North, Crater settle for tie in opener
It certainly doesn’t happen often but North Medford and Crater were forced to settle for a season-opening tie after their nonleague baseball matchup was called due to darkness with the score tied 5-5 with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday.
In fact, for Black Tornado head coach Brett Wolfe, he said it was only his second tie in his 23rd season with the team. There is no plan to resume playing the game at a later date.
“It was just nice to play and get started off on the year,” said Wolfe of his home opener. “I thought we played well, especially against a good, veteran club like Crater.”
North Medford built a 4-0 lead through three innings but Crater stormed back with a five-run fifth inning to go up 5-4. Jake Ireland supplied an RBI double in the frame, with the Comets’ big hit coming on a two-run double by Sean Bartlett.
Undeterred by the rally, the Black Tornado answered immediately as Justin Geyer led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a triple and eventually scored the tying run on a two-out single by Ryan Sandoval.
Nick Bastendorff went 2-for-2 for Crater, while Geyer was 3-for-3 with two RBIs for North. The Black Tornado also saw Kasey Buchanan go 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and one run scored and Brandon King go 2-for-4. Zack Collins added an RBI single and pitched the first 4⅓ innings for North.
Swartwout, Boivin (3), Ireland (6) and Bartlett; Collins, Seney (5) and Geyer. 2B — C: Bastendorff, Ireland, Bartlett; NM: Buchanan 2, Geyer, Seney. 3B — C: Bastendorff; NM: Geyer.
PHOENIX 13, YREKA 1: At Yreka, Calif., Phoenix senior James Turnbull struck out five in five innings and the Pirates used a five-run first inning to separate for the season-opening victory.
Thomas Skaff went 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI, Brennen Watts was 3-for-5 with three runs and one RBI and Chase Courtney scored three runs with two RBIs for the Pirates (1-0).
Turnbull, Knudson (6), Skaff (7) and Courtney; Velarde, Persing (1), Leach (6) and Leach, Shepard. W — Turnbull (1-0). L — Velarde. 2B — P: Skaff, Watts, Courtney; Y: Velarde.
GLIDE 11, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 5: Tyler Cochran belted a two-run double in the seventh inning for Cascade Christian but the comeback effort was negated in a nonconference loss at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Gunnar Thompson was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI and Jack West 2-for-3 with one run for the Challengers (1-1), who fell behind 7-1 through four innings.
Leischner, Parazoo (6), Anderson (7) and Kangiser; McLemore, West (4), Letendre (6) and Thompson. W — Leischner. L — McLemore (0-1). 2B — G: Holland, Parazoo; CC: Cochran.
CRATER 8, DEL NORTE 1: At Central Point, Crater’s Emily McCollum went 3-for-4 and Genna Cottini was 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the nonleague victory.
The Comets (1-1) belted out 12 hits overall in the runaway win, with pitchers Megan Wagner and Holley Warner combining on a three-hitter.
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Douglas and Jacobs; Wagner, Warner (4) and Sanderson. W — Wagner. L — Douglas. 2B — DN: Burchell; and C: Lee.
GLIDE 8, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 6: Cascade Christian junior Shaylee Ledesma pitched a complete game and went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in a nonleague loss at U.S. Cellular.
Abby Miller drove in three runs for the Challengers (0-1) and Mallory Meilicke was 2-for-3.
Williams, Michel (5th) and Malek; Ledesma and Plankenhorn. W — Williams. L — Ledesma. 2B — CC: Ledesma. 3B — CC: Ledesma. HR — G: Stone.