RiverDawgs make it five in a row
As thrilling as the ending was in the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs' contest on Sunday, it was nearly overshadowed by a rare and sensational play made by Ryan Xepoleas that was not only done once in the game, but twice in the same inning.
In the ninth inning, however, the RiverDawgs received a game-winning hit from Brent Gillespie and Southern Oregon was able to fend off Walnut Creek, which had rallied from behind twice.
The RiverDawgs amateur baseball team claimed a 7-6 victory for its fifth straight win and a three-game sweep of the Crawdads at Harry & David Field.
Gillespie's single to left field plated Chris Streeter to win it for the RiverDawgs (7-3, 5-1 Far West League), who loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth.
In the fourth inning, the right fielder Xepoleas turned what should have been a single for the Crawdads' Michael Mann into an out when he grabbed the ball on the hop and delivered a laser throw to first base from the outfield.
After the second out of the inning, Mack Hess hit one out in front of Xepoleas again only to fall victim to another rocket heave putout at first to get the RiverDawgs out of the frame.
Everything was going the RiverDawgs' way as they cruised through the first five innings holding a 4-0 lead, but the Crawdads broke through with two runs in the sixth inning to trim the lead to 4-2.
After Southern Oregon got both of those runs back by tallying a pair in the bottom of the frame, the Crawdads answered with four runs in the top of the seventh inning, which knotted the score at 6-all. Mack Hess' run-scoring single tied the score.
Both squads held each other in check until the ninth, when the RiverDawgs were able to pull it out.
Ty Gilmore, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and Kyle Secciani both went 2-for-4. Gilmore scored twice and Secciani drove in two runs.
Walnut Creek 000 002 400 — 6 8 2
Southern Oregon 003 102 001 — 7 9 2
Conard, Hess (5), Keane (9) and Highberger; Spencer, Gaskins (6), McGrath (7), Nottingham (7) and Hertzmann, Brill (6). W — Nottingham (2-0). L — Keane. 2B — WC: Colick, SO: Secciani 2.
NORTH MEDFORD 8-9, KLAMATH FALLS A 4-1 — Josh Berman was superb from the mound in the nightcap for North Medford, throwing a two-hitter to sweep the Klamath Falls A Hawks.
Berman calmed down after a shaky first inning where he walked two and hit a batter. He went the distance allowing only one earned run on the two hits and five walks. He also stuck out 10.
The Mavericks (5-1, 5-1 Area 4) backed Berman with five runs in the fifth inning to take control.
Both Berman and Micah Brown went 2-for-3.
In the first game, Austin Zavala's two-run double in the fourth inning gave the Mavericks a 4-1 cushion. He finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs. Brown went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs on a single in the sixth.
Colton Westfall picked up the win after allowing three runs on three hits and three walks to go with seven strikeouts.
Klamath Falls A Hawks 000 030 1 — 4 7 1
North Medford 011 204 x — 8 9 2
Lancaster, Montgomery (5) and Howard; Westfall and Zavala. W — Westfall (1-0). L — Lancaster. 2B — KF: Crain, Lancaster; NM: Zavala, Crofton.
Klamath Falls A 001 000 0 — 1 2 2
North Medford 021 051 x — 9 11 0
Edwards, Budden (5), Haskins (5) and Cockrell; Berman and Zavala. W — Berman (1-0). L — Edwards. 2B — KF: Seater; NM: Raff, Berman, Fowler.
CENTRAL POINT 9-17, GRANTS PASS 8-16 — At Central Point, Anthony Martin finished the day 4-for-5 with five RBIs and Lane Ullom bashed the go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 2, helping the Comets pick up the season-opening Area 4 sweep at Anhorn Field.
Ullom's key hit in Game 2 drove in Martin, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the opener and 2-for-2 with four runs scored and two RBIs in the second game.
John Ryan Keyser finished 2-for-4 and Ullom 2-for-2 in Game 2, when Central Point (2-0) rallied from a 9-0 deficit and prevailed despite committing 10 errors.
Justin Spinner was 3-for-5 and Chris Leenknecht 3-for-4 for the Diggers in the nightcap.
Grants Pass 100 010 6 — 8 10 2
Central Point 210 402 0 — 9 5 2
Glaecer, DAmico (5) and Leenknecht; Bastendorff, Joerger (7), Lathrop (7) and Aplin. W — Bastendorff (1-0). L — Glaecer. 2B — GP: Mathews; CP: Tibbets, Martin.
Grants Pass 630 302 2 — 16 10 1
Central Point 004 039 1 — 17 11 10
Ekwall, Bunn (5), Campbell (6), Fulton (6) and Leenknecht; Pardee, Lathrop (5), Fahndrich (7) and Caballero, Aplin (5). W — Fahndrich (1-0). L — Fulton. 2B — GP: VanEss, Spinner; CP: Aplin, Tibbets, Ullom, Keyser. 3B — GP: Mathews.
NORTH JACKSON 13-7, SOUTH MEDFORD 12-4 — Derrick Walls drove in the go-ahead run that helped North Jackson claim the first game in a sweep of South Medford.
Walls broke the 12-all game with a two-out, two-strike double. He finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs.
Johnny Wilkerson went 5-for-5 with five RBIs, Bub Skogseth was 3-for-4 and Brandon Wilson was 2-for-5 for the Eagles.
Pat Alexander and Michael Winner both had a pair of hits for the Colts. Alexander scored twice and Winner drove in two runs.
In the nightcap, Will Cooney and Ryan Carle both had two hits for South Medford.
North Jackson 001 361 2 — 13 16 6
South Medford 001 614 0 — 12 8 4
Brammer, Morris (4), Skogseth (5), Wilson (6) and Augino; Alexander, James (5), Carle (7) and White. W — Wilson (1-0). L — James (0-1). 2B — NJ: Walls, Wilkerson; SM: Walker, W. Cooney. 3B — NJ: Wilkerson.
North Jackson 020 140 0 — 7 8 2
South Medford 110 010 1 — 4 7 5
Walls, Mickey (6) and Brammer; Newman, Carle (5) and W. Cooney. W — Walls. L — Newman (0-1). 3B — NJ: Radcliff.