Broncos move on, Black Stallions fall short at state
CANBY — The South Medford Broncos received a late-game scare but pulled out a 9-8 victory in the Oregon Junior Baseball Division II State Tournament at Canby High School on Friday.
The Broncos will square off against host Canby in a semifinal contest at 6 tonight.
North Medford fell to Sunset, 4-3, and will play McNary for fourth place at 9:30 this morning.
The Broncos (2-0) built an 8-1 lead, only to see it vanish after the Black Sox scored five runs in the sixth inning and two in the seventh inning.
Desmond Harrington pitched six strong innings for the Broncos. He allowed three runs — only one was earned — and struck out nine.
Harrington also drove in a run, and Ryan Johnson went 2-for-3, scored twice and had an RBI.
Enrique Mendez had a two-run single in the third inning.
The Black Stallions had 11 hits to the Apollos' five, thanks to North ace A.J. Miller. But Sunset made the most of its opportunities and took advantage of North Medford stranding runners.
Miller went the distance, giving up just one earned run. He also struck out two.
Kevin Hoyt went 3-for-4, while Tyler Gould and Jessie Ledbetter both went 2-for-4 for the Black Stallions. All three drove in a run.
LOCAL SWIMMERS EXCEL AT SENIOR SECTIONALS — At Gresham, two swimmers from the Triton Swim Team and another from the Superior Stingray Swimming Club posted personal-best times on the fourth day of the Speedo Western Sectional Long Course Championships at Mount Hood Aquatic Center.
Aaron Ghiglieri shaved 2.2 seconds off his best time in the 100 butterfly. He earned a time of 56.72 and nabbed third place. Ghiglieri, a nationally ranked swimmer for his age group in the 50 freestyle, just missed a junior national qualifying time. He has already earned a spot with his winning 50 free time.
Breanna Sapienza also clocked a personal best 1:06.34 in the butterfly but fell a bit shy of a national qualifying time.
Sarah Reierson, of the Superior Stingray Swimming Club, came within one second of a junior national qualifying time in the 100 backstroke Bonus A final, posting a time of 1:07.73 seconds, which was good for seventh place.