Tornado drops SWC twin bill to Indians
ROSEBURG — North Medford needed to win just one game of a Southwest Conference doubleheader against Roseburg Saturday to remain in the driver's seat for a league title. But the Indians rallied from behind in both games to sweep the twin bill at Legion Field.
Roseburg captured the first game 4-3 in nine innings, then took the nightcap 6-2.
The double loss drops Class 6A top-ranked North Medford (20-4, 9-3 SWC) into a first-place tie with unranked Roseburg (16-5, 9-3) but the Indians now hold the tiebreaker for the No. 1 seed into the Class 6A state playoffs.
In the opener, North reliever Will Allbright hit Brandon Jackson with the bases loaded to force in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
The Black Tornado grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Colin Sower's RBI single, then Cody James scored from third on a fielder's choice.
North led 3-0 going into the bottom of the fifth, but the Indians rallied for three runs. Vince Ampi's one-out, two-run single tied the game 3-all.
Chris Bradshaw had two hits for the Black Tornado. Roseburg's John Farrington went 3-for-4 and scored twice.
In Game 2, North led 2-0 through five innings on a RBI single by James in the third and Bradshaw's run-scoring single in the fifth. Then the Indians erupted for six runs in the sixth inning. A bases-clearing double by Josh Davis knocked Black Tornado starter Brady Shipley out of the game.
Shipley didn't allow a hit through five innings, but gave up three hits and was charged with five runs in 61/3 innings of work.
James and Matt Maurer had two hits each for North in the second game.
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Roseburg 000 030 001 — 4 6 1
Maurer, Allbright (8) and Sowers; Thomson and Guthrie. W — Thomson (6-1). L — Allbright. 2B — NM: Bradshaw.
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Roseburg 000 006 x — 6 4 1
Shipley, Allbright (6) and Sowers; Cavens, Jackson (7) and Ampi. W — Cavens (5-2). L — Shipley (7-2). 2B — NM: Bradshaw; R: Huff.
SOUTH MEDFORD 2-2, SOUTH EUGENE 1-4 — South Medford's Max Britton took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Bo Walker delivered the game-winning hit in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Harry & David Field.
South Eugene rallied for the split by winning Game 2.
Britton faced three batters over the limit in the first game on 88 pitches. He walked one and struck out four. South Eugene leadoff batter Hayden Rooke-Ley broke up the no-hitter with an opposite-field single in the seventh. He later scored on a passed ball to tie the game.
South Medford's Steven Lines opened the bottom of the seventh with a walk and reached second on a wild pitch before Walker's hit down the left-field line.
In Game 2, South Medford (13-11, 6-6 SWC) led 2-1 heading into the sixth inning. South Eugene's Gus Craig led off with a single, Trevor Wolf walked and Jake Neel delivered a double that scored them both. As Neel rounded second, Panther catcher Brett Reordan attempted to pick him off but the ball sailed into center field, allowing Neel to score.
Zach Mallory was 2-for-3 for South Eugene (9-11, 3-7 SWC).
South Medford left eight runners on base, including two in each of the final two innings.
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South Medford 000 010 1 — 2 4 1
Ward, Larson (6) and Wolf; Britton and Reordan. W — Britton (6-2). L — Larson. 2B — SM: Lines, Walker.
South Eugene 100 003 0 — 4 7 1
South Medford 100 010 0 — 2 4 1
Hudson and Larson; Rolie and Reordan, Fitzsimmons (7). W — Hudson. L — Rolie (3-4). 2B — SE: Neel.
Southern Sky Conference
CRATER 12-13, MAZAMA 0-1 — At Klamath Falls, Bruce Sanford struck out 11 and walked only one in five innings to sew up the road sweep in Game 2.
Sanford also was 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the nightcap, while Christian Massey was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Andrew Tracy had a two-run double to highlight a four-run first inning. Haden Bighouse and Kenny Fahndrich also had two hits in Game 2.
Called up from the junior varsity last week, Mike Macuk belted a pinch-hit grand slam in the sixth inning of Game 1 to help end the contest. Derek Cartwright added a three-run triple in the second, and the Comets received two hits apiece from Bryce Crawford, Craig Kathol and Tracy.
Crater (13-10, 8-5) remains a half-game back of Eagle Point for the SSC's final playoff spot, and the Comets host the Eagles on Tuesday.
Crater 061 005 — 12 11 0
Mazama 000 000 — 0 4 2
Kathol and Fahndrich; Beckman and Reinhard. W — Kathol (5-3). L — Beckman. 2B — C: Sanford, Fahndrich. M: N. McDaniel, Beckman. 3B — C: Cartwright. HR — C: Macuk (1).
Crater 420 25 — 13 12 2
Mazama 000 10 — 1 3 4
Sanford and Fahndrich; Smith, Mathis (4), Robinson (5) and Reinhard. W — Sanford (3-2). L — Smith. 2B — C: Kathol, Tracy. 3B — C: Massey.
EAGLE POINT 1-2, KLAMATH UNION 0-1 — At Eagle Point, Brian Smith tossed a complete-game three-hitter and singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead Eagle Point in the opener.
Smith also drove in the first run for Eagle Point (12-10, 9-5 SSC) in Game 2 and then scored the eventual game-winner on a single by Derek Tuttle to secure the sweep. The senior lefty had nine strikeouts and three walks in Game 1.
Ben Zomerdyk led off the ninth in the opener with a single, was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Garrett Davis and scored on Smith's single. Zomerdyk used a wide slide to elude a tag at home and then hustled over the catcher to touch the plate and complete the play.
Wade McCready pitched a four-hitter in the nightcap.
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Eagle Point 000 000 001 — 1 3 1
Brown and White; Smith and Hodgkins. W — Smith (4-4). L — Brown.
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Eagle Point 101 000 x — 2 3 0
White and Stork; McCready and Hodgkins. W — (7-2). L — White.