NORTH BEND — At this stage of the American Legion A state tournament, having your starting pitcher go deep into a ball game can prove to be invaluable.
That’s exactly what North Jackson got from Domenic Fontana on Friday afternoon.
Going up against a familiar foe in the South Medford Colts, Fontana went 6 1/3 strong innings and got plenty of early offense from his teammates as North Jackson kept its season alive with a 6-1 elimination game win at Clyde Allen Field.
Fontana allowed seven hits and struck out three before making way for reliever Devin Bradd, who got the final two outs of the game to close things out.
On top of a standout performance on the mound, Fontana was also one of four Royals to have at least two hits in the game.
North Jackson (21-11 overall) took a 3-0 lead even before Fontana threw a pitch, getting runs on a Kolbi Blevins fielder’s choice and a two-run single by Jacob Leeper.
That proved to be the first of three hits for Leeper, who also drove in a run in the fourth inning on a single.
Fontana’s batterymate Kyler Kendrick and Skylar Gaudern also had a pair of hits in the win for the Royals.
Kaleb Barney, who went 3-for-3 out of the No. 9 spot for the Colts, scored the lone run of the game for South Medford (16-12) in the bottom of the seventh.
North Jackson tries to avoid elimination again today when it faces the tournament’s lone undefeated team, North Coos, at 4 p.m.
Fontana, Bradd (7) and Kendrick; Shields, Costanti (5) and Campbell. W — Fontana. L — Shields. 2B — NJ: Leeper; SM: Barney.
Great West League
MEDFORD 20, YUBA-SUTTER 9: At Marysville, Calif., the Rogues used a seven-run inning to back Medford native Ryan Carle in his first start of the summer as they snapped a three-game losing skid with a blowout win over Yuba-Sutter, the Great West League’s last-place team.
The Rogues (27-24) took advantage of two bases-loaded walks, a Gold Sox (14-35) passed ball and two errors in the field to take an early 7-0 lead.
Carle worked the first four innings, allowing five hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out two.
Medford’s Nos. 7, 8 and 9 hitters — Josh Congdon, Jack Bauer and Logan Meadows — combined to record eight of the Rogues’ 16 hits. Congdon and Bauer both had three-hit nights, with the latter hitting a pair of doubles, driving in four runs and scoring three more. Congdon and Josh McIntyre both had a pair of RBIs in the win.
The Rogues and Gold Sox continue their three-game weekend series at 7 p.m. tonight.
Carle, Chiono (5), Glover (6), Giles (8) and Bauer; Perkins, Chzodo (3), Aguigui (4), Saller (7), Engelhardt (9) and Harper. W — Chiono (1-0). L — Perkins (1-3). 2B — M: Kasper, Ahlstrom, Bauer (2), Meadows.
College Track & Field
HONORS CONTINUE TO ROLL IN FOR OIT: Seth Gretz was named the NAIA Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year in indoor field events, while seven Oregon Tech track athletes receive All-Academic honors and the OIT men’s track team was honored as an All-Academic Team, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Friday
Mark French, Jack Roberts, Angel Valdez, Paul Wyatt, Annika Andersen, Nishi Chase and Susie Garza all earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for Oregon Tech during the 2017-18 track & field season while the Men’s Track and Field Team was named to the All-Academic Team list with their 3.45 GPA.
Gretz, a graduated senior who majored in Business with a GPA of 3.58, was named the Men’s Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year. The native of Rogue River. Ore., placed third in the heptathlon with a total score of 5,057 points, 163 points better than his seed of 4,894.
Scholar Athletes of the Year were selected as the highest finishing performers at the 2018 NAIA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships who achieved All-Academic status. Those athletes who won individual titles ranked higher in the tie-breaking process and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final advantage.
In order to be in contention for Scholar Team of the Year, a program must finish well at the respective national championship meet and have at least a 3.00 cumulative team GPA.