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Tornado battles the elements to down Summit

BEND — Andrew Jones and Matt Maurer combined on a seven-hitter and North Medford broke through for a pair of runs in the eighth inning to defeat Summit, 4-2, in a nonconference baseball game Wednesday.

The Black Tornado (2-0) pieced together the winning rally in the top half of the eighth when Maurer and Zack Earle each reached on an error. Hayden Wolfe followed with a single to score pinch-runner Mason Yeigh and Jordan Bostwick capped the inning with an RBI hit that plated Earle.

Wolfe also had an RBI single in the fourth inning that scored Maurer, who led off the inning with a double.

North Medford finished with 12 hits and played error-free ball for the second straight game.

The Black Tornado stranded 12 runners, including nine in scoring position, as it battled high winds and near-freezing temperatures.

"It was about 35 degrees and the wind was blowing straight in," said Tornado coach Brett Wolfe. "We hit the ball on the nose quite a few times, and it looked like we could break open the game a few times. But the ball just hung up there and (Summit) would go back and catch it on the warning track."

Hayden Wolfe went 3-for-5, while Bostwick was 3-for-4 and Jones went 2-for-4.

Maurer, in his first outing of the season, picked up the pitching win after striking out five in 31/3 innings of relief.

North Medford hosts Bend on Tuesday at 1 p.m. in a nonconference game.

North Medford 001 100 02 — 4 12 0

Summit 100 010 00 — 2 7 2

Jones, Maurer (5) and Sowers; Nelson, Bailey (5), Broadous (7) and Goyne. W — Maurer (1-0). L — Broadous. 2B — NM: Maurer.

CRATER 5, EDISON 1 — At Fresno, Calif., Christian Massey hit a two-run home run and Haden Bighouse pitched three perfect innings as Crater defeated Edison of Fresno in the 39th Annual Fresno Easter Baseball Classic.

Massey's homer in the third inning gave the Comets (3-1) the lead for good and Kos Ray added an RBI double in the fourth.

Bighouse retired all nine batters he faced before Bruce Sanford struck out four in the final three innings to seal the win.

Crater faces McKay in the opening game of its tournament Monday at 10 a.m.

Crater 002 120 0 — 5 5 2

Edison 100 000 0 — 1 3 1

Morgan, Bighouse (2), Sanford (5) and Higbee; Tatte, Debeouee (4), Rathjens (6) and Warnes. W — Bighouse (1-1) L — Tate. 2B — Cra: Ray. Edi: Riley. HR — Cra: Massey.

Boys Golf

CASCADE CHRISTIAN INVITATIONAL — At Eagle Point, St. Mary's shot a 367 to win the six-team tournament at Eagle Point Golf Course.

Rogue River (387) was second and Cascade Christian (389) took third.

Ryan Brouseau earned medalist honors for the Crusaders after shooting an 86, while teammate Matt Gervais was runner-up with an 87 and Cascade Christian's Nick Daley (89) finished in a three-way tie for third with Rogue River's Blake Reages and Collin Samples of Lakeview.

TEAM SCORES — St. Mary's 367, Rogue River 387, Cascade Christian 389, Lakeview, Chiloquin and Prospect, Inc.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 8) — 1, Ryan Brouseau, Stm, 86; 2, Matt Gervais, Stm, 87; 3, (tie) Nick Daley, CC, Blake Reagles, RR, Collin Samples, Lak, 89; 6, Mike McNall, CC, 93; 7, Tanner Harris, Stm, 94; 8, Joey Eckert, RR, 97.

Softball

CROOK COUNTY SWEEPS NORTH MEDFORD — At Prineville, Justine Sandoval went 4-for-6, but North Medford dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Crook County, 13-3 and 9-7, late Monday.

Casey Choi went 3-for-7 on the day, with a three-run double in the nightcap, while Amanda Wolfe was 2-for-6 with a pair of RBIs for the Black Tornado (0-3).

Freshman Lucy Baldavino excelled on the mound for North, striking out six and not walking any in 10 innings of work.

North travels to Thurston for a doubleheader today.

FIRST GAME

North Medford 021 000 0 — 3 8 3

Crook County 020 308 x — 13 16 0

Baldavino and Wolfe; Casey and Reece. W — Casey. L — Baldavino. 2B —NM: Sandoval, Stevens, Wolfe, Strong, CC: George 2. HR — CC: Reece.

SECOND GAME

North Medford 114 000 1 — 7 14 1

Crook County 250 020 x — 9 12 0

Pons, Baldavino (3) and Wolfe; Crakes and Reece. W — Crakes. L — Pons. 2B — NM: Choi, Wolfe, CC: Warle 2, Crakes, Reece.