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North uses long ball to edge KU

SOC Baseball

KLAMATH FALLS ' North Medford got some healthy production from its offense in a Southern Oregon Conference baseball doubleheader against Klamath Union Saturday.

And the Black Tornado needed every bit of it.

North Medford hung on for a 10-9 victory in the opener, then completed the sweep over the Pelicans with a 13-6 victory at Kiger Stadium.

North Medford got three home runs in the twin bill. Abe Eubank hit his fourth homer of the season in the opener, while junior catcher Darren Bruhns hit two out in Game 2.

The Black Tornado (10-9, 9-6 SOC) scored five runs on three hits and two errors in the second inning of the first game. Logan Odom had a two-run single to complete the outburst.

Eubank's two-run blast in the third led to four more runs as North built a 10-1 lead.

— But the Pelicans almost came all the way back. Klamath had the tying run at third with two out in the seventh when reliever Trevor McCleery got Aaron Montgomery to pop up to third to end the game.

They just battled back, North Medford coach Brett Wolfe said. We were scoring runs and giving up runs.

Starting pitcher Shea Bedortha (3-3) went five innings to get the win for the Black Tornado. Bedortha struck out eight and walked three. Only two of six runs during his stint were earned.

Eubank and Aaron Marlia collected two hits each.

In the second game, North sophomore pitcher Andrew Jones went the distance for his second victory in five decisions.

Jones struck out eight and allowed four earned runs.

(Jones) is a competitor, said Wolfe. He mixed his fastball well. He's a young kid and will get better. We're excited about that.

Bruhns opened the fifth with a home run, then gave North some insurance with a grand slam in the seventh.

Bruhns finished with the two hits, five RBIs and scored four runs. Odom went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, Zack Earle added three hits and Marlia had two more hits.

We're banging the ball around and playing pretty well, said Wolfe. When you get guys to swing the bat throughout the lineup, you have a chance to win.

FIRST GAME

North Medford.....................154 000 0 ' 10 10 2

Klamath Union.....................001 142 — ' 9 12 4

Bedortha, McCleery (6) and Bruhns; Waardenburg and McCarty. W ' Bedortha (3-3). L ' Waardenburg. 2B ' NM: Eubank, James, Marlia: KU: M. Cruz, Brooks. 3B ' KU: Brooks. HR ' NM: Eubank (4).

SECOND GAME

North Medford....................103 022 5 ' 13 14 5

Klamath Union....................110 300 — ' 6 11 3

Jones and Bruhns; Montgomery and M. Cruz. W ' Jones (2-3). L ' Montgomery. 2B ' NM: Odom 2, Earle; KU: Cornachione, Waardenburg, C. Cruz. HR ' NM: Bruhns 2 (3).

ROSEBURG 10-4, ASHLAND 3-0 ' At Roseburg, top-ranked Roseburg remained perfect, nearly getting a no-hitter in the nightcap from Eric Thompson.

Max Gordon singled to left field with two outs in the seventh inning for Ashland's only hit as the Indians improved to 18-0, 15-0 SOC. Thompson struck out five and walked one.

Mickey Schmorde was 3-for-4 with two doubles for Roseburg.

In the first game, Blake Keitzman belted a grand slam in the fifth and pitched a two-hitter for Roseburg. He was 2-for-2 with five RBIs and two runs. On the mound, he struck out 14 and walked five.

Justin Meza had a two-run single for Ashland (9-11, 6-9 SOC).

FIRST GAME

Ashland.....................................100 020 0 ' — 2 1

Roseburg.................................131 140 x '10 8 1

San Nicholas, Gaviglio (4), C. Sebrell (6) and Bruce; Keitzman and Bruggeman. W ' Keitzman (8-0). L ' San Nicholas. 2B ' R: Schmorde 2, Allred. HR ' R: Keitzman.

SECOND GAME

Ashland.....................................000 000 0 ' 0 — 3

Roseburg...................................001 210 x '4 7 1

Killeen, C. Sebrell (5) and L. Sebrell; Thompson and Bruggeman. W ' Thompson (6-0). L ' Killeen. 2B ' R: Nelson. 3B ' R: Summers.

GRANTS PASS 5-6, EAGLE POINT 2-8 ' At Grants Pass, Grants Pass blew a 5-1, Game 2 lead as it split with Eagle Point in the SOC twin bill.

Eagle Point's Shasta Bateman ripped a three-run home run in the sixth inning to cut the Cavemen lead to 6-4. EP then capitalized on four Grants Pass errors in scoring four runs in the top of the seventh.

Grants Pass' Shawn O'Brien led off the bottom of the first inning in Game — with a home run and Ben Murray had two circuit clouts, a solo shot in the third inning and a two-run blast in the fifth that stretched GP's lead to 5-2.

Murray went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and had 10 strikeouts in seven innings on the mound for the Cavemen (6-15, 4-12 SOC).

GAME 1

Eagle Point...............................000 200 0 ' 2 5 0

Grants Pass..............................201 020 x ' 5 9 2

Grieve and Adams; Murray and P. Morgan. W ' Murray. L ' Grieve. HR ' GP: Murray 2, O'Brien.

GAME 2

Eagle Point...............................001 003 4 ' 8 9 6

Grants Pass.............................20 — 111 0 ' 6 9 6

Bateman and Adams; Sabo and P. Morgan. W ' Bateman. L ' Sabo. 2B ' EP: Hulla; GP: O'Brien, Murray. HR ' EP: Bateman.