Panthers’ win streak snapped at 17 games
SPRINGFIELD — Getting geared up for the Class 6A playoffs in an endowment game, the South Medford baseball team collided with another red-hot baseball squad.
Behind strong pitching, Thurston had the upper hand Wednesday and won, 11-4, snapping the Panthers’ 17-game winning streak at Thurston High School.
The Class 5A Colts (22-5) had been on a roll as well and picked up their 14th straight victory behind hard-throwing Decker Stedman, who was able to ratchet up his velocity into the lower 90s, according to Panthers coach Scott Carle.
“We hadn’t seen a pitcher throw at that velocity in a little while,” said Carle, who will lead the Panthers into the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs Monday against a team to be determined.
“We came out flat. Hopefully it lights a fire under them. Moving forward, I think we’ll regroup and we’ll be ready to get after it on Monday.”
Jaylin Parnell hit a solo home run for the Panthers (21-4), Clint Campbell went 3-for-4 and had RBI singles in the fourth and sixth innings and Jacob Melton finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Boortz, Letendre (4), Campbell (6) and Carle, B. Thompson; Stedman, Burke (5), Duran (7) and Crist. W — Stedman. L — Boortz (7-1). 2B — T: Francis, Fisher. HR — SM: Parnell; T: Sargeant, Fisher.
FOREST GROVE 6, GRANTS PASS 4, 10 INN.: At Grants Pass, facing elimination in the Class 6A play-in game, Forest Grove went 10 innings to upend Grants Pass and end its season.
The Cavemen, who finished fifth in the Southwest Conference, finished the year with a 10-17 record.
BROOKINGS-HARBOR 11, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 5: Brookings-Harbor tallied five runs in the first two innings for all the scoring it would need in the nonleague game.
Cascade Christian (14-8) got 3-for-4 hitting from freshman Davis Federico.
The Challengers host a Class 3A first-round playoff game Wednesday against an opponent to be determined.
Brookings-Harbor is 18-8.
Worthy, Shaw (2), Burger (3), Testa (7) and Testa, Shaw (7); Reece, Martin (6) and Knight. W — Burger. L — Reece (4-4). 2B — BH: Testa, Scofield 2, Burger. 3B — BH: Amertrout 2.
NORTH MEDFORD 9, EAGLE POINT 0: At Eagle Point, ace Rylan Austin upped her win total to 22 on the season with the shutout for North Medford in a nonleague game.
Austin struck out nine while allowing four hits and two walks for the Black Tornado (22-3), who host a first-round Class 6A playoff game Monday against an opponent to be determined.
Kyleigh Lopez went 3-for-3 while Austin and Lauren Barry both finished 2-for-5. Barry and Kylie Baker each registered a triple.
Eagle Point is 18-7.
Austin and Smalley; Shopp and Thompson. W — Austin (22-3). L — Shopp (14-6). 2B — NM: Ivens. 3B — NM: Barry, Baker.
HENLEY 10, CRATER 1: At Klamath Falls, Henley, the No. 3 Class 4A team in the OSAA rankings, scored in all but one inning of the nonconference game.
Crater got a triple from Haley Hillyer in the second inning, and she scored on a ball hit by Mackenzie Ryerson.
The Comets fell to 12-14, while Henley improved to 23-5.
Crater hosts Silverton in a state play-in game at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Cappello, Wagner (4), Warner (5), Joseph (6) and Harris; Poe and Perez. W — Poe. L — Cappello. 2B — H: Mick, Higgins. 3B — C: Hillyer. HR — H: Higgins.