RiverDogs take two from Royals on the road

PORTLAND — The Southern Oregon RiverDogs had their first road trip of the season swept away by rain.

In their second attempt, the RiverDogs are the ones doing the sweeping.

Southern Oregon captured both ends of a doubleheader Saturday against the Portland Royals, 1-0 and 11-5. Those wins came on the heels of a 10-7 triumph late Friday night against the Portland Cavaliers.

The RiverDogs (7-3) will go in search of more road glory today when they take on the Mount Hood Vandals at 11 a.m. in another twin bill.

Josh Strom was dominant on the mound in Saturday's opening game, striking out 10 and allowing only three hits in the seven-inning effort.

"Josh had a heckuva game," said RiverDogs manager Bill James. "He pitched a great game."

Strom, who improved to 2-0, received all the support he would need in the first inning when Corey O'Neill singled and scored on a double by Allen Smith.

Derek Jacobson got the only other hit of Game 1 against the Royals.

The RiverDogs broke out the bats in the nightcap, however, compiling 15 hits to pull away for the sweep. Marcus James and Tyson Nelson each had three hits and two RBIs in Game 2, while Derek Evans came on in relief of Chad Trevisan to notch his first win of the summer.

On Friday, Smith and Travis Wolf each went 4-for-5 to lead the RiverDogs over the Portland Cavaliers. Smith drove in three runs and Wolf had two RBIs, while Heath Goin improved his pitching record to 2-0.


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Portland Cavaliers 100 051 000 — 7 9 0

Goin, Goodline (6) and Nelson; Wagner, Johnson (5) and Smith. W — Goin (2-0). L — Wagner. 2B — SO: Smith.

American Legion

NORTH JACKSON WINS TWICE — At Bend, the North Jackson Eagles won twice in the Redmond tournament by the eight-run mercy rule, defeating Bend 10-2 and Summit 18-0, both in five innings.

In Game 1, Dwight McLaughlin was 2-for-3, scored twice and drove in a run, Ryan Smith rapped a two-run triple and Scott Erickson an RBI double.

Pitcher Frank Charlton allowed two hits and struck out eight in going the distance.

In the second game, the Eagles scored 11 first-inning runs and tallied in each frame. Derek Tuttle and Smith each had two hits and two runs. Smith teamed with Garrett Davis on a three-hitter, striking out six in his three innings.

North Jackson (5-8) plays Redmond and Mountain View today to finish the tournament.

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Nye, Newton (3) and Zelmer; F. Charlton and D. Adams. W — F. Charlton (1-2). L — Nye. 2B — NJ: Clifford, Erickson. 3B — NJ: R. Smith.


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North Jackson (11)23 2x — 18 7 1

Jones, Booth (1), Hockins (3) and Herse; R. Smith, G. Davis (4) and Hodgkins. W — R. Smith (2-2). L — Jones. 2B — NJ: R. Adams.

Little League Baseball

AGE 10-11 DISTRICT 8 TOURNAMENT — At Grants Pass, Jakob Perry's two-run double in extra innings propelled Medford National Central to a 5-2 victory over the Grants Pass Americans in the opening round of the nine-team, round-robin tournament.

The score was tied 2-all at the end of six innings.

Perry came around to score on a passed ball in the seventh to give Medford a three-run cushion and Austin White recorded the save with one inning of relief.

Medford starting picher Brandon Lupton allowed four hits and struck out four in six innings.

AGE 9-10 DISTRICT 8 TOURNAMENT — At Grants Pass, James Bowers supplied a bases-clearing hit and came around to score on the inside-the-park effort and Caleb Salvadori drove in three runs with a single and a double to lead Medford National Central to a 15-12 victory over the Grants Pass Americans.

Caleb Doyle, Alex Bylund and Eric Higday each added RBI singles for Medford in the opening-game win. Doyle also combined with Sam Ingledew for a game-ending double play.

Boys Basketball

NORTH-SOUTH ALL-STAR GAMES — At Oregon City, Cascade Christian's Josh Heidegger and Andrew Shipley combined for 20 points to help the Class 2A South All-Stars defeat the North, 96-82, at Clackamas Community College.

Heidegger scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Shipley scored 11 points.

In the Class 5A game, Ashland's Rory Blanche and Colin Costantino combined for 21 points for the South squad during a 101-73 loss to the North. Blanche had 13 points and four rebounds and Costantino added eight points and four rebounds.

Alex Demith of Hidden Valley tallied a game-high 16 points to help the South defeat the North 91-73 in the Class 4A game. Nate Ellis of North Valley chipped in 12 points, two assists and two steals for the South.

In other games, the South defeated the North 105-95 in the 6A game and in the 3A game the South won 73-66.

The South squads posted a 7-3 advantage over the North during the two-day series.

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