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BASEBALL: South Medford fails to close out Roseburg

South Medford saw its chance at a potentially key Southwest Conference baseball split flame out at the end of Game 2 against Roseburg, with the visiting Indians scoring four unanswered runs in their final at-bat to secure a sweep Saturday at Harry & David Field.

Roseburg won the opening game 5-1 and trailed 5-3 heading into the top of the seventh in Game 2 before coming away with a 7-5 comeback win.

The losses dropped South Medford to 5-8 overall and 1-4 in SWC play, and Roseburg moved to 8-3 and 5-0.

“We walked 15 guys in 14 innings, which is a recipe for disaster,” said South Medford coach Josh Moody. “We played great defense, our offense was better but our pitching just wasn’t there to keep the momentum. We gave them too many free bases and walks.”

Trevor Marthoski and Bennett Thompson each went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI in Game 2 for the Panthers.

Roseburg’s rally began with a single and walk that led to reliever Steven Ledendecker being replaced by Chase Costanti. A throwing error by Costanti on a bunt made it 5-4, and the Panthers missed a prime chance to stop Roseburg’s surge when Giovanni Bottero’s diving attempt failed on a blooper to center field and the Indians went up 6-5. A later throwing error by Costanti made it 7-5.

In the first game, Thompson went 2-for-3 and South Medford scored its lone run in the fourth when Ledendecker had a leadoff double and scored on Zac Ankeny’s RBI single.

Zack Mandera held the Panthers to six hits with six strikeouts and no walks in Game 1, while Doran Gillespie had a double and triple in the opener and home run in the nightcap.



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Mandera and Six; Shields, Lauchstedt (2), Campbell (6) and Thompson. W — Mandera. L — Shields (1-3). 2B — R: Johnson, Gillespie; SM: Ledendecker, Thompson. 3B — R: Gillespie.



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Stoffal, Black (6), Zeimet (7) and Six; Boortz, Ledendecker (5), Costanti (7) and Thompson. W — Black. L — Costanti (0-2). S — Zeimet. 2B — R: Van Norman; SM: Marthoski, Thompson. HR — R: Gillespie.

NORTH MEDFORD 5-13, GRANTS PASS 2-8: At Grants Pass, Brady Buchanan’s two-run double in the ninth inning sparked a seven-run surge that helped North Medford earn a Southwest Conference sweep.

Buchanan finished 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs in Game 2 for the Black Tornado (8-5, 3-2 SWC), while Jeremiah Huffman had a two-run single in the ninth and finished 2-for-4 with one run and three RBIs. Devyn Grafton also drove in two runs.

Grants Pass (8-8, 0-5) had tied the game in the seventh on consecutive RBI singles by Cade King and Jett Hood.

In the opener, Ryan Sandoval belted his third home run of the season to finish 2-for-2 with three RBIs for North, while Grafton was 2-for-4 with one run and Jett Carpenter earned his first win by allowing four hits with four strikeouts and four walks in 62/3 innings.


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Carpenter, Dunlevy (7) and Passey; King, Calabro (6) and Hood. W — Carpenter (1-0). L — King. 2B — NM: Buchanan. HR — NM: Sandoval (3).


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Borraggine, Dunlevy (7) and Passey; Bellum, Calabro (6), Tobin (6), Calabro (9) and Dinkel. W — Dunlevy (1-0). L — Tobin. 2B — NM: Buchanan, O. Grafton; GP: Calabro, Bellum.

EAGLE POINT 8, SPRINGFIELD 0, 5 inn.: At Springfield, Eagle Point junior Skyler Gaudern went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and held Springfield scoreless through his four-plus innings on the mound for the Midwestern League victory.

Game 2 of the scheduled twin bill was postponed due to rain.

Gaudern had a two-out RBI double to get Eagle Point (7-5, 5-2 MWL) going in the first inning, scoring Kolbi Blevins. He added another RBI double to plate Blevins after the Eagles had scored two runs on an error by Springfield (1-13, 0-7) to help break the game open.

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Gaudern, Lund (5) and Kendrick; Irvin, Sharr (4) and King. W — Gaudern (3-0). L — Irvin. 2B — EP: Gaudern 2.

THURSTON 2-3, ASHLAND 1-0: At Ashland, Eli Westrick went 3-for-4 with one run in the nightcap and lost a pitcher’s duel in the opener despite allowing only two hits for Ashland as Thurston earned the Midwestern League sweep at North Mountain Park.

Westrick struck out five and walked four in the opener for the Grizzlies (7-7, 4-4 MWL), but Decker Stedman countered with seven scoreless innings that included eight strikeouts, three walks and three hits allowed for the Colts (11-2, 6-0).

Nick Buccino was 2-for-3 with one RBI for Ashland in Game 2 and joined Westrick and Traber Burns in getting one hit apiece in Game 1.




Stedman and Burke; Westrick and Drieling. W — Stedman. L — Westrick.




Moser and Crist; McLennan, Amann (2) and Drieling. W — Moser. L — McLennan. 2B — T: Deller; A: Buccino.

PHOENIX 7-14, NORTH VALLEY 2-0: At Merlin, Phoenix received strong pitching performances from seniors Freedom Martinez and Liam Serean in sweeping the Skyline Conference road doubleheader.

Martinez struck out 11 and allowed two hits in going the distance in the opener, then Serean tossed a five-inning no-hitter with nine strikeouts.

In Game 1, the Pirates (9-5, 3-0 Skyline) scored five runs in the first inning on three singles, two walks and a hit batter. Ian Wood provided a two-run single to complete the rally.

Braeden Watts had two hits and scored twice against winless North Valley (0-9, 0-3).

Nik Goff went 2-2 with three RBIs to pace the Phoenix 12-hit attack in the second game. Also for the Pirates, Mason Stella added two hits and one RBI and Eli Page had two hits in his first varsity at-bats.



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Martinez and Merriman; Maldonaldo and Farmer. W — Martinez 3-1. L — Maldonaldo. 2B — P: Watts.



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Serean and Zanni; Wagman, Radig (2), Moore (5) and Farmer. W — Serean (2-1). L — Wagman. 2B — P: Stanfield.

ST. MARY’S 12, SOUTH UMPQUA 6: St. Mary’s junior Aliiloa Kaeo-Wailehua had two hits and three runs scored and came on in relief to pick up his first pitching win of the season to lift the Crusaders to their first District 4 victory.

The game was played at St. Mary’s High but South Umpqua (2-8-1, 2-1 Dist. 4) was the designated home team.

Jonah Hadley and Josh Covington each had two hits and two runs for St. Mary’s (4-6, 1-2), which trailed South Umpqua 6-1 through two innings but rallied behind 11 unanswered runs.

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Johnson, Kaeo-Wailehua (3) and Aldrich; Stevenson, Lamm (3), Horton (5) and Simmons. W — Kaeo-Wailehua (1-0). L — Horton. 2B — StM: Covington, Aldrich, Hadley; SU: Roberts. 3B — SU: Simmons.