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PREP BASEBALL: No. 7 South sweeps away McNary

Seventh-ranked South Medford got big first-inning hits from its starting pitchers that built momentum for winning efforts as the Panthers baseball team secured a doubleheader sweep of McNary, 10-4 and 8-2, Saturday at Harry & David Field.

Opening-game starter Tanner Douglas blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the first to erase an early deficit, while Carson Joe did likewise in Game 2 with a two-run triple to kick things off for South Medford (8-0).

The Panthers tacked on four third-inning runs to build a 6-1 lead in Game 1 before McNary (4-5) closed the gap with three runs in the fourth inning.

Undaunted, South Medford scored twice in the fifth and sixth innings — the last coming on a two-run single by Cameron Sewell — to pull away for good in a game that lacked rhythm due to a combined 22 walks issued by each team’s pitchers.

Sewell finished 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs and picked up the save in relief of Douglas in the opener, while Tosh Stupenhaus was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI.

South Medford lost the services of sophomore Kyle Cope on a scary scene in the fifth inning after he was hit in the face by a pitch — the fourth time he’s been plunked in eight games — and suffered what appeared to be a broken nose.

In Game 2, Joe’s triple tied the contest and Jake Mason followed with the first of his two RBIs to give the Panthers the only lead they would need.

Joe went the distance on the mound, striking out 10 with three walks and four hits allowed, while Douglas added a two-run double in the sixth inning and Kaleb Long had a triple.

FIRST GAME

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Kaiser, Ready (3), Araiza (4) and B. Allen; Douglas, Sewell (5) and Havey. W — Douglas (2-0). L — Kaiser. S — Sewell (2). 2B — M: Bach. 3B — M: Aicher. HR — SM: Douglas (2).

SECOND GAME

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Hawley, Ratliff (4), Smedema (5) and B. Allen; Joe and Havey. W — Joe (3-0). L — Hawley. 2B — M: Kaiser; SM: Douglas. 3B — SM: Joe, Long.

REDMOND 7, NORTH MEDFORD 1: At Redmond, North Medford sophomore Jeremiah Robbins had two of his team’s three hits, including an RBI double in the second inning, but the Black Tornado still suffered its third straight loss.

Robbins finished 2-for-4, driving in Aidan Becksted after he had reached on an error, and Aiden Horsley had the only other hit for North Medford (4-5).

Jake Webb supplied an RBI double in a three-run first inning for Redmond (5-4), which used a two-run double by Colton Horner in the fourth to break the game open.

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Horsley, Carr (5) and Robbins; Teixiera, Olmeda (5), Gebhard (6) and Horner. W — Teixiera. L — Horsley (1-1). 2B — NM: Robbins; R: Horner, Webb 2.

GRANTS PASS 9, UNIVERSITY PREP 6: At Redding, Calif., Ari Kantola had two doubles to finish 3-for-4 with two runs and Jackson Tunick went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs to lead Grants Pass to the nonleague win.

Cole Carnes also drove in two runs for the Cavemen (5-3), with Troy Osborne, Taholo Vainuku-Johnson and Mason Montejano also supplying two hits.

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Morgan and Osborne; Morphew, Wood (3), Orner (6), Ritchie (7) and Cassingham. W — Morgan. L — Morphew. 2B — GP: Vainuku-Johnson, Osborne, Robinson, Tunick, Kantola 2; UP: Cassingham, Bonnin.

ASHLAND 10-12, NORTH BEND 0-2: At Ashland, Gabe Brebac and Evan Rhoden limited North Bend to five hits over a combined 11 innings to secure the Midwestern League sweep for No. 7-ranked Ashland at North Mountain Park.

Brabec went the distance in the opener for the Grizzlies (7-1, 4-0 MWL), allowing three hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and four walks. The junior also went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Jackson Kemper also drove in two runs and Keller Bloodworth was 1-for-2 with three runs and one RBI.

In Game 2, Rhoden struck out 10 and walked three on a five-inning two-hitter over North Bend (5-4, 0-4).

Sean Thompson and Mateo Moore each had two RBIs for Ashland in the nightcap.

FIRST GAME

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H. Wheeling, Burgmeier (4) and Brock; Brabec and Wright. W — Brabec. L — H. Wheeling. 2B — A: Bloodworth.

SECOND GAME

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L. Wheeling, Cederos (5) and Brock; Rhoden and Wright. W — Rhoden. L — L. Wheeling. 2B — A: Shrader, Bloodworth, Thompson.

ST. MARY’S 6, PHOENIX 5: At Talent, Travis Johnson had an RBI triple in the top of the seventh to tie the game for St. Mary’s and Beau Aldrich followed with an RBI single for the go-ahead run as the Crusaders rallied at Hagler-James Field.

Aldrich and Eli Haynes each finished 2-for-3 for St. Mary’s (6-1).

Johnson and Phoenix starter Julius Bolstad were in a pitcher’s duel until the sixth inning, when the teams combined for seven runs.

St. Mary’s built a 4-1 lead before Phoenix (1-6) roared back with four runs in the bottom of the sixth on RBI efforts by Andrew Hull, Bolstad and Chance Sherrell.

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Johnson, Aldrich (6) and Lawrence; Bolstad, Wolowicz (6), Hull (7) and Hull, Crenshaw (7). W — Aldrich (2-0). L — Wolowicz (0-3). 3B — SM: Johnson.

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