PREP BASEBALL: Zanni helps Phoenix move to 3-0
PHOENIX — Brandon Zanni was productive in both ends of a doubleheader, leading Phoenix to a baseball sweep of Klamath Union Saturday, 8-2 and 6-2.
The wins improved the Pirates to 3-0 on the season.
Zanni went 3-for-4 in the first game as Phoenix scored in all but one inning. He also had five stolen bases to go with three runs.
Eli Page went 2-for-2 and Ian Wood had two RBIs.
Page earned the pitching win, going 4 2/3 innings and striking out nine. He walked three and allowed two runs, one earned.
Wood was sterling in relief, allowing one hit and fanning five in 2 1/3 innings.
In the second game, in which the Pirates led 5-1 after three, Zanni was 2-for-3 with two runs.
Ethan Humble had the hottest bat, going 3-for-3 and driving in four runs. His two-run, two-out single in the first produced two runs.
Julius Bolstad pitched five innings and struck out 11 with just one walk.
Reliever Monte Spence came on in the sixth with no outs, the bases loaded and one run in. He worked out of the jam with back-to-back strikeouts and a flyout.
Coulter, Short (5) and Garlotz; Page, Wood (5) and Zanni. W — Page (1-0). L — Coulter.
Peterson, Joyner (4) and Coulter; Bolstad, Hull (6), Spence (6) and Zanni. W — Bolstad (1-0). L — Peterson. 2B — KU: Short; P: Wood, Humble. 3B — P: Zanni.
SOUTH MEDFORD 18-16, EAGLE POINT 0-0: At Eagle Point, South Medford racked up 23 hits in the twin bill and allowed only one hit in each game.
In the five-inning first game, South Medford’s Medford’s Tanner Douglas pitched four innings of one-hit ball, striking out 11, and the Panthers scored eight runs in the fourth to make it a runaway.
Carson Joe was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs, Tosh Stumpenhouse drove in three runs, Kaleb Long was 2-for -4 with two RBIs and two runs and Douglas scored three runs and drove in two. Bennett Thompson and Jace Miller each scored three runs.
Jace Ellis had the Eagles’ lone hit.
In the six-inning Game 2, Joe struck out 12 in six innings and allowed one hit with four walks.
Thompson was 3-for-5 with four RBIs, and Elijah Havey was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs. Cam Sewell added two hits and two runs.
Darin Marsh collected Eagle Point’s hit.
Douglas, Cope (5) and Thompson; Dole, Fazio (3), Jiminez (4), Rapp (5) and Meade, Hammer (5). W — Douglas. L — Dole. 2B — SM: Thompson, Joe, Miller, Sewell, Stumpenhouse, Jones. 3B — SM: Douglas.
Joe and Thompson; Marsh, Lund (5) and Meade, Hammer (5). W — Joe. L — Marsh. 2B — SM: Thompson, Douglas.
NORTH MEDFORD 8-7, ROSEBURG 1-9: Cody Borraggine was zoned in on the mound and the plate in Game 1, when his gem helped give host North Medford its first victory of the season in a split with Roseburg.
The senior left-hander struck out 11 over seven innings, surrendering one unearned run on two hits and zero walks. He also went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored for the Black Tornado (1-2).
Aiden Horsley also singled and tripled to go with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs for North Medford, while teammate Jeremiah Robbins finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Clinging to a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning of Game 2, the Black Tornado committed two errors to allow the Indians (3-1) to score four runs to rally late and escape the sweep.
Borraggine finished 3-for-4, tripled and drove in two runs while Frankie Rutigliano went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Black Tornado.
Klopfenstein, Corbin (4) and Hubbard; Borraggine and Robbins. W — Borraggine (1-0). L — Klopfenstein. 2B — NM: Robbins, Schmidt. 3B — NM: Borraggine, Horsley.
Takahashi, Tatone (5), Zeimet (6) and Hubbard; Newmann, Dunlevy (4), Schmidt (7), Horsley (7) and Robbins. W — Takahashi. L — Newmann (0-1). 2B — R: Hubbard; NM: Horsley, Rutigliano. 3B — NM: Borraggine.
GRANTS PASS 12-15, CRATER 11-9: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass improved to 3-0 with the sweep.
In the first game, the Cavemen rallied from five runs down in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out the victory.
Crater, which dropped to 0-4, was hurt by six errors in Game 2.
Grants Pass’ Andrew Eide was 3-for-5 with five RBIs and two runs. Troy Osborne was 3-for-4 with four runs.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 13-17, SUTHERLIN 3-2: Cody Reece went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBIs in Game 2 as Cascade Christian pounded out 14 hits to complete a sweep of Sutherlin at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Both games lasted five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Owen Thompson drove in four runs for the Challengers (3-0), going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, while starting pitcher Sam Martin picked up his first win of the season, fanning three over three innings and allowed one unearned run on one hit.
The Challengers’ Jack Knipps finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs and crossed home plate twice, and teammate Dillon Moody was 2-for-3.
In the opener, Austin Waits struck out six over three hitless innings to earn the win, while Thompson’s bases-clearing, three-run double provided the Challengers with a 6-0 lead.
Martin went 2-for-3 and scored twice.
The defeat dropped Sutherlin to 0-3 on the season.
Pacini, Doolittle (3), Wattman (3) and McKnight; Waits, A. Moody (4) and Thompson. W — Waits (2-0). L — Pacini. 2B — S: Cortes; CC: Thompson, Waits, Reed, Kuyper.
Palm, Stinnett (2), Woods (4) and McKnight; Martin, Reece (4) and Thompson. W — Martin (1-0). L — Palm. 2B — S: Rethwill; CC: Reece, Thompson, Waits.
SOUTH UMPQUA 10-20, ST. MARY’S 0-10: At Myrtle Creek, St. Mary’s Travis Johnson finished 3-for-3 with an RBI in the nightcap, but South Umpqua’s offense was too much despite eight errors by its defense as the Lancers earned the sweep.
Jeff Woollett finished 2-for-2 and Alan Gomez was 2-for-4 for the Crusaders (0-3), who picked up an RBI double from Beau Aldrich and an RBI on a ground-rule double by Eli Haynes. The game was called in the sixth inning by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.
In Game 1, the Crusaders kept things close until surrendering eight runs in the fourth inning when their pitching issued several walks.
The eight-run frame put the Lancers (3-0) up 10-0 and the game ended after five.
Lawrence, Johnson (4), Russo (5) and Woollett, Aldrich (2); J. Johnson and Horton. W — J. Johnson. L — Lawrence. HR — SU: K. Johnson.
Haynes, Russo (4) and Aldrich, Lawrence (4); Bowers, Chavez (3), K. Johnson (4) and Horton. W — Chavez. L — Haynes. 2B — SM: Aldrich, Haynes; SU: K. Johnson, J. Johnson 2, Reedy, Lamm, Morris, Simpson.
ROGUE RIVER 11-8, BONANZA 8-5: At Rogue River, after senior Caden Tognoni did a little bit of everything to rally Rogue River in the opener, freshman Issac House won in his first start on the mound in Game 2 as the Chieftains swept.
After Rogue River (2-1) scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to knot the score at 8-all, Tognoni’s bases-clearing double capped the five-run frame to give Rogue River the lead for good.
Tognoni finished 2-for-3 and scored twice and also picked up the win on the mound despite four errors from his defense. He fanned eight over seven innings.
Charlie Smith went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles. His double in the fifth plated two runs to give the Chieftains a 4-3 lead.
In the nightcap, House went the distance, struck out five and allowed six hits and three walks.
Tognoni’s run-scoring double in the fourth inning was one of just two hits in the game for the Chieftains, but they benefited from seven walks and five errors by Bonanza (0-2).
Owen Teska also drove in a run and scored during Rogue River’s four-run sixth inning.
Battery not available; Tognoni, Bandy (6), Stillwagner (6) and Smith. W — Tognoni (1-1). 2B — B: Mojica, Nelson; RR: Tognoni, Smith 2.
Hill, Mojica, Behan and Mestas; House and Smith. W — House (1-0). L — Hill. 2B — RR: Tognini.