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Big inning lifts Panthers to playoff win

Prep Baseball

TIGARD ' South Medford assumed runs would be hard to come by against Metro League pitcher of the year Ben Pressler in its Class 4A baseball state playoff opener Monday

Pressler had the Panthers blanked on one hit through three innings, but South exploded for eight runs in the fourth and went on to post a 9-5 victory over Westview at Tigard High School.

Fifth-ranked South Medford (22-5) will host Midwestern League champion Churchill in a third-round game Wednesday at Harry and David Field.

After three innings, Ryan Odell and Pressler were hooked up in a scoreless pitching duel.

Through the first three innings, Ryan and their guy (Pressler) were dominant, said South Medford coach Steve Antich. The breakthrough inning was huge.

The Panthers strung together nine of their 14 hits, including all four doubles, in the outburst.

— Jared Adamson opened the fourth for South with a double and Rick Imhausen followed with an RBI single.

Zach Wilson singled, Tyler Comford sacrificed the runners to second and third and Ben Koziol delivered a two-run double down the right-field line to give South a 3-0 lead.

The Panthers got a break when Trenton Smith's infield popup fell for a single. Dane Happeny then singled to load the bases and Odell clouted a 2-2 pitch for a double and a 5-0 advantage.

Mark Austad provided the third two-run double during the rally and Adamson collected his second single in the frame. The final run scored when Westview failed to turn a double play on Imhausen's grounder.

We had some excellent at-bats against a very good pitcher, said Antich. Those were sharp hits.

Staked to the eight-run lead, Odell pitched effectively. The senior went the distance to register his ninth victory in 11 decisions. Odell finished with five strikeouts and allowed four earned runs.

Ryan worked quick and stayed ahead of the batters, said Antich. When he's got his fastball working, its hard to make contact. We also played pretty good defense behind him.

Odell paced the offense with two hits, two RBIs and one run. Also with two hits each, were Adamson, Wilson, Koziol, Smith and Happeny.

This was a big step for our program, Antich said. Our kids were up for the challenge. The bottom line was we got big hits with runners in scoring position.

South Medford........................................000 800 — ' 9 14 2

Westview.................................................000 300 2 ' 5 11 2

Odell and Koziol; Pressler and Cero. W ' Odell (9-2). L ' Pressler. 2B ' SM: Odell, Adamson, Koziol, Austad; 3B ' W: Beckette. HR ' W: Cero.

JESUIT 10, NORTH MEDFORD 6 ' At Beaverton, despite two late home runs from Logan Odom, North Medford's comeback fell short in the second-round playoff matchup.

Odom had a three-run shot in the fourth inning to cut the Jesuit lead to 6-3, then hit a solo homer in the top of the sixth inning. Abe Eubank also bashed a solo home run in the inning to make it 6-5.

With two outs in the top of the seventh, Darren Bruhns' RBI single scored Aaron Marlia. Bruhns, however, was later thrown out for the final out trying to reach third on a base hit.

Mike Rogers three-run homer in the bottom of the first put Jesuit up 3-0 and the Crusaders tacked on three more in the third to make it 6-0.

Bruhns and Zach Earle went 2-for-4, and Marlia was 2-for-2 with a double for the Black Tornado (14-13).

North Medford........................................000 302 — ' 6 10 4

Jesuit......................................................303 022 x ' 10 10 1

Bedortha, Jones (3), McCleery (6) and Bruhns; Pearce and Gutierez. W ' Pearce. L ' Bedortha. 2B ' NM: Marlia; J: Pearce. 3B ' J: North. HR ' NM: Odom 2, Eubank; J: Rogers.

Class 3A Playoffs

PHOENIX 4, CENTRAL — ' At Monmouth, Dustin Smith's two-run home run ignited a four-run first inning to help Phoenix fend off Central in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

With the win, the Pirates (18-9) advance to play at Marist on Wednesday, May 24.

The Pirates went up 3-0 when Ryan Robinson doubled home Kyle Giron. Nick Abney's base knock then scored Robinson.

Jordan Lewis picked up his eighth win for the Pirates, striking out eight while giving up only six hits and two walks.

Marcus Risteen had 10 strikeouts for Central.

Phoenix.....................................................400 000 0 ' 4 6 0

Central......................................................000 100 0 ' — 6 2

Lewis and Giron; Risteen and Pratt. W ' Lewis (8-3). L ' Risteen. 2B ' Robinson. C: McKee. HR ' P: Smith.

MAZAMA 7, DOUGLAS 2 ' At Klamath Falls, senior pitcher Larry Wagner limited Douglas to five hits and struck out six in 61/3 innings as Mazama rolled to the state playoff win.

The Skyline Conference runner-up Vikings will play at Val-Co League champion Newport in the second round Wednesday.

Mazama took a 1-0 lead in the first when Jon Larsen singled, stole second and scored on a single by Tyler McGoveran.

The Vikings added two more runs in the second on RBI singles by Kyle Dean and Kyle Connor.

Mazama's Jordan Nelson added a two-run homer in the fourth.

McGoveran had two hits for the Vikings.

Douglas.....................................................002 000 0 ' 2 5 2

Mazama....................................................120 202 x ' 7 9 0

Perron and Powell; Wagner, McGoveran (7) and Dean. WP ' Wagner. LP ' Perron. 2B ' D: Walton, North; M: Carlin .HR M: Nelson.