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PREP BASEBALL: South's Thompson silences GP

Bennett Thompson took care of business on the mound, and when his South Medford teammates produced four runs in the fourth inning, it was plenty for a 5-1 Southwest Conference baseball victory over Grants Pass Tuesday at Harry & David Field.

Thompson twirled a two-hitter, striking out six and walking one for the Panthers (7-9, 3-4 SWC).

The Cavemen’s (8-10, 0-7) lone run came in the top of the fourth inning without benefit of a hit. They turned two of the Panthers’ three errors for the game into the run.

Thompson allowed a single in the third and a double in the fifth — both by Ashton Durler — but Durler was stranded each time.

South Medford had five hits, but four of them were singles in the fourth inning, to go with a walk and a hit batter, as it took command.

Payton Owens paced the Panthers, going 2-for-2 with an RBI.

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Knight, King (5) and Dinkle; Thompson and Ledendecker. W — Thompson. L — Knight. 2B — GP: Durler.

SOUTH EUGENE 11, NORTH MEDFORD 6: At Eugene, Brady Buchanan went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs, but South Eugene continued its strong start to SWC play by scoring nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Buchanan and Ryan Kloek had RBI singles in the third to help North Medford (8-8, 3-4 SWC) score three runs and take a 3-2 lead.

South Eugene (13-4, 6-1) took control by scoring four in the fifth and five in the sixth, including a three-run double by Zach Menegat.

North starter Ryan Sandoval allowed six runs, two earned, in five innings. He struck out four and walked three.

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South Eugene110045x—11101

Sandoval, Dunlevy (6) and Passey; Touchette, Boettcher and Brown. W — Touchette. L — Sandoval (3-4). 2B — NM: Passey; SE: Boettcher, Menegat, Bray 2. HR: NM: Buchanan (1), D. Grafton (2).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 9, ST. MARY’S 2: Caleb Knight had a career day at the mound for Cascade Christian, which rolled up seven runs in the sixth inning and captured its first District 4 win of the season at St. Mary’s High.

The junior pitched a complete game and struck out a career-high 11 batters, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks.

Davis Federico finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles to go with three RBIs for Cascade Christian (3-10, 1-6 District 4). His second double drove in two during the Challengers’ seven-run frame where Sam Martin came up with a two-run single.

Martin finsihed 2-for-4, as did Erich Marschall.

The Crusaders dropped to 4-10 overall and 1-6 in District 4.

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Knight and Marschall; B. Aldrich, Johnson (4), Haynes (6) and C. Aldrich. W — Knight (1-3). L — Johnson. 2B — CC: Reece, Federico 2, Marschall.

CRATER JV. 14, ROGUE RIVER 4, 5 inn.: At Rogue River, Rogue River was unable to produce enough offense to keep pace with Crater’s junior varsity.

The Chieftains (3-7) picked up RBI doubles from both Derek Nelson and Jose Chavez. Nelson finished 2-for-3.

Peyton Lewellyn led the Class 5A Crater JV by going 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Jaron Godley finished with a double, three runs and three RBIs.

The game was called after five innings when the 10-run mercy rule came into effect.