Lack of timely hitting hinders Tornado
EUGENE — North Medford's struggles with runners in scoring position caught up with the Black Tornado again Wednesday in nonconference baseball, with host North Eugene taking full advantage for a 6-1 victory.
The Black Tornado (3-3) managed only four hits overall and stranded four runners in scoring position against the Highlanders (5-3), who were coming off a 4-2 win over South Medford.
Two North Medford players reached second base with no outs but couldn't be advanced, and two others made it to third with one out but were also stranded.
"We just need to be more confident and have a better aggressive approach than what we're doing right now," said North Medford head coach Brett Wolfe.
Jessie Hornbrook scored North's lone run in the fourth inning. The senior belted a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and later scored on a passed ball.
Charlie Walker also doubled for the Black Tornado, who got a 2-for-2 outing from senior catcher Cory Pine.
North Eugene's Shaun Boehm broke the game open with a two-run homer in the third inning.
The Black Tornado opens Southern Oregon Hybrid play today against Crater at Anhorn Field.
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North Eugene 202 002 x — 6 7 0
Walker, Hoyt (3) and Pine; Woods, Clayton (6) and Dehaven. W — Woods. L — Walker (0-2). 2B — NM: Hornbrook, Walker; NE: Dehaven. HR — NE: Boehm.
- KLAMATH UNION 7, MAZAMA 5 — At Klamath Falls, Klamath Falls earned the victory to open its Skyline Conference schedule.
- SOUTH UMPQUA 7, ROGUE RIVER 4 — At Rogue River, South Umpqua scored six runs in the first two innings before Christian Reyes of Rogue River cooled off the Lancers.
Reyes allowed one hit, a fifth-inning double, in 42/3 innings and struck out five.
Brian Stinchcomb rapped a two-run single for the Chieftains (0-2) in the fourth.
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Rogue River 010 200 1— 4 5 2
Marsh, Reese (7) and Blasett; DuPont, Reyes (3) and Stinchcomb, DuPont (3). W — Marsh. L — DuPont (0-1). 2B — SU: Kennedy, Clack, McKenna 2, Boyd, Pringle; RR: Harris.
BROOKINGS-HARBOR 6, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Cave Junction, Josh Free's double to right-center field in the sixth inning was Illinois Valley's lone hit and represented its first baserunner in the nonconference game.
Bryan Biggs limited Brookings-Harbor to one run through five innings before coming out. The Bruins scored five in the sixth.
DAYS CREEK 8, PROSPECT 6 — At Prospect, Days Creek broke up a tie with two runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Senior Riley Linson went 3-for-3 with a pair of run-scoring triples for Prospect (2-1), which made four of its seven errors in the last two innings.
Prospect center fielder Ryan Gallagher made two difficult outs, including a diving catch against the Wolves (9-1).
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Prospect 000 240 0 — 6 6 7
Yarbrough, Roberts (5) and Muir; Bernhardt and Kennedy. W — Roberts. L — Bernhardt (1-1). 2B — DC: Muir, Fuller, McNeil; P: Kennedy. 3B — P: Linson 2.
ROSEBURG 7, THURSTON 3 — At Springfield, Makinna Akers pitched a three-hitter and struck out six as Roseburg improved to 5-1 in nonconference action.
Meghan Sanders was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Indians, who scored three fourth-inning runs to break it open. Tatum Anderson drove in two runs.
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Thurston 000 102 0 — 3 3 1
Akers and T. Van Volkenburg; B. Hoefer, Davison (6) and Furlong. W — Akers (5-1). L — Hoefer. 2B — R: Larkin, Sanders, Maley; T: L. Hoefer. 3B — R: Thomas.
NORTH VALLEY 11, HIDDEN VALLEY 4 — At Merlin, Kendra Peckham was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a stolen base to lead a 15-hit North Valley attack in the Skyline opener.
Jasmine Aaron and Amber Green each added two hits and two RBIs for the Knights (4-2, 1-0), and Chelsea Wiley and Kenzie Schmoll chipped in two hits apiece.
Pitcher Aaron went the distance, allowing only one earned run.
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North Valley 004 601 x — 11 15 2
Giuilani, Allen (5) and Harris, Giuilani (5); Aaron and Peckham. W — Aaron (4-2). L — Giuilani. 2B — HV: Giuilani, Copeland, Million. 3B — NV: Aaron, Peckham, Green.
SOUTH UMPQUA 6, ROGUE RIVER 5 — At Myrtle Creek, South Umpqua's Katrina Waynner belted a game-tying two-run homer in the seventh inning and the host Lancers used a single and three walks against Carolanne Whittaker to rally for the nonleague win.
Kailin Honea ripped three doubles and had two RBIs and one run scored for Rogue River (0-3), while Lacey Swangel added an RBI double.
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South Umpqua 101 001 3 — 6 8 4
Whittaker and Perkins; Schofield and Bohencamp. W — Schofield. L — Whittaker (0-2). 2B — RR: Honea 3, Swangel, Gomez. HR — SU: Waynner.
PROSPECT 29, MILO 0, 5 inn. — At Prospect, freshman Allee Pinkerton threw three solid innings and Miranda Hedgepeth had four of Prospect's 13 hits in the nonconference blowout.
Pinkerton allowed one hit and one walk and struck out seven.
Rachelle Summers and Danica Coble both had two hits for the Cougars (2-1).
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Shaffer and Wilkinson; Pinkerton, Hedgepeth (4) and Beauchamp, Coble (4). W — Pinkerton. L — Shaffer.