North stays perfect with two wins over Mazama
Undefeated North Medford got some offensive pop from Darren Bruhns, complete games from pitchers Shea Bedortha and Logan Odom and a stellar defensive performance in a nonconference home doubleheader sweep of Mazama Thursday.
The Black Tornado defeated the Vikings 11-1 in six innings and 8-1 to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Bruhns, a senior catcher, went 5-for-7 and scored five runs in the twin bill.
"Darren is our leadoff guy," North Medford coach Brett Wolfe said. "He's got a good knowledge of the strike zone and he can hit with power."
Seniors Bedortha and Odom were both effective from the mound. Bedortha allowed four hits in the opener with seven strikeouts and five walks on 88 pitches.
"Shea has been working out a couple of kinks," said Wolfe. "After the first inning, he got his ball down in the zone. He was able to locate his change-up and curveball behind in the count."
Odom struck out 10, walked three and gave up five hits.
"(Odom) is a big kid who's finally learning how to pitch," said Wolfe. "He put in a lot of time this winter."
In Game 1, Bruhns and Kody Stevens collected two hits each, and Andrew Jones provided a base-clearing, three-run double in the Black Tornado six-run fifth inning.
Bruhns added three more hits in the nightcap, while Jones and Aaron Marlia chipped in two hits apiece. Jones' two-out, run-scoring double in the sixth gave the North junior No. 3 hitter 13 RBIs on the season.
The Black Tornado only made one error on the day and turned three double plays to give them eight for the year.
A number of North players were on the North Medford Mavericks team that won the American Legion A state title last summer and was runner-up at the Northwest Regional.
"The kids are pretty relaxed and loose," said Wolfe. "They played all those summer games together and they're educated on how to play the game. When you execute and limit teams to three outs, you have a good chance to win ball games."
Mazama 000 010 — 1 4 6
North Medford 002 261 — 11 9 1
Stratton, Holmes (5) and Johnson; S. Bedortha and Bruhns. W — S. Bedortha (2-0). L — Stratton. 2B — M: Larsen; Jones.
Mazama 000 000 1 — 1 5 1
North Medford 121 031 x — 8 12 0
Wagner, Blake (6) and Stratton, Bocchi (3); Odom and Bruhns. W — Odom (2-0). L — Wagner. 2B — M: Mauch; NM: Jones, Odom, Stevens, Wolfe.
u EAGLE POINT 12, NORTH VALLEY 2 — At Eagle Point, Eagle Point rapped 10 hits to back the solid pitching of Ryan Smith in the five-inning, nonconference victory.
Smith went the distance for the Eagles (4-1), allowing three hits and striking out nine. He walked three batters.
Aaron Willis was 2-for-3, scored three runs and had an RBI, and Frank Charlton was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
Scott Erickson had two runs and two RBIs, and the Eagles' Austin Owens slugged a solo homer in the fourth.
Both North Valley runs came on a two-run homer by Nate Ellis in the third.
North Valley 002 00 — 2 3 3
Eagle Point 213 33 — 12 10 0
Olmstead, Rankin (5) and Ogden; R. Smith and Erickson. W — R. Smith (1-1). L — Olmstead. 2B — EP: F. Charlton, Erickson, Aranda. HR — NV: Ellis; EP: Owens.
u PHOENIX 6-10, KLAMATH UNION 3-1 — At Talent, Dustin Smith's two-run home run sparked Phoenix in the opener, and Ryan Robinson was effective on the mound and at the plate in Game 2 to lead the Pirates.
Phoenix trailed 3-1 in the opener until Nick Workman doubled in the fifth and scored on a single by Kory Locken to make it 3-2. Smith followed with a two-run blast.
Jordan Lewis added a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to give the Pirates a 6-3 cushion but saved his biggest moment for the bottom half of the inning. With the bases loaded and two out, Lewis was able to strike out KU's Jake Waardenburg to end the threat.
Lewis finished with eight strikeouts but issued five walks in earning his first win.
In the nightcap, Robinson was 3-for-4 and tossed a four-hitter for Phoenix (4-0).
Jake Murphy was also 3-for-3 with two runs and Jordan Decker 3-for-4 with two runs for the Pirates, who played good defense in support of Robinson.
Cougar Cruz led KU with three hits in the first game and Aaron Montgomery added two hits.
Klamath Union 111 000 0 — 3 8 1
Phoenix 000 132 x — 6 7 2
Waardenburg and McCarty; Lewis and Murphy, Shepherd (6). W — Lewis (1-0). L — Waardenburg. 2B — KU: Brooks; P: Smith, Workman. 3B — KU: Waardenburg, P: Robinson. HR — P: Smith (1).
Klamath Union 001 000 0 — 1 4 2
Phoenix 204 400 x — 10 13 0
Montgomery, Cruz (4) and McCarty; Robinson and Shepherd. W — Robinson (2-0). L — Montgomery. 2B — P: Locken, Murphy, Decker, Workman.
u DEL NORTE 10, ROGUE RIVER 4 — At Crescent City, Calif., Kelly White and Ryan Castro accounted for most of the Rogue River (3-2) offense by combining for four hits and three RBIs.
Rogue River 010 003 0 — 4 4 6
Del Norte 412 120 x — 10 10 1
Haberman, Frantz (4), Castro (6) and Castro, Schoner (4); O'Brien and Davis. W — Davis. L — Haberman (1-1). 2B — DN: Yslas 3B — DN: Bertolinni
u LAKEVIEW 14-18, BUTTE FALLS 2-0 — At Butte Falls, Josh Dyck picked up two of Butte Falls' four hits in a doubleheader loss to open District 4 play.
Joey Knighton added a double in the first game and Josh Sutfin singled in the nightcap for the Loggers (0-5, 0-2 Dist. 4).
Kasey Clemens and J.D. Jones were each 3-for-3 in the opener to lead Lakeview (2-0 Dist. 4).
Lakeview 230 63 — 14 13 0
Butte Falls 002 00 — 2 2 2
M. Clemens, Reed (3) and Ferry; Gordon, Dyck (5) and Knighton. W — M. Clemens. L — Gordon (0-2). 2B — L: K. Clemens, Klunder, Jones; BF: Knighton. 3B — L: M. Clemens.
Lakeview 223 (10)1 — 18 13 0
Butte Falls 000 00 — 0 2 7
Murphy, Reed (4) and Ferry; Sutfin, Myers (1), Knighton (4), Dyck (4) and Mercer, Knighton (2), Myers (4). W — Murphy. L — Sutfin (0-2). 2B — L: Klunder 2, Pardue.