Eagle Point edges Crater in SSC thriller

EAGLE POINT — Brian Smith pitched his way out of two bases-loaded jams and started an eighth-inning surge that led to Eagle Point's 5-4 win over Crater in Southern Sky Conference baseball Tuesday.

Smith smacked a leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth but was thrown out at second when Derek Tuttle's sacrifice bunt came back to pitcher Bruce Sanford, who was making his return after a weeklong absence due to illness.

Tim Zomerdyk followed with a game-winning double after a diving effort by Crater center fielder Christian Massey fell inches shy of hauling in the liner. Zomerdyk was hitless to that point in three at-bats.

The win was Eagle Point's second in three attempts against Crater and allowed the Eagles (8-9, 5-4 SSC) to close the gap in the SSC playoff race. The Comets dropped to 11-8 overall and 6-3 in league play.

Smith finished 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI, but his best effort involved pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning — allowing only one run — with a strikeout and a grounder for a double play. Smith also worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh.

Kos Ray supplied Crater with a big hit when he fought off several two-strike pitches before launching a solo home run in the sixth to tie the game at 4-all. Ray finished 2-for-4.

The Eagles also received a stellar defensive play in the top of the eighth from third baseman Wade McCready, who stretched out to stop a hard shot by Haden Bighouse and got up and threw him out.

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Sanford and Fahndrich, Kathol (7); Smith and Hodgkins. W — Smith (2-4). L — Sanford (2-3). 2B — EP: Smith, T. Zomerdyk. 3B — EP: Tuttle. HR — C: Ray.

KLAMATH UNION 10, MAZAMA 2 — At Klamath Falls, Nate Young had three hits and Seth Brown had a solo home run and tossed a five-hitter to lead Klamath Union.

Jake Whisler and Justin Chavarria each drove in a pair of runs for the Pelicans (8-9, 3-6 SSC), while Nate McDaniel had three hits and drove in a run for Mazama (6-12, 1-8).

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Brown and White, Stork (7); Reinhard, Smith (5) and A. McDaniel, Reinhard (5). W — Brown. L — Reinhard. 2B — KU: Young; M: A. McDaniel, N. McDaniel. HR — KU: Brown.

Southwest Conference

SOUTH MEDFORD 13, GRANTS PASS 3, 5 inn. — South Medford had a season-high 17 hits to rout Grants Pass at Harry & David Field.

Seven players had multiple hits for the Panthers, led by Max Britton, who was 3-for-4 with a run scored. Isaac Rolie was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Jordan Lundgren was 2-for-3, including a two-run home run in the third.

Rolie had a two-run double as part of a five-run first inning.

Steven Lines was 2-for-3 with an RBI while Josh Havird, Sam McLaughlin and Brandon Dollarhide were each 2-for-4 with an RBI for South Medford (12-7, 5-2 SWC).

The Panthers' Bo Walker also kept his 18-game hitting streak alive heading into Saturday's doubleheader at North Medford.

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Barrett, Drury (3) and Brown; Britton and Reordan. W — Britton (5-2). L — Barrett. 2B — GP: Drury, Hood; SM: Britton, Rolie, Reordan. HR — SM: Lundgren (1).

ROSEBURG 5, SHELDON 3 — At Eugene, Roseburg pulled ahead with a five-run rally in the fourth inning to gain the SWC victory.

Mitch Huff, Jordan Guthrie and Vince Ampi each hit doubles and scored for the Indians during the six-hit rally in the fourth.

Brandon Jackson had 10 strikeouts for Roseburg (11-5, 4-3 SWC), allowing five Sheldon hits and no earned runs.

Zach Manley went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Sheldon.

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Jackson and Ampi; Manley, Kayser (4) and Davis. W — Jackson (4-2). L — Manley. 2B — R: Huff, Guthrie, Ampi.

Skyline Conference

PHOENIX 11, ILLINOIS VALLEY 1, 5 inn. — At Talent, Justin Bohn scored once and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Phoenix (13-5, 6-2 Skyline).

Bohn also allowed one earned run off three hits and struck out six batters in the five-inning victory.

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Escalante, Briggs (4) and Ewing; Bohn and Davis. W — Bohn. L — Escalante. 2B — P: Bohn, Decker.

HIDDEN VALLEY 13, HENLEY 9 — At Klamath Falls, Dylan Armamino's two-run homer highlighted a five-run fourth inning for sixth-ranked Hidden Valley (16-3, 6-1 Sky).

Ryan Hayden went 3-for-5 with three RBIs for the Mustangs. He belted a two-run homer in the first to help Hidden Valley take a 3-0 lead, but Kyle Hankins answered in the bottom of the inning with a three-run blast as Henley scored five runs.

The Mustangs' Dylan Albertson added two hits and three RBIs, while Seth Aamatti and Nick Bellenbaum chipped in with two hits each.

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Henley 510 102 0 — 9 14 5

Hayden, Bars (2) and Sager; Bigby, Hankins (5) and Hankins, Cullen (5). W — Bars (4-1). L — Bigby. 2B — HV: Bars; H: Gordon, Pace, Cullen. HR — HV: Hayden, Albertson, Armanino; H: Hankins.

District 5

NORTH LAKE 18, BUTTE FALLS 10 — At Silver Lake, Dakota Gordon and Andre Borlak led North Lake with four hits each in the District 5 contest.

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