A late-inning rally kept the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs amateur baseball team in contention on the final pitch of Monday's game at Harry & David Field.
But with two out and a RiverDawg runner on third in the bottom of the ninth, Northwest Star Academy was able to get the flyball out it needed to capture a 9-8 victory.
In an effort to conserve their starting pitching for a rigorous six-game Far West League stretch over the next five days, the RiverDawgs (7-11) dipped into their pool of reserves to get past the nonleague foe. Although effective through the first four innings, the RiverDawgs' staff allowed five runs in the fifth inning to find themselves facing an 8-3 deficit heading into the seventh inning.
The RiverDawgs responded by scoring four runs in the seventh. Nick Rodda plated the first run on a bases-loaded single and Anthony Renteria rounded two more home on a double. Ryan Hayden capped the frame with a sacrifice fly to cut the margin to 9-7.
In the eighth, Drew Fosnes trimmed the deficit to one, singling home Tim Hill, who kicked off the inning with a double.
In the bottom of the ninth with Hayden looming on third base, however, Hill flew out to Northwest's Skylar Frasier to end the game.
Rodda finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored while Trent Jemmett and Doug Kincaid both went 2-for-4.
The RiverDawgs begin their road trip today with a game against the Humboldt Crabs.
Northwest Star Academy 101 151 000 — 9 8 2
Southern Oregon 201 000 410 — 8 13 3
Marquez, Lang (8), Gilhammer (9) and Harbolt; James, Zelecki (5), Sabo (8), Sanford (9) and Garcia, Fosnes (6). W — Marquez. L — James (0-1). S — Gilhammer. 2B — NW: Nichols; SO: Renteria, Hill.
NORTH EUGENE 7-1, NORTH MEDFORD 2-6 — In his first start, incoming North Medford freshman Colton Westfall impressed for the Mavericks, who split with North Eugene at North Medford High School.
The right-handed Westfall went the distance to pitch a two-hitter. On 98 pitches, he surrendered just one unearned run and one walk to go with five strikeouts. He retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh innings.
Hayden Evans provided the offensive spark, going 2-for-4 with four RBIs. He knocked home two with a single in the first inning and plated two more with a double in the fifth.
In the opener, the Mavericks (9-5, 7-3 Area 4) weren't able to keep up with North Eugene, which collected 11 hits.
Charlie Walker had an RBI double in the first inning for the Mavericks, who received a 2-for-3 effort from Austin Zavala and a 2-for-4 showing from Micah Brown.
North Eugene 202 201 0 — 7 11 0
North Medford 200 000 0 — 2 5 1
Baheym and Sheryl; Luzny, Crofton (5) and Zavala; W — Baheym. L — Luzny (0-2). 2B — NM: Walker, Zavala; NE: Team 3.
North Eugene 001 000 0 — 1 2 2
North Medford 310 020 0 — 6 7 1
Stingson and Sheryl; Westfall and Janakas. W — Westfall (1-0). L — Stingson. 2B — NM: Evans.
CENTRAL POINT 8-16, ASHLAND 5-0 — At Ashland, Central Point took advantage of 17 Ashland errors to sweep an Area 4 doubleheader at North Mountain Park.
The Pilots committed six errors in the first game and surpassed that number by the fourth inning of Game 2. The Comets didn't waste the opportunity, with Anthony Martin belting two doubles to lead the way in the twin bill.
Pitcher Chris Painter earned the win in the opener after holding Ashland (5-5 Area 4) to two runs through the first six innings.
Central Point 110 200 4 — 8 10 3
Ashland 101 000 3 — 5 4 6
Painter, Joerger (7) and Aplin; Crowley, Carlson (7) and Glick. W — Painter. L — Crowley (1-2). 2B — C: Martin; A: Humphrey.
Central Point 645 01 — 16 8 0
Ashland 000 00 — 0 2 11
Preston and Aplin; Glick, Bottimore (2), Adams (3). W — Preston. L — Glick (0-1). 2B — Martin.
SPEED WEEK — At Coos Bay, Braedon Hand of Cottage Grove won the second race Sunday in the West Cost Modified Speed Week.
Hand took the 40-lap A main, beating out runner-up Mark Wauge. Brian Poppa was fourth.
Among the transfers from the B main to the A main were Dave Duste Jr., Tom Glover and Monte Bischoff.
There are six races in eight days.