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Athlete of the Week

Darren Bruhns

North Medford High School

The North Medford baseball team has raced to four straight wins to get back into the Southern Oregon Conference playoff race.

Look no further than junior catcher Darren Bruhns as one main reason why.

Bruhns' recent power surge lifted the Black Tornado to doubleheader sweeps of Klamath Union and rival South Medford.

Bruhns has hit safely in his last six at-bats, which has elevated his season batting average from .306 to .348.

Against Klamath on Saturday, Bruhns belted two home runs in Game 2 of a 13-6 victory. He belted a solo shot in the fifth inning and followed up in the seventh with a grand slam to finish the game with four runs and five RBIs.

The home run binge didn't let up Tuesday when North pounded South Medford, 11-1 in five innings.

Bruhns went 4-for-4 with a tape-measure homer and three singles to propel the Tornado.