Consecutive stellar performances on the mound Friday put the Southern Oregon RiverDawgs over the .500 mark for the first time since early this season.
Starters Kyle Forsyth and Bruce Sanford limited the Humboldt Steelhead bats to just seven combined hits as the RiverDawgs chalked up 3-1 and 3-0 victories in a nonleague sweep at Harry & David Field.
The RiverDawgs improved to 21-20 while remaining idle at 10-13 in the Far West League.
Although Forsyth was dominant in eight innings on the mound in the opener, allowing just one unearned run, the RiverDawgs were yet to back him with any run support.
But with one out in the bottom of the eighth, Trent Jemmett doubled to left field and after Anthony Renteria drew a walk, Jace Sloan tied the game at 1-all by doubling home Jemmett.
The RiverDawgs' Ryan Hayden proceeded by greeting new relief pitcher E.J. Reyes with an RBI single and Nick Rodda completed the three-run frame by pushing home Sloan on a sacrifice fly to right field.
In the ninth with baserunners on the corners, Mike Chaves tightroped out of danger by forcing the Steelheads' Grant Manzi to fly out to centerfield and inducing Jeremy Camacho to one-hop back to the glove of Chaves, who relayed to first base for the final out.
Forsyth allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out two. Sloan went 2-for-3.
The RiverDawgs could muster all but four hits but helped Sanford earn his third win of the season with another big inning.
In the bottom of the third, Jemmett and Anthony had back-to-back one-out RBI singles to put the RiverDawgs up 2-0. Nick Hall capped the frame with a sacrifice fly to right, which plated Jemmett.
Sanford went all seven innings, allowing only four hits and two walks and fanning two.
Chris Bataska recorded his first save of the season after allowing two baserunners in the seventh. After Bataska forced Manzi to fly out for the second out, Chris Bradshaw's diving catch in right field left a pair of potential runs standing on first and second to end the game.
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Fisher, Reyes (8) and Heckman; Forsyth, Chaves (9) and W. Brill. W — Forsyth (1-2). L — Fisher. 2B — H: Hopson; SO: Jemmett, Sloan, Rodda.
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Burwell and Rowe; Sanford, C. Bataska (7) and Rogers. W — Sanford (3-0). L — Burwell. 2B — H: Camacho.
MEDFORD 19, PORTLAND MOUND TIME 11 — At Tualatin, Medford showed off its power, hitting six home runs and amassing 22 hits to sail past Portland Mound Time at Tualatin Hills Recreation Park.
Seth Brown led the way for the Mustangs (33-9), hitting two homers on a 4-for-5 performance. He also drove in five runs and scored four times.
The Mustangs' Jessie Hornbrook went 4-for-6, hit a home run, had four RBIs and scored three times. Kameron Kaufman also went deep on a 4-for-5 effort to go with three RBIs.
Colin Sowers and Cody James both hit a home run, had two hits, three runs scored and drove in two for the Mustangs.
Medford's Ethan Schlecht and Justin Bohn both finished 2-for-5.
The Bambinos were led by Jordan Spencer, who hit three home runs, went 4-for-5 and drove in five runs.
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Namanny, Anderson (5), Herrera (6), Bohn (8) and Kaufman; Niefert, Cornwell (5), Richard (6), Kincaid (9) and Sanders. W — Herrera (5-0). L — Richard. 2B — M: Sowers, Hornbrook, Brown, Kaufman, Bohn; P: Nix, Sanders, Coffman, McGraw, Richard. HR — M: Brown 2, Sowers, Hornbrook, James, Kaufman; P: Spencer 3, Johnson.
CENTRAL POINT 13-8, CC-STM-RR 3-1 — At Central Point, Anthony Martin homered and drove in four runs in the second game as the Central Point Comets completed Area 4 play with the doubleheader sweep at Anhorn Field.
Martin went 3-for-3 in the nightcap and smacked a solo home run in the fifth inning.
Martin's hitting backed up a three-hit pitching performance by Matt Preston and Christian Inkley. Preston (6-2) struck out eight and allowed three hits in five innings.
In the opener, the Comets capitalized on 10 walks, three hit batters and three errors.
Taylor Pardee had two hits for Central Point (30-17, 22-10 Area 4), while the Wolfpack received a pair of hits each from Garrett Banks and Brian Stinchcomb.
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Stinchcomb, Gomez (5) and Smith; Williams and Cooper. W — Williams (8-1). L — Stinchcomb. 2B — CC-StM-RR: Britton; CP: Fox.
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Britton, Smith (6) and Jones; Preston, Inkley (6) and Aplin. W — Preston (6-2). L — Britton. 2B — CP: Martin 2, Sparacino. 3B — CC-StM-RR: Zomerdyk. HR — CP: Martin (2).
SOUTH MEDFORD 13, THURSTON 0, 5 inn. — At Canby, Caleb Newman pitched a four-hit shutout and Nate Walker belted a three-run homer in the first inning as South Medford earned a Division II state tournament semifinal date with crosstown rival North Medford.
Jimmy Spore was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI and Trevor Meyer, Eric Wallan and A.J. Coffman added two hits apiece for South Medford (15-12), which improved to 2-0 at state.
South Medford will face North Medford at 3 p.m. today at Canby High School for a berth in the championship round. South is gunning for its first D2 title. Its best finish was fourth place in 2009.
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Newman and Wallan; Ferrari, Conrad (3) and Douglas. W — Newman (4-2). L — Ferrari. 2B — SM: Meyer. 3B — SM: Thomas. HR — SM: Walker (4).
NORTH JACKSON 16-7, CC-STM-RR 15-2 — At Eagle Point, North Jackson rallied for the victory in the opener and Branden Wilson tossed a two-hitter to complete the Area 4 sweep Thursday at The Yard.
In Game 1, North Jackson (19-13, 16-10) erased a 15-9 deficit with a seven-run outburst in the sixth inning. Evan Jolliffe tripled home two runs and ended up scoring the winning run on an error on the play. Zack Meerten had a two-run double and Johnny Wilkerson delivered an RBI double during the seven-run rally.
Wilkerson paced the Eagles with three hits and three RBIs, while James Dixon and Jolliffe each added two hits and three RBIs.
For the Wolfpack, Garrett Banks rapped two hits with three RBIs and Brian Stinchcomb had two hits.
In the nightcap, Wilson (3-4) struck out six and didn't allow an earned run. He also collected two hits.
Wilkerson went 2-for-2 with four RBIs.
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Huntley, Banks (6) and Jones; Atler, Walls (5), Mickey (5), Skogseth (6), Atler (7) and Skogseth, Wilkerson (6). W — Atler (7-2). L — Banks. 2B — CC: Banks, Britton; NJ: Wilkerson, Dixon, Meerten, Jolliffe. 3B — NJ: Jolliffe. HR — NJ: Dixon.
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Zomerdyk and Jones; Wilson and Morgan. W — Wilson (3-4). L — Zomerdyk. 2B — NJ: Wilkerson