North beats Roseburg in key contest
North Medford finally enjoyed some timely hitting in a pivotal Southwest Conference home baseball game against Roseburg Tuesday.
The Black Tornado used a five-run third inning in a 10-5 victory.
The victory moves North Medford (11-7, 8-5 SWC) into sole possession of second place. Roseburg, which entered the game tied with North, dropped to 7-6 in conference and 8-9 overall.
After the Indians scored three runs in the top of the third inning to tie the game 3-all, North erupted for five runs in the bottom. North bunched five of its eight hits, including a two-run double by Larson Kindreich and an RBI double by Berry Hunt.
“We haven’t been able to put hits together or have timely hitting,” said North Medford coach Brett Wolfe, whose squad was one-hit against Sheldon on Saturday. “We were looking to hit the first-pitch fastball. We wanted to be aggressive and it paid off today.”
Sophomore leadoff hitter Kindreich sparked the offense with a 3-for-4, three-run, two-RBI performance.
“We like him in the leadoff spot because of his speed and he uses the whole field,” said Wolfe. “When we get his bat going, it sets the tone.”
Dakota Adams also had three hits for the Black Tornado.
North starting pitcher Grayson Wolff (4-2) didn’t allow an earned run in five complete innings. The senior right-hander struck out five and walked three.
“(Wolff) didn’t have his best stuff but he found the ability to reach back and deliver some quality pitches in some key spots,” said Wolfe. “I liked his mental approach and poise.”
Stone, Johnson (4) and Ronk; Wolff, H. Kindreich (6) and Guyer, Wolff (6). W — Wolff (4-2). L — Stone. 2B — R: Beecher, Lierman; NM: L. Kindreich, Hunt, H. Kindreich.
SOUTH MEDFORD 4, SOUTH EUGENE 0: At Eugene, Cole Carder and Jaalen Owens were both 2-for-4, Ethan Whitney pitched a four-hitter and South Medford won its fourth straight during Southwest Conference play.
Carder had a double, RBI and run for the Panthers (7-11, 6-7 SWC), who took a permanent lead in the first inning on Hunter Bradford's RBI single.
Whitney improved to 5-1 after allowing two walks with five strikeouts against South Eugene (8-9, 6-7).
Whitney and Carle; Menegat, Moore (7) and Marsh. W — Whitney (5-1). L — Menegat. 2B — SM: Carder, Owens.
THURSTON 1, GRANTS PASS 0: At Springfield, Logan Zozaya finished 2-for-3 for Grants Pass during Southwest Conference play.
With two outs, Preston Fisher hit an RBI double in the fifth to score the only run for Thurston (7-11, 6-7 SWC). The Cavemen dropped to 7-10, 3-10 in league.
Lauffenburger and Bjorn; Bates and Travelsted. W — Bates. L — Lauffenburger. 2B — T: Fisher.
EAGLE POINT 9, SPRINGFIELD 3: At Springfield, Eagle Point scored seven runs in the first two innings of the Midwestern League game.
Johnathan Wilson's two-run single in the first inning got the Eagles (8-7, 5-5 MWL) going, and Coldin Shopp added an RBI single.
Andrew Castro went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in two runs for EP. Wilson had three RBIs.
Shopp pitched the first five innings for the win, allowing four hits, fanning two and walking four.
Shopp, Spradley (6) and Little; Larsen, Sharr (6) and Durbin. W — Shopp. L —Larsen. 2B — EP: Castro.
MAZAMA 16, PHOENIX 13: At Klamath Falls, Mazama scored all its runs in the first three innings before freshman Freedom Martinez blanked the Vikings over the final three frames of the Skyline Conference game.
Drake Knowles went 3-for-4 with four RBIs to lead the Phoenix 11-hit attack. Colton Beer provided two hits, two RBIs and two runs, and Thomas Skaff had two hits and scored three times for the Pirates.
Knowles, Beer (2), Martinez (4) and Mobley; Hampson, Saunders (1), Reynolds (4), Hodder (7) and Hamilton. W — Saunders. L — Knowles (2-3). 2B — M: Schram. 3B — P: Skaff; M: Hampson
ST. MARY’S 18, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0, 5 inn.: Joe Johnson tossed a one-hitter with eight strikeouts for undefeated St. Mary’s in the SCL game at the Crusaders' field.
The Challengers' (4-11, 4-1 SCL) lone hit came on a single by Joel McLemore in the fourth inning.
Travis Danielson got the OSAA third-ranked Crusaders (19-0, 6-0) off to a fast start by belting his first home run of the season — a two-run shot in the first inning.
Jose Perez went 3-4 with two runs and three RBIs to pace the Crusaders' 15-hit attack. Tanner Smith also had three hits and scored three runs.
Danielson and Bryce Bramscher each had two hits and four RBIs, while Johnson and Brady Robison chipped in two hits apiece.
McLemore, Palmer (3), Wager (4) and Palmer, Thompson (3); Johnson and Mulholland. W — Johnson (6-0). L — McLemore. 2B — SM: Perez, Smith 2, Bramscher. 3B — SM: Robison. HR — SM: Danielson
ILLINOIS VALLEY 17, ROGUE RIVER 11: At Rogue River, Cameron Holmes was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and Austin Mahnke 2-for-4 for Rogue River during Southern Cascade League action.
Illinois Valley improved to 3-15 overall, 1-4 in league. The Chieftains, who jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first inning, dropped to 1-10, 0-4 in the SCL.
Davis, Thornhill (1), Moore (5) and McLanahan, Brummet (5); Mahnke, Dhabolt (2), Nelson (2), Sakraida (2), Mahnke (4), Chavez (5), Holmes (6) and Tambellini. W —Thornhill. L — Sakraida. 2B — IV: Dugas, Moore; RR: Pratt, Holmes, Mahnke.