PREP BASEBALL: Resilient Panthers remain unbeaten
CENTRAL POINT — South Medford found itself in a battle Wednesday afternoon but pulled together to overcome Willamette for a 7-4 baseball win on Day 2 of the Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.
Willamette senior Kayden Sandow blasted a game-tying two-run home run in the fifth inning but, after leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of that inning, the Panthers (4-0) tallied three runs in the sixth to regain the advantage.
“I’ve got a great group of guys that are team-first with a lot of guys playing out of position but they just put their heads down and work hard,” said South Medford coach Josh Moody. “We can live with whatever the situation may be when you’re doing that.”
The situation didn’t look promising with two outs in the sixth but Carson Joe drew a walk, stole second and then scored the go-ahead run on a single by Elijah Havey, who finished 2-for-4. Kaleb Long was then hit by a pitch and Kyle Cope drew a walk to load the bases, with Jake Mason following with an RBI single before the final run scored after a wild pitch.
“We strung together a lot of good at-bats there at the end to pull it out,” said Moody.
Cameron Sewell came on in relief of Joe in the seventh inning and got three straight outs to clinch the victory over Willamette (2-2-1).
Joe, who came on in relief to earn the save Tuesday against Crater, struck out five and allowed six hits in six innings to post his second win of the season.
“He kind of battled through a good veteran lineup and kept us in the ballgame and gave us a chance,” Moody said of Joe.
Willamette scored twice in the top of the first but South answered behind a leadoff double by Sewell, single by Tanner Douglas and two-run single by Joe.
The Panthers tacked on single runs in the third and fourth on RBIs by Mason and Douglas, the latter coming after freshman Cooper Mitchell had doubled to move into scoring position.
B. Stavros, Martinez (6) and Koffler; Joe, Sewell (7) and Havey. W — Joe (2-0). L — Stavros. S — Sewell. 2B — SM: Sewell, Mitchell. HR — W: Sandow.
MCNARY 6, NORTH MEDFORD 4: At Pendleton, Aiden Horsley went 3-for-4 with an RBI double but North Medford’s comeback bid was thwarted by a three-run rally by McNary at the Pendleton Tournament.
Frankie Rutigliano added a two-run double and Kellen Willer plated a run with a sacrifice fly during a four-run scoring surge that put the Black Tornado (3-2) up 4-3 in the fourth inning.
McNary (2-3-1) answered with three runs in the bottom half of the frame.
Trey Newmann went the distance on the mound for North, allowing six hits with eight strikeouts in six innings.
Newmann and Robbins; Hawley, Cepeda (6), Bach (7) and Allen. W — Hawley. L — Newmann (1-1). 2B — NM: Rutigliano, Horsley 2, Carr; M: Kaiser, Cripe, Bach.
CRATER 7, GRANTS PASS 3: At Central Point, Kellen Rapp went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI and Caleb Randolph allowed three hits in six innings on the mound to lead Crater in its second game of the 15th annual Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.
Rapp had an RBI single during a five-run fourth inning that broke the contest open for the Comets (3-1), with Kayden Gardner adding a two-run single and another run scoring off the second error of the inning by Grants Pass.
Randolph struck out eight and walked five before giving way to Brandon Tibills, who pitched a scoreless seventh.
Troy Osborne drove in two runs for Grants Pass (2-2-1), with Luke Morgan, Mason Montejano and Ari Kantola getting the lone hits for the Cavemen.
Crater closes tournament play today with games at 10 a.m. against Barlow and 4 p.m. against Corvallis at Anhorn Field.
Morgan and Osborne; Randolph, Tibills (7) and Lundeen. W — Randolph (2-0). L — Morgan. 2B — GP: Montejano.
CORVALLIS 12, ASHLAND 0, 6 inn.: At Ashland, Corvallis junior Max Gregg struck out six and allowed one walk in a no-hit effort against Ashland in the Crater Spring Break Tournament.
Gregg is the son of former MLB pitcher Kevin Gregg, a Corvallis native who is in his second year as head coach of the Spartans (3-1).
Jackson Rosenthal was the lone baserunner of the game for Ashland (4-1).
Garrett Holpuch drove in four runs and Gregg plated two for Corvallis.
Gregg and Compton; Brabec, Bloodworth (5), Shrader (6), Repp (6) and Wright, Shrader (6). W — Gregg. L — Brabec (2-1). 2B — C: McGowen.