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South's bats come alive in rout of Axemen

EUGENE — Opponents had been jumping on South Medford's baseball team early, but the Panthers turned the tables Tuesday in a 9-1 Southwest Conference-opening win over South Eugene.

With runners at second and third in the first inning, Jared Smith ripped a two-run double to jump-start South Medford (3-9, 1-0 SWC).

It added five runs in the second and two in the third to give starter Griff Boyd all the support he needed.

Boyd, a junior, overpowered the Axemen, allowing four hits, striking out four and walking two. He needed fewer than 90 pitches.

The top three hitters in the Panthers' order combined for nine hits. Trent Smith was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, John Adamson was 3-for-4 — including a three-run home run in the second — with two runs and four RBIs, and Boyd was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

South Medford 252 000 0 — 9 13 1

South Eugene 001 000 x — 1 4 1

Boyd and Williamson; O'Brien, McCarty (3) and Carpenter. W — Boyd (2-0). L — O'Brien. 2B — SM: Smith; SE: Carpenter. HR — SM: Adamson.

U ROSEBURG 15, GRANTS PASS 5 — At Grants Pass, Boone Sarrington hit a two-run homer in the first inning to fuel Roseburg.

Sarrington went 2-for-4, had three RBIs and scored two runs. Pitcher Scott Allred had seven strikeouts and held the Cavemen (3-8, 0-1 SWC) to six hits.

Roseburg 210 125 4 — 15 13 1

Grants Pass 000 005 0 — 5 6 2

Allred, Pointer (7) and Hansen; Z. Morgan, Albright (2), P. Morgan (5), Dolmage (5), Saxon (7), Chaldu (7) and Saxon, P. Morgan (7). W — Allred. L — Z. Morgan (2-2). 2B — GP: Chaldu, R: Inda, Count 2. 3B — R: Tommasini. HR — R: Sarrington.

Southern Sky

u CRATER 7-11, ASHLAND 1-8 — At Ashland, Crater belted out 26 hits over both games to sweep the Southern Sky doubleheader.

The Comets (8-3-1, 3-1 SSC) erupted for six runs in the top of the eighth inning of Game 1 to pull away for the win. Chris Thomas went the distance for Crater to improve to 4-0.

In Game 2, Crater had 17 hits and sped out to an 11-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. Ashland (6-6, 0-2) managed to put five runs on the board in its final at-bat but came up short.

FIRST GAME

Crater 001 000 06 —7 9 3

Ashland 100 000 00 —1 5 3

Thomas and Reina; G. Gaviglio, C. Sebrell (8) and L. Sebrell. W — Thomas (4-0). L — G. Gaviglio (2-1). 2B — C: Staniforth.

SECOND GAME

Crater 151 101 2 —11 17 3

Ashland 001 011 5 —8 11 1

Powell, Sanford (6), Ogle (7) and Reina; S. Gaviglio, Killeen (2), Halverson (4), Tygerson (5) and L. Sebrell. W — Powell (2-1). L — S. Gaviglio (1-2). 2B — C: Reina 2, Staniforth, Boskovich; A: G. Gaviglio 2. 3B — C: Warren.

u MAZAMA 7-6, KLAMATH UNION 5-1 — At Klamath Falls, Kris Blake's two-run sixth-inning single rallied Mazama (7-5, 3-1 SSC) past Klamath Union in the opener.

Jon Larsen led the Viking offense with five hits in the twin bill.

For Klamath Union (3-8, 2-2 SSC), Cougar Cruz had two hits and two RBIs in Game 1, while Mike Ramirez had three hits in the nightcap.

FIRST GAME

Klamath Union 000 302 0 — 5 5 3

Mazama 000 403 x — 7 11 2

Ramirez, Cruz (6) and McCarty; Stratton, Blake (6) and Reinhard. W — Blake (1-0). L — Cruz. 2B — KU: Cruz; M: Valenta.

SECOND GAME

Klamath Union 000 010 0 — 1 4 3

Mazama 120 201 x — 6 8 2

Waardenburg, Cruz (6) and McCarty; Wagner, Blake (7) and Stratton. W — Wagner. L — Waardenburg. 2B — M: Valenta. HR — KU: Ramirez; M: Stratton.

Skyline

U PHOENIX 16, NORTH VALLEY 3 — At Talent, Phoenix used a 16-run second inning to overpower North Valley in five innings and earn its first Skyline win.

The game was scoreless in the bottom of the second when Phoenix made its first out. It scored all 16 runs before the second out was recorded.

Codey Barrett began the uprising with a bases-clearing double to make it 3-0, and Jordan Lewis added a two-run single.

Barrett and Lewis each went 2-for-2 and combined for seven RBIs, Kory Locken went 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs and two stolen bases, and Andrew George and Ryan Robinson both had two hits and scored twice.

Lewis struck out six in three innings for the Pirates (9-3, 1-0 Skyline).

North Valley 001 20 — 3 6 5

Phoenix 0(16)0 00 — 16 11 1

Slight, DeChenne (2) and Austin; Lewis, Barrett (4) and Shepherd. W — Lewis (3-1). L — Slight. 2B — NV: Austin, Ogden; P: Barrett. 3B — P: Robinson.

u HIDDEN VALLEY 16, ILLINOIS VALLEY 2, 5 INNINGS — At Grants Pass, Hidden Valley sophomore pitcher Ryan Hayden allowed one hit in three shutout innings and helped the offense with two hits and three RBIs at Agnew-Lytle Field.

Hayden smacked a two-run homer in the second.

Clint Sager went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to spark the Mustangs' 13-hit attack.

Also for Hidden Valley (4-5, 1-0 Skyline), Matt Stuart collected two hits and three RBIs and Evan Shahan added two triples and two RBIs.

Illinois Valley 000 02 — 2 1 4

Hidden Valley 346 3x — 16 13 3

Hocker, Albertson (3) and Bergman, Hocker (3); Hayden, Kirkwood (4) and Sager. W — Hayden (3-2). L — Hocker. 3B — HV: Stuart, Shahan 2. HR — HV: Hayden.

u HENLEY 15, ROGUE RIVER 0 — At Rogue River, Henley's James Nygren pitched a one-hitter, fanning three and walking one, and Collier Card was 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs in the Skyline opener for both teams.

Kelly White singled up the middle in the second for Rogue River (7-5, 0-1 Skyline).

Henley 724 02 — 5 13 0

Rogue River 000 00 — 0 1 2

Nygren and Hoppe; Frantz, Watson (3) and Castro, Schoner (3). W — Nygren. L — Frantz (2-1). 2B — H: Shannon, Stock, Nygren. HR — H: Card.

District 4

U BUTTE FALLS-PROSPECT 12, CHILOQUIN 8 — At Butte Falls, Joey Knighton kick-started Butte Falls' 10-run third inning with an in-the-park solo home run and was a double short of hitting for the cycle in the Loggers' first District 4 win.

Knighton was 3-for-4 and added a two-run single in the third to give the Loggers (1-10, 1-5 Dist. 4) an 8-3 advantage.

Butte Falls freshman Kevin McCann went 2-for-2 with a two-run double.

Chiloquin 210 111 2 — 8 8 3

Butte Falls 02(10) 000 0 — 12 14 7

Henthrone, McAda (4) and Lerma; Mercer, Myers (4) and McGonagle. W — Mercer (1-1). L — Henthrone. 2B — BF: McCann. 3B — BF: Knighton, Casillas. HR — BF: Knighton.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 6, LAKEVIEW 2 — At White City, Jeremy Cheney and Ryan Pech belted back-to-back run-scoring doubles in a three-run fifth inning for Cascade Christian (7-2, 4-0 Dist. 4).

Pech was 3-for-3, and Cheney and Travis Wolf each had two hits.

Cheney pitched the bulk of the game, allowing three hits, striking out eight and walking eight in six innings.

He was relieved in the fifth by Aaron Grissom, who got the win with one inning of work before being ejected after an injury. Grissom tried to score on a hit but pulled a hamstring. Unable to slow himself, he collided with the catcher, resulting in the ejection.

Lakeview 001 000 1 — 2 3 2

Cascade Christian 100 032 x — 6 10 1

Down, Reed (5) and Ferry; Cheney, Grissom (5), Cheney (6) and Banks. W — Grissom (4-0). L — Down. 2B — CC: Cheney, Pech. 3B — CC: Wolf.

u BONANZA 11, ST. MARY'S 4 — Bonanza scored four runs each in the second and fourth innings to take control of the District 4 contest.

For St. Mary's (2-6, 2-2 Dist. 4), Conner O'Boyle was 3-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base, and Mike Brimble was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Bonanza 240 040 1 — 11 8 0

St. Mary's 000 020 2 — 4 6 8

Rivera, Grohe (4) and Willard; Hume, Schrader (5), O'Boyle (7) and O'Boyle, Hoffman (7). W — Rivera. L — Hume (1-4). 2B — B: Gibson. 3B — B: Hobbs.