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Panthers slug their way past Cougars

BEND — The baseball bats came alive in a big way for South Medford in a nonconference doubleheader against Mountain View Saturday.

The Panthers hit four home runs and slugged their way to a 19-3, five-inning victory in Game 1, then overcame a five-run deficit in the nightcap to complete the sweep with a 17-8 triumph.

South Medford (2-2), which was coming off a pair of season-opening losses to Mazama, had 27 hits and five homers overall in Bend.

"We put the ball in play," said first-year Panther coach Tom Britton. "It was a good outing for us today.

"It's still early in the season and it's still too early to form any conclusions yet. We have a lot of work to do."

A.J. Palazzolo led the long-ball parade in the opener with a two-run shot and a three-run blast. Trent Smith added a two-run homer and Griff Boyd lifted a solo shot.

Boyd went 3-for-3, Mike Whitten was 4-for-4 and Smith and Palazzolo each had two hits in the five-inning affair.

In Game 2, South Medford trailed 6-1 entering the fourth inning before erupting for nine runs in the frame.

Mike Williamson and Jared Smith each had two-run doubles to spark the big fourth inning.

Branson Holm struck out nine and walked one in 51/3 innings of relief to record his first pitching win.

Williamson collected three hits, including a solo homer, in five at-bats, while Boyd, Jared Smith, Holm and Andrew Bennett each had two hits.

The Panthers return to Harry and David Field on Monday at 2:30 p.m. for a nonconference game against Central Catholic.

FIRST GAME

South Medford 055 63 —19 14 2

Mountain View 020 10 —3 3 5

Boyd, Britton (4) and Palazzolo; Sustare, McMahon (3), Secl (4) and Delosangeles. W — Boyd (1-0). L — Sustare. 2B — SM: Boyd, Whitten 3; MV: Robles. HR — SM: T. Smith, Boyd, Palazzolo 2.

SECOND GAME

South Medford 010 922 3 —17 13 2

Mountain View 330 002 0 —8 11 9

Camp, Holm (2) and Williamson; Mace, Martinez (4), Young (7) and Sustare. W — Holm (1-0). L — Mace. 2B — SM: Adamson, Bennett, Williamson; MV: Robles, Davies. 3B — MV: Robles. HR — SM: Williamson.

u DOUGLAS 10-7, NORTH VALLEY 1-6 — At Merlin, Douglas pitchers limited North Valley to eight hits over the course of two games to sweep the nonleague doubleheader.

Nick Bohnenkamp hit a home run in the first game to help lead the Trojans, while Cody Walton scored three runs for Douglas in Game 2.

Matt Olmstead and Keith Suits both went 2-for-3 to lead North Valley (0-6) in the nightcap.

FIRST GAME

Douglas 012 022 3 — 10 9 1

North Valley 001 000 0 — 1 3 0

Clark and Quimby; Sleight and Ogden. W — Clark. L — Sleight (0-3). 2B — D: Walton; NV: Suits. HR — D: Bohnenkamp.

SECOND GAME

Douglas 014 100 1 — 7 5 0

North Valley 031 200 0 — 6 5 2

Perron and Bohnenkamp; Moffitt, Dechenne (4) and Austin. W — Perron. L — Dechenne (0-1). 2B — D: Stoffal, Walton, Norton. 3B — D: Perron.

Softball

U ANDERSON TOURNAMENT — At Redding, Calif., after a round of pool play on Friday, South Medford started single-elimination rounds by defeating Hamilton City 13-1.

Kinzie Towry hit a two-run home run in the third inning and also scored two runs.

Samantha Matarese scored twice for the Panthers, while Courtney Guches had two RBIs.

The game ended after four innings because of a 10-run rule.

South was eliminated from the tournament later in the day, however, after a 3-0 loss to Bella Vista of Sacramento.

Bella Vista broke a scoreless tie on a two-run double in the third inning.

Sophomore pitcher Jessica Mondale had four strikeouts for the Panthers in a game that ended after six innings because of a time limit.

Hamilton City 000 1 — 1 3 2

South Medford 643 0— 13 8 1

Fumasie, Anderson (2), and McCorkle; Mondale, Newman (2), Land (3), and James; W — Mondale (3-1), L — Fumasie. 2B — SM: Tacdol. HR — SM: Towry.

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South Medford 000 000 — 0 2 1

Bella Vista 002 01x — 3 7 1

Mondale and Dixon; Nekyassoff and Reynolds; W — Nekyassoff. L — Mondale (3-2). 2B — BV: Richardson, Reynolds.

U NORTH VALLEY 8-6, DOUGLAS 1-5 — At Merlin, senior Kaci Chase's game-winning hit in the eighth inning of the nightcap completed North Valley's rally from five runs down and a sweep of Douglas in a nonleague doubleheader.

The Knights (3-2) trailed 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Casie Hinkle's two-run single tied the game at 5-all in the bottom of the seventh. Chase later drove home Trudy Hogg in the extra frame.

Hinkle, who picked up both North Valley wins on the afternoon, was nearly flawless from the mound, hurling 14 total strikeouts in nine scoreless innings, including the last four frames in the Game 2 comeback.

Kristen Allison was 4-for-8 with three runs overall, while Shawlena Haga and Bridgette Stasio were each 2-for-3 in the opener. Hinkle, Chase and Nikki Noyes all were 2-for-4 in Game 2.

FIRST GAME

Douglas 000 000 1 — 1 6 2

North Valley 300 212 x — 8 10 0

King and Harris; Hinkle, Morton (6) and R. Conard. W — Hinkle (1-1). L — King. 2B — NV: R. Conard. 3B — D: Odom, Case.

SECOND GAME

Douglas 002 300 00 — 5 9 6

North Valley 000 120 21 — 6 12 2

Dahl, King (7) and Harris; Morton, Hinkle (5) and R. Conard. W — Hinkle (2-1). L — King. 3B: — NV: Allison.

Track & Field

U OAKRIDGE RELAYS — At Oakridge, Cascade Christian narrowly missed out on placing first in the 13-team event.

The Challengers tallied 97 points to finish behind Culver, which had 99 points.

Boys and girls were scored as one team.

Rachelle Buck won the discus event with a throw of 104 feet, breaking the school record.

Jill Bennett won in the triple jump with a leap of 31-111/2 and Josh Heidegger finished first in the javelin (148-0).

The Challengers also took top honors in the girls 4x100 relay and placed second in the coed 4x200 and 4x400 relays.