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Hunt, Kindreich propel Black Tornado

GRANTS PASS — Honus Kindreich helped the North Medford baseball team seize control early and Berry Hunt wrapped things up for the Black Tornado by getting out of a late-game jam on Tuesday.

Summoned to the mound with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Hunt came up with the final two outs as North Medford escaped host Grants Pass with a 7-4 Southwest Conference victory.

After North Medford starting pitcher Greyson Wolff recorded one out in the seventh and let three baserunners aboard, Hunt induced a groundball that he fielded himself and threw home, beating the runner for the first out. He sealed the victory by getting the next batter to pop out to first base for his third save of the season.

Kindreich completed a four-run second inning for the Black Tornado (13-8, 10-6 SWC). After his brother Larson Kindreich and Hunt came up with back-to-back RBI singles, he sailed a two-out double to left field and plated two more runs

“It was nice to play errorless ball and get some key hits today,” said North Medford coach Brett Wolfe.

Both Honus and Larson Kindreich, as well as Kasey Buchanan, were 2-for-4 for second-place North Medford.

Brennen Lauffenburger hit a solo home run to put Grants Pass on the scoreboard in the third inning. The Cavemen chalked up three more runs in the fifth inning to trim North’s lead to 7-4.

North Medford;141;100;0;—;7;10;0

Grants Pass;001;030;0;—;4;10;1

Wolff, Hunt (7) and Geyer, Wolff (7); Lauffenburger, Kroplin (5) and Bjorn. W — Wolff (5-2). L — Lauffenburger. 2B — NM: Buchanan, H. Kindreich, GP: Castle. HR — GP: Lauffenburger.

CHURCHILL 5, EAGLE POINT 2: At Eagle Point, Lydon Spradley cajoled a walk to break up Churchill ace Brock Townsend’s perfect game with just one out to go in the seventh inning.

Following another walk by Townsend, Ryan Lorenz foiled the no-hitter with an RBI single and put the Eagles (10-8, 7-6 Midwestern League) on the board.

Townsend struck out 12 for the Lancers (12-8, 6-7 MWL).

Churchill;000;002;3;—;5;7;0

Eagle Point;000;000;2;—;2;1;1

Townsend and Trivett, Jones (7); Shopp, Spradley (5) and Little. W — Townsend. L — Spradley (0-1). 2B — C: Townsend. HR — C: Trivett.

CRATER 6, MARIST 2: At Eugene, junior Jacob Swartwout pitched a complete game and Crater collected 13 hits to move into first place with the Midwestern League road victory.

Both teams entered the game tied for first at 10-2.

Swartwout (3-1) scattered four hits, struck out five and walked three.

Nick Bastendorff led the Comet attack with three hits, including a pair of doubles, two runs and two RBIs. Crater (15-6, 11-2 MWL) also got three hits apiece from Shay Hall and Caine Smith.

Crater;101;121;0;—;6;13;0

Marist;100;001;0;—;2;4;1

Swartwout and Bartlett; Haney, Hill (6), Myers (6) and Jablonski. W — Swartwout (3-1). L — Haney. 2B — C: Godley, Hall, Deuel, Smith 2, N. Bastendorff 2; M: Parsons, Boyles, Hill. HR — M: Lydon.

ASHLAND 7, NORTH EUGENE 1: At Eugene, Kellar Edwards was 3-for-3 with four RBIs for Ashland in the Midwestern League win.

Noah Faulkner hit a solo home run for the Grizzlies (15-6, 10-6 MWL). Nick Sanderson was 2-for-5 against North Eugene (8-11, 4-9).

Ashland;050;011;0;—;7;10;0

North Eugene;000;001;0;—;1;5;0

Sanderson, Edwards (7) and Hamik; Averill, Rubin (5), Ahlstrom (6), Pruett (7) and Hertz. W — Sanderson. L — Averill. 2B — A: Carroll, Edwards. HR — A: Faulkner.

KLAMATH UNION 4, PHOENIX 2: At Klamath Union, Phoenix grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the Skyline road loss.

Thomas Skaff had two hits, two stolen bases and one RBI for Phoenix (8-11, 3-7 Sky).

Skaff’s single knocked in the Pirates’ first run, then Skaff stole second and scored on an errant pickoff attempt.

Phoenix;200;000;0;—;2;5;3

Klamath Union;001;201;x;—;4;6;4

Turnbull and Mobley; Luce and Walle. W — Luce. L — Turnbull. 2B — P: Knutson. 3B — KU: Hamblin, McDaniel.

LAKEVIEW 10, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2: At Lakeview, Lakeview used a seven-run second inning to ease past Cascade Christian during Southern Cascade League play.

The Honkers improved to 15-7 overall, 5-4 in the SCL. The Challengers are 6-12, 6-2 in league.

Cascade Christian;011;000;0;—;2;5;2

Lakeview;170;020;x;—;10;11;1

McLemore, Palmer (3) and Palmer, Thompson (3); Hamilton and Douglas. W — Hamilton. L — McLemore (0-3). 2B — L: Lampman.

ST. MARY'S 11, ROGUE RIVER 2: Jose Perez was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored for St. Mary's in the Southern Cascade League game.

Perez improved to 9-1 on the mound for the Crusaders (22-1, 8-1 SCL).

Tanner Smith went 3-for-4 with two runs, Brady Robison 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Joe Johnson 2-for-4 with two runs against Rogue River (1-13, 0-7).

Rogue River;001;100;0;—;2;2;4

St. Mary's;305;030;x;—;11;11;4

Sakraida, Nelson (5), Mahnke (6) and Tambellini; Perez, Mulholland (5), Smith (7) and Arevalos. W — Perez (9-1). L — Sakraida. 2B — SM: Johnson, Danielson, Robison, Smith. 3B — SM: Robison.

PROSPECT 5-10, LOST RIVER 2-8: At Prospect, Spencer Scofield provided some clutch hitting as Prospect moved into sole possession of first place in District 4.

The Cougars (10-2, 9-1 Dist. 4) came into the game tied with Lost River (9-11, 7-3).

In the first game, Scofield had two doubles, including a two-run shot in Prospect’s four-run third inning.

Scofield knocked in the winning run with a triple in the sixth inning of the nightcap after Lost River rallied to knot the score 8-all in the fifth. Scofield scored the final run on a passed ball.

Wade May went 3-for-3 with three runs and Roo Driskell added two hits and two runs for Prospect.

FIRST GAME

Lost River;001;010;0;—;2;9;4

Prospect;004;010;x;—;5;5;2

Moore and T. Mcauliffe; Sheile, May (5) and Bacon, Scofield (4). W — Sheile L — Moore. 2B — P: Scofield 2.

SECOND GAME

Lost River;201;050;0;—;8;10;3

Prospect;115;102;x;—;10;11;2

C. Mcauliffe, T. Mcauliffe (5), Z. Girtman (5) and T. Mcauliffe, Mann (5); Pinkerton, Sheile (5), May (7) and Scofield. W — Pinkerton. L — Z. Girtman. 2B — LR: T. Mcauliffe 2, C. Mcauliffe, T. Girtman; P: Scofield, Driskell 3B — P: Scofield, Gaines.