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Seventh-inning HR lifts Roseburg

CENTRAL POINT ' Crater gave top-ranked Roseburg all it could handle in Southern Oregon Conference baseball on Tuesday, only it wasn't enough as the Indians escaped Anhorn Field with a 2-1 victory.

Roseburg senior Mitchell Nelson lofted a two-out, seventh-inning home run off Crater's Tony Davidson to put his team ahead to stay in a clash dominated by pitchers.

Roseburg starter Blake Keitzman went the distance for the win, allowing only one hit to go with 10 strikeouts but issuing an uncustomary eight walks.

He wasn't as sharp as I've seen him, but he was still effective enough to make the big pitch when he needed to, Crater coach Jay Campbell said of the all-state left-hander.

Davidson was equally effective, striking out five in his first appearance after breaking his foot in the opening week of the season.

— He threw the ball real well for us, Campbell said. I was real pleased with his effort. That was a good sign.

Watching Nelson's first home run of the season wasn't, however.

Both the pitcher and catcher said they made a good pitch and he kinda stepped out and golfed it out, said Campbell. Sometimes you have to tip your hat to a good hit.

There weren't too many of those to go around Tuesday, although Mickey Schmorde and John Tommasini had two hits apiece to pace Roseburg (11-0, 8-0 SOC).

Davidson was very good, said Roseburg coach Troy Thompson. He kept the ball down. We had opportunities to score some runs, but defensively, they made some good plays and we didn't come through with the big hit until the seventh inning.

Crater (8-6, 6-4 SOC) had tied the game at 1-all in the bottom of the sixth after Chuckie Grabowski and Tyler Davis earned walks. Zach Boskovich followed with a chopper to second base, but the ball was thrown away when the shortstop tried for a double play. Pinch-runner Matt Hunt came around to score on the play from second base.

We've been fighting the injury bug all year long, said Campbell. Once we get healthy, I think we're going to be OK.

Roseburg..................................000 010 — ' 2 7 1

Crater........................................000 001 0 ' — 1 2

Keitzman and Bruggeman; Davidson, Zelecki (7) and Lovemark. W ' Keitzman (5-0). L ' Davidson (0-1). 2B ' R: Summers, Schmorde, Tommasini. HR ' R: Nelson (1).

NORTH MEDFORD 11, EAGLE POINT 1, 6 innings

' North Medford leaned on a pair of Zacks ' Earle and James ' in a six-inning triumph.

Zack Earle went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Zack James was 2-for-3 with two RBIs to help North bust out against the Eagles.

Darren Bruhns and Earle each had two-run singles in a six-run fourth inning that broke the game open for North (7-7, 6-4 SOC). The Eagles hurt their own cause with four walks and one hit batsman in the fourth.

Black Tornado starter Trevor McCleery went the distance, allowing five hits with one strikeout and two walks.

Derek Grieve was 2-for-3 to pace EP (8-7, 3-7 SOC).

Eagle Point..................................000 010 ' — 5 1

North Medford........................000 641 ' 11 11 1

Staller, Willis (4), Smith (5) and Adams; McCleery and Bruhns. W ' McCleery (4-1). L ' Staller. 2B ' NM: Marlia.

SOUTH MEDFORD 6, KLAMATH UNION 4, 9 innings '

At Klamath Falls, South Medford capitalized on two Klamath Union throwing errors in the ninth inning to push past the pesky Pelicans and secure the SOC win.

Senior right-hander Tommy George worked the final three innings, allowing just one hit with five strikeouts and no walks, to pick up the victory.

Trenton Smith kick-started South Medford's ninth-inning rally by drawing a two-out walk. After Dane Happeny singled, Ryan Odell pounded a ground ball to second base. Two Klamath Union errors ensued, allowing Smith and Happeny to score.

Rick Imhausen and Ben Koziol each had two hits and one RBI for the Panthers (13-2, 8-2 SOC). Mark Cruz went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Pels (1-12, 0-9 SOC).

South Medford.....................300 010 002 ' 6 6 2

Klamath Union.....................001 030 000 ' 4 6 4

Smith, Boyd (6), George (7) and Koziol; Montgomery and M. Cruz. W ' George (3-0). L ' Montgomery. 2B ' SM: Adamson, Imhausen, Koziol.

ASHLAND 4, GRANTS PASS — ' At Ashland, Robby Bruce hit a two-run double in the seventh inning to rally Ashland in Southern Oregon Conference action.

Aaron San Nicholas went 3-for-3 and Sheldon Cotts 2-for-3 for the Grizzlies (6-8, 3-6 SOC).

Morgan Page went 2-for-3 to pace Grants Pass, which led 3-0 until Ashland scratched for one run in the fifth and sixth innings to set the stage for the last-gasp comeback.

Grants Pass...............................003 000 0 '3 4 3

Ashland.....................................000 011 2 ' 4 8 2

Murray and Garcia; San Nicholas, Killeen (4), S. Gaviglio (7) and Bruce. W ' S. Gaviglio (3-1), L ' Murray. 2B ' A: Senestraro, Bruce.

Softball

CRATER 12-5, EAGLE POINT 1-0 ' At Eagle Point, sophomore Breyanna Reed stepped in for an injured Ashleigh Cuddie and pitched brilliantly in both games to fuel seventh-ranked Crater to the SOC sweep.

Cuddie sat out the doubleheader with a finger injury on her pitching hand.

Reed limited Eagle Point (1-5 SOC) to one run and three hits in Game 1, then fired a four-hit shutout in the nightcap. She struck out six in each game and had a total of four walks.

Reed helped her cause in Game 1, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Ashleigh Larson added three hits of her own.

Ashley Josephson had a pair of hits for EP.

In Game 2, Kirstin Davidson wielded a potent bat for the Comets (12-3, 5-1 SOC) as the all-state outfielder banged two doubles, a triple and a single. She also had three RBIs.

FIRST GAME

Crater....................................232 030 2 ' 12 16 1

Eagle Point...............................000 100 0 ' — 3 1

Reed and Winningham, Lokeno (7); Emigh, Josephson (5) and Hamner. W ' Reed (2-0). L ' Emigh. 2B ' C: Larson; EP: Josephson. 3B ' C: Winningham.

SECOND GAME

Crater........................................003 010 — ' 5 9 1

Eagle Point...............................000 000 0 ' 0 4 0

Reed and Winningham; Skogseth, Josephson (5) and Griggs. W ' Reed (3-0). L ' Skogseth. 2B ' EP: Griggs; C: Winningham, Davidson 2, Hevern. 3B ' C: Davidson.

ROSEBURG 7-6, GRANTS PASS 1-2 ' At Grants Pass, Roseburg received a pair of complete-game pitching performances from sophomore Mikayla Endicott.

In the opener, junior catcher Tanya Johnston sparked a Roseburg four-run first inning outburst with a two-run homer.

Tasha Bishop went 3-for-4 for the Indians.

Roseburg junior Brandi Campos clouted a double, triple and home run in the second game.

For Grants Pass (7-3-1, 3-3 SOC), freshman shortstop Lindy Sippola had six hits in the twin bill.

FIRST GAME

Roseburg................................400 000 — ' 7 10 0

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

Endicott and Johnston; Chamberlain and Woolf. W ' Endicot. L ' Chamberlain. 2B ' R: Bishop. HR ' R: Johnston.

SECOND GAME

Roseburg..................................130 000 2 ' 6 8 3

Grants Pass..............................000 020 0 ' 2 8 0

Endicott and Johnston; Chamberlain, Prestianni (3) and Woolf. W ' Endicot. L ' Chamberlain (7-3-1). 2B ' R: Campos; GP: Sippola. 3B ' R: Campos. HR ' R: Campos.