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South Medford falls prey to Saxons' rally

SALEM — South Medford was the victim of some unfortunate circumstances in the opening round of the Class 6A state baseball playoffs.

South Medford, which never trailed in the game until the bottom of the seventh inning, suffered a heart-breaking 6-5 loss to South Salem Friday.

"I felt like we got struck by lightning," South Medford coach Tom Britton said. "I'm tongue tied. We didn't make a couple of plays that needed to be made. We played well enough to win, we just didn't do enough to win."

The Panthers held leads of 3-0, 4-2 and took a 5-4 advantage into the seventh inning.

South had runners on first and third with one out in the top of the seventh when Bo Walker was tagged out at home trying to score from third on a delayed double steal. To make matters worse, Walker was ejected from the game for not sliding on the play.

Not only were the Panthers denied an insurance run, but Britton had to replace Walker at shortstop with sophomore Ryan Wellock.

The Central Valley Conference champion Saxons capitalized in their final at-bat. Joey Placek opened with a single and Panther pitcher Isaac Rolie, who came in from the bullpen to get the final out in the sixth inning, hit Blake Miller. Then Jonathan Sigado hit a hard grounder to shortstop that glanced off Wellock's glove and bounded into right field. Placek scored from second to tie the game 5-all.

After Miller and Sigado ended up on the second and third, respectively, on the play, Corey Bickler was intentionally walked to load the bases. The game ended when Rolie hit Will Sloan to force in the winning run.

"We played well," said Britton. "We didn't have an error the whole game until the seventh. I thought we were in good shape with Rolie on the mound. He's thrown well all year."

Maxwell Britton pitched effectively as the South starter and went 2-for-3 with three RBIs to pace an 11-hit attack. The senior belted a solo home run in the sixth and allowed four hits and three runs through five innings.

Bickler opened the South Salem sixth with a home run, and Rolie was summoned with two out and two runners on. Rolie struck out Craig Chamberlain to get out of the jam.

Josh Havird, Jordan Lundgren and Rolie added two hits each for the Panthers (13-15), who lost five of their last six games.

South Medford 310 001 0 — 5 11 1

South Salem 200 011 2 — 6 8 1

Britton, Rolie (6) and Reordan; Withnell, Cox (7) and Bickler. W — Cox. L — Rolie. 2B — SM: Havird. HR — SM: Britton; SS: Sigado, Bickler.

SHELDON 14, LINCOLN 2 — At Portland, Mark Fauria was 2-for-5 with four RBIs and three Sheldon pitchers combined to allow seven hits in the Class 6A playoff opener.

Fauria had a two-run single in the second to help Sheldon (16-12) take a 5-0 lead and drove in two with a fourth-inning triple to make it 8-1.

The Irish, the No. 3 seed in the Southwest Conference, advance to play host to Central Catholic at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Jared Corey and Cameron Herr — in his first varsity at-bat — each homered for Sheldon.

Sheldon 050 320 4 — 14 10 0

Lincoln 001 001 0 — 2 7 1

Kayser, Cunningham (5), Steele (7) and Davis; Grewe, Webb (5) and Lambert. W — Kayser. L — Grewe. 2B — S: Davis, Curtis; L: Walker, Partlow. 3B — S: Fauria. HR — S: Corey, Herr; L: Walker.

Class 3A Baseball

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 11, MYRTLE POINT 9 — At White City, Wes Litton went 4-for-4 with three RBIs to propel Cascade Christian in the Sunset League state-seeding contest.

With the win, the Challengers (17-8) earned the Sunset League's No. 2 seed to the Class 3A state playoffs.

Cascade Christian will open the playoffs at home Tuesday against the No. 3 seed from the West Valley League.

Myrtle Point 330 102 0 — 9 9 1

Cascade Christian 036 110 x — 11 11 2

Wilson and Canaday; Pech, Cochran (4) and Spence. W — Pech (8-1). L — Wilson. 2B — MP: Davis; CC: Cochran.

Class 2A/1A Baseball

WESTERN MENNONITE 22, ST. MARY'S 0 — At Salem, Western Mennonite scored five runs in the second inning to break open a scoreless contest and tallied in each inning after that in the first round of the Class 2A/1A state playoffs.

St. Mary's (9-11) had five hits and three errors in the season-ending loss.

St. Mary's 000 000 0 — 0 5 3

Western Mennonite 053 284 x — 22 - -

Class 4A Softball

BANKS 4, NORTH VALLEY 1 — At Banks, North Valley, the No. 3 seed from the Skyline Conference, was eliminated by the Cowapa League runner-up in the first round of the state playoffs.

North Valley completes the season with a 10-15 record.

Banks (19-8) advances to a second-round game against Marist on Tuesday.

Class 3A Softball

GLIDE 15, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0, 5 inn. — At Glide, McKenzie Shrum shut out Cascade Christian by allowing only four hits with three strikeouts to give Glide the No. 2 seed to the state playoffs in the Sunset League seeding game.

As the No. 3 seed, the Challengers (15-9) travel to Stayton on Tuesday to face Regis in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

Cascade Christian 000 00 — 0 4 1

Glide 600 9x — 15 17 0

Weakley, Gomez (1) and J. Martinez; Shrum and Skinner. W — Shrum. L — Weakley. 2B — G: Mann, Husky. 3B — G: Jeffery.