Roseburg takes two from North Medford
ROSEBURG — Roseburg held off North Medford, 8-7, in the second game of a Southwest Conference baseball doubleheader Thursday, notching a sweep and concluding league play for both teams.
In the opener, the Indians (14-11, 10-8 SWC) surrendered just four hits and locked up a 5-0 win.
The Black Tornado (11-14, 7-11 SWC) is in sixth place. The top four SWC teams make the state playoffs, and other teams could get in based on OSAA rankings when they freeze Saturday.
In Game 2 Thursday, a leadoff triple by Justin Geyer began a six-hit first inning for the Black Tornado, which generated four runs. But the Indians matched that in the bottom of the frame.
For North Medford, Geyer finished 2-for-4, Ryan Sandoval was 2-for-3 with two runs and a pair of RBIs, and Kasey Buchanan went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Baptiste, B. Buchanan (6) and Geyer; Mandera and Jacks. W — Mandera. L — Baptiste. 2B — R: Warmouth. 3B — R: Warmouth.
Seney, Drewien (3) and Geyer; Alexander, Labhan (3), Warmouth (4) and Jacks. W — Warmouth. L — Drewien. 2B — NM: Geyer, Sandoval, Gassman. 3B — NM: Geyer.
PHOENIX 10, KLAMATH UNION 5: At Phoenix, Sam Datz and James Turnbull both came up with two-run singles during Phoenix’s seven-run fourth inning.
With one game remaining, the victory guaranteed the Pirates (13-10, 7-7 Sky) third place in the Skyline Conference. They will have a state play-in game next week.
Datz finished 2-for-3 and scored twice while teammate Brennen Watts did not record a hit but reached base three times and drove in three runs — two on sacrifice flies.
Mickey Luce belted two home runs for Klamath Union (3-19, 3-11 Sky).
Peterson, Huffman (4) and Walle; Knudson, Turnbull (6) and Courtney. W — Knudson (3-2). L — Peterson. 2B — KU: Walle. HR — KU: Luce 2.
PHOENIX 17, KLAMATH UNION 4, 5 inn.: At Phoenix, senior Tiona Hurd launched a solo home run to start a five-run fourth inning as Phoenix claimed a five-inning victory by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.
Hurd finished 2-for-3 and scored three runs, as did Hannah Hague, who went 2-for-4 and drove in a run for the Pirates (5-16, 3-11 Sky).
The Pirates’ Brooke Kentner finished 3-for-3 and McKenna Page 2-for-3, and both scored three runs and knocked in three.
Allred and Martin; Hurd and Bowman. W — Hurd. L — Allred. 2B — P: Bustamante. 3B — KU: Kentner. HR — P: Hurd.