PREP BASEBALL: Newmann, North slow down Summit
Facing one of the tougher Class 6A teams in the state, starting pitcher Trey Newmann settled into a zone and was unfazed during pivotal moments of the game for the North Medford baseball team Saturday.
Newmann struck out eight over six innings, allowing three runs — one earned — on four hits, three walks and a hit batter to guide the host Black Tornado to a 4-3 victory over Summit.
“Trey had great command of the zone all day,” said North Medford coach Kerry Curtis. “He was able to throw multiple pitches and kept hitters off balance. They have a couple of really good hitters on that team. Every time he got in trouble, he bounced back and was very efficient today.”
With the Black Tornado (8-9) ahead 4-1, Newmann did, however, run into a rough patch on the mound in the top of the sixth inning. With a runner aboard and no outs, Summit’s Zach Justice tripled and North Medford committed an error on the relay throw, allowing Justice to round the bases and score, driving in two runs and cutting the Black Tornado lead to 4-3.
After another runner reached base for Summit (10-5) with no outs in the frame, Newmann was able to force the Storm to ground into a 6-4-3 double play before striking out the final batter to limit the damage.
In the seventh inning, North Medford reliever Johnny King came in and recorded two straight outs before Summit’s Canon Reeder singled and stole second base to represent the tying run. But the next batter hit a grounder right back to the pitcher’s mound for King, who ran over to tag first base himself to preserve the win and register the save.
North Medford’s Jeremiah Robbins finished 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the second inning and led the game off with a double, while Aiden Horsley went 2-for-3 and Frankie Rutigliano knocked in two runs.
Brundage, Bents (6) and Justice; Newmann, King (7) and Robbins. W — Newmann (4-2). L — Brundage. 2B — NM: Robbins. 3B — S: Justice.
SOUTH MEDFORD 14, SOUTH EUGENE 1: At Eugene, South Medford senior Carson Joe belted a second-inning grand slam and finished 3-for-3 with six RBIs to lead the Panthers to the Southwest Conference victory.
Tanner Douglas struck out 10 and allowed one hit with four walks in five innings for South Medford (10-3, 2-3 SWC), and also went 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.
Cameron Sewell pitched two hitless innings of relief with four strikeouts and was 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Jace Miller also supplied a pair of doubles and Elijah Havey scored three runs against South Eugene (6-8, 1-4).
Douglas, Sewell (6) and Havey; Lea, Uceda (4) and Reeves. W — Douglas. L — Lea. 2B — SM: Miller 2. 3B — SM: Joe. HR — SM: Joe.
CRATER 10-7, SPRINGFIELD 0-6: At Springfield, Crater senior Caleb Randolph had a two-run double in the opener and pitched a five-inning two-hitter and the Comets held on in Game 2 to earn the Midwestern League sweep.
Randolph went 3-for-4 and Brandon Tibbils was 2-for-4 with two RBIs in Game 1 for Crater (8-9, 6-2 MWL), while Damon Kindreich was 2-for-3.
The Comets scored four runs on six hits in the first inning to seemingly break open Game 2, but Springfield rallied with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning before Ryan Hill could induce a game-ending groundout with the bases loaded.
Tibbils, Randolph and Kayden Gardner each had two hits in the nightcap against Springfield (5-12, 3-5).
Randolph and D. Kindrech; Hinton, Evans (5) and Vest. W — Randolph. L — Hinton. 2B — C: Randolph; S: Hinton.
H. Kindreich, Hill (7) and D. Kindreich; Laird, Roemen (2), Laird (7) and Vest. W — Kindreich. L — Laird. 2B — C: Gardner; S: Oviatt.
ASHLAND 6-9, CHURCHILL 0-4: At Eugene, Gabe Brabec tossed a complete-game shutout to go with 10 strikeouts, propelling Ashland to the first of two victories in the MWL doubleheader.
Brabec yielded four hits and walked two over seven innings. He was backed by a four-run third inning where the Grizzlies (11-3, 6-2 MWL) grabbed a 5-0 lead.
Mateo Moore went 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs, while Elam Wright added two RBIs for the Grizzlies.
In Game 2, Ashland put the game out of reach with a six-run sixth inning.
Keller Bloodworth finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and scored twice, Jackson Kemper went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and Cooper Rathbun drove in two runs.
Evan Rhoden earned the win, striking out nine over 5 2/3 innings with four hits and four walks allowed.
Brabec and Wright; Ayres, Dean (3) and Womack. W — Brabec. L — Ayres. 2B — A: Wright.
Rhoden, Bloodworth (6) and Wright; Jensen, Fonseca (6) and Womack. W — Rhoden. L — Jensen. 2B — A: Rathbun.