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GILBERT, Ariz. — The North Medford baseball team looked like it might fill up the scorebook early on, but the Black Tornado ended up leaving plenty of space in a 6-2 win over Lakeridge at the Coach Bob National Invitational on Tuesday.
North scored all six of its runs in the first inning and finished with six hits.
In the decisive inning, Austin Zavala singled to score Taylor Raff, Hayden Evans doubled to drive in courtesy runner Josh Hansen, Josh Berman hit a run-scoring double and Troy Fowler connected on a two-run single with two outs.
Lakeridge (4-2) responded with runs in the fourth and sixth innings.
Pitcher Micah Brown picked up his first victory of the season after striking out seven, walking two and allowing seven hits.
The Black Tornado plays Higley, Ariz., at 3:30 p.m. today to wrap up bracket play. North, which is 1-1 at the tournament and 5-1 overall, lost to ThunderRidge (Colo.) 5-2 on Monday.
"I was happy we bounced back today," North head coach Brett Wolfe said. "We didn't have good approaches at the plate the day before against a kid who threw pretty well. Today we made better adjustments and were able to keep the ball in the strike zone and swing at strikes, and it makes a big difference when you do that."
North Medford 600 000 0 — 6 6 1
Lakeridge 000 101 0 — 2 7 2
Brown and Zavala; Dutton, Ruffner (6), Sheldon (6) and Hummel. W — Brown (1-0). L — Dutton. 2B — NM: Raff, Evans, Berman.
GRANTS PASS 11, MARIST 1, 5 inn. — At Central Point, Chris Ingledue was steady on the mound and Grants Pass belted out 13 hits in the Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.
Ingledue allowed two hits with three strikeouts and three walks, while Connor Lauffenburger paced Grants Pass (5-1) by going 3-for-3 with two runs and four RBIs.
Justin Spinner was 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBIs, Cameron Mathews 2-for-3 with three runs and Chace VanEss 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI for the Cavemen, who face North Eugene at 1 p.m. today.
Marist 001 00 — 1 2 2
Grants Pass 512 21 — 11 13 0
Jamison, Stewart (4) and Hutson; Ingledue and Leenknecht. W — Ingledue (2-1). L — Jamison. 2B — GP: Matthews, Lauffenburger, Chandler. 3B — GP: VanEss.
ASHLAND 13, MIDDLETON 7 — At Phoenix, Ariz., Jamie Flynn and Eric Carlson had three hits apiece to help Ashland overcome an early 5-3 deficit on the first day of the Greenway Festival.
Flynn was 3-for-4 with two doubles, four RBIs and his first home run of the season, and Carlson was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to spearhead the Grizzlies' 15-hit attack. Also for Ashland (2-5), Ryan Bottimore was 2-for-5 with two doubles and three runs and Ian Alpenia was 2-for-3.
Ashland reliever Carter Glick picked up the win after taking the mound with two outs in the fourth inning and holding Middleton, of Idaho, to two runs, one earned, on one hit over 21/3 innings.
Ashland 102 080 2 — 13 15 4
Middleton 010 420 0 — 7 5 3
Carroll, Glick (4), Flynn (7) and Glick, N. Scott (4); Hill, Hollingsworth (5), Foreman (7) and Huggins. W — Glick (1-0). L — Hollingsworth. 2B — A: Bottimore 2, Flynn 2, Rogan, Carlson. 3B — A: Cammarota. HR — A: Flynn (1).
HIDDEN VALLEY WINS TWO — At Aurora, Hidden Valley defeated Valley Catholic 4-3 and Siuslaw 4-1 in the North Marion Tournament.
In the first game, Hidden Valley's Mike Hults rapped a single for the game-winning hit with the bases loaded.
Hults was 3-for-3 and McKinnon Bennett was 2-for-4 with two runs.
Against Siuslaw, Joe Wardle and Kyle Garrison each had two hits for the Mustangs (5-1) in a game called after five because of darkness.
Valley Catholic 010 200 0 — 3 6 1
Hidden Valley 011 001 1 — 4 11 1
Quandt and Miaghell; Campbell, Chastain (4), Gulbransen (7) and Garrison. W — Gulbransen (3-0). L — Quandt. 2B — VC: Walsh; HV: Schmidt.
Siuslaw 010 00 — 1 5 2
Hidden Valley 111 10 — 4 8 0
Smith and Thrall; Garrison, Gulbransen (5) and Bennett. W — Gulbransen (2-0). L — Smith. 2B — S: Smith; HV: Frete.