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Big rally by North Medford falls short

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The North Medford baseball team came storming back with six runs in the top of the seventh inning but it wasn’t enough against host Desert Oasis.

Desert Oasis picked up the 7-6 victory but not before North Medford threatened with two aboard and just one out on Thursday in the third of a four-game road trip.

“They were pretty polished,” said North Medford coach Brett Wolfe of Desert Oasis. “They’re not only in midseason form, they’re at end-season form.

“We couldn’t get the winning runs across but we showed the tenacity and competitiveness to comeback and win. There was no quit in us.”

After Tate Cowden’s sacrifice fly got North Medford (1-3) within one run, Desert Oasis used a trick pick-off play and caught Kasey Buchanan standing off second base for the second out of the seventh before Jordan Ragan struck out to end the game.

Ragan began North’s furious rally with an RBI double. Greyson Wolff, Mason Barone and Buchanan later hit three straight RBI singles, reloading the bases each time.

Ragan and Jared Evans each finished 2-for-3 with a double.

North Medford;000;000;6;—;6;6;2

Desert Oasis;020;230;x;—;7;5;1

Berman, Kindreich (5) and Wolff; Ca. Adams and Scott (7), Ch. Adams (7) and Ventura. W — Ch. Adams. L — Berman (0-1). 2B — NM: J. Evans, Ragan; DO: Scott.

NORTH SALEM 11, CRATER 9: At Central Point, Crater left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning and North Salem escaped with the win on the final day of the Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.

Avery Martin went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Comets (0-4), and Dylan Morgan had a pair of hits and scored twice.

The Comets’ Jake Cartwright and Jake Ireland both scored and finished 2-for-4.

North Salem;041;411;0;—;11;13;5

Crater;003;230;1;—;9;12;4

Hamilton, Holden (5) and Reyes, Hamilton (5); Bastendorff, Roland (4), Smith (6) and Gillispie. W — Hamilton. L — Bastendorff (0-1). 2B — NS: Holden; C: Morgan, Ireland. 3B — C: Gillispie.

CLACKAMAS 4, GRANTS PASS 1: At Central Point, Grants Pass couldn’t solve Clackamas pitcher Anthony Garcia, mustering just five hits in the Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.

Jaron Kroplin drove in the lone run for the Cavemen (3-2), and Jake Stoffel went 2-for-3.

The Cavaliers’ Nathan Mumford went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three stolen bases.

Clackamas;200;100;1;—;4;7;0

Grants Pass;000;010;0;—;1;5;2

Garcia and Mumford; Lauffenburger, D’Amico (7) and Bjorn. W — Garcia. L — Lauffenburger (0-2). 2B — C: Burns; GP: Lauffenburger.

ASHLAND 8, EVERGREEN 5: At Phoenix, Ariz., Ashland scored four runs each in the first and fifth innings to defeat the Colorado team in the Greenway Festival.

The Grizzlies (5-1) finished the festival with a 2-1 record.

Caleb Bell had two hits, an RBI and a run for Ashland, and Jet Hamik had two RBIs and two runs.

Jesse Carroll had a run scoring single in the first, and Nick Sanderson had a sacrifice fly in the first and scored a run in the fifth. Jose Perez’s two-run single was the big hit in the fifth.

Ashland;400;040;0;—;8;8;3

Evergreen;100;020;2;—;5;8;1

Fredrickson, Carroll (6) and Hamik; Gibbins, Musontello (1), Ryker (6) and Schmoker, Elmereow (5). W — Fredrickson (3-0). L — Gibbins. Sv — Jes. Carroll (1). 2B — E: Gaulcus. 3B — A: Fuller.

ST. MARY’S FALLS TWICE: At Redding, Calif., St. Mary’s lost both of its matchups in the American Christian Academy Invitational.

The Crusaders (3-4) were dealt a 4-2 defeat by Anderson before Colusa posted an 11-5 victory over St. Mary’s.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN SWEEPS: At Portland, Cascade Christian won two games over Valley Catholic on Wednesday, 5-3 in 10 innings and 8-6.

Will Weaver pitched his third complete game for the Challengers (4-1) — all without a walk in 24 innings — in the long first game. He struck out seven and threw only 108 pitches in improving to 3-0.

Cascade Christian tied it in the seventh on an error, then got back-to-back RBI doubles from Knute Thompson and Eric Higday for the winning runs in the 10th.

Cody Coggins and Thompson were each 3-for-6, and Higday and James Carpenter had two hits each.

In Game 2, Coggins allowed two hits and struck out 12 in five innings, giving up one run and one walk. Kevin Wheeler was 2-for-3 with a two-run single.