PREP BASEBALL: Tornado stuns Roseburg with ninth-inning rally
Three days after falling victim to a heartbreaking rally, North Medford delivered one of its own Tuesday, scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth — the last three with two outs — to stun Roseburg, 10-9, in Southwest Conference baseball action at North Medford High School.
Trailing 9-6 after visiting Roseburg scored three runs in the top of the ninth, the Black Tornado stormed back behind a pair of Roseburg errors, a clutch two-run single by Josh Baptiste and a walk-off single to left with the bases loaded by Ryan Sandoval.
Baptiste, who went 3-for-6 with four RBIs and four runs scored, came up with runners on second and third and two outs in the ninth needing a hit to keep the game going. He kept North’s hopes alive by punching a single up the middle to score two and tie the game, 9-9. Two batters later Sandoval, who also had an RBI double in North’s three-run fourth, completed the rally.
Sandoval went 2-for-5 with two RBIs for the Tornado (9-10, 4-6 SWC), which snapped a five-game losing streak. Brady Buchanan started on the mound and pitched 62/3 innings for North, allowing four runs — two earned — on six hits while striking out six and walking three. Tyler Dunlevy earned a four-pitch win on the mound for North, inducing a flyout to end the top of the ninth.
Roseburg (10-6, 7-3), which has lost three straight, was led by Jace Stoffal, who went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, including an RBI single in the seventh that tied the score, 7-7. Luke Van Norman went 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Zeimet, Anderson (4), Black (9) and Six; Borraggine, Buchanan (3), Dunlevy and Passey. W — Dunlevy (2-0). L — Anderson. 2B — R: Six, Stoffal; NM: Kloek.
SOUTH MEDFORD 12, SHELDON 2, 5 inn.: At Eugene, Giovanni Bottero and Steven Ledendecker had a good day at the plate, Bennett Thompson was dealing on the mound and the South Medford Panthers cruised to their fourth SWC win in a row.
Bottero went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs, Ledendecker 2-for-2 with a triple and three runs scored and Thompson held Sheldon to two runs on eight hits in five innings.
Also for the Panthers (10-9, 6-4 SWC), Zac Ankeny went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.
Dawson Prickel went 2-for-3 for Sheldon (7-13, 2-8), which has lost four straight.
Thompson and Ledendecker; Brown, Apker (4) and Lugo. W — Thompson. L — Brown. 3B — SM: Bottero, Ledendecker.
GRANTS PASS 8, SOUTH EUGENE 7: At Grants Pass, Andrew Medley drove in two runs overall and Grants Pass scored in walk-off fashion on a Jett Hood single to cap a seventh-inning rally and secure its third straight Southwest Conference victory.
Payton Calabro and Sean Tobin each finished with two hits for the Cavemen (11-10, 3-7 SWC).
Boettcher drove in two runs for 10th-ranked South Eugene (15-5, 8-2), which was limited to six hits but capitalized on four GP errors.
Touchette, McIrvin (6), Boettcher (7) and Brown; Knight, Calabro (5) and Hood. W — Calabro. L — Boettcher. 2B — SE: Edwards. HR — SE: Boettcher.
MOUNTAIN VIEW 7, EAGLE POINT 5: At Bend, Eagle Point senior Domenic Fontana went 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs but it wasn’t enough as Mountain View rallied in the sixth inning to earn the nonleague victory.
Jake Leeper had an RBI double in the fifth inning and helped the Eagles (8-9) go up 5-3 when he later scored on a Fontana single.
Mountain View (5-11) rallied with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs on a squeeze play to break a 5-all tie.
Foulon, Meerten (4), Gaudern (4), Kendrick (6) and Kendrick, Meade (6); Conroyd, Wild (5), Lemke (7) and Bowles. W — Wild. L — Kendrick (0-1). 2B — EP: Leeper; MV: Logan, Aylward.
DOUGLAS 10, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 8: At Winston, Jadon Rullamas went 2-for-5 with an RBI but Cascade Christian committed seven errors and saw its three-game winning streak come to an end in the District 4 game.
Brydn Coppedge had a single and two RBIs and Erich Marschall an RBI single for the Challengers (5-11, 3-7 Dist. 4).
Douglas, which committed five errors, improved to 8-10, 4-6 in league play.
Knight, Rullamas (4), Reece (6) and Marshall; Burke, Waldon (7) and Aker. W — Burke. L — Rullamas (1-1).
BROOKINGS-HARBOR 1, ST. MARY’S 0: St. Mary’s pushed top-ranked Brookings-Harbor to the limit thanks to a four-hitter by Cayden Aldrich but the Crusaders couldn’t steal an upset in District 4 play at St. Mary’s High.
St. Mary’s (4-13, 1-9 Dist. 4) was held to only one hit by Bruins pitcher Roman Worthey, a single by Josh Covington in the third inning. Worthey struck out 10 for Brookings-Harbor (19-1, 10-0), which scored its lone run when Jon Kleespies drove in Andrew Burger with a sacrifice fly in the second inning.
Aldrich finished with five strikeouts
Worthey and McCollom; Ca. Aldrich and Co. Aldrich. W — Worthey. L — Ca. Aldrich.
ROGUE RIVER 7-10, EAGLE POINT JV 5-0: At Rogue River, Derek Nelson hit a walk-off home run to cap Rogue River’s Game 1 comeback and Charlie Smith had three hits to lead the Chieftains to the nightcap win.
Down 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh in the first game, Rogue River (5-7) rallied behind Nic Macuk’s leadoff walk and Caden Tognoni’s RBI double. That brought up Nelson, who finished the game by crushing his first homer of the year to left.
Jace Ellis went 2-for-4 to lead Eagle Point’s junior varsity squad.
In Game 2, Smith had an RBI and a run, while Tognoni and Nelson had two hits apiece, with Tagnoni scored three runs.