PREP BASEBALL: South suffers first loss in SWC split
South Medford used an excellent effort on the mound by Tanner Douglas and wore down Sheldon starter Koen Buck for a 4-2 victory in the opening game of Saturday’s Southwest Conference baseball doubleheader at Harry & David Field.
The seventh-ranked Panthers, however, could not complete the sweep as Sheldon built a 5-0 lead in Game 2 and iced the outcome with a 10-run final inning for a 15-2 win.
“It was a tale of two very different energy levels and different everything, really,” South Medford coach Josh Moody said of Saturday’s split. “We didn’t show up in that second game. We came out a little bit flat and they came out hungry. That first game was a close game and they probably felt like they could’ve and should’ve won that game and we just didn’t match their energy.”
Douglas scattered four hits in 6 1/3 innings, allowing only one earned run with two walks and 13 strikeouts in the opener for South Medford (9-1, 1-1 SWC).
“Tanner really pitched well,” Moody said. “He set the tone for us.”
The Panthers used a three-run fifth inning to take the lead on Sheldon (5-6, 1-1), with Tosh Stupenhaus starting the surge with a single and later scoring on a single by Cameron Sewell. After Douglas reached on an error with two outs and Sewell scored on a wild pitch by Buck, Eli Havey came through with an RBI single.
“A lot happened with two outs,” Moody said of the outburst. “We just kept grinding and put together a lot of good at-bats against a good pitcher and drove his pitch count up and finally got to him late.”
Jake Mason scored on a single by Stupenhaus, who went 3-for-3, to add an insurance run in the sixth.
For Sheldon, Brody Spurlock hit a sixth-inning solo home run and finished 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.
In Game 2, Jace Miller scored Tristan Mallari on a groundout and Douglas plated Sewell, who had doubled, on a groundout in the third inning to cut Sheldon’s advantage to 5-2.
After that it was all Irish, who saw John Mueller hit a pair of two-run singles and Buck add a two-run double in the 10-run seventh inning.
Buck also was credited with an unconventional triple after he hit a solo shot over the fence but did not touch home plate and was called out upon appeal in the fourth.
Buck, Mueller (6) and Spurlock; Douglas, Sewell (7) and Havey. W — Douglas (3-0). L — Buck. S — Sewell (3). HR — S: Spurlock.
Langworthy and Spurlock; Joe, Mallari (5), Miller (7) and Havey, Jones (7). W — Langworthy. L — Joe (3-1). 2B — S: Buck, Welch; SM: Sewell. 3B — S: Buck.
ROSEBURG 3-6, NORTH MEDFORD 0-5: At Roseburg, North Medford stranded the tying run on second base in the top of the seventh inning during a back-and-forth nightcap to come up short for a second time in the SWC-opening doubleheader.
The Black Tornado (5-7, 0-2 SWC) used an RBI single by Aiden Horsley and two-run double by Frankie Rutigliano to build a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning in Game 2. Roseburg (8-4, 2-0) responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead.
In the seventh, Horsley hit a two-out RBI double to plate Johnny King but an ensuing strikeout ended the comeback bid. Horsley and Colton Morgan each had two hits in Game 2, and Kellen Willer also drove in a run.
Trey Newmann was a hard-luck loser in the opener, striking out eight and allowing only two walks and six hits. Roseburg’s Evan Corbin countered with a two-hitter, a double by Rutigliano in the fifth and single by Morgan in the seventh.
Newmann and Robbins; Corbin and Hubbard. W — Corbin. L — Newmann. 2B — NM: Rutigliano; R: Takahashi, Kincaid. 3B — R: Takahashi.
Horsley, King (6) and Robbins; Takahashi, Burke (6), Klopfenstein (7) and Hubbard. W — Burke. L — Horsley. S — Klopfenstein. 2B — NM: Horsley, Rutigliano.
GRANTS PASS 6-14, SOUTH EUGENE 5-9: At Eugene, Grants Pass saved its best for last in the SWC twin bill, scoring six unanswered runs to claim the opener and using a six-run seventh inning to help secure Game 2.
Troy Osborne was 4-for-4 with one run in Game 1 and 2-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs in the nightcap to boost the Cavemen (7-4, 2-0 SWC), while Kain Robinson and Ari Kantola each drove in two runs in the opener.
Luke Morgan had a strong second game for GP, going 4-for-5 with one run and three RBIs while also picking up the pitching victory with seven strikeouts, two walks and six hits allowed. Four of his eight runs allowed were unearned.
Ireland, Osborne (7) and Osborne, Carnes (7); Hadley, Gabriel (6) and Santiago. W — Osborne. L — Gabriel. 2B — GP: Robinson, Osborne; SE: Lea, Bush. HR — GP: Kantola.
Morgan, Montejano (7) and Osborne; Lea, Stevens (4), Uceda (7) and Santiago. W — Morgan. L — Lea. 2B — GP: Kantola; SE: Mueller, Lea. HR — GP: Osborne.
ASHLAND 10-6, NORTH EUGENE 0-3: At Ashland, Ashland continued its winning ways, sweeping a Midwestern League doubleheader at North Mountain Park to extend its winning streak to six games.
Gabe Brabec tossed a one-hitter in the five-inning opener, striking out 10 with two walks in a dominant showing for the Grizzlies (10-1, 6-0 MWL).
Tripp Repp finished 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs, while Keller Bloodworth also plated two. Brabec and Elam Wright each went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the opener.
Wright and Bloodworth each had a pair of hits in Game 2, while Repp, Jackson Kemper and Freeman Rountree each had an RBI.
Like Brabec, Evan Rhoden struck out 10 in a complete-game effort to pick up the win in Game 2. He allowed eight hits and three runs, two of which were earned.
Gould, Niccum (4) and Olson; Brabec and Wright. W — Brabec. L — Gould. 2B — A: Thompson, Repp, Moore. 3B — A: Repp.
Johansen and Gould; Rhoden and Wright. W — Rhoden. L — Johansen. 2B — NE: Justice, Johansen; A: Repp, Bloodworth, Kemper.