PREP BASEBALL / SOFTBALL: South staves off upset by Crater
South Medford’s baseball team appeared destined to sail through the opening round of the Southern Oregon Conference tournament Tuesday night, until Crater decided to shake things up at Harry & David Field.
Crater scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game and extend its hopes of an upset, but South Medford battled through to win 8-7 in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off hit by Cameron Sewell.
Tanner Douglas finished 4-for-5 with one run and four RBIs and Josh Thomas was 3-for-4 with one run for the second-seeded Panthers (12-3).
Brandon Tibbils was 2-for-4 with two runs and Hunter Chubb 2-for-5 with one run and two RBIs for the Comets (4-12), who saw Damon Kindreich single home the tying run in the seventh after South had built a 7-3 lead in the sixth.
In the ninth inning, Gannen Jones singled to left field and was sacrificed to second base on a bunt by Tosh Stumpenhaus. Thomas then single to right field before Sewell ended the contest with a hit over the head of Crater’s right fielder.
South Medford will host Roseburg at 5 p.m. Thursday in the tourney semifinals, while Crater plays at Eagle Point in a consolation contest.
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Randolph, Johnson-Painter (5) and Lundeen; Douglas, Cope (6), Thompson (7) and Thompson, Sewell (7). W — Thompson (4-2). L — Johnson-Painter. 2B — C: Tibbils; SM: Douglas 2.
NORTH MEDFORD 9, NORTH BEND 1: North Medford freshman Frankie Rutigliano allowed three hits with six strikeouts and one walk in his first appearance on the mound this season and the Black Tornado scored three runs in three innings to earn the exhibition win.
Rutigliano pitched the first four innings for the Black Tornado (13-2), with Aiden Horsley allowing one hit with three strikeouts over the final three innings.
Koda Passey and Tyler Dunlevy each had two RBIs for North, while Trey Newmann was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI and Cody Borraggine 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI.
After receiving a first-round bye as the No. 1 seed, North will play host to Grants Pass at 5 p.m. Thursday in its first game of the SOC tournament.
Holmes, Platt (5), Roberts (6) and Brock; Rutligliano, Horsley (5) and Robbins. W — Rutigliano (1-0). L — Holmes. 2B — NB: Anderson; NM: Dunlevy. 3B — NM: Borraggine.
GRANTS PASS 4, ASHLAND 3: At Grants Pass, Ashland got the tying run to third base in the seventh inning but couldn’t push Tyadi Williams across and came up short in the SOC tournament opener.
Williams had singled to open the final frame, was sacrificed to second by Eyera Nogues and stole third, but Grants Pass pitcher Luke Morgan negated the threat by the Grizzlies (4-11) with a strikeout and groundout to third.
Miles Ransweiler was 2-for-3 with one RBI, Jackson Kemper 2-for-3 with one run and Nate Carter 1-for-3 with one run and one RBI for Ashland.
Kaden Cartwright had an RBI single and the Cavemen (7-9) scored two more runs off errors in the secodn inning to build a 4-1 advantage.
Nogues, Brabec (4) and Kemper; Morgan and Osborne. W — Morgan. L — Nogues. 2B — A: Kemper.
ROSEBURG 11, EAGLE POINT 1, 6 inn.: At Roseburg, Darin Marsh and Quinton Holcomb managed the lone two hits for Eagle Point in the SOC tournament loss.
Marsh plated Trevor Breshears with his single in the third inning for the Eagles (3-12), who next play a consolation contest Thursday.
Roseburg’s Logan Klopfenstein went 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs to lead the Indians (12-4).
Fazio, Jackson (3) and Meade; Tatone, White (4), Takahashi (6) and Hubbard. W — Tatone. L — Fazio. 2B — R: Zeimet. 3B — R: Klopfenstein, Takahashi, Tatone.
SOUTH MEDFORD 9, CRATER 3: At Central Point, Brianna Turrey and Kailey Wheelock recorded back-to-back two-run singles in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie and give South Medford a win over Crater in the opening round of the SOC tournament.
The Panthers (4-11) loaded the bases with nobody out to begin the decisive inning. Turrey then broke the deadlock with a single to put South ahead 5-3. Wheelock followed it up with a two-run single of her own to double the Panthers’ lead at 7-3.
Wheelock finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles to go along with the two-run single. Turrey finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, while leadoff hitter June Woster also had a two-hit day.
South starter Kaycee Hudson went the distance. She allowed just two hits — one each to McKenna Sease and Alyssa Kilbane — while striking out eight and walking six. All three of the runs Hudson allowed were unearned, as Crater (8-8) scored its first two runs on errors and then its third on a passed ball.
Hudson and Ledendecker; Perez, Warner (7), Sheadel (7) and Laws. W — Hudson. L — Perez. 2B — SM: Wheelock 2, Fullenwider.
NORTH MEDFORD 11, NORTH BEND 1, 5 inn.: North Medford senior Matlyn Leetch provided a second-inning grand slam home run to break the exhibition contest open at North Medford High.
Leetch finished 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs for the Black Tornado (13-3), which received a first-round bye as the No. 1 seed in the year-end SOC tournament and will open play Thursday in the semifinals.
Shahar Miles and Sara Hamlin also chipped in with a pair of RBIs each for North Medford, and Neveah Smith scored three runs.
Shore and Nelson; Hartzhiem, Urban (5) and Lawton. W — Hartzhiem. L — Shore. 2B — NM: Drysdale, Lawton, Hamlin. HR — NM: Leetch.
GRANTS PASS 15, ASHLAND 5, 6 inn.: At Grants Pass, Ashland junior Gabby Heiken launched a two-run home run in the first inning but the Grizzlies were unable to hold back Grants Pass, which used a two-run walk-off home run by Sara Martin to clinch the SOC tournament opener.
Heiken, Shelby Brown and Glory Pistole each finished with two hits for Ashland (3-12), with Heiken notching three RBIs and Pistole scoring three runs.
Alexa Medley and Mariann Payne each had three hits to pace the Cavers (10-6).
Ashland will next host Eagle Point in a consolation game Thursday.
Pistole, Heiken (4), Pistole (6) and Theobald; Martin and Woodburn. W — Martin. L — Pistole (2-6). 2B — A: Pistole; GP: Payne 2, Martin, Woodburn, Totten, Harry. HR — A: Heiken (2); GP: Martin.
ROSEBURG 14, EAGLE POINT 4, 5 inn.: At Roseburg, Sydney Boren had a two-run home run in the first inning for Eagle Point but Roseburg used an eight-run second inning to pull away in the SOC tournament opener.
Boren finished with two hits for the Eagles (3-12), who next play Ashland in a consolation game Thursday.
Kami Gibson hit a two-run homer to highlight the second-inning surge for Roseburg. Haleigh Wambolt finished with two hits and the second-seeded Indians (13-3) got two apiece from Nevaeh Williams, Olivia Dedmon and Shyla Mead.
Boren and Slayton; Blix and Williams. W — Blix. L — Boren. 2B — EP: Slayton; R: Dedmon, Murphy 2. HR — EP: Boren; R: Gibson.
RAINIER 6, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 3: At Springfield, Rainier scored six runs in the top of the fourth and held on to beat Cascade Christian in the quarterfinals of the 3A culminating week tournament.
The season-ending loss snapped the Challengers’ seven-game winning streak. Cascade finished the season with a 13-3 record.
Cascade starting pitcher Katelyn Willard allowed just three hits and two earned runs and struck out five, with a pair of errors contributing to Rainier’s big fourth inning.
Senior catcher Ali Modrell drove in the Challengers’ first run with an RBI double.
Liz White, who had three hits on the day, knocked in Cascade’s other two runs with a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh.
Willard and Callie Sweem also had extra-base hits for the Challengers.
Rainier improved to 15-2 with the win.
Cook and A. Crape; Willard and Modrell. W — Cook. L — Willard (13-3). 2B — R: Schimmel; CC: Modrell, Sweem, Willard.