Defense propels Renegades

MONROE, Wash. — For the second straight game, the Southern Oregon Renegades' stingy defense smothered their opponent.

The first-year minor league football franchise ran its record to 3-0 on Saturday, limiting the North King County Wildcats to 144 yards of total offense and just five first downs in a 36-0 romp.

This came a week after the Renegades' home opener where they held the Valley Mustangs to only eight yards of offense in a 66-0 blowout.

In that same contest, the Renegades gashed the Knights for 344 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.

But on Saturday, the Renegades used their aerial attack to wash away the Wildcats.

Former North Valley standout Nate Ellis, who split time with Phil Dupont at quarterback, completed 5 of 8 for 57 yards and two touchdowns.

Dupont was 8-for-16 for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Kris Butler, a former Eagle Point star, and wide receiver Chris Dupont combined for seven catches and each had 62 yards and a touchdown. Dupont hauled in four and Butler nabbed three.

Anthony Spain, a recent North Valley star, and Pine Tago each added touchdown catches.

Butler paced the Renegades on the ground with 71 yards on 10 attempts, while Alvin Thornton found pay dirt on the ground. He had nine carries for 45 yards.

Southern Oregon 14 14 0 8 — 36

North King County 0 0 0 0 — 0

Babe Ruth Baseball

AGE 13 STATE — At Eagle Point, Eagle Point took an early lead, but Grants Pass came roaring back to win 8-7 in a thrilling nine-inning contest for the championship at The Yard.

Tied 7-all in the ninth, Grants Pass received a single to right field to claim the title.

Grants Pass will head to Kelso, Wash. later this week for the regional tournament.

Justin Hartman's two-run single in the second inning gave Eagle Point a 3-0 advantage, before Grants Pass went out in front with a four-run outburst in the third.

Eagle Point's James Dixon had an a run-scoring single in the fifth inning and a key RBI double in the seventh.

Eagle Point had a short-lived 7-6 lead after consecutive suicide squeezes from Zack Murton and Robert Pierce, before GP tied it in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

Dixon was 2-for-4 in the game for Eagle Point.

AGE 13-14 STATE — At Portland, Central Point's come-from-behind victory fell short as Clackamas earned a 10-9 victory in seeding play for the state tournament at Sckavone Field.

Clackamas had a 8-4 hold on District 8 champion Central Point (1-2) midway through the contest.

But Central Point charged back to tie it 9-all in the top of the seventh before Clackamas nudged in the go-ahead run on a walk with the bases loaded it in the bottom of the inning.

Robbie Grabowski was 2-for-3 with a double and Ronny Herndon was 2-for-4 for Central Point.

Little League Baseball

AGE 11-12 STATE — At Pendleton, Christian Bowley belted two home runs and Adrian Garcia turned in a fine performance from the mound as Medford National defeated Centennial 6-3 at Pendleton Little League Park.

Bowley led off the first and fifth innings with homers and went 3-for-3 on the day.

Garcia pitched a two-hitter, but one of the two hits was a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.

The other hit was a single later in the first inning. He threw a no-hitter over the next four innings before leaving the sixth inning with one out and the bases loaded.

Reliever Austin White picked up the save by getting the final two outs on strikeouts.

Joey Lesh capped a two-run sixth inning with a run-scoring double for Medford National, which resumes pool play today against Sheldon at 10 a.m.

The top two teams in pool play advance to the state semifinals.

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