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Frosh pitcher shines as North sweeps Mt. View

BEND — Freshman Matt Maurer made a sterling pitching debut as North Medford swept Mountain View in a nonconference baseball doubleheader Friday.

Maurer, a 6-foot-2 left-hander, led the Black Tornado to a five-inning, 14-0 win in the second game. It followed a 15-3 opening victory as North improved to 3-0.

Returning earlier than expected from a football knee injury, Maurer pitched three innings, struck out four and didn't walk a batter. He hit the first batter he faced, but a double play cleared the bases, and he then fanned the Cougars' No. 3 hitter.

Maurer faced the minimum nine batters and also struck out the Nos. 4, 6 and 9 hitters.

"He threw as well as he ever has," said North Medford coach Brett Wolfe.

Maurer threw strikes on seven of his first nine pitches and on 26 of 36 during his limited stint.

"He's got a nice breaking pitch, changes speeds and has command of his fastball, change-up and breaking pitch," said Wolfe. "He got ahead of hitters and spotted his pitches, and that's what pitching is all about."

The Tornado provided plenty of offensive support, too, rapping 25 hits in the two games.

Five players had at least two hits in the opener, and Andrew Jones drove in four runs in the nightcap with a three-run double and a solo home run.

"We fought the bad weather just like everybody else," said Wolfe. "We were fortunate to get outside and get some work in. It didn't slow us down too much. The kids saw the ball real well and played great defense."

North made only one error on the day.

In the first game, Jordan Bostwick was 3-for-5 and drove in two runs, and Zack Earle, Hayden Wolfe, Aaron Marlia and Darren Bruhns each had two hits. Earle and Marlia each scored three runs and Wolfe had three RBIs.

Reliever Dylan Bedortha earned a save in relief of his brother, Shea, blanking Mountain View for three innings on three hits. He struck out three and didn't walk anyone.

In Game 2, Shea Bedortha was 2-for-2 with three RBIs.

FIRST GAME

North Medford 040 600 5 — 15 15 1

Mountain View 110 100 0 — 3 10 6

S. Bedortha, D. Bedortha (5) and Bruhns; B. Shotwell, Martinez (4), Sell (7) and Sustare. W — S. Bedortha (1-0). L — B. Shotwell. 2B — NM: Bostwick, Jones, S. Bedortha; MV: Mace, B. Shotwell.

SECOND GAME

North Medford 091 40 — 14 10 0

Mountain View 000 00 — 0 2 0

Maurer, Young (4), Wolfe (5) and Bruhns; McMahon, Vetter (2), Young (3), Mace (5) and Sustare. W — Maurer (1-0). L — McMahon. 2B — NM: Jones; MV: Mace. 3B: NM, Odom. HR — NM: Jones (1).

U MAZAMA 5-10, SOUTH MEDFORD 4-1 — At Klamath Falls, South Medford committed four errors in the final two innings of Game 1 and gave away a 3-0 lead as Mazama swept in the preseason doubleheader at Kiger Field.

Before the Panther defense squandered away the win, Griff Boyd was nearly flawless from the mound, striking out eight and allowing just two hits in five innings.

South Medford (0-2) made nine errors overall, five in the nightcap where the Vikings' Kyle Mauch went 4-for-4 with a home run. He was 5-for-8 on the day with two doubles and four RBIs.

Trent Smith kicked off the second game with a lead-off home run for the Panthers and went 3-for-6 with three runs and three stolen bases on the afternoon.

The Panthers' Patrick Thiebeault had a 2-for-3 effort in the second game.

FIRST GAME

South Medford 200 001 1 — 4 2 4

Mazama 000 001 4 — 5 2 3

Boyd, Britton (6), Camp (7) and Williamson; Stratton and Johnson. W — Stratton. L — Britton (0-1). 2B — M: Mauch.

SECOND GAME

South Medford 100 000 x — 1 4 5

Mazama 112 240 x — 10 6 3

J. Smith, Holmes (4), Britton (6) and Palazolo; Wagner, Blake (6) and Stratton. W — Wagner. L — Smith (0-1). 2B — M: Wagner, Blake, Mauch. HR — SM: T. Smith; M: Mauch.

Softball

u EAGLE POINT 11, FALL RIVER 0 — At Yreka, Kirsten Emigh struck out eight in four innings and Dawn Wilkerson and Terrah Whipple each went 3-for-3 to pace Eagle Point's 11-hit attack in the opening round of the eight-team Yreka Invitational.

Whipple drove in two runs and scored three times, while Wilkerson scored twice and had one RBI.

Eagle Point 303 32 — 11 11 2

Fall River 000 00 — 0 2 4

Emigh, Stephens (5) and Griggs; Estes and Corr. W — Emigh (1-0). L — Estes. 2B — EP: Wilkerson, Whipple, Schauffler. HR — EP: Josephson.

U ASHLAND SPLITS — At Yreka, Ashland's Jubilee Sharpe scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of Game 2 to defeat Fall River 2-1 but the Grizzlies were handed a 1-0 loss by Corning in the opening game of the Yreka Invitational.

The International rule put Sharpe on second base to start the extra inning and on a Sarah Silbowitz's bunt advanced her to third then scored on the bad throw.

Bella Pribyl struck out five of six batters in the seventh and eighth innings for Ashland (2-1) and had eight more strikeouts in the opening game.

Hayley Ross struckout six in the first six innings of Game 2 was 2-for-3, while Sharpe went 3-for-3.

Corning beat Ashland in the first contest with a run in the seventh inning.

Corning 000 000 1 — 1 5 0

Ashland 000 000 0 — 0 2 2

Flores and Johnson; Pribyl and Cantrell. W — Flores. L — Pribyl (2-1). 3B — A: Jorgensen.

U

Fall River 010 000 00 — 1 5 2

Ashland 100 000 01 — 2 7 1

Ester and Heringer; Ross, Pribyl (7) and Cantrell. W — Pribyl (3-1). L — Ester.