PREPS: Roseburg rallies past South in SWC thriller
ROSEBURG — Roseburg answered South Medford’s seventh-inning rally with one of its own, then beat the Panthers in the eighth, 6-5, in a thrilling battle between two baseball teams vying for Southwest Conference supremacy Tuesday at Legion Field.
Down 3-1 heading into the seventh, the Panthers (12-11, 8-5 SWC) tied the game on an error and reclaimed the lead, 5-3, on Trevor Marthoski’s two-run single through the right side of the infield.
Roseburg (13-6, 10-3) retained its lead atop the league standings by answering with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning, as Doran Gillespie drew a bases-loaded walk and Zack Mandera hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Spencer Six.
Then in the eighth, after South Medford left two runners stranded in the top half of the inning, Roseburg put the game away when Six doubled to right to score Jace Stoffal from second. Stoffal led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on Mason Littlefield’s sacrifice bunt.
Marthoski had two RBIs and Bennett Thompson drew two walks and drove in one for the Panthers, who had won six of their previous seven games to challenge Roseburg for the league title. Thompson pitched the first five innings for the Panthers and gave up three runs, one earned, while striking out two with a walk. Steven Ledendecker took the loss after pitching the last 12/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits.
Six, Stoffal, Littlefield and Van Norman had two hits apiece for the Indians, while Gillespie drove in two.
Kaleb Barney scored following a Thompson single to give the Panthers the 1-0 lead in the first. Roseburg recovered with a three-run third, with Gillespie delivering an RBI single and the other two scoring on South Medford errors.
Thompson, Lauchstedt (6), Ledendecker (7) and Ledendecker, Thompson (7); Zeimet, Mandera (7) and Six. W — Mandera. L — Ledendecker. 2B — SM: Ankeny; R: Six. 3B — R: Littlefield.
GRANTS PASS 9, NORTH MEDFORD 5, 9 inn.: Kolby Dinkel’s two-run single in the top of the ninth gave Grants Pass the lead for good as the Cavemen rode a strong relief appearance by Matt Knight to their fourth SWC win of the season at North Medford High School.
The Black Tornado (10-12, 5-8 SWC) scored twice in the fourth and once in the fifth to tie the game at 5-5, and had the go-ahead run at second base in the bottom of the sixth, but Knight induced a pop up and was lights out the rest of the way.
Ryan Kloek went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base, and Josh Baptiste 2-for-5 with a run scored for North Medford. Jett Carpenter started and surrendered five runs, one earned, in five innings, as North hurt itself with five errors.
Knight held North scoreless on one hit in 42/3 innings of relief for Grants Pass (12-12, 4-9) before coming out with two outs in the ninth. Jett Hood and Cade King each had a double for the Cavemen.
King, Calabro (3), Knight (5), Bellum (9) and Hood; Carpenter, Buchanan (6), Borraggine (9) and Passey. W — Knight. L — Buchanan (1-2). 2B — GP: Hood, King.
DOUGLAS 6, ST. MARY’S 3: Beau Aldrich and Cobey Aldrich had two hits apiece for St. Mary’s but Douglas rode a three-run first inning to the District 4 win at St. Mary’s High School.
Cobey Aldrich also had an RBI and a stolen base for the Crusaders (4-16, 1-12 Dist. 4).
Pitcher Gabe Burke held St. Mary’s to three runs in six innings to lead Douglas (9-12, 5-8).
Burke, Christian (7) and Baker; Eiler, B. Aldrich (1), Johnson (6) and C. Aldrich. W — Burke. L — B. Aldrich. 2B — D: Hoque; S: B. Aldrich.
ROGUE RIVER 9, LOST RIVER 0: At Rogue River, senior pitcher Nic Macuk pitched 62/3 innings of no-hit ball and Derek Nelson completed the no-hiter for Rogue River in the District 6 home victory.
Macuk had to come out of the game because of his pitch count (111) but recorded 12 strikeouts before he was pulled. Nelson finished the game by getting a pop up to the mound on his first pitch. It was Macuk’s second no-hit effort of the season.
Caden Tognoni led the Chieftains (5-9, 3-4 Dist. 6) with two hits, including a double, and three runs scored. Nelson scored three runs with one hit and one RBI and Jose Chavez added one hit, one run and one RBI against district-leading Lost River (11-6, 9-2).
GRANTS PASS 6, NORTH MEDFORD 0: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass totaled five of its nine hits during a pivotal five-run sixth inning to secure the Southwest Conference win.
The Cavers (20-3, 10-3 SWC) used RBIs from Hailey Yount and Chloe Dominger to set the tone early in their surge, then added consecutive RBIs from Brooklyn Hurd, Skylar Padgett and Grace Gaither.
Hurd and Yount finished with two hits apiece overall, while Padgett scattered six hits by North Medford (11-12, 4-9).
Grace Johnson’s leadoff single in the fourth inning led to the best scoring opportunity for the Black Tornado, but she wound up being stranded at third base.
Ivens, Austin (6) and Smalley; Padgett and Stevens. W — Padgett. L — Ivens. 2B — GP: Stevens, Dominger.
ROSEBURG 11, SOUTH MEDFORD 1, 6 inn.: Rikiya Bratcher singled in Matlyn Leetch in the fourth inning for South Medford’s lone run, but that was the Panthers’ only highlight on a day featuring seven extra-base hits for the visiting Indians.
Madysn Blevins went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a home run, while Jordan Gibson went 3-for-4 with two doubles to lead Roseburg (14-9, 9-4 SWC).
Maddie Dalke took the loss in the circle for the Panthers (7-16, 4-9).
Blevins and Bergmann; Dalke and Bratcher. W — Blevins. L — Dalke (3-6). 2B — R: Blevins 2, Gibson 2, Blix. HR — R: Blevins, Glaser.
EAGLE POINT 15-12, NORTH EUGENE 0-2: At Eagle Point, junior pitcher Riley Shopp struck out 17 batters and picked up victories in both ends of the Midwestern League doubleheader and hit two home runs and had six RBIs in the opener.
In Game 1, Shopp recorded 10 strikeouts in four innings pitched and at the plate went 3-for-4, including her seventh and eighth homer of the season.
Chloe Hurst and Bailey Worrell each had a pair of hits for the Eagles (13-5, 11-1 MWL) in the five-inning game.
In the second game, Shopp (11-5) got the win with a three-inning effort against North Eugene (3-18, 1-11).
The Eagles offense was led by Worrell with two hits and three RBIs in the five-inning game. Eagle Point also got two hits each from Emilee Nielsen, Jovianna Marshall and Kaylena Hoag.
Rogers and Rosander; Shopp, Brown (5) and Thompson. W — Shopp (10-5). L — Rogers. 2B — EP: Shopp, Hurst, Stevens. HR — EP: Shopp 2 (8).
Jankowski, Rogers (3) and Lake; Shopp, Brown (4) and Conte. W — Shopp (11-5). L — Jankowski. 2B — EP: Nielsen. 3B — NE: Salas; EP: Brown.