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Challengers slide by Knights in 12th

MERLIN — Stephen Spence's two-run single in the top of the 12th inning gave Cascade Christian all the insurance it would need as the Class 3A Challengers topped 4A North Valley, 5-2, in a nonleague game on Monday.

Ryan Pech, who also pitched five scoreless innings for the Challengers (1-0), began the 12th with a single and was moved to third on Jeremy Cheney's double.

Spence then drove both runners home, and Jordan Banks capped Cascade Christian's three-run frame with an RBI single.

Earlier, the Challengers broke a scoreless ballgame when Ryder West blasted a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning. The Knights answered in the bottom of the seventh, however, to take the contest into extra innings.

Both teams scored a run in the 10th inning, but Challengers pitcher Colton Cochran finished the game by throwing two near-perfect innings to earn the victory.

Pech, a right-hander, got the start and had four strikeouts. Cheney was 3-for-6 for the Challengers, while Spence and West each went 2-for-4.

Cascade Christian 000 001 001 003 — 5 10 1

North Valley 000 000 101 000 — 2 5 3

Pech, Artale (6), Cheney (7), Cochran (11) and Banks; Wiesbart, Shippey (6), Steight (8) and Austin. W — Cochran (1-0). L — Steight (0-1). 2B — CC: Cheney; NV: Reyes. HR — CC: West.

ROSEBURG 10, NORTH EUGENE 5 — At Roseburg, A.J. Royal's two-run double sparked Roseburg's six-run third inning as the Indians claimed their opener with North Eugene.

Royal's hit came with two outs in the inning and gave Roseburg a 6-4 lead.

The Indians' Derek Priestley was 3-for-3 at the plate and scored twice, while Royal, Jordan Guthrie and Brandon Jackson all went 2-for-3.

Austin Montoya hit a home run on the second pitch of the game for the Highlanders (0-1).

North Eugene 103 000 1 — 5 7 2

Roseburg 026 020 x — 10 10 3

Mills, Fisher (3), Keller (3), Womack (5), Montoya (6) and Bibbee; Cavens, Pointner (4), Thompson (7) and Guthrie. W — Cavens (1-0). L — Mills (0-1). 2B — NE: Bibbee, Fisher; R: Davis, Jackson. HR — NE: Montoya (1).

Girls Golf

MARSHFIELD INVITATIONAL — At Bandon, with wind gusts at 40 miles per hour and rain bending sideways, North Medford's Sunshine Powers was one of the few players to break 50 through nine holes in the 12-team Marshfield Invitational at Bandon Trails Golf Club.

Powers posted a 13-over-par 49 — the sixth-lowest score on the day — leading the North Medford girls golf team to second place.

Because of the playing conditions, the 18-hole tournament was reduced to nine, yet seven teams still weren't able to complete their rounds.

Kelsey Hoffman contributed a 54 for the Black Tornado, while South Medford's Ryann Cuthbertson carded a 60 to lead her team to fifth place.

Medalist Arin Ziegler, a Canby freshman, notched a 7-over-par 43 to help her team take third. Bend won the event with a 208 team score.

TEAM SCORES — Bend 208, North Medford 221, Canby 224, Thurston 225, South Medford 254, Crater Inc., Springfield Inc., Marshfield Inc., Crook County Inc., Valley Catholic Inc., Churchill Inc., Willamette Inc.

Local Results

NORTH MEDFORD (221) — Sunshine Powers 49, Kelsey Hoffman 54, Abby Perkins 57, Abby Mann 61.

SOUTH MEDFORD (254) — Ryann Cuthbertson 60, Jordyn Chitwood 61, Lauren Cox 65, K. Anderson 68.

CRATER (INC.)— K. Vezzani 54, R. Vanduker 78, M. Guthrie 90.