Baptiste’s gem gives Mavs title berth
CENTRAL POINT — In a battle of the American Legion A state tournament’s only undefeated teams, Wyatt Baptiste was lights out on the mound for North Medford, throwing a two-hitter as the Mavericks bumped Roseburg Pepsi aside for a 5-1 victory at Anhorn Field on Friday.
By moving to 3-0 in the double-elimination tournament, the Mavericks (29-23) solidified a spot in Sunday’s championship game. North Medford will take on La Grande at 3 p.m. today. If the Mavericks win, they will hold the advantage of having to be beaten twice on Sunday.
After hitting the first batter of the game, throwing a wild pitch and later surrendering his only run of the game on a Roseburg sacrifice fly, Baptiste was nearly flawless, tossing a shutout the rest of the way. He didn’t give up his second hit until the seventh inning.
“He had good poise and had a good slider working,” said Mavericks coach Brett Wolfe. “When he got ahead (in the count), he expanded the zone. When he got behind, he was able to throw his slider and offspeed stuff so they couldn’t just sit on fastball, and he made them chase.”
Baptiste struck out 10 and walked two in seven innings of work to bolster his record to 6-2.
North Medford’s first-inning deficit was brief as it answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame.
Ryan Sandoval was 2-for-2 and Justin Geyer 2-for-4 for the Mavericks while Roseburg received both of its hits from Collin Warmouth.
Roseburg will take on North Jackson in an elimination game at noon today.
Seely, Alexander (4), Lucido (6) and Mandera; Baptiste and Geyer. W — Baptiste (6-2). L — Seely. 2B — NM: Geyer.
NORTH JACKSON 11, NORTH WILLAMETTE 1, 5 inn.: At Central Point, North Jackson tallied seven runs in the fourth inning to stave off elimination and dismiss North Willamette on Day 3 of the American Legion A state tournament at Anhorn Field.
The Royals (22-13) will try to keep their title hopes alive against Roseburg Pepsi at noon today.
Dylan Marsh, who drove in four runs and finished 2-for-4, scored the decisive run in the fourth on Bennett Rodgers’ single, which gave the Royals after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Preston Johnson went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, Ryan Lorenz had two runs and one RBI and Rodgers finished 2-for-3.
Trae Perkins pitched three innings solid innings to earn the win. Tanner Jostad and Coldin Shopp stole two bases apiece for North Jackson.
Perkins, Fontana (4), Nielsen (5) and Little; Vachter, Schrenk (3), Perfecto (4) and Garcia. W — Perkins. L — Vachter. 2B — NJ: Rodgers, Nielsen.
LA GRANDE 6, CENTRAL POINT 0: At Central Point, host Central Point was unable to generate much offense, collecting four hits in the game, and the Comets were eliminated from contention in the American Legion A state tournament at Anhorn Field.
La Grande starter Jon Gonzalez pitched a four-hit shutout and handed the Area 4 champion Comets (33-8) their second defeat of the double-elimination event.
Swartwout, Boivin (4) and Bartlett; Gonzalez and Leonard. L — Swartwout. 2B — LG: Leonard.
Great West League
MEDFORD 5, PORTLAND 4: At Portland, Medford held off Portland’s rally attempt to notch its 14th victory in 15 games, dealing Portland its second loss with a chance at a sweep of the three-game series tonight.
The Great West League-leading Rogues (32-12 GWL) were the beneficiaries of two sixth-inning errors by the Pickles (23-21 GWL) that resulted in three Rogues runs.
Rogues starter C.J. Eytel allowed three runs and scattered five hits across six innings to improve to 4-0 while former North Medford star Colton Westfall pitched 1⅓ innings to record his first save. Westfall allowed one hit and a walk to go with a strikeout.
Conner McNally and Connor Lowrie both went 2-for-3 for Medford, with McNally scoring twice and Lowrie once.
Eytel, Kelly (7), Westfall (8) and Denning; Bassett, Dahut (6), Jones (8) and Cope. W — Eytel (4-0). L — Bassett (1-1). S — Westfall (1).