North romps to third straight win
PHOENIX, Ariz. — North Medford continued its red-hot ways at the Coach Bob Invitational, using a 10-run first inning to secure first place in its pool with a 23-5, five-inning win over Northglenn High of Colorado on Wednesday.
The runaway win marked the third straight day in which North Medford (4-2) accumulated double-digit hits, with the Black Tornado notching 14 in short work.
“They all had really good approaches today,” said North Medford head coach Brett Wolfe. “Our swings are getting shorter and the things we’re needing to do I feel good about the work we’re putting in and the execution at the plate.”
North Medford junior Quinton Rumrey set the tone in the game’s first at-bat with a triple and finished 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs. Senior Justin Geyer went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs, junior Jon-o Gassman 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs and senior Tyler Seney 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs.
After Rumrey’s leadoff triple, Brandon King brought him home on a fielder’s choice and then senior Kasey Buchanan followed with a single to keep things rolling. Geyer hit an ensuing RBI triple and after senior Wyatt Baptiste was hit by a pitch and stole second base, Gassman supplied an RBI single.
With two outs, Seney turned over the lineup with a two-run single and North got consecutive RBI singles by Rumrey and King before Geyer capped the scoring surge with a two-run single.
For good measure, North Medford added a nine-run fifth inning to ensure the 10-run mercy rule would be in effect.
Baptiste, Drewien (5) and Geyer; Hardman, May (2), Kassel (5), Gonzalez (5) and Swanson, Rodriguez (5). W — Baptist (1-0). L — Hardman. 2B — NM: Gassman; NG: Kerr. 3B — NM: Rumrey, Geyer; NG: Kerr.
PHOENIX 8, DOUGLAS 2: At Merlin, Phoenix junior Brennen Watts smacked his first home run of the season and finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs on Day 2 of the North Valley Tournament.
Watts hit a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning to highlight a three-run frame, and the Pirates (4-1) tacked on four more runs in the fifth after taking advantage of some Douglas miscues.
Freedom Martinez had a two-hit shutout going with two outs in the seventh inning before Douglas countered with three straight hits. Martinez finished with five strikeouts, four walks and five hits allowed.
Martinez, Turnbull (7) and Merriman; Johnson, King (5), Lee (7) and Burke. W — Martinez (1-1). L — Johnson. HR — P: Watts (1).