Top seeds, Endrikat advance at RV Open
The opening day of the 16th annual Rogue Valley Open Championships didn't produce any surprises.
The top two seeds and local product Jonathan Endrikat advanced in the men's singles division of the tennis tournament at the Rogue Valley Swim and Tennis Club on Friday.
Top-seeded George Jecminek posted a straight-set victory without losing a game and second-seeded Angelo Niculescu won 6-1, 6-1 to move into today's quarterfinals.
Endrikat, a former North Medford High standout, defeated unseeded Brent Wheeler, 6-1, 6-3. The unseeded Endrikat goes against Jecminek at 11 a.m. today.
Wil Cochrane, the Phoenix High Class 4A state singles champion this year, dropped a 6-2, 6-4 match to No. 3 Andy Gerst.
In a doubles exhibition, former South Medford two-time state singles champion and world No. 1 doubles player Jonathan Stark and Will Forsyth, another past Panther star, defeated Paul Reber, University of Oregon women's head coach, and Ducks' assistant coach Maja Kovacek, 6-1, 6-4.
The tournament continues today and concludes Sunday with the singles and doubles finals.
MEN'S SINGLES — Angelo Niculescu d. Robby Hobbs, 6-1, 6-1; Trevor Dobson d. Paxton Deuel, 7-6(6), 6-3; Oren Motevassel d. Reid Delaubenfels, 7-6(6), 6-2; Ryan Pang d. Zeke Hindle, 6-3, 6-4; Jesse Schouten d. Curt Wheeler, 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-1; Andy Gerst d. Wil Cochrane, 6-2, 6-4; Jonathan Endrikat d. Brent Wheeler, 6-1, 6-3; George Jecminek d. John Dix, 6-0, 6-0.
MUSTANGS DROP PAIR — At Salem, the Medford Mustangs gave up four unearned runs in dropping a 4-3 decision to the Vancouver Cardinals in the 16-team Willamette Classic, then lost a 2-1 non-tournament game to the Salem Post 20 Dirtbags.
Six Mustang errors led to all of Vancouver's runs at John Lewis Field on the Willamette University campus.
The Mustangs scored two runs in the sixth inning to knot the score at 2-all. Medford loaded the bases on walks to Cody Hoff and Taylor Humphrey and a bunt single by Charlie Walker. Hoff scored on a fielder's choice by Evan Westhelle-Grant and Billy Hansen's sacrifice fly brought home the second run.
Ethan Schlecht, who went 3-for-4, doubled to open the ninth for the Mustangs and scored two outs later on Hayden Evans' single.
The Mustangs (5-5) gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh in the loss to Salem Post 20. It extended the Mustangs' losing streak to four straight.
Medford's only run came in the fourth inning when Jesse Hornbrook scored from third with the bases loaded on a double-play grounder by Evans.
Hornbrook and Westhelle-Grant each had two hits for Medford.
Medford Mustangs 000 002 001 — 3 7 6
Vancouver Cardinals 110 000 20x — 4 7 0
Namanny, Fredrickson (8) and Westhelle-Grant; Clevidence, Taylor (7), Hawken (9) and Freese. W — Taylor. L — Namanny (1-2). 2B — M: Schlecht.
Medford Mustangs 000 100 0 — 1 6 1
Salem Post 20 010 000 1 — 2 4 0
Walker and Wallan; Fast, Zachary (7) and Rice. W — Zachary. L — Walker (0-1). 2B — S: Rice.
ASHLAND 12-11, CASCADE/ST. MARY'S/ROGUE RIVER 2-1 — Eric Carlson was 7-for-7 with four RBIs and two doubles and also pitched four solid innings in the nightcap to lead the Ashland Pilots to an Area 4 sweep at St. Mary's High School.
Carlson was 3-for-3 with three RBIs in Ashland's five-inning Game 1 victory, then went 4-for-4 and struck out five in Ashland's six-inning Game 2 victory.
Tommy Hulick struck out seven and walked three while allowing six hits to pick up the victory in the first game, which the Pilots (2-1) broke open by scoring four runs in the first inning.
Also for Ashland in Game 1, Bryce Rogan was 2-for-2 with two RBI's and two runs scored and Ryan Bottimore 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
In the second game, Ashland's Jack Carroll was 1-for-3 with a triple for the Pilots, who scored five runs in the third and five more in the sixth to win by the 10-run mercy rule for the second time Friday.
For the Wolfpack (1-3), Garrett Carpenter drove in all three runs on the day.
Ashland 410 34 — 12 9 2
Cascade 002 00 — 2 6 0
Hulick, Glick (5) and Glick, Cammarota (5); Dusenbury, Ritchie (4) and Seus. W — Hulick (1-0). L — Dusenbury (0-1). 2B — A: Bottimore, Hulick, Rogan. 3B — CC: Seus.
Ashland 105 05 — 11 7 1
Cascade 100 00 — 1 3 2
Carlson, Je. Carroll (5) and Hulick; Stinchcomb, Seus (4), Fode (5) and Seus, Stinchcomb (4). W — Carlson (1-0). L — Stinchcomb (0-1). 2B — A: Carlson 2; C: Ross. 3B — A: Ja. Carroll.