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South Medford defense holds off GP

GRANTS PASS — South Medford backed up solid pitching from Ethan Whitney with good defense in an important Southwest Conference baseball victory Tuesday.

South Medford broke a 1-all tie in the fifth inning en route to a 3-2 road win over the Cavemen at Grants Pass High.

The victory moves South Medford (10-14, 9-10 SWC) into fourth place in the SWC standings, one game in front of Roseburg (9-14, 8-11) with a tiebreaker over the Indians. The Panthers host Grants Pass (10-13, 6-13) in a doubleheader Saturday at Harry & David Field.

“It was a huge win for us, especially on the road,” said South Medford coach Ray Smith. “We’re trying to get an automatic qualifier.”

The top four teams in the SWC are guaranteed a state playoff spot.

Whitney (6-2) allowed four hits, struck out eight and surrendered one earned run.

“Ethan was around the zone most of the day,” said Smith. “He worked out of a couple of jams. We were able to get some key outs in situations where Grants Pass put some pressure on us.”

South outfielder Jaylin Parnell made a key defensive play in the third inning when he threw out a runner at home on a base hit to left and the Cavemen leading 1-0.

The Panthers tied the game 1-all in the fourth. Jacob Melton opened the inning with a triple and eventually scored on a passed ball.

In the fifth, South scored two runs on a one-out single from Clint Campbell and RBI singles by Cole Carder and Hunter Bradford.

“We definitely caught some breaks to win this game,” said Smith. “When we needed to make plays defensively, we made the plays. It was a solid win going into the doubleheader Saturday.”

South Medford;000;120;0;—;3;6;1

Grants Pass;100;010;0;—;2;4;2

Whitney and Mahoney; Lauffenburger and Bjorn. W — Whitney (6-2). L — Lauffenburger. 3B — SM: Melton.

CRATER 7, NORTH EUGENE 3: At Central Point, Crater senior Neil Bastendorff was 2-for-4 with three RBIs while Jake Cartwright and Nick Bastendorff each were 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI as the Comets clinched at least a share of the Midwestern League title.

Crater (17-7, 13-3 MWL) broke the game open with three runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Neil Bastendorff’s two-run single against North Eugene (9-13, 5-11).

North Eugene;012;000;0;—;3;8;2

Crater;220;300;x;—;7;8;1

Averill, Proudfit (6) and Hertz, Nation (4); Croft, Boivin (4), Smith (7) and Bartlett. W — Boivin (1-0). L — Averill. 2B — NE: Averill, Nation; C: Ni. Bastendorff 2, Deuel, Cartwright.

EAGLE POINT 4, MARIST 3, 12 inn.: At Eagle Point, Ryan Lorenz led off the 12th inning with a double and scored after walks to Dylan Marsh and Andrew Castro on a walk-off single by Charles Little to lead Eagle Point to the Midwestern League win.

Lorenz finished 2-for-4 with two runs and Marsh was 2-for-4 with one RBI for the Eagles (11-10, 8-8 MWL) against Marist (17-6, 11-5).

Marist;200;000;100;000;—;3;9;1

Eagle Point;200;000;100;001;—;4;8;2

Haney, Lydon (8), Miller (12) and Jablonski; Shopp, Spradley (8), Jackson (11) and Little. W — Jackson. L — Miller. 2B — M: Haney, Boyles; EP: Lorenz.

ASHLAND 13, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 0, 5 inn.: Nick Sanderson was 3-for-3 and Peyton Fuller hit a two-run home run for Ashland during nonleague play at U.S. Cellular.

Jesse Carroll went 2-for-2 for the Grizzlies (17-7). Cascade Christian dropped to 7-14 overall.

Ashland;203;44;—;13;10;2

Cascade Christian;000;00;—;0;2;0

Sanderson, McLennan (5) and Carroll, Evans (5); Palmer, Ca. Wager (4), Wheeler (4) and Thompson. W — Sanderson. L — Palmer (4-4). 2B — A: Edwards, Carroll. HR — A: Fuller.

HENLEY 17, PHOENIX 2, 5 inn.: At Talent, Thomas Skaff went 2-for-3 for Phoenix during Skyline Conference action.

Henley improved to 23-1 overall, 13-0 in league. The Pirates dropped to 9-13, 4-9 in conference.

Henley;311;(10)2;—;17;12;1

Phoenix;101;00;—;2;5;6

Brown and Overstreet; Turnbull, Martinez (4), Knowles (4), Knudson (5) and Mobley. W — Brown. L — Turnbull. 2B — H: Brown 2, Overstreet. 3B — H: Rasica.

ST. MARY'S 14, ILLINOIS VALLEY 3, 5 inn.: At Cave Junction, Travis Danielson was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored and Ben Robinson 3-for-3 with four RBIs for St. Mary's during Southern Cascade League play.

Danielson hit a two-run home run and Jose Perez and Brady Robison were both 2-for-3 with three runs for the Crusaders (23-1, 9-1 SCL). Joe Johnson finished 2-for-3 with two runs and Tanner Smith 2-for-3 against Illinois Valley (4-19, 2-8).

St. Mary's;453;02;—;14;15;2

Illinois Valley;210;00;—;3;2;1

Perez and Mulholland; Moore, Bruner (4) and Klingbeil. W — Perez (10-1). L — Moore. 2B — SM: Danielson, Johnson, Perez, Robison, Robinson; IV: Moore. 3B — SM: Smith. HR — SM: Danielson.

LAKEVIEW 8, ROGUE RIVER 2: At Lakeview, Rogue River lost its 16th straight game during Southern Cascade League play.

The Chieftains are 1-16 overall, 0-10 in league. Lakeview improved to 18-7, 8-4 in conference.