PREP ROUNDUP: South starts strong, down North
It may have felt like an eternity since the South Medford baseball team was last on the diamond, but the Panthers certainly didn’t show any signs of rust despite a host of newcomers in the starting lineup.
Playing for the first time in 23 months, South Medford used a strong effort on the mound from Bennett Thompson and an inside-the-park home run by fellow senior Kaleb Barney to topple North Medford, 7-2, in Tuesday’s season opener for both teams.
The win marked the 11th straight by the Panthers (1-0) over the Black Tornado (0-1), which was making its debut under first-year head coach Kerry Curtis.
“It was a pretty good, clean game all the way around,” said South Medford head coach Josh Moody.
Thompson, who has signed as a catcher with the University of Oregon, scattered four hits with six strikeouts and two walks in a complete-game effort.
“Bennett threw a lot of strikes,” said Moody. “Obviously it’s been quite a while since he’s been on the mound but he was very efficient to go the whole game at the start of the season like that. He had all of his pitches going for strikes.”
South Medford took an early advantage when junior shortstop Jace Miller singled and eventually scored on an RBI single by junior Carson Joe in the first inning.
The Panthers pushed their lead up to 3-0 in the third inning when Miller’s double down the left-field line was followed by an RBI triple by Thompson, who later scored on a single by junior Tanner Douglas.
North Medford struck back with a big inning of its own, highlighted by an RBI double by senior Cody Borraggine to trim the Tornado’s deficit in the bottom of the third. Johnny King also plated Trey Newmann with a sacrifice fly.
South Medford, however, was able to break the game open in the fifth inning when Barney laced a shot toward left field with two runners on and all were able to come home on the play.
“It was pretty windy today and Kaleb hit a line drive right at the left fielder that kind of froze him for a second and ended up getting over his head,” Moody said of the key hit. “Kaleb is incredibly fast so once that happened, it gave him the opportunity to kind of run the bases and make it home.”
Thompson finished 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, Miller was 3-for-4 with two runs, Douglas 2-for-4, Joe 3-for-4 with one run and Miller had three hits and one RBI for South. Seven of the nine starters for the Panthers got their first varsity hit.
For North Medford, Borraggine finished with two of his team’s four hits and pitched a scoreless seventh inning in relief of senior starter Gavin Schmidt.
South Medford also got a boost from sophomore Cameron Sewell, who stepped in due to injuries and played catcher for the first time. Sewell wound up throwing out two baserunners.
Thompson and Sewell; Schmidt, Borraggine (7) and Horsley. W — Thompson (1-0). L — Schmidt (0-1). 2B — SM: Thompson, Miller; NM: Borraggine. 3B — SM: Thompson. HR — SM: Barney (1).
ASHLAND 12, EAGLE POINT 5: At Eagle Point, Ashland starter Michael Nixon quieted Eagle Point’s bats through 4 1/3 innings, striking out three with four hits allowed, and the Grizzlies saw freshman shortstop Kellar Bloodworth go 3-for-3 with one run and one RBI to pave the way in the season opener.
Sophomore Sean Thompson was 2-for-2 with one run and one RBI for Ashland (1-0), which built a 6-0 lead through two innings. Senior Miles Ransweiler added an RBI double in the fifth and Dillan Anway was 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI.
For Eagle Point (0-1), Darin Marsh went 3-for-3 with one RBI, Trevor Breshears had two hits and one RBI and Stuart Lund also drove in a run.
Nixon, Brabec (5), Ransweiler (7) and Kemper; Lund, Dole (2), Rapp (5), Uribe (6) and Hill. W — Nixon. L — Lund. 2B — A: Ransweiler.
LAKEVIEW 10, ROGUE RIVER 0, 5 inn.: At Lakeview, Rogue River was held hitless in its season opener.
Lakeview led 10-0 after three innings.
Tognoni, Bandy (4) and Smith; Alves, Patterson (5) and Erickson. W — Alves. L — Tognoni (0-1). 2B — L: Graham.
EAGLE POINT 15, ASHLAND 14: At Eagle Point, Jovianna Marshall’s second home run of the game, a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning, lifted Eagle Point to the wild opening victory.
With Bailee Worrell aboard with a single and one out, Marshall pounded the ball to left-center field for the winning runs.
Marshall was 3-for-4 with seven RBIs and four runs. She hit a three-run double in the fourth and a two-run homer in the sixth.
Kierssa Hogan was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Madysin Gray was 2-for-3 and Jade Lierman was 2-for-4.
Eagle Point scored eight runs in the fourth inning to tie it, 10-10, only to see Ashland’s Gabby Heiken slug a grand slam in the top of the fifth over the left-field fence for a 14-10 lead. Heiken was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs.
Kirsten Morgan also homered for the Grizzlies and had two RBIs and two runs.
Glory Pistole and Kate Theobald each had two hits and two runs. Tessa Hobein had two hits and two RBIs.
Heiken and Theobald; Brown, Boren (4), Brown (5) and Slayton. W — Brown (1-0). L — Heiken (0-1). 2B — A: Pistole; EP: Brown, Marshall. HR — A: Heiken, Morgan; EP: Marshall 2.
Track and Field
ROSEBURG SWEEPS: At Roseburg, Katelyn Gailey, Haylee Baldwin and Jocelin Gonzalez each won two events for the Crater girls in a dual meet against Roseburg, but the Comets didn’t have enough firepower to overtake the Indians, falling 59-47.
In the boys meet, Roseburg won, 90-27.
Gailey won both sprints, claiming the 100 meters in 13.96 seconds and the 200 in 30.08.
Baldwin captured the 1,500 in 5:34.85 and long jumped 13-6 for victory.
Gonzalez took first in the shot put at 28 feet, 8 1/2 inches, and in the discus at 81-9 1/2.
For the Crater boys, Conner Sutton won the 800 in 2:04.43 and ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay, clocking 3:49.52 with teammates Walker Dorris, Aidan Chenoweth and Jonah Turner.
TEAM SCORES: Roseburg 90, Crater 27.
100 — 1, Landyn Dupper, R, 11.34; 200 — 1, Keanu Christner, R, 25.05; 800 — 1, Conner Sutton, C, 2:04.43; 1,500 — 1, Ephraim Webber, R, 4:29.76; 3,000 — 1, Preston Smith, R, 9:53.66; 300 HURDLES — 1, Charles Anderson, R, 43.07; 4X100 RELAY — 1, Roseburg (Chahaya Hill, Hayden Horton, Jackson Bartlett, Colton Marsters) 46.26; 4X400 RELAY — 1, Crater (Walker Dorris, Aidan Chenoweth, Conner Sutton, Jonah Turner) 3:49.52.
SHOT PUT — 1, Gabriel Williams, C, 40-3; DISCUS — 1, Isaac Heard, R, 118-9; JAVELIN — 1, Evan Hough, R, 142-10; HIGH JUMP — 1, Jackson Bartlett, R, 5-6; POLE VAULT — 1, Colin Ellis, R, 10-6; LONG JUMP — 1, Landyn Dupper, R, 20-9.
TEAM SCORES: Roseburg 59, Crater 47.
100 — 1, Katelyn Gailey, C, 13.96; 200 — 1, Katelyn Gailey, C, 30.08; 800 — 1, Corinne Childers, R, 2:39.88; 1,500 — 1, Haylee Baldwin, C, 5:34.85; 3,000 — 1, Elizabeth Eckman, R, 11:37.51; 300 HURDLES — 1, Bailee Dawson, C, 54.27; 4X100 RELAY — 1, Roseburg (Kasemsri Miele, Elena Familio, Imogen Warnack, Chenoa Alexander) 57.42; 4X400 RELAY — 1, Roseburg (Corinne Childers, Charis Childers, Trinity Minyard, Zoe Traul) 4:38.55.
SHOT PUT — 1, Jocelin Gonzalez, C, 28-8.5; DISCUS — 1, Jocelin Gonzalez, C, 81-9.5; JAVELIN — 1, Jaden Warmouth, R, 77-11; HIGH JUMP — 1, Clara Bennett, C, 4-6; POLE VAULT — 1, Zoe Traul, R, nh; LONG JUMP — 1, Haylee Baldwin, C, 13-6.