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New-look Tornado splits with Marist

EUGENE — Over the summer, the North Medford baseball team underwent a colossal makeover, bringing 13 new faces aboard the varsity roster.

And on Saturday, Brett Wolfe liked what he saw from his young squad.

Well, most of it.

The Black Tornado used power to overwhelm Marist in the opener for a 7-4 victory but suffered a 9-1 set back in the nightcap at Marist High School.

"We're a brand new squad out there," said Wolfe. "Getting games under our belt is very important. I was happy that we played well, but it was evident there are a lot of things we have to work on in practice."

Hayden Evans gave the Black Tornado an immediate cushion, blasting a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.

Jesse Hornbrook, North's lone returning varsity player from last season, hit a pair of solo home runs during a 3-for-4 outing.

Starting pitcher A.J. Doolittle went six innings, allowing one earned run and striking out four.

In Game 2, North Medford mustered just five hits and Marist took control early by scoring five runs in the opening frame.

It was called after six innings due to rain.

Corey Pine and Taylor Raff both went 2-for-2 for the Black Tornado.

FIRST GAME

North Medford 321 010 0 — 7 9 2

Marist 000 001 3 — 4 6 2

Doolittle, Miller (7) and Pine; Haskin, Torres (4), Chiohgbion (7) and Bartlett. W — Doolittle (1-0). L — Haskin. 3B — M: Baird. HR — SM: Hornbrook 2, Evans.

SECOND GAME

North Medford 000 001 — 1 5 0

Marist 512 100 — 9 8 1

Walker, Evans (3), Howitt (5) and Pine, Zavala (6); Eyster, Jamieson (6) and Swindling. W — Eyster. L — Walker (0-1). 2B — SM: Hornbrook. HR — M: Silver, Swindling, Inouye.

SOUTH MEDFORD 11, EVERGREEN, WASH., 7 — At Central Point, Ryan Wellock's two-run home run highlighted a seven-run third inning as South Medford picked up its first win.

Pat Alexander led off the big inning by hitting his first varsity homer off the scoreboard to tie the score at 4. Wellock's shot later gave the Panthers (1-1) a 9-4 advantage.

South's Austin Reames went 3-for-5, drove in a pair of runs and scored three times. Daniel Jimenez went 2-for-2 while Alexander and Nick Mouyios both went 2-for-3.

Evergreen 240 000 1 — 7 6 1

South Medford 307 010 x — 11 13 4

Hadley, Grenin (4), Dietrich (5) and Dietrich, Gosselin (5); Namanny and Mouyios. W — Namanny (1-0). L — Hadley. HR — E: Lincoln 2; SM: Alexander, Wellock.

CRATER 9, EVERGREEN, WASH., 3 — At Central Point, Crater's Zach Zelecki pitched a two-hitter game.

Juan Cortez and Mike Macuk both drove in three runs for the Comets (2-0), and Andrew Tracy finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Evergreen 000 300 0 — 3 2 5

Crater 400 023 x — 9 8 0

Pecson, Thorpe (4), Vormestrand (6), Smith (6) and Dietrich; Zelecki and Macuk. W — Zelecki (1-0). L — Pecson. 2B — E: Grening; C: Cortez. HR — E: Hadley.

SOUTH UMPQUA 5-0, NORTH VALLEY 3-10 — At Merlin, Joel Shippy pitched a one-hitter and North Valley recorded 11 hits in the second game to gain the split.

FIRST GAME

South Umpqua 120 011 0 — 5 8 2

North Valley 201 000 0 — 3 3 3

Marsh and Blansett; Parker, Garmacli (4) and Swanson. W — Marsh. L — Garmacli. 2B — SU: Blansett, Reese. HR — SU: Kennedy.

SECOND GAME

South Umpqua 000 00 — 0 1 3

North Valley 422 11 — 10 11 0

Reese, Kennedy (3) and Blansett; Shippy and Schmoll. W — Shippy. L — Reese. 2B — NV: Herklotz 2, Shippy, Cowell, Guzman; HR — NV: J. Parker.

GRANTS PASS JV 9-17, ILLINOIS VALLEY 5-7 — At Grants Pass, Bryan Biggs pitched four strong innings in Illinois Valley's Game 1 loss, and Zach Anderson finished with five hits on the day for the Cougars (0-2).