Jace Sloan scored the tying run and drove in the winning run as the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs defeated the Humboldt Steelheads 3-2 in 11 innings in a nonleague amateur baseball game at Harry & David Field Thursday.
The RiverDawgs (19-20) host Humboldt in a doubleheader at 5 p.m. today in their final regular season home games.
Southern Oregon twice came back from one-run deficits, then won the game in the bottom of the 11th when Sloan's base hit up the middle scored Kory Locken from third. Locken opened with a bunt single, then went to third on a bunt single by Anthony Renteria and a throwing error on the play by pitcher Kyle Smart.
The Steelheads took a 1-0 lead in the second on Aaron Hopson's home run.
Southern Oregon answered back in the bottom of the inning when Renteria singled, went to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Trent Jemmett's RBI groundout.
After Humboldt went ahead 2-1 in the seventh, the Dawgs came back with a run in their half of the frame. Sloan doubled to right to open the inning, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Hayden.
Jake Rogers also added two hits for Southern Oregon.
Humboldt Steelheads 010 000 100 00 — 2 9 1
S.O. RiverDawgs 010 000 100 01 — 3 10 0
Heckman, K. Smart (8) and Rowe; Paterson, Goodgion (8) and Rogers, Fosnes (9). W — Goodgion (4-1). L — Smart. 2B — SO: Sloan. HR — H: Hopson.
NORTH MEDFORD 11-7, HENLEY 2-8 — North Medford clinched at least a tie for first place and the Area 4 No. 1 seed to the state playoffs with the twin bill split at the Black Tornado field.
In the opener, Charlie Walker was the story for the Mavericks. Walker (4-2) pitched a four-hit complete game with 10 strikeouts. It's the fourth straight game Walker has recorded 10 or more strikeouts.
Walker led the offense with a double and triple and two RBIs.
North Medford (41-13, 22-6 Area 4) also received a pair of hits each from Micah Brown, Taylor Raff, Bryan Carbonell and Hayden Evans.
In Game 2, Colton Westfall suffered his first loss after six straight wins. All eight Henley runs were unearned as the Mavericks committed four errors.
Austin Zavala and AJ Miller rapped three hits apiece for the Mavericks, while Brown and Walker added two hits each.
Henley 000 011 0 — 2 4 1
North Medford 210 512 x — 11 16 0
Guzman and Dykstra; Walker and Zavala. W — Walker (4-2). L — Guzman. 2B — H: Delarosa; NM: Walker, H. Evans. 3B — NM: Walker.
Henley 000 400 4 — 8 9 4
North Medford 002 031 1 — 7 12 4
Bennett, Grief (5), Alves (6) and Dykstra; Westfall, Carbonell (7) and Zavala. W — Alves. L — Westfall (6-1). 2B — H: Seater; NM: Zavala 2.
GRANTS PASS DIGGERS 12-18, ASHLAND 2-3 — At Grants Pass, the defending state and regional champion Ashland Pilots will not be able to defend their American Legion A titles after surrendering a combined 30 runs on 22 hits Wednesday to Grants Pass, which eliminated the Pilots from playoff contention.
Ashland, which has won three of the last four American Legion A state championships, needed to sweep Grants Pass to have any hope of qualifying for next week's state tournament.
Ryan Lackey was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Matt Cole was 1-for-1 with three runs scored in the five-inning win by the Diggers, with Ashland starter Jamie Flynn allowing nine earned runs on seven hits and five walks in two innings.
Evan Westhelle led Ashland's offense in Game 1, going 2-for-2 with a run scored. Eric Carlson added an RBI single for the Pilots (15-17, 11-17 Area 4), who host a doubleheader against Klamath Falls on Monday — most likely Ashland's final two games of the season.
In Game 2, Cole started and fanned five of the six batters he faced to pick up the easy win after the Diggers scored 13 runs in the first inning.
Ashland's Bryce Rogan was 1-for-1 with a single and an RBI walk.
Ashland 200 00 — 2 3 0
Grants Pass 633 0x — 12 10 1
Flynn, Fredrickson (3) and Westhelle; Fulton and Leenknecht. W — Fulton. L — Flynn (1-5). 2B — A: Westhelle; GP: Lackey, Wise, Cole.
Ashland 001 20 — 3 4 2
Grants Pass (13)14 0x — 18 12 1
Carroll, Bottimore (2), Carlson (4) and Westhelle; Cole, Spinner (4) and Leenknecht. W — Cole. L — Carroll (1-3). 2B — GP: Spinner, Martin, Bowen. 3B — GP: Martin.