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PREP BASEBALL: Cope shines for South in first start

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Elijah Havey connects for a double in the fourth inning.

Freshman pitcher Kyle Cope gave South Medford a big boost in his first varsity start and the Panthers used a five-run final inning to break Tuesday’s baseball game open for a 7-1 win over Ashland at North Mountain Park.

Cope pitched five steady innings, allowing four hits with four walks and one run on 64 pitches for the Panthers (6-3).

South Medford was coming off a doubleheader loss to North Medford in which it used up its regular three starting pitchers, so Cope’s ability to step up and deliver was paramount.

“It’s always good to get back in the win column,” said Panthers coach Josh Moody. “I was really, really pleased with freshman Kyle Cope coming in and being very efficient. Ashland has had the last two games where they’ve scored seven or eight runs and he came in and threw very well.”

“He threw a ton of strikes and made some really big pitches to get out of some jams that he didn’t cause,” added the coach. “He gave up a first-inning run but settled down and pitched really well for us.”

Tanner Douglas came on in relief to pitch the final two scoreless frames, allowing one infield hit with two strikeouts.

South Medford got on the board in the top of the first inning when Bennett Thompson walked and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Carson Joe.

Ashland (2-7) answered immediately with a leadoff double by Dillan Anway in the bottom of the first. After a sacrifice bunt, Anway scored on an RBI groundout by Nathan Carter.

Joe plated Douglas in the third on an RBI single to give the Panthers an advantage once again, but that was it for the scoring until South tallied five runs in the seventh inning on only two hits.

“We pitched really well, all things considered,” said Ashland coach Nick Hall of his combination of Gabe Brabec and Miles Ransweiler. “That last inning was just one to forget.”

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Cope, Douglas (6) and Thompson; Brabec, Ransweiler (4) and Kemper. W — Cope. L — Brabec. 2B — SM: Havey; A: Anway.

EAGLE POINT 9, GRANTS PASS 4: At Grants Pass, Eagle Point took control in the sixth inning where it scored four runs to pull away.

The Eagles’ Jace Ellis finished 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored while teammate Stuart Lund went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI.

Kellen Rapp allowed four runs and struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings to earn the win and also drove in a run and scored once for the Eagles (3-7).

The Cavemen (6-4), who were tied with Eagle Point 3-all heading into the fifth inning, were led by Tahalo Johnson and Dante Haven. Johnson went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Haven was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

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K. Rapp, Fazio (6) and Hammer; Morgan, Calabro (5), Haven (6) and Osborne. W — K. Rapp. L — Morgan. 2B — EP: Ellis; GP: Johnson.

ROSEBURG 10, CRATER 3: At Central Point, Caleb Randolph had a two-run home run in the fourth inning for Crater and Damon Kindreich went 2-for-3 at Anhorn Field.

Randolph’s first home run of the spring came after Brandon Tibbils had drawn a walk for the Comets (3-7). Jared Weber added a sacrifice fly to plate Dawson Douglas, who earlier had singled, in the fifth inning.

Roseburg improved to 7-3.

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Tatone, Zeimet (7) and Hubbard; Randolph, Painter (6), Eldred (7) and Anhorn. W — Tatone. L — Randolph. 2B — R: Hubbard, Klopfenstein. HR — C: Randolph (1).

BROOKINGS-HARBOR 8, ST. MARY’S 0: At Brookings, Eli Haynes and Travis Johnson each had singles for the lone hits by St. Mary’s, which left four runners on base and was undone by six errors in the road tilt.

Beau Aldrich struck out six and allowed three hits in four innings for St. Mary’s, with both runs against him unearned. Haynes also struck out six in three innings of relief.

Payton Armentrout and Kallen Christensen each had a double in a six-run sixth inning for the Bruins (10-0)

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Aldrich, Haynes (5) and Lawrence; Shew, Burger (7) and McCollum. W — Shew. L — Aldrich. 2B — BH: Armentrout, Kal. Christensen.

DOUGLAS 8, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2: Douglas turned three hits into eight runs in the victory at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Sam Martin went 2-for 4 and drove in a run for the Challengers, who scored both runs in the bottom of the seventh. Owen Thompson also had two of Cascade Christian’s five hits, including a triple in the sixth inning.

Douglas improved to 5-5 and Cascade Christian is 4-6.

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Christian and O’Toole; Federico, Martin (4) and Thompson. W — Christian. L — Federico (0-1). 2B — D: Martin, Jones. 3B — CC: Thompson.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 21, PROSPECT 9, 5 inn.: At Prospect, Kaydence Moore and Boden Perkins came up big at the plate for Prospect, but Illinois Valley’s seven-run first inning was too much for the Cougars to overcome.

Moore finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs, and Perkins also doubled twice, going 3-for-5 and driving in a pair of runs.

Cooper Kelsay went 2-for-4 for the Cougars (0-10).

Illinois Valley, which earned the victory in the fifth inning by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule, improved to 5-4 on the season.

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