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Black Tornado splits with Summit

North Medford doesn't expect anything to come easy this baseball season, and Summit made sure of that Wednesday afternoon.

The Black Tornado needed nine innings to slip past the Storm 3-2 during the opening game of a nonconference doubleheader, then struggled to keep Summit at bay as the visitor's claimed an 8-2 win in the nightcap at North Medford High.

"We had some opportunities but the wind was blowing in real hard," said North Medford head coach Brett Wolfe. "They had the same opportunities but it seemed like they were able to keep the ball on the ground more and we'd hit balls that normally would end up in the gap but got caught up in the wind for an out."

In the opener, senior catcher Cory Pine sparked a rally with one out in the bottom of the ninth when he was hit by a pitch. Taylor Raff followed with an infield single, and both runners advanced on an infield out by Brian Carbonell.

Summit intentionally walked senior Jesse Hornbrook to load the bases and set up a force play, but Charlie Walker drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch to plate the winning run.

Raff finished 3-for-4 to pace the Tornado (3-2) in Game 1, with Hornbrook pitching the final two scoreless innings to earn his first varsity victory on the mound.

Summit (1-4) left the bases loaded three times in the opener and stranded 13 runners on base as North routinely got out of jams caused by walks or hit batters.

North wasn't as fortunate in Game 2, however, as the Storm used 11 hits and three Tornado errors to score in six of the seven innings. Carbonell was 3-for-3 with one run and one RBI in Game 2, while three of the six runs against starter Gerardo Herrera were unearned.

"We gave them more than three outs," added Wolfe. "We have very good pitchers and we have a good defense but we're not a team that's going to be able to give teams four or five outs and survive ... we just can't do it."


Summit 001 100 000 — 2 8 1

North Medford 010 010 001 — 3 8 2

Bellardi, Gallagher (8) and Mingus; Hoyt, Carbonell (6), Hornbrook (8) and Pine. W — Hornbrook (1-0). L — Gallagher. 2B — S: Sweet; NM: Evans.


Summit 011 113 1 — 8 11 1

North Medford 010 001 0 — 2 9 3

Schneider, Rooks (9) and Mingus; Herrera, Miller (6) and Pine. W — Schneider. L — Herrera (1-1). 2B — S: Mingus 2. 3B — S: Rooks; NM: Walker.

BARLOW 12, CRATER 1 — At Central Point, Barlow turned around a 1-0 deficit with a five-run fifth inning, highlighted by a three-run home run from Jake Thran and a solo shot by Jake Otness at Anhorn Field.

The Bruins then tacked on five more runs in the sixth inning to leave no doubt and secure a spot in tonight's championship game of the Crater Spring Break Invitational. Barlow (3-0) will face Southridge, a 7-6 winner over Hillsboro, at 7 tonight.

Crater pitcher Juan Cortez kept the Bruins at bay with four strikeouts before giving up back-to-back singles in the fifth to put an end to his day after allowing five hits overall. Bryce Crawford came on in relief but was promptly greeted by Thran's homer.

Austin Loders also homered for Barlow, which held the Comets to five hits thanks to solid pitching by Otness.

Crater (4-1) will play Clackamas at 4 p.m. today in the third-place game, with Canby and Grants Pass meeting at 1 p.m. and Hillsboro and McKay playing at 10 a.m.

Clackamas topped Grants Pass 14-9 and Canby beat McKay 6-5 in Wednesday's other tournament games.

Barlow 000 055 2 — 12 12 0

Crater 100 000 x — 1 5 2

Otness and Stinson; Cortez, Crawford (5), Painter (6) and Macuk. W — Otness. L — Cortez (1-1). 2B — B: Thran. HR — B: Thran, Otness, Loders.

CLACKAMAS 14, GRANTS PASS 9 — At Central Point, Clackamas (2-1) scored eight runs in the second inning to pull away in the Crater Spring Break Invitational.

The game was called after the bottom of the sixth inning due to a time limit.

Casey Miller hit a solo home run, Nathan Etheridge went 2-for-2 and Tyler Bennett finished 2-for-3 for Grants Pass (1-4), which used three different pitchers in the bottom of the second.

The Cavemen recorded five runs in the third inning.

Grants Pass 305 001 — 9 10 6

Clackamas 380 120 — 14 9 1

Gutierrez, Richardson (1), Emptage (2), Polder (2) and Custer; Hays, Clifton (5) and Dahmen, Burns (4). W — Hays. L — Richardson (0-2). 2B — GP: Bennett, Custer; C: Walters. HR — GP: Miller.

BEND 8-10, EAGLE POINT 2-3 — At Bend, Mylen Varner went 2-for-3 in each end of the nonleague doubleheader to pace Eagle Point.

Daniel Morgan and Tyler Atler also were 2-for-3 in the nightcap, with Morgan also plating a run on a sacrifice in Game 1 for the Eagles (1-3).


Eagle Point 100 100 0 — 2 3 2

Bend 310 130 x — 8 13 0

Atler and Morgan; Hirko and Newton. W — Hirko. L — Atler (0-1). 2B — EP: Wilkerson; B: Newton, Zelmer. 3B — EP: Varner.


Eagle Point 000 011 1 — 3 8 4

Bend 210 214 x — 10 9 0

Varner, Wilson (5) and Morgan; Koski and Delpozzo. W — Koski. L — Varner (0-1). 2B — B: Newton 2.

NORTH VALLEY 7, NORTH BEND 4 — At Merlin, Jay Weisbart belted a two-run home run and Jake Herklotz saved the day on the mound for North Valley in the nonconference game.

Herklotz, who helped the Knights get out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, did not allow a run and finished with eight strikeouts in 32/3 innings. Offensively, he had three RBIs and two hits, including a two-run double in the sixth that put North Valley (3-2) ahead for good.

North Bend 400 000 0 — 4 2 2

North Valley 400 003 x — 7 5 1

Anderson, Qualman (5) and Vidal, Duryey (5); Weisbart, Herklotz (1), Shippy (5) and Schmoll. W — Herklotz (1-0). L — Anderson. 2B — NV: Herklotz; HR — NV: Weisbart.