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Panthers top Grants Pass for pivotal win

Mired in a five-game losing streak in the tough Southwest Conference, the South Medford High baseball team needed a win in the worst way.

The Panthers got one Tuesday, banging out 10 hits en route to a 13-9 victory over Grants Pass at Harry and David Field.

South Medford raced to a 13-2 lead after three innings, then withstood a late Grants Pass rally to notch its second win against five losses in the SWC. The Panthers are 4-11 overall.

"With four teams going to the playoffs, we feel we have a shot, but this was a game we had to win," said first-year South Medford coach Tom Britton. "We've got inexperienced kids at most positions, but we're doing some good things and we're getting better. We're twice the team we were a month ago."

South Medford took advantage of six walks, an error and winning pitcher Branson Holm's two-run triple to pile up seven runs in the second inning and take a 9-0 lead.

Grants Pass (2-5 SWC) responded with two runs in the top of the third, but South scored four in the bottom of the frame, getting RBIs on singles by Trent Smith and Griff Boyd and a triple by Andrew Bennett.

The Panthers finished the game with four triples.

"We showed some spark," said Britton, whose Panthers had lost to three ranked teams (Roseburg, Sheldon and North Medford) before clipping the Cavemen. "We're not a bad ballclub."

Holm worked into the sixth inning to even his record at 2-2.

Boyd led South Medford's attack with two hits, two runs and three RBIs. Trent Smith also had a pair of hits and scored three times.

For Grants Pass, Shawn O'Brien and Page Morgan each spanked two hits.

Grants Pass 002 400 3 — 9 9 4

South Medford 274 000 x — 13 10 1

Suthann, Chalda (2) and Saxon, P. Morgan (2); Holm, Adamson (6) and Williamson. W — Holm (2-2). L — Suthann. 3B — GP: Dolmage; SM: Adamson, Bennett, Holm, Palazzolo.

NORTH MEDFORD 6, SOUTH EUGENE 4 — At Eugene, Hayden Wolfe and Jordan Bostwick each had three hits and Bostwick scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the sixth inning as top-ranked North Medford rallied to defeat South Eugene.

Shea Bedortha went the distance, scattering seven hits, to pick up the win on the mound.

North Medford (16-2, 5-2 SWC) trailed 4-1 after three innings but scored twice in the fourth and once in the fifth to tie the game at 4-all. The Tornado went ahead in the sixth when Bostwick singled, advanced to second on an Andrew Jones bunt, moved to third on a flyout and scored on a wild pitch. Aaron Marlia then singled home Jones to give North Medford an insurance run.

South Eugene had the tying runs on base in the seventh but North Medford catcher Darren Bruhns picked off Sam Holman at first base to end the game.

North Medford 100 212 0 — 6 14 0

South Eugene 202 000 0 — 4 7 2

S. Bedortha and Bruhns; Klingman, Trachtenberg (6) and McCarty. W — S. Bedortha (5-0); L — Klingman. 2B — Carpenter, Holman, Woldt.

SHELDON 6, ROSEBURG 5 — At Roseburg, Sheldon's Chris Vitus drove in the winning run in the seventh inning in a game in which Roseburg squandered an early lead with two errors in the third inning that led to four Irish runs.

With two outs in the top of the seventh, Vitus' double to right field scored Tyler Martell. Vitus was thrown out trying to stretch the play into a triple.

Alex Besaw's two-run double kick-started Sheldon's four-run third inning to help the Irish erase a 3-0 deficit.

After Roseburg (10-4, 5-2 SWC) regained a 5-4 lead, Sheldon's Peter Jaeger tied the game again in the sixth by scoring Greg Wirtala on a sacrifice fly.

Roseburg's John Tommasini went 3-for-3 with two runs, Scott Allred was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and Kyle Hansen was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Sheldon 004 001 1 — 6 8 0

Roseburg 211 100 0 — 5 9 2

Carter, Manley (4), Besaw (6) and Davis; Allred, Poitner (7) and Hansen. W — Besaw. L — Poitner (0-1). 2B — S: Besaw, Jaeger, Vitus; R: Tommasini, Guthrie, Allred. 3B — R: Hansen.

Southern Sky Conference

MAZAMA 10-3, EAGLE POINT 1-1 — At Eagle Point, Rob Holmes was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Larry Wagner 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI to lead Mazama in the opening game of an SSC twin bill.

Logan Fosenburg was 2-for-3 and scored Eagle Point's (5-7, 0-5 SSC) lone run in Game 1.

In the nightcap, Cory Stratton had six strikeouts for Mazama.

FIRST GAME

Mazama 000 370 0 — 10 9 2

Eagle Point 100 000 0 — 1 6 5

Wagner and Stratton, Reinhard (6); C. Smith, Willis (5) and Adams. W — Wagner. L — C. Smith. 2B — M: Stratton, Holmes 2; EP: Fosenburg.

SECOND GAME

Mazama 110 000 1 — 3 4 0

Eagle Point 000 100 0 — 1 5 3

Stratton and Reinhard; R. Smith, Kendrick (4) and S. Charlton. W — Stratton. L — R. Smith. 2B — EP: Fosenburg.