PREP BASEBALL: Douglas, Joe spark South Medford
ROSEBURG — South Medford left-hander Tanner Douglas pitched out of some key jams Tuesday and was helped along by fellow junior Carson Joe driving in three runs in a 6-0 triumph over Roseburg at Legion Field.
The Panthers win allowed them to split the two-game series with Roseburg, which edged South 1-0 on April 20, and move into contention for the No. 2 seed in next week’s season-ending Southern Oregon Conference tournament.
South Medford stands 9-3 overall entering Saturday’s twin bill against Grants Pass at Harry & David Field, and Roseburg is 9-4 with dates against GP and North Bend remaining.
“It was a big one for us, for sure,” said Panthers coach Josh Moody.
Douglas struck out nine in six innings, most coming at key moments to halt potential scoring opportunities for Roseburg. He allowed four hits and walked five, including three straight in the bottom of the fourth before striking out three straight batters to end the threat.
“He came up really big for us and had a lot of great strikeouts in big situations,” said Moody. “We pitched out of jams pretty much every inning. The first was clean but after that it was a grind.”
Roseburg loaded the bases in the third and fourth innings and had two runners on in the seventh but was denied each time.
Joe allowed one infield hit and one walk in the seventh but recorded three strikeouts. He also drove in South’s first run in the third on a fielder’s choice and added RBI efforts in two more innings to spur the offense.
Shortstop Cameron Sewell had a double and scored twice, Kaleb Barney went 2-for-3 with one run and Elijah Havey reached base in all four at-bats with one run scored for South.
Douglas, Joe (7) and Thompson; Tatone, Klopfenstein (5), White (7) and Hubbard. W — Douglas (3-0). L — Tatone. 2B — SM: Sewell.
NORTH MEDFORD 4, EAGLE POINT 2: At Eagle Point, North Medford took a three-run lead in the sixth inning and withstood a two-run home run by Eagle Point’s Darin Marsh in the bottom of the frame.
The Black Tornado (10-2) scored twice in the second, getting a double from Devan Blankenship to go with three walks and an error. In the sixth, Blankenship singled in Frankie Rutigliano, who had singled.
That provided enough cushion before Marsh homered to center field with Trevor Breshears aboard via an error.
North Medford’s Trey Newmann allowed two hits, struck out nine and walked three.
Blankenship and Johnny King were each 2-for-3.
Luis Uribe had the other hit for Eagle Point (3-9).
Newmann and Robbins; Marsh, Rapp (6), Lund (7) and Meade. W — Newmann. L — Marsh. 2B — NM: Horsley, Blankenship. HR — EP: Marsh.
CRATER 10, ASHLAND 7: At Ashland, Crater scored four runs in the first inning and three in the sixth to hold off Ashland.
The Grizzlies (2-10) rallied to within 9-7 with a four-run sixth.
The Comets (4-9) rapped 11 hits, getting 3-for-4 performances from Payton Anhorn and Hunter Chubb. Anhorn scored twice, and Chubb scored two runs and drove in one.
Brandon Tibills was 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs for Crater, and Caleb Randolph knocked in two runs.
Ashland’s Eyera Nogues drove in two runs, and Jackson Kemper and Tripp Repp each scored twice.
Crater 411 003 1 — 10 11 2
Ashland 001 204 0 — 7 6 3
Randolph, Johnson-Painter (6) and Lundeen; Ransweiler, Nixon (3), Bloodworth (7) and Dreiling. W — Randolph. L — Ransweiler. 2B — C: Kindreich, Randolph, Lasater, Anhorn; A: Carter, Repp.
DOUGLAS 6, ST. MARY’S 5: At Winston, Eli Haynes and Beau Aldrich each went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Ean Lawrence drove in a run for St. Mary’s, which rallied for three runs in the seventh but couldn’t bring home an equalizer in Far West League play.
The Crusaders fell to 4-9 overall.
St. Mary’s 002 000 3 — 5 7 7
Douglas 003 021 x — 6 5 4
Lawrence, Johnson (3), Haynes (5) and Aldrich; Christian, Jones (7) and R. O’Toole. W — Christian. L — Johnson. 2B — SM: Aldrich, Haynes; D: Martin.
ROGUE RIVER 19, PROSPECT 0, 5 inn.: At Prospect, Rogue River’s Gavin Dabrowski and Issac House combined to throw a no-hitter and the Chieftains used a 10-run second inning to win by the mercy rule in the fifth inning.
Dabrowski was credited with the win, pitching 4 1/3 innnigs, and House wrapped things up with the final two outs.
Caden Tognoni hit a home run, had three RBIs, scored three runs and was walked three times for the Chieftains (6-6), who had six hits in the contest but were the beneficiaries of Prospect pitching control issues as well as 11 errors by the Cougars.
The Chieftains’ Mark Bandy drove in two runs, scored twice and was walked twice. House was 2-for-2 and scored twice while Dabrowski added an RBI and three runs.
Dabrowski, House (5) and Smith; Ghirardo, Taylor (3), Kelsay (4) and Linam. W — Dabrowski (1-0). L — Ghirardo. HR — RR: Tognoni.