Tynan Pedretti's clutch hit and the baserunning ability of the speedy Ryan Xepoleas helped the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs amateur baseball team salvage a split in a matchup of the top teams of the Far West League.
Pedretti's single to left field brought home Xepoleas in a close play at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and sealed a 6-5 victory in Game 2 on Sunday at Harry & David Field.
The Neptune Beach Pearl (15-4, 7-2 FWL) won the opening game, 8-6.
Xepoleas had come in to pinch run for Vince Ampi, who got the RiverDawgs started by reaching base on a throwing error by Neptune Beach third baseman Bob Cruikshank. He then moved to second base on a wild pitch.
Pedretti's hit to left field brought Xepoleas around to score from second base; however, the throw on the relay was in time at the plate. Xepoleas used a hook slide to avert the tag by Neptune Beach's catcher and touch home plate.
Pedretti went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs. Chris Lewis and Nate Etheridge both added a pair of hits for Southern Oregon.
In the opener, the RiverDawgs (12-5, 8-3 FWL) tallied five runs in the first inning, but Neptune Beach notched four runs in both the third and eighth innings for a comeback victory.
Brent Gillespie went 3-for-4, while Etheridge, Chris Streeter and Clint Brill all had two hits.
Neptune Beach 004 000 040 — 8 15 2
Southern Oregon 500 000 010 — 6 11 0
Anderson, Swift (6) and Watkins; Morgan, Navarro (7), G. Herrera (8), A. Herrera (9) and Brill. W — Swift. L — Navarro (0-1). 2B — SO: Etheridge. 3B — NB: Watkins.
Neptune Beach 001 310 000 — 5 13 2
Southern Oregon 203 000 001 — 6 10 4
Scott, Louie (5), Chutney (7) and Baldwin; Sanford, Nottingham (9) and Hertzmann. W — Nottingham (3-0). L — Chutney. 2B — NB: Detwiler 2, Bass; SO: Ampi.
EUGENE 8-5, MEDFORD 3-4 — At Eugene, the Eugene Challengers dealt the Medford Mustangs their first Area 4 losses of the young season at Swede Johnson Stadium.
Medford's Billy Hansen was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Ethan Schlecht 2-for-3 with an RBI and Charlie Walker and Nate Namanny both 2-for-3 in the second game, when Eugene's Garrett Harpole hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to put the Challengers ahead 5-2.
Zach Eyster pitched a two-hitter with six strikeouts and four walks against the Mustangs (10-8, 2-2 Area 4) in the opener.
Medford Mustangs 101 001 0 — 3 2 4
Eugene Challengers 030 050 x — 8 10 2
Morrison, Doolittle (5) and Westhelle-Grant; Eyster and Giland. W — Eyster. L — Morrison (1-2). 2B — E: Land 2, Nielsen, DeZarn, Ralston.
Medford Mustangs 000 022 0 — 4 9 1
Eugene Challengers 003 020 x — 5 7 2
Namanny, Fredrickson (5), Flynn (6) and Westhelle-Grant; Lessel, Boggs (6), Woods (7) and McDaniel. W — Lessel. L — Namanny (1-3). 2B — M: Hansen, Bradd. HR — E: Harpole.
NORTH SPLITS — At Corvallis, the North Medford Mavericks finished in fifth place at the 10-team Corvallis Summer Slam Woodbat Tournament after losing to Corvallis and then beating North Eugene.
Micah Brown pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts and two walks, Taylor Raff went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored and Jared Evans finished 2-for-3 with a run in the victory over North Eugene. David Crofton connected on a two-out RBI single to give the Mavericks (16-4) a 1-0 lead in the first inning against the Highlanders.
Crofton and Brett Pearson were both 2-for-3 against Corvallis, which got a two-run double from Kyle Storm with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning. Storm's hit broke a 1-all tie.
North Medford finished 3-2 at the tournament.
North Medford 001 010 0 — 2 8 4
Corvallis 100 300 x — 4 7 0
Pearson and Zavala; Ellenson and Liner. W — Ellenson. L — Pearson (3-1). 2B — NM: Zavala, Pearson; C: Storm 2, Derrick.
North Eugene 001 000 0 — 1 4 1
North Medford 120 000 x — 3 8 1
Dumilieu and Owens; Brown and Zavala. W — Brown (4-0). L — Dumilieu. 2B — NM: Evans.