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South Medford sweeps Roseburg to end SOH season

ROSEBURG — South Medford put itself in position to claim third place in Southern Oregon Hybrid baseball, but it will need help.

The Panthers passed Roseburg in the win column with a doubleheader sweep of the Indians Saturday, 5-3 in eight innings and 9-1. South (14-10 overall) is 5-7 but remains a half game behind third-place Roseburg, which is 4-5.

Roseburg (8-12 overall) has three games remaining against Crater and must win two of them to remain third.

The top three teams earn a state playoff berth. The remaining two SOH squads have play-in games.

"It was huge," said Panthers coach Ray Smith, whose team finished its league season. "We took care of the things we had to to try to finish up and take that third spot. Now it's out of our hands. The kids really responded well."

The games were played in intermittent rain.

"It wasn't the best day for baseball, but we played well and competed," said Smith. "The kids just got it done."

In the first game, the Panthers scored two runs in the eighth inning and Caleb Newman did a masterful job in relief.

Austin White's one-out single, followed by a hit-and-run single through the left side of the infield by Will Cooney, got South going. White scored when Brandon Lupton hit into a fielder's choice, and Cole Carder singled in Cooney.

Newman, who recorded three wins over Roseburg this week, relieved Lupton in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and one out. Newman struck out Brady Fuller, the Indians' No. 4 hitter, then fielded a comebacker from Ryan Carhart to end the inning.

He set down Roseburg in order the next two innings, needing just 18 pitches to get his eight outs.

"He did a great job," said Smith. "We needed it right then."

White was 3-for-4 with two runs, and Jimmy Sporer went 2-for-3. Lupton added a two-run single in a three-run fourth inning.

The second game wasn't as lopsided as it appears. It was tied 1-1 entering the fifth, but the Panthers scored three in that inning and five in the seventh.

Brady Breeze's two-out double in the fifth scored Carder and Sporer, who each had singled. White then doubled home Breeze.

In the seventh, South rapped four hits and was helped by a misplayed ball in the outfield. Eric Wallan stroked a two-run double in the frame.

Sporer was 3-for-4 with three runs and two stolen bases and made a couple of fine plays in center field, said Smith. White and Lupton, who had an RBI and a run, each had two hits.

Justin James and Newman, who came in in the third, combined on a two-hitter.

FIRST GAME

South Medford 000 300 02 — 5 10 2

Roseburg 100 020 00 — 3 6 0

Lupton, Newman (6) and White; Fuller, Haskett (8) and Irvine. W — Newman (5-4). L — Fuller.

SECOND GAME

South Medford 100 030 5 — 9 12 1

Roseburg 001 000 0 — 1 2 2

James, Newman (3) and White; Stone, Reddekopp (6) and Irvine. W — Newman (6-4). L — Stone. 2B — SM: Breeze, White, Wallan.

KLAMATH UNION 12-0, ASHLAND 11-16 — At Klamath Falls, Ashland exploded for 27 runs on 25 hits in the nonleague twin bill but had to settle for a split after blowing a 10-0, sixth-inning lead in the opener at Kiger Stadium.

Freshman Nick Sanderson had five hits, seven RBIs and scored five runs on the day to lead Ashland (16-6), while Steen Fredrickson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs in the first game. Aaron Scott, Eric Carlson and Max Montgomery also added two hits apiece in the wild opener, which saw the Grizzlies build a 6-0 lead through four and increase it to 10-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Ashland starter Tommy Hulick held Klamath Union (6-15) scoreless on three hits through the first five innings of the opener before leaving with the game seemingly in hand. The Pelicans rallied against Ashland's bullpen, scoring nine runs on five hits, six walks and an error in the sixth before adding a two-out, RBI triple by Tyler Alvarez in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

Down one with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, KU's Kyle Odesha completed the comeback with a two-run double down the right-field line. Odesha was 2-for-5 with three RBIs in the first game.

Ashland's Kyle Milgram tossed a one-hit, five-inning shutout in the nightcap, striking out seven.

FIRST GAME

Ashland 202 213 01 — 11 13 4

Klamath Union 000 009 12 — 12 10 3

Hulick, Carroll (6), Rogan (6), Glick (6) and Hamik; Weitzel, Balbin (6), Vallejos (8) and Budden. W — Vallejos. L — Glick (3-2). 2B — A: Scott, Montgomery, Carlson; KU: Odesha. 3B — KU: Alvarez.

SECOND GAME

Ashland 321 73 — 16 12 1

Klamath Union 000 00 — 0 1 5

Milgram and Glick; McGahan, Wanous (3) and Budden. W — Milgram (3-0). 2B — KU: Weitzel.