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Kindreich, Hunt pilot Tornado past Axemen

Larson Kindreich and Berry Hunt helped the North Medford baseball team right the ship against South Eugene on Saturday after falling to the Axemen earlier in the week.

Kindreich threw a four-hit shutout in the opener and Hunt helped protect a Game 2 lead as the Black Tornado swept the Axemen 3-0 and 7-2 in the Southwest Conference doubleheader at North Medford High School.

Kindreich, who struck out six and walked one, was relied on to carry the load in the opener as North Medford (10-4, 7-2 SWC) was able to manage just four hits itself.

That’s where Hunt’s two-run single in the third inning came in big. His well-timed hit gave Kindreich the backing he needed and provided North Medford with a 2-0 lead.

“We lost a tough one on Tuesday, so we had to make some adjustments in our swings just based on we were a little too long (in our swings) and we had to shorten our stroke a bit,” said Black Tornado coach Brett Wolfe of the 3-2 loss to the Axemen. “We’ve really been needing those timely hits, too, and today, we were able to get some of those.”

The Axemen (6-7, 4-5 SWC) heard from Hunt again in Game 2.

After he bashed a solo home run over the left-center field fence in the first inning, Hunt spelled starting pitcher Honus Kindreich in the fourth with North Medford clinging to a 4-2 lead. The move paid off as Hunt responded by tossing a one-hitter over the final four innings. Hunt fanned five batters and walked just one.

Honus Kindreich finished 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored in Game 2 and Dakota Adams was 2-for-2 with two RBIs.

FIRST GAME

South Eugene;000;000;0;—; 0 4 2

North Medford; 002;001;x;—;3;4;1

Sherman and Marsh; L. Kindreich and Wolff. W — L. Kindreich (3-1). L — Sherman. 2B — SE: James; NM: L. Kindreich.

SECOND GAME

South Eugene;101;000;0;—;2;3;1

North Medford;112;030;x;—;7;7;4

Moore, Pierson (6) and Marsh; H. Kindreich, Hunt (4) and Wolff. W — Hunt (1-3). L — Moore. 2B — NM: Geyer. HR — NM: Hunt (3).

SHELDON 4-7, SOUTH MEDFORD 2-4: South Medford senior Cole Carder extended his hitting streak to eight games but Sheldon used a four-run fifth inning in the opener and steady production in Game 2 to gain the Southwest Conference sweep.

Carder was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI in the opener for the Panthers (3-11, 2-7 SWC), while Jack Thompson was 2-for-2 with one RBI and Jacob Melton 2-for-3 with one run.

In the nightcap, Christian Mahoney was 2-for-3 with one run and Melton 2-for-2 with one run and two RBIs for South while Sheldon (9-5, 8-1) got three hits apiece from Matt Land and Nick Dorsing.

FIRST GAME

Sheldon;000;040;0;—;4;6;1

South Medford;100;000;1;—;2;8;2

Herbert and Olsson; Bradford, Whitney (6) and Mahoney. W — Herbert. L — Bradford (0-2). 2B — S: Land; SM: Carder.

SECOND GAME

Sheldon;210;300;1;—;7;11;3

South Medford;200;002;0;—;4;6;3

Dudley, Vitus (5), Strom (7) and Olsson; Thompson, Whitney (3) and Mahoney. W — Dudley. L — Thompson (1-2). 2B — S: Hanson; SM: Mahoney.

CRATER 5-10, EAGLE POINT 1-9: At Eagle Point, Sean Bartlett’s go-ahead two-run single in the top of the eighth inning of Game 2 helped Crater convert on a sweep of Eagle Point.

The Eagles (7-7, 4-5 Midwestern League) managed to get one run across in the bottom of the frame but Comets pitcher Jake Ireland got the final batter to flyout to right field.

The Comets’ Ireland finished 3-for-5, scored twice and drove in a run while the Eagles’ Dylan Marsh finished 3-for-5 with a grand slam home run and four RBIs.

In the opener, the Comets (9-5, 5-1 MWL) broke a 1-all tie by scoring four runs in the top of the seventh inning, helping preserve a quality complete game for starter Neil Bastendorff, who yielded one earned run on four hits to go with four strikeouts.

Ireland went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Game 1.

FIRST GAME

Crater;010;000;4;—;5;6;1

Eagle Point;000;100;0;—;1;4;4

Wilson, Spradley (7) and Little; Bastendorff and Bartlett. W — Bastendorff (3-2). L — Wilson.

SECOND GAME

Crater;300;410;02;—;10;8;4

Eagle Point;200;411;01;—;9;10;4

Croft, Ireland (4) and Bartlett; Jackson, Shopp (4), Lorenz (8) and Little. W — Ireland (4-0). L — Lorenz. 2B — EP: Marsh, Jostad. HR — EP: Marsh.

MARIST 15-3, ASHLAND 6-5: At Eugene, Ashland’s Jesse Carroll and Peyton Fuller propelled Ashland in Game 2 to salvage a split with host Marist.

Carroll had a solo home run in the sixth inning and finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Fuller tossed 6⅓ innings, allowing three runs — two earned — on five hits, accompanied by five strikeouts.

The Grizzlies’ Nick Sanderson collected three hits while Tarquin Daley and Caleb Bell both had a pair of hits.

In the opener, Sanderson blasted a three-run homer to center field in a four-run fifth inning for Ashland (11-3, 6-3 MWL). Sanderson finished 2-for-4, Aaron Scott was 3-for-4 and Carroll 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

FIRST GAME

Ashland;200;040;0;—;6;9;2

Marist;007;620;x;—;15;10;4

Carroll, Buckley (4), Edwards (7) and Hamik, McClennan (7); Miller, Lydon (5) and Jablonski, Karo (7). W — Miller. L — Carroll. 2B — A: A. Scott; M: Lydon 2, Haney. HR — A: Sanderson.

SECOND GAME

Ashland;011;102;0;—;5;12;3

Marist;200;000;1;—;3;5;1

Fuller, Bell (7) and Hamik; Parsons, Hill (7) and Jablonski. W — Fuller. L — Parsons. 2B — A: Sanderson 2, Carroll. HR — A: Carroll; M: Lydon.

PHOENIX 14-8, KLAMATH UNION 4-0: At Talent, James Turnbull compiled five hits overall and pitched three-hit shutout in Game 2 of Phoenix’s Skyline Conference sweep.

Turnbull went 3-for-4 with two doubles, four runs scored and two stolen bases in the opener, which the Pirates (7-5, 2-1 Skyline) claimed in five innings.

The Pirates’ Chase Courtney had a pair of hits, including a three-run triple, and Colton Beer and Brennen Watts both went 2-for-4. Beer drove in three runs and Watts had a pair of RBIs and two runs scored.

Turnbull struck out seven and walked one in Game 2 and also went 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Phoenix’s Thomas Skaff went 2-for-4.

FIRST GAME

Klamath Union;102;01;—;4;3;5

Phoenix;161;321;—;14;11;2

Hamblin, Carter (4) and Walle; Botermans, Beer (4), Knowles (5) and Mobley. W — Botermans (1-3). 2B — P: Turnbull 2. 3B — P: Courtney.

SECOND GAME

Klamath Union;000;000;0;—;0;3;2

Phoenix;000;431;x;—;8;6;0

Balbin, Luce (4) and Walle; Turnbull and Courtney. W — Turnbull (2-2). L — Balbin.

ST. MARY’S 7-15, ROGUE RIVER 0-3: At Rogue River, St. Mary’s pitcher Joe Johnson tossed a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and one walk in the opener and the Crusaders broke Game 2 open with five runs in the fifth and sixth innings to win by the 10-run mercy rule.

Lawson Anderson was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Ben Robinson also plated two runs to boost St. Mary’s (15-0, 3-0 SCL) in Game 1, with Johnson and Jose Perez also adding two hits apiece.

The Crusaders completed the Southern Cascade League sweep after Anderson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the nightcap and Travis Danielson improved to 4-0 by allowing four hits and two runs in four innings.

FIRST GAME

St. Mary’s;011;202;1;—;7;12;1

Rogue River;000;000;0;—;0;4;2

Johnson and Mulholland; Sakraida and Tambellini. W — Johnson (4-0). L — Sakraida. 2B — SM: Johnson, Robinson, Smith.

SECOND GAME

St. Mary’s;103;155;—;15;8;1

Rogue River;000;201;—;3;4;7

Mahnke, Der. Nelson (5), Dea. Nelson (6) and Tambellini; Danielson, Smith (5), Bramscher (6), Anderson (6) and Mulholland. W — Danielson (4-0). L — Mahnke. 2B — SM: Robison, Johnson, Kuitert.

PROSPECT 10-11, BONANZA 9-8: At Bonanza, Wade May and Roo Driskell each had go-ahead doubles in the final inning of both District 4 wins against Bonanza.

Down by one run in the seventh inning of Game 1, May provided a two-run double to push Prospect out in front, 10-9. Driskell broke an 8-all tie and completed the sweep with a three-run double in the eighth inning of Game 2.

Spencer Scofield finished 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs in the opener and May went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.

In Game 2, May went 4-for-5 and scored twice, Devin Sheile 3-for-5 with four runs, Luke McGonagle 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Daniel Pinkerton 3-for-5 for Prospect (4-1, 4-0 Dist. 4).

FIRST GAME

Prospect;500;300;2;—;10;11;2

Bonanza;232;011;0;—;9;10;2

Sheile, May (4) and Bacon; McGee, McAllister (5) and Madera. W — May (2-0). L — McGee. 2B — Sheile, Scofield. 3B — P: Scofield.

SECOND GAME

Prospect;120;230;03;—;11;16;2

Bonanza;103;101;20;—;8;6;4

Pinkerton and Bacon; Ritsch and Madera. W — Pinkerton (1-1). L — Ritsch. 2B — P: McGonagle 2, Sheile, Driskell.