Cheney pitches RiverDogs to doubleheader split

Since jumping into the rotation midway through the season, Jeremy Cheney has shown how good he can be and how good he can make the Southern Oregon RiverDogs amateur baseball team.

With a no-hitter already under his belt, the former Cascade Christian standout threw a three-hit shutout to help the RiverDogs salvage a split with the Humboldt Steelheads in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Harry & David Field on Sunday.

The RiverDogs (18-11) claimed the second game 9-0, after the Steelheads (17-13) held off a late rally from Southern Oregon in a 3-2 victory.

Cheney improved to 2-0 from the mound. He went seven innings, walked two and struck out one.

The RiverDogs exploded for eight runs in the first inning. Kyle Mauch and Caleb Tommasini each had two-run doubles during Southern Oregon's string of seven straight hits. They finished with eight hits and took advantage of two Steelhead errors in the frame.

Josh Suarez went 3-for-4 and scored twice for the RiverDogs in the nightcap. Tommasini, Mauch, Mitch Garcia and Brad Blocker all had two hits.

Game 1, the Steelheads' Lee Hawkins led off the fourth inning with a solo home run and Joe Ponte later added an RBI double to give Humboldt a 3-0 lead.

The RiverDogs charged back with an RBI double from Marcus James in the fifth and a sacrifice fly from Franky Drake in the sixth, but were unable to finish the job.

James had two of the RiverDogs four hits in the second game.

The RiverDogs' Josh Camp did an admirable job on the hill, giving up just two earned runs on five hits and fanned five in six innings of work.

FIRST GAME

Humboldt 100 200 0 — 3 5 2

Southern Oregon 000 011 0 — 2 2 1

J. Hawkins and S. Morgan; Camp, Dean (7) and Comford. W — J. Hawkins. L — Camp (4-3). 2B — H: Ponte; SO: James. HR — H: L. Hawkins.

SECOND GAME

Humboldt 000 000 0 — 0 3 2

Southern Oregon 800 100 x — 9 14 0

Barton, Ayers (1), Manzi (5) and B. Morgan; Cheney and Garcia. W — Cheney (2-0). L — Barton. 2B — H: Manzi. SO: Tommasini, Mauch.

American Legion A

ROSEBURG 3, NORTH MEDFORD 2 — Roseburg Pepsi capitalized on a costly throwing error, demoting North Medford to the Area 4's second seed in a state tournament seeding game at North Medford High School.

With a playoff berth already set in stone, the Mavericks — now the second seed — will face the third seeded team from the Metro Area. The first round is slated for a 3 p.m. start on Friday at Clyde Allen Field at North Bend High School.

Knotted 1-all in the top of the third after Pepsi loaded the bases, Mavericks pitcher Kevin Cash fielded a ball sent back to him.

In an attempt to throw out the base runner headed for home plate, Cash's toss sailed out of the catcher's reach, allowing two runs to score.

In the bottom of the ninth, Hayden Wolfe's run-scoring double cut it to a 4-2 Pepsi lead, but the Mavericks floundered thereafter.

Three Roseburg pitchers combined to four-hit the Mavericks (36-14, 27-5 Area 4).

Wolfe and Jessie Hornbrook accounted for all four of the Mavericks hits. Hornbrook was 2-for-2 with two stolen bases and Wolfe was 2-for-4.

Roseburg 102 000 1 — 4 4 1

North Medford 100 000 1 — 2 6 4

Case, Bullock (3), Ampi (6) and Ampi, Martin (6); Cash, Cokenour (6) and Pine. W — Case. L — Cash (5-4). 2B — R: Ampi; NM: Wolfe.

ASHLAND 9, NORTH EUGENE 1 — At Ashland, with Ashland's season on the line, Garrett Tygerson and Max Gordon put the Pilots on their shoulders and cast aside North Eugene in a state play-in game at North Mountain Park.

The Pilots (29-8, 26-6 Area 4), will face Roseburg Pepsi in the first round of the playoffs on Friday at noon at Clyde Allen Field at North Bend High School.

Tygerson, who improved to 7-0, went the distance from the mound, allowing one unearned run on just four hits to go with six strikeouts.

Gordon went 4-for-4 — all singles — and drove in five runs. He had two-run singles in the first and fourth innings.

Hayden Miller went 3-for-4, added an RBI single and a stolen base for Ashland, which received two hits apiece from Nick Hall and Ian Kendall.

North Eugene 000 100 0 — 1 4 1

Ashland 211 104 x — 9 13 2

Fischer, Mills (3) and Dehaven; Tygerson and Hegdahl. W — Tygerson (7-0). L — Fischer. 2B — A: Tygerson.

Softball

12-U NAFA WESTERN NATIONAL 12B — At West Linn, the South Medford Blue Aces settled with fourth place after falling to the Eugene Lightning, 6-3, in the 14-team tournament.

The Hillsboro Thunder derailed the Blue Aces of their championship hopes a day earlier, but they bounced back for an 11-7 win over Oregon City Magic.

The Blue Aces' Meagan Cowden and Katie Ramsey made the all-tournament team and pitcher Janelle Rogers picked two wins.

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