Mavs' Crofton throws no-no in sweep
David Crofton wasn't perfect, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing.
The ace for the North Medford Mavericks American Legion A baseball team pitched a no-hitter on Thursday to kickstart the Mavericks Area 4 sweep of the Grants Pass Miners with a 3-0 victory in Game 1 at North Medford High School.
The Mavericks (34-12, 21-3 Area 4) claimed the nightcap as well with a 5-1 decision.
Crofton went the distance and struck out three. His chance for a perfect game was lost after an early error but he didn't walk a batter until there were two outs remaining in the contest.
"He got ahead in the strike zone and mixed in his offspeed stuff," said Mavericks coach Brett Wolfe. "It was always a good pitcher's count to where he was able to dictate the pitch calls. It was nice for him to get out there on the mound and control the tempo."
Josh Berman collected two of the Mavericks' six hits in the opener and drove in a run.
In the nightcap, it was Jared Evans' turn to take control for North at the mound.
Evans went all seven innings, allowing one run on just three hits and one walk.
Micah Brown went 3-for-4 and scored twice for the Mavericks while Josh Berman finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Grants Pass Miners 000 000 0 — 0 0 1
North Medford 002 010 x — 3 6 1
Schmidt, Olmstead (5) and Dupont; Crofton and Zavala. W — Crofton (6-0). L — Schmidt. 2B — NM: Raff.
Grants Pass Miners 000 100 0 — 1 3 1
North Medford 002 201 x — 5 9 1
Hults and Dupont; Evans and Zavala. W — Evans (2-0). 2B — NM: Fowler. 3B — NM: Brown.
SOUTHERN OREGON RIVERDAWGS 6, NEVADA BIGHORNS 3 — Southern Oregon scored five runs over the fourth and fifth innings to pull away for a nonleague victory over the Nevada Bighorns at Harry & David Field.
Kyle Secciani, Ty Gilmore and Tynan Pedretti each had two hits for the RiverDawgs (24-10), with Gilmore and Pedretti each contributing two RBIs each.
Southern Oregon turned three double plays in support of starter Tim Hill, who gave up two hits and three earned runs over five innings of work to earn his first victory.
Southern Oregon hits the diamond again on Saturday with a Far West League doubleheader at Menlo Park.
Nevada 003 000 0 — 3 2 3
Southern Oregon 103 200 x — 6 10 0
Urban, Buscem (6) and Maupin; Hill, Ampi (6) and Hertzmann. W — Hill (1-0). L — Urban. S — Ampi (1). 2B — N: Dodge, Maupin; SO: Hayden.