Roseburg drops South in SWC baseball
South Medford unraveled in a 16-5 five-inning Southwest Conference baseball loss to Roseburg on Tuesday at Harry & David Field, but the defeat didn't eliminate the Panthers from contention for a Class 6A state-playoff berth.
South's postseason hopes come down to a home doubleheader Saturday against Grants Pass. The Panthers (11-13, 3-10) need a sweep over the Cavemen to keep their season alive.
"Hopefully we'll rebound Saturday," South Medford coach Tom Britton said. "If we play the way we're capable of playing we can beat Grants Pass."
Knowing the decisiveness of Saturday's upcoming doubleheader, Britton tried to preserve his pitching staff against the Indians. Left-hander D.J. Titus got the starting call in his first outing all season.
"We didn't have anyone else healthy or ready to pitch today," explained Britton. "We knew this game had no bearing on getting into the playoffs."
South Medford led 2-1 after the first inning on an RBI triple by John Adamson and Griff Boyd's sacrifice fly.
But Roseburg capitalized on three South errors and eight hits to score 11 runs in the third inning to blow the game open.
"You can only give a good team like Roseburg (16-4, 11-2 SWC) so many outs," said Britton. "It was disappointing we didn't play better."
Boyd and Adamson both had two hits and three RBIs to spark the Panthers' offense.
South's leadoff hitter Bo Walker, who has been out with a broken knuckle, returned to the lineup Tuesday.
"We'll be at full strength Saturday for the first time since returning from Arizona early in the season," said Britton. "Our top three pitchers are well rested and ready to go. I like our position. We're at home and control our own destiny."
Roseburg 14(11) 00 — 16 14 3
South Medford 202 01 — 5 6 4
Jackson, Poitner (4) and Ampi; Titus, Mi. Britton (2), Smith (3), Rolie (3) and Williamson. W — Jackson. L — Titus (0-1). 2B — R: Royal, Guthrie, Priestley; SM: Adamson, Boyd 2. 3B — R: Huff; SM: Adamson.
NORTH MEDFORD 9, GRANTS PASS 2 — At Grants Pass, Andrew Jones retired 13 batters in a row at one point and had three RBIs and two runs scored to lead top-ranked North Medford to the Southwest Conference win.
Jones had a one-hit shutout going into the bottom of the seventh until he walked David Chaldu and gave up a home run to Brock Dean. He finished with eight strikeouts and allowed only two hits.
Zack Earle was 2-for-3 with two runs and Kody Stevens 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI for the Black Tornado (23-1, 12-1 SWC).
Grants Pass dropped to 10-11 overall and 4-9 in league.
North Medford 400 131 0 — 9 10 0
Grants Pass 000 000 2 — 2 2 1
Jones and Sowers; Chaldu, Madrigal (2), Drury (6) and Saxon. W — Jones (8-0). L — Chaldu. 2B — NM: Stevens, Maurer. HR — GP: Dean.
SHELDON 5, SOUTH EUGENE 3 — At Eugene, Zach Manley struck out six in five innings and had three hits and four RBIs to pace Sheldon (13-11, 7-6 SWC).
Travis Rooke-Ley paced South Eugene (2-11 SWC), going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
South Eugene 000 003 0 — 3 7 0
Sheldon 100 130 — 5 8 0
Rooke-Ley, Neel (5), Craig (7) and Turk; Manley, Higgins (6) and Davis. W — Manley. L — Neel. 2B — SE: Brown; S: Hill, Manley. 3B — SE: Rooke-Ley; S: Manley.
GRANTS PASS 7, NORTH MEDFORD 0 — Grants Pass sophomore pitcher Morgan Barnes tossed a two-hitter and added a pair of hits and two RBIs at North Medford High.
Both North Medford hits came on back-to-back singles in the fourth inning by Bri Williams and Amanda Wolfe. The Black Tornado (8-12, 4-9 SWC) had the bases loaded with one out but Barnes got Tejay Schmidt to ground into a double play to end the threat.
Grants Pass (20-4, 10-3 SWC) also got two hits each from Cami Bennett, Karleigh Prestianni, Chelsey Chamberlain, D. Jantzer and Lindy Sippola.
Grants Pass 001 221 1 — 7 14 0
North Medford 000 000 0 — 0 2 1
Barnes and Woolf; Ta. Schmidt and Wolfe. W — Barnes (12-3). L —Ta. Schmidt (8-9). 2B — GP: Chamberlain, Jantzer. 3B — GP: Glover.
ROSEBURG 9, SOUTH MEDFORD 0 — At Roseburg, Mikayla Endicott's bid for a no-hitter was broken up with one out in the sixth inning but Roseburg still improved to 13-0 in the SWC.
Endicott allowed one hit, two walks and hit two batters to go with 10 strikeouts in 61/3 innings. She wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the third by getting South senior Kinzie Towry to ground out to the shortstop.
Ashleigh Hawkins, a freshman for the Panthers (9-14, 4-9 SWC), halted the no-hitter with a single.
Breanne Thomas had a two-run double in the fourth for the Indians (18-3-1).
South Medford 000 000 0 — 0 1 2
Roseburg 200 403 x — 9 8 0
Mondale and James; Endicott and Walker (7). W — Endicott. L — Mondale (4-7). 2B — R: Bassett, Endicott, Thomas.
SHELDON 4, SOUTH EUGENE 0 — At Eugene, Theresa Brown collected two hits and three RBIs and senior pitcher Sienna Stanley fashioned a four-hitter with nine strikeouts for Sheldon.
Sheldon 020 002 0 — 4 5 0
South Eugene 000 000 0 — 0 4 1
Stanley and Ta. Brown; Waddell and Shortreed. W — Stanley. L — Waddell. 2B — S: Rogers.