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Black Tornado powers past Canby

PHOENIX, Ariz. — After weeks of barely being able to get on the field, North Medford’s baseball team is still in search of a little rhythm. But the warm Arizona air seemed to do the Black Tornado fine on Tuesday.

North Medford belted out 13 hits and used a seven-run third inning to separate from Canby for a 14-4 win in six innings at the Coach Bob Invitational.

It was the second straight day of double-digit hits by the Black Tornado (3-2), which next plays at 12:30 p.m. today against Northglenn of Colorado.

Seniors Kasey Buchanan and Justin Geyer helped lead the way against Canby (1-2), with Buchanan going 3-for-3 with three runs and five RBIs and Geyer going 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.

“Those seniors have been carrying us a little bit,” said North Medford head coach Brett Wolfe. “Our pitching is a little bit behind now so we have some work to do, but that’s why we’re down here.”

Senior Tyler Seney got things rolling in the third with a single and, after Quinton Rumrey was hit by a pitch, Brandon King’s drag bunt single produced the game’s first run. Buchanan followed with a two-run triple and Geyer had an RBI single before scoring on a double by Zack Collins.

A single by Ryan Sandoval kept the inning going, and Jon-o Gassman plated a run with his bunt single before the final run was scored on a bases-loaded walk.

Buchanan later added a two-run double in a five-run fifth inning for North Medford.

Rumrey finished 2-for-3 with three runs, Collins was 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs and Sandoval 2-for-4 with one run.

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Collins, Buchanan (4) and Geyer; Troy, Davis (3), Peterson (6) and Bigej. W — Buchanan (1-1). L — Troy. 2B — NM: King, Buchanan, Collins; C: McGraw, Hopkins. 3B — NM: Buchanan.

SOUTH MEDFORD 8, CHATFIELD 0: At Phoenix, Jacob Melton hit his fourth home run of the season and Ethan Whitney pitched six shutout innings for South Medford against the Littleton, Colorado, team in the Coach Bob Invitational.

The Panthers (3-2) scored five runs in the first inning on only two hits. Clint Campbell and Jack Thompson had RBI singles.

Melton was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. His homer was a solo shot in the fourth. Campbell was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run.

Whitney allowed three hits, fanned six and walked four.


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Luna, Ross (1), Cullom (6) and Barnes; Whitney, Bortz (7) and Carle. W — Whitney (1-2). L — Luna. 2B — SM: Campbell, Parnell, Whitney. HR — SM: Melton (4).

GRANTS PASS WINS PAIR: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass defeated Franklin 12-1 in five innings and held on for a 9-7 victory against Liberty in the Crater Tournament at the All Volunteer Sports Park.

Vincent Zavolta provided the big bat for the Cavemen against Franklin with a 2-for-3, three-RBI, two-run effort, and Cameron Castle had two hits and scored three runs.

Grants Pass (5-3) led 9-3 going into the bottom of the seventh in the Liberty game but needed a bases-loaded double play to end the game.

Brodie Shelley had two hits and two RBIs for the Cavemen, and teammate Logan Zozaya contributed two hits and scored twice.


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Perry and Platt-Devlin; Coyle and Padgett, Dinkel (4). W — Coyle (1-0). L — Perry. 3B — GP: Zavolta

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Crume, Calabro (5), Zavolta (7) and Padgett; Ineson, Kuik (6), Norman (6) and Bafaro. W — Calabro (1-1). L — Ineson. 2B — L: Schmidt; GP: Castle, King

CRATER 6, RIDGEVIEW 1: At Central Point, Crater capitalized on six Ridgeview errors and got solid pitching from sophomores Tyler Niemann and Nick Macuk in the Crater Tournament at Anhorn Field..

The Comets (6-0) got all the runs they would need in first inning when Sean Bartlett’s RBI single highlighted a two-run rally.

Crater added three more runs in the fourth on just one hit and two errors.

Niemann (1-0) went 4 ⅓ innings, allowing two hits, striking out five and surrendering an unearned run. Macuk finished off the game in shutout fashion with two strikeouts and giving up two hits.

Bartlett and Jace Godley each collected two hits, had one RBI and scored once.

In other tournament games, Century downed West Albany 2-1, West Albany beat Ridgeview 8-0, Liberty routed North Salem 11-2 and North Salem blanked Franklin 23-0.



Niemann, Macuk (5) and Bartlett; Remick and Merritt. W — Niemann (1-0). L — Remick. 2B — C: Godley.

PHOENIX 12, KLAMATH UNION 2, 5 inn.: At Merlin, Thomas Skaff went 2-for-4 with three runs and picked up the pitching victory for Phoenix to open the six-team North Valley Tournament.

James Turnbull was 2-for-3 with three runs, Brennen Watts 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Freedom Martinez 2-for-2 to help pace the Pirates (3-1).

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Huffman, Taylor (4), Peterson (5) and Peterson, Taylor (5); Skaff, Stella (5) and Datz, Merriman (5). W — Skaff (1-0). L — Huffman. 2B — P: Watts. HR — KU: Carter.

COTTAGE GROVE 5, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2: At Murphy, Kyle Reece went 2-for-3 for Cascade Christian with an RBI single after back-to-back doubles by Gunnar Thompson and Declan Payne in the seventh inning at the Hidden Valley Tournament.

The Challengers moved to 3-4 overall.

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Browning, Bellamy (7) and Cross; Letendre, Knight (7) and Thompson. W — Browning. L — Letendre. 2B — CG: Osbon; CC: Thompson, Payne. 3B — CG: Bellamy.