) and Adams. W ' Murray. L ' Grieve (4-2). 2B ' GP: Sabo; EP: Bateman, Fosenburg. HR ' GP: Dolmage.

Skyline Baseball

ROGUE RIVER 9-11, ILLINOIS VALLEY 4-1 ' At Rogue River, Spencer Frantz had a double, home run and three singles on the day to fuel Rogue River to the Skyline Conference twin bill sweep.

The Chieftains (5-6-1, 2-3 Skyline) lit up the scoreboard early in each game, jumping to a 7-0 lead after two innings of the opener and erupting for six runs in the second inning of Game 2.

Eli Haverman added a two-run homer in Game 1. Austin Hocker connected for Illinois Valley (0-3 Skyline).

Junior right-hander Ryan Watson was nearly flawless in Game — for the Chieftains as he threw four innings of one-hit relief. In the second game, sophomore right-hander Chris Burman limited Illinois Valley to one run and five hits. The game was stopped after six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

FIRST GAME

Rogue River............................430 200 0 ' 9 11 4

Illinois Valley...........................013 000 x ' 4 7 0

C. Frantz, Watson (4) and Perston; Bergman, Anderson (7) and Thomas, Decker (6). W ' Frantz (1-0). L ' Bergman. 2B ' RR: S. Frantz. HR ' RR: Haverman (1); IV: Hocker.

SECOND GAME

Rogue River.............................060 104 ' 11 12 2

Illinois Valley............................ 100 000 ' — 5 3

Burman and Perston; Hocker and Thomas, Decker (6). W ' Burman (1-0), L ' Hocker. 2B ' RR: Reyes, J. Christie; IV: Hocker. HR ' RR: S. Frantz (4).

District 6 Baseball

RIDDLE 10, CASCADE CHRISTIAN — ' At Riddle, Riddle used 10 hits to hand Cascade Christian a loss in its District 6 opener.

The Challengers (6-4 overall) mustered only three hits in defeat.

Aaron Grissom singled home Brian Zeigler, who reached on a double, for Cascade Christian's lone run in the third inning.

Cascade Christian....................001 000 0 ' — 3 3

Riddle....................................300 025 x ' 10 10 1

Campbell, Grissom (6) and Banks; Swett, Johnson (6) and Barron. W ' Swett. L ' Campbell. 2B ' CC: Zeigler; R: Breggi. HR ' R: Hanson, Simhauser.

Nonconference Softball

FOOTHILL (Calif.) 12-1, NORTH MEDFORD 1-7 '

Freshman pitcher Taylor Schmidt bounced back from a rough outing in the opener to secure the win in Game 2 and help North Medford split a nonconference doubleheader at Fagone Field.

Schmidt gave up two hits in the nightcap to improve to 1-1 on the season.

Tiffany Schmelzer and Justine Sandoval each had two hits, with Sandoval scoring two runs.

Amanda Volgarino, Jessica Sandoval, Justin Sandoval and Schmidt each had RBI singles to spark a five-run third inning.

In Game 1, sisters Mandy and Sammy Camaso went a combined 7-for-10 to lead Foothill, while Kaci Sevano was 2-for-3 to pace the Black Tornado (6-4 overall).

FIRST GAME

Foothill..................................030 024 — ' 12 15 1

North Medford.........................000 010 0 ' — 4 3

McCarthy and Meredith; Schmidt, Francis (7) and Sevano. W ' McCarthy. L ' Schmidt (0-1). 2B ' F: M. Camaso, S. Camaso 2, Hawthorne.

SECOND GAME

Foothill......................................100 000 0 ' — 2 0

North Medford.......................005 110 x ' 7 10 1

Sweatt and Hawthorne; Schmidt and Sevano. W ' Schmidt (1-1). L ' Sweatt.