RiverDawgs strike early, fend off Steelheads

Three first-inning runs provided a good start for the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs on Saturday in amateur baseball at Harry & David Field.

It also proved to be the difference in a nonleague matchup with the Humboldt Steelheads, with the Dawgs riding the solid relief pitching of Todd Sorenson and Johnny Omahen to a 3-2 triumph.

Kyle Secciani paced the offense with a 4-for-4 effort.

Southern Oregon (13-19) got things going against the Steelheads with a one-out walk to Jonah Northrop and a single by Secciani. Steven Candelaria followed with an RBI single to left field. On the play, Steve Morgan attempted to throw out Candelaria as he advanced toward second base and the throw sailed into right field and allowed Secciani to score.

After Candelaria moved up to third following a botched pickoff attempt at second, Nick Rodda singled him home to provide the eventual winning margin.

Jeff Giacomini doubled home Spencer Duggan and Morgan followed with an RBI single off starter Austin Palmer to cut the RiverDawgs' lead to 3-2 in the third, but that was it for Humboldt.

Sorenson, making only his third appearance since recently joining the Dawgs, tossed four innings of shutout ball. The right-hander from Sacramento, Calif., allowed three hits and one walk and struck out three. Omahen pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

The teams wrap up their series at noon today with another nine-inning game. Marcus James, in his fifth season with the RiverDawgs, will attempt to play all nine positions in the contest.

Humboldt Steelheads 002 000 000 — 2 7 2

So. Oregon RiverDawgs 300 000 00x — 3 9 0

Heckman and Morgan; Palmer, Sorenson (4), Omahen (8) and Brill. W — Sorenson (1-0). L — Heckman. 2B — H: Giacomini. 3B — SO: Secciani.

American Legion

NORTH MEDFORD 16-7, GRANTS PASS MINERS 15-6 — At Grants Pass, North Medford wrapped up its Legion A season with a pair of nail-biting wins late Friday night.

With the opening game tied 15-all in the seventh inning, Kevin Hoyt hit a leadoff single and moved to second on a single by Bryan Carbonell. After Taylor Raff walked to load the bases, Hayden Evans supplied the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.

Evans finished 2-for-3 with three runs and five RBIs in Game 1, while a second-inning grand slam by Charlie Walker helped him to a 3-for-5 outing with one run and five RBIs. Carbonell finished 3-for-5 with three runs, Raff 3-for-3 with three runs and one RBI and Hoyt 3-for-4 with four runs. Cory Pine was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

North Medford (20-26, 15-17 Area 4) scored three times in the first and third innings of Game 2 and led 7-3 before Grants Pass mounted a rally that fell short.

Jared White was 3-for-3 with one RBI and Evans 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI in the nightcap, while Walker was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI and Tyler Gould 2-for-3 with one run.


North Medford 152 124 1 — 16 18 1

Grants Pass Miners 040 173 0 — 15 8 2

Miller, Doolittle (5), Carbonell (6) and Pine; K. Garrison, C. Garrison (4) and Elizalbe. W — Carbonell (3-1). L — K. Garrison. 2B — NM: White; GP: Gulbranson, C. Garrison, Hults. HR — NM: Walker.


North Medford 303 010 0 — 7 11 3

Grants Pass Miners 201 012 0 — 6 12 2

Walker, Hoyt (6) and Pine; Herel and K. Garrison. W — Walker (3-4). L — Herel. 2B — NM: Walker; GP: Schmidt, Reynoso, Gulman.

Junior Baseball

STATE DIVISION II TOURNAMENT — At Canby, the Crater Comets advanced to the fourth-place championship final by rallying for an 11-8 win over Sheldon in the 16-team, double-elimination tournament.

Crater trailed 8-3 heading into the sixth inning before scoring four runs in each of the final two innings to secure the victory.

Blake Fahndrich picked up the pitching victory by going the distance, allowing nine hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Fahndrich also paced the Comets at the plate by going 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs.

Lane Ullom was 2-for-3 with three runs and Ty Fox 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI.

The Comets (26-9) face the loser of Saturday's contest between Centennial and Oregon City at noon today.

Crater 210 004 4 — 11 11 5

Sheldon 230 030 0 — 8 9 3

Fahndrich and Aplin; Harrell and Swick. 2B — C: Fahndrich 2; S: Bradley, Oyler. HR — S: Swick.

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