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South Medford gains split with Axemen

The South Medford baseball team won its opener against South Eugene, 10-4, before falling 3-0 in Game 2 during Southwest Conference action at Harry & David Field on Saturday.

In the opener, Christian Mahoney was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, Jack Thompson 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Jacob Melton 2-for-4 with two runs for the Panthers (8-12, 7-8 SWC). The Axemen (9-10, 7-8) drew within one run, down 5-4, in the top of the fifth inning before Thompson hit a run-scoring single and Mahoney came home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the frame to regain control.

South Medford, which is tied for fourth place with South Eugene in the SWC standings, added three more runs on four hits in the sixth.

The Panthers were limited to four hits in the second game, with Hunter Bradford and Melton connecting on doubles.

FIRST GAME

South Eugene;100;030;0;—;4;10;1

South Medford;210;223;x;—;10;9;2

Moore, Molaski (4), Pierson (6) and Marsh; Letendre and Mahoney. W — Letendre (2-4). L — Moore. 2B — SE: Menegat; SM: Melton.

SECOND GAME

South Eugene;101;010;0;—;3;5;2

South Medford;000;000;0;—;0;4;2

Sherman and Marsh; DeVries and Mahoney. W — Sherman. L — DeVries (0-3). 2B — SE: Wonham; SM: Bradford, Melton.

NORTH MEDFORD 4-0, ROSEBURG 3-6: At Roseburg, North Medford scraped across the winning run in the top of the seventh inning of the first game, then was checked on two hits in the nightcap of the SWC twin bill.

In the seventh in Game 1, Preston Johnson of the Black Tornado (12-8, 9-6 SWC) reached on an error, stole second and third and scored on an error at shortstop. Roseburg (9-10, 8-7) got a runner to third in the bottom half before a groundout ended the game.

North scored three in the first, getting RBI singles from Berry Hunt and Dakota Adams. Larson Kindreich pitched six innings, with five hits, nine strikeouts and no walks.

In the opener, Roseburg's Zack Mandera allowed only a double to Kindreich and single to Kasey Buchanan.

FIRST GAME

North Medford;300;000;1;—;4;4;4

Roseburg;000;102;0;—;3;6;4

L. Kindreich, Hunt (7) and Wolff; Reddekopp and Ronk. W — Kindreich. L — Reddekopp. S — Hunt (1).

SECOND GAME

North Medford;000;000;0;—;0;2;4

Roseburg;105;000;x;—;6;8;0

H. Kindreich, Casebier (3) and Wolff, Geyer (4); Mandera and Lucido. W — Mandera. L — H. Kindreich (2-1). 2B — NM: L. Kindreich.

ASHLAND 18-3, CRATER 0-5: At Central Point, Nick Sanderson was 5-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored for Ashland in Game 1 and Nick Bastendorff and Caine Smith were both 2-for-4 with two runs for Crater in Game 2 during Midwestern League play.

In the opener, the Grizzlies' Jesse Carroll hit a three-run home run, Kellar Edwards went 3-for-5 and Matt Flynn finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs to snap the Comets' nine-game winning streak. Nick Bastendorff was 2-for-2 for Crater (14-6, 10-2 MWL).

Edwards went 2-for-4 with two runs and Carroll 2-for-4 in the second contest for Ashland (14-6, 9-6).

FIRST GAME

Ashland;436;41;—;18;17;0

Crater;000;00;—;0;4;3

Fuller, Buckley (4), Edwards (5) and Hamik; Croft, Boivin (3), Hamre (5) and Bartlett. W — Fuller. L — Croft (2-2). 2B — A: Edwards, Sanderson. HR — A: Carroll.

SECOND GAME

Ashland;011;010;0;—;3;5;0

Crater;000;230;x;—;5;9;4

Bell, Buckley (6) and Hamik; Ne. Bastendorff and Smith. W — Ne. Bastendorff (5-2). L — Bell. 2B — C: Ni. Bastendorff, Smith.

EAGLE POINT 9-12, SPRINGFIELD 3-2: At Eagle Point, Eagle Point collected 19 total hits in the Midwestern League sweep.

Johnathan Wilson had two hits and four RBIs, Trae Perkins two hits and Ryan Lorenz three RBIs for the Eagles (10-7, 7-5 MWL) in Game 1. Andrew Castro recorded two hits and two RBIs and Charles Little two hits against Springfield (0-21, 0-15) in Game 2.

FIRST GAME

Springfield;000;012;0;—;3;7;4

Eagle Point;521;010;x;—;9;9;0

McCallister and Durbin; Wilson, Spradley (6) and Little. W — Wilson. L — McCallister. 2B — EP: Wilson 2, Dylan Marsh.

SECOND GAME

Springfield;020;00;—;2;5;0

Eagle Point;512;4x;—;12;10;0

Sharr, O’Grady (1), Wheatley (4) and King; Jackson, Spradley (4) and Little. W — Jackson. L — Sharr. 2B — EP: Castro, Wilson, Little.

PHOENIX 9-3, NORTH VALLEY 2-9: At Talent, Kyle Botermans went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and recorded 12 strikeouts in Game 1 for Phoenix during Skyline Conference play.

Thomas Skaff finished 2-for-4 with three runs and James Turnbull 2-for-4 with two runs in the opener for the Pirates (8-10, 3-6 Sky).

Turnbull was 3-for-4 and Botermans and Dorian Mobley 2-for-3 against the Knights (9-10, 3-6) in Game 2.

FIRST GAME

North Valley;002;000;0;—;2;6;4

Phoenix;003;033;x;—;9;12;1

Soler, Hornbeck (5) and Segura; Botermans and Mobley. W — Botermans. L — Soler. 2B — NV: Segura; P: Botermans, Knowles.

SECOND GAME

North Valley;007;101;0;;—;9;12;3

Phoenix;000;021;0;—;3;10;2

Hobgood and Segura; Turnbull, Knowles (3), Martinez (4), Knudson (7) and Mobley. W — Hobgood. L — Turnbull. 2B — NV: Taylor, Grider, Segura, Stegemiller; P: Skaff, Mobley.

ST. MARY’S 8-7, LAKEVIEW 3-9: Ben Robinson’s grand slam capped a sixth-inning rally for St. Mary’s in Game 1 but eight errors hindered the Crusaders in Game 2 as they suffered their first loss of the season.

Jose Perez singled and later scored on an error to break a 3-all tie in the sixth inning of Game 1 and, after two walks, Robinson provided ample cushion for St. Mary’s (21-1, 7-1 SCL). Robinson finished 2-for-4 with six RBIs.

In Game 2, Lakeview (14-7, 4-4) scored seven runs — three earned — in the first inning and withstood a St. Mary’s comeback that included a three-run, seventh-inning home run by Travis Danielson. Tanner Smith was 3-for-3 for the Crusaders, who got two hits apiece from Perez and Joe Johnson and had two runners on when the final out was made in the seventh.

FIRST GAME

Lakeview;110;010;0;—;3;8;3

St. Mary’s;000;125;x;—;8;7;3

Lampman, Hamilton (4), Lampman (6) and Douglas; Johnson, Danielson (6) and Mulholland. W — Danielson. L — Hamilton. 2B — L: Deidrich 2, Steward. HR — SM: Robinson.

SECOND GAME

Lakeview;700;000;2;—;9;9;1

St. Mary’s;220;000;3;—;7;9;8

Deidrich, Arcularius (2), Hamilton (7) and Douglas; Perez, Danielson (1) and Mulholland. W — Arcularius. L — Perez. S — Hamilton. 2B — L: Arcularius; SM: Smith. HR — SM: Danielson.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 7-5, ILLINOIS VALLEY 3-6: At Cave Junction, Chase Wager was 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs and Trenton Palmer 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs to lead Cascade Christian to victory in Game 1 of the Southern Cascade League twin bill.

Kevin Wheeler was 2-for-4 with one run and earned the pitching victory for the Challengers (5-12, 5-2 SCL).

One hit and four errors allowed Illinois Valley (4-15, 2-4) to score twice in the seventh to edge Cascade Christian. Gunnar Thompson was 2-for-3 with two runs and Daniel Carter 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

FIRST GAME

Cascade Christian;030;100;3;—;7;8;1

Illinois Valley;100;020;0;—;3;7;2

Wheeler, Palmer (6) and Palmer, Thompson (6); Thornhill, Anderson (4), Klingbeil (7) and McLanahan. W — Wheeler (1-3). L — Thornhill. 2B — CC: Ch. Wager.

SECOND GAME

Cascade Christian;000;014;0;—;5;9;8

Illinois Valley;100;300;2;—;6;7;3

West, Palmer (5) and Palmer, Thompson (5); Davis and Klingbeil. W — Davis. L — Palmer (3-4). 2B — CC: McLemore; IV: Thornhill.

PROSPECT 4-2, RIDDLE 2-9: At Prospect, Devin Sheile came a home run shy of the cycle in the opener and hit a solo shot in Game 2 for Prospect during District 4 play.

Wade May was 3-for-3 in Game 1 and Luke McGonagle 2-for-3 in the second contest for Prospect (8-2, 7-1 Dist. 4). Riddle moved to 6-10 overall, 4-6 in league.

FIRST GAME

Riddle;010;001;0;—;2;2;4

Prospect;100;111;x;—;4;9;4

Mitchell, Maurer (2) and Yackiomouih; Sheile, May (4) and Bacon. W — Sheile (1-0). L — Mitchell. 2B — P Sheile, Pinkerton. 3B — P: Sheile.

SECOND GAME

Riddle;201;005;1;—;9;7;2

Prospect;100;001;0;—;2;4;4

Maurer and Yackiomouih; Pinkerton, May (2), Stephens (6), Sheile (6) and Bacon. W — Maurer. L — Pinkerton. HR — P: Sheile (1).