North Medford rolls in Pendleton opener
PENDLETON — As much of a headache as it may have been to make sure his baseball team was up and fed at 6 a.m. prior to Monday’s 9 a.m. opener in the Pendleton Tournament, North Medford coach Kerry Curtis didn’t have much to worry about shortly thereafter.
The Black Tornado used a 12-run outburst in the first inning to all but settle matters against David Douglas, ultimately winning 20-1 in five innings.
“That whole first inning took about 36 minutes and we’re playing on a 2 hour and 15 minute time limit,” said Curtis of an opening frame that included six hits and seven walks. “It was nice, though, because we were able to make some changes and save some arms and get some guys that needed time on the mound some extra time.”
North Medford sophomore Frankie Rutigliano didn’t much time in his pitching out, getting the start and striking out two of the three batters faced.
After that, the Black Tornado (2-0) opened the offensive floodgates in a game played under rainy conditions.
With one out, Rutigliano ripped a triple and after consecutive walks to Aiden Horsley and Jeremiah Robbins, Kellen Willer came through with a two-run single for North. After a single by Trey Newmann and walk to Davis Carr, Colton Morgan had a two-run single to keep up the momentum.
Two more walks set the stage for a two-run double by Rutigliano in his second turn at-bat in the inning. After two walks and a sacrifice fly by Willer, Newmann put a nice bow on the frame with a two-run triple for the Tornado’s third extra-base hit of the inning.
After that, Curtis was able to comfortably pull Rutigliano from the mound and hand the ball over to Kellen Thomey and Jordan Nodine to complete an overall no-hitter. Thomey struck out five and walked three in two innings of relief, and Nodine closed by fanning four and walking four in his two innings.
“It was a good day on the mound for those guys,” said Curtis. “I’m happy for them and proud of them.”
Rutigliano finished 3-for-5 with two runs and five RBIs, while Willer went 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs. Newmann was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and Morgan 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs in the rout of David Douglas (1-2), which scored its lone unearned run on an error.
Aguilar, Gonzalez (1) and Hudson; Rutigliano, Thomey (2), Nodine (4) and Robbins, Newberg (2). W — Thomey (1-0). L — Aguilar. 2B — NM: Rutiglano; 3B — NM: Rutligliano 2, Newmann, Nodine.