RiverDawgs tip Cardinals in 12th, take FWL series
The fourth time was the charm for the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs in a 6-5 victory over Fresno Monday at Harry & David Field.
After rallying to tie the game in the eighth inning, the RiverDawgs stranded runners in scoring position in the ninth, 10th and 11th frames before Nick Rodda came through in the 12th with the winning hit as Southern Oregon took two out of three games in the Far West League series.
The RiverDawgs (18-20, 10-13 FWL) methodically generated the decisive run when Anthony Renteria, Jace Sloan and Andy Volk all walked to load the bases. On a 1-1 count and with the infield drawn in, Rodda slapped a hit between third base and shortstop to score Renteria.
With a man on first and Southern Oregon trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth, Kory Locken put down a bunt past the pitcher to move Marcelino Morales to second base. The ball was picked up by Fresno first baseman Nate Delena, who in an attempt to get the ball to the second baseman covering his bag, threw it down the right-field line, allowing Morales to score from first base and knot it at 5-all.
Dylan Bedortha earned the win and Sam Paterson pitched well in relief in 42/3 innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits and striking out two.
Rodda finished 3-for-5 and Locken, Chris Bradshaw and Trent Jemmett all tallied two hits.
Fresno 000 022 010 000 — 5 11 2
So. Oregon 002 200 010 001 — 6 12 0
Gartner, Buckham (7) and Smith; M. Bataska, Paterson (6), Bedortha (11) and Fosnes, Volk (6). W — Bedortha (1-0). L — Buckham. 2B — SO: Locken. 3B — SO: Rogers.
NORTH MEDFORD 12-5, CENTRAL POINT 2-1 — North Medford's steady pitching kept the Central Point offense at bay in the Area 4 sweep.
In the nightcap, A.J. Miller went the distance for the Mavericks (39-11, 21-5 Area 4), allowing one earned run on six hits, one walk and five strikeouts.
Miller helped his own cause with an RBI triple in the Mavericks' three-run sixth inning.
Isiah Luzny and Micah Brown had back-to-back RBI singles to put the Mavericks ahead for good in the fourth inning.
Pitcher Brown allowed just three hits, but hit four batters, walked two and did not record a strikeout in five innings.
Miller went 2-for-4, had three RBIs and two runs, and Hayden Evans cleared the bases in the third with a double.
Central Point 101 00 — 2 3 2
North Medford 205 32 — 12 9 0
Painter, Pardee (3) and Aplin; Brown and Zavala. W — Brown (8-1). L — Painter. 2B — CP: Martin; NM: Walker, Evans. 3B — NM: Miller.
Central Point 001 000 0 — 1 6 0
North Medford 000 203 x — 5 5 0
Bastendorf and Aplin; Miller and Zavala. W — Miller (6-0). L — Bastendorf. 2B — CP: Aplin, Sparacino. 3B — NM: Miller.
NORTH JACKSON 12-8, HENLEY 5-1 — At Eagle Point, in a battle for third place in Area 4, Johnny Wilkerson fueled North Jackson with three home runs in the opener.
Wilkerson hit a grand slam in the second inning and smashed solo shots in the first and sixth innings. He was 3-for-4 with six RBIs.
Evan Jolliffe hit a two-run homer in the Eagles' six-run second inning.
Ty Atler pitched a four-hitter for the Eagles (17-13, 14-10 Area 4) in the nightcap, allowing one earned run, striking out eight and walking two. He also went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs.
Daniel Morgan went 2-for-2, drove in three runs and hit a solo homer in the second inning.
Henley 410 000 0 — 5 11 3
North Jackson 160 401 x — 12 8 1
Hilyard, Bennett (4), Greif (5) and Overstreet, Hilyard (4); Morgan, Wilson (1) and Skogseth, Morgan (1). W — Wilson (3-5). L — Hilyard. 2B — H: Alves; NJ: Wilson, Morgan. HR — NJ: Wilkerson, Jolliffe.
Henley 000 100 0 — 1 4 0
Eagle Point 040 202 x — 8 6 1
Overstreet, Guzman (5) and Hilyard; Atler and Morgan. W — Atler (6-2). L — Overstreet. 2B — NJ: Atler. HR — NJ: Morgan.