Panthers remain unbeaten in SWC baseball
What it lacked in style points for South Medford it certainly made up for in other areas as the Panthers’ baseball team remained undefeated in Southwest Conference play Tuesday with a 6-2 win over Willamette at Harry & David Field.
South Medford (11-3, 8-0 SWC) stranded a host of runners but came through with a four-run fourth inning to separate from the Wolverines, with senior Jacob Melton supplying the big blow with a two-run single.
“We went out there and got it done,” said South Medford head coach Ray Smith. “We weren’t very sharp but we got the win.”
Melton finished 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs against Willamette (2-11, 1-8), which was held hitless for 3 1/3 innings by Daniel Shenk before Robby Carle took over in relief.
In the fourth inning, Zac Ankeny reached on an error and Shenk followed with a single to set up an RBI groundout by Jaron Emerson. After a walk to Brandon Letendre, Melton came through with his big hit. Jaalen Owens followed with an RBI single.
Peyton Bracy paced Willamette with a pair of doubles.
Willamette 000 010 1 — 2 4 1
South Medford 110 400 x — 6 9 0
Hefner, Allen (5) and Woodcook; Shenk, Carle (4) and Thompson. W — Carle (3-0). L — Hefner. 2B — W: Bracy 2; SM: Parnell, Thompson, Marthoski.
GRANTS PASS 6, SHELDON 5: At Eugene, Grants Pass rallied from a 4-1 deficit and scored the eventual winning run in the seventh inning when Payton Calabro came home on a fielder’s choice by Andrew Medley in the SWC matchup.
Calabro, who led off the seventh with a single, finished 4-for-4, while Medley was 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI and Matt Knight 2-for-4 with one RBI for the Cavemen (6-10, 3-5 SWC).
Nate Morgan earned the pitching win for GP with five strikeouts, two walks and six hits allowed in 6 2/3 innings. Sheldon (6-8, 3-5) pulled within one run in the bottom of the seventh when Christian Horn was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded but Cade King followed with a game-ending strikeout.
Grants Pass 000 122 1 — 6 12 4
Sheldon 100 300 1 — 5 6 0
Morgan, King (7) and Dinkel; Wagers, Haffner (6), Herbert (7) and Hausen. W — Morgan. L — Wagers. S — King. 2B — GP: Calabro; S: Horn.
EAGLE POINT 9, ASHLAND 4: At Ashland, Eagle Point scored three runs in the third inning and two in the fourth to open a 7-0 lead in the Midwestern League win.
The Eagles (7-6, 6-4 MWL) managed six hits but were helped by six errors by the Grizzlies (0-12, 0-10).
Kolbi Blevins doubled and scored a run to start the game for Eagle Point, and Dylan Marsh tripled and scored in the second.
Skyler Gaudern allowed two hits over five innings for the win. He fanned five, walked four and hit a batter.
Ashland’s Nathan Carter doubled twice and Nick Buccino and Rowan Amann each had two hits.
Eagle Point 113 211 0 — 9 6 1
Ashland 000 022 0 — 4 6 6
Guadern, Blevins (6), Fontana (7) and Alves; Westrick, Amann (4), Reynolds (7) and Evans. W — Gaudern. L — Westrick. 2B — EP: Blevins; A: Carter (2). 3B — EP: Dy. Marsh.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 11, ROGUE RIVER 2: Cascade Christian senior pitcher Kyle Reece went the distance — allowing four hits and striking out nine — in a key Southern Cascade League game at U.S. Cellular Park.
Cascade Christian (5-6, 4-0 SCL) pulled a game-and-half in front of second-place Rogue River (6-5, 2-1) in the SCL standings.
Sophomore Declan Payne collected a double and triple to spark the Challengers’ 10-hit attack. Also for Cascade Christian, Sam Martin added two hits and three RBIs, and Daniel Carter and Joel McLemore each provided a pair of hits.
For Rogue River, Derek Nelson had two hits and one RBI.
Rogue River 011 000 0 — 2 4 3
Cascade Christian 045 101 x — 11 10 0
Reece and Thompson; Black, Chavez (3). Nelson and Tambellini. W — Reece (2-2). L — Black. 2B — RR: Nelson; CC: Payne. 3B — CC: Payne.