BEND — North Medford's Matt Maurer just recently stepped off the basketball court after helping the Black Tornado to a fifth-place finish at the Class 6A state tournament.
On Tuesday, Maurer played an instrumental role in the North baseball team's 2-1 victory over Bend.
The sophomore was involved in both Black Tornado runs and helped close the game out by pitching the final 21/3 innings, allowing no hits, walking just one and striking out five.
Maurer was 1-for-2 with an RBI, which came in the second inning on a fielder's choice that scored Andrew Jones.
He doubled in the top of the seventh, and pinch runner Chris Bradshaw later scored when Bend committed a throwing error during an attempted double steal, which broke a 1-1 tie.
Maurer relieved Dylan Bedortha on the mound in the fifth inning after Bend tied it on a double by Ryan Amerongen, and Maurer promptly ended the threat by striking out Joe Cima on four pitches.
Maurer closed the game in the bottom of the seventh by striking out two and inducing a ground ball as North improved to 3-0.
"We're 3-0 and playing great defense and pitching the ball really well," North coach Brett Wolfe said. "The biggest thing was we got on the bus at 6:15 this morning. The kids had to get up at 5 a.m., take a long trip on the bus, and get off the bus and play in cold weather. That shows a little bit about the team's character."
Maurer recorded the win to improve to 2-0. Bedortha also had a strong outing by giving up one run and striking out seven in 42/3 innings.
The Tornado played its third consecutive error-free game.
"Any time you can play close games, you get yourself ready for the league season," Wolfe said. "That's always a positive."
North Medford 010 000 1 — 2 7 0
Bend 000 010 0 — 1 7 1
Bedortha, Matt Maurer (5) and Sowers; Cima, Clair (4), Rasmussen (6) and Nogaaro. W — Maurer (2-0). L — Rasmussen. 2B — NM: Maurer. B: Niebergall, Amerongen.
CRATER 16, CLEVELAND 2, 5 innings — At Central Point, Jordan Higbee's bases-clearing triple broke the game open in the first inning and Crater cruised from there in the Crater Spring Break Invitational at Anhorn Field.
Higbee finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs for the Comets (5-1), while Bryce Peila was 2-for-2 with three runs scored.
Zack Zelecki picked up his first win by striking out four and allowing four hits in the five-inning affair.
In other invitational games Tuesday, Beaverton beat Liberty, 10-0; Newberg beat McKay, 13-7; and McKay beat Cleveland, 8-6.
Cleveland 110 00 — 2 4 2
Crater 551 5x — 16 10 1
Horton, Winter (4) and Porter; Zelecki and Higbee. W — Zelecki (1-0). L — Horton. 3B — Cr: Higbee.
PHOENIX TAKES TWO — At Central Point, concern over potential rain today led to Phoenix playing a doubleheader Tuesday in the Crater Spring Break Invitational, and the Pirates proved up to the task with a 10-0 win over Liberty and 6-0 defeat of Mountain View.
In the five-inning opener against Liberty, left-hander Jordan Decker allowed only two hits and struck out four to earn the victory. Decker also had a two-run triple in the third inning to help break open the contest.
Kory Locken was 4-for-4 with two runs, Jake Murphy 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs, Codey Barrett 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Josh Johnson 2-for-3 with one run against Liberty.
Against Mountain View, Jordan Lewis broke a scoreless tie in the sixth with an RBI single to plate Andrew George, and the Pirates tacked on five more runs in the seventh to seal the victory.
Decker belted a three-run homer in the seventh, and Barrett added a two-run single.
Neil Emerson went the distance for Phoenix (3-0), allowing only three hits with five strikeouts and one walk. The right-hander was also 2-for-3 at the plate.
Phoenix 104 41 — 10 12 0
Liberty 000 00 — 0 2 2
Decker and Shepherd; Hazell, Spangler (4) and Dunham. W — Decker (1-0). L — Hazell. 2B — P: Johnson. 3B — P: Decker.
Phoenix 000 001 5 — 6 9 0
Mountain View 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
Emerson and Shepherd; Robinette, Yankovich (7), Young (7) and Sustare. W — Emerson (1-0). L — Robinette. 2B — MV: DeLosAngeles. HR — P: Decker (1).
EAGLE POINT 4-10, SOUTH UMPQUA 3-5 — At Eagle Point, eight Eagle Point players belted doubles, and the Eagles notched 26 hits overall to sweep the nonleague twin bill.
Ryan Smith, Garrett Davis, David Pepper and Tyson Brownlee each hit two-baggers in the opener, with Smith's effort helping set up a seventh-inning rally.
After a one-out single by Derek Tuttle, Smith doubled to put the tying and winning runs in scoring position. Scott Erickson followed with a fielder's choice grounder to second to tie the game, and Frank Charlton supplied the game-winner with a single.
South Umpqua had four of its six hits in the first inning against Charlton, who settled down to stymie the Lancers the rest of the way.
Charlton, Darin Adams, Tuttle and Branden Davis each doubled and had two hits in the nightcap as the Eagles (3-3) pounded out 17 hits overall. Ben Charlton and Brian Smith also had two hits for EP.
South Umpqua 300 000 0 — 3 6 0
Eagle Point 001 100 2 — 4 9 1
Marsh, Hill (4) and Clack; F. Charlton and Adams. W — F. Charlton (2-1). L — Marsh. 2B — SU: Smedley, Hill; EP: R. Smith, G. Davis, Pepper, Brownlee.
South Umpqua 011 003 0 — 5 8 5
Eagle Point 301 024 x — 10 17 2
Clack, Smedley (2), Murphy (7) and Younker, Clack (5); B. Smith, R. Smith (6) and Erickson. W — B. Smith (1-0). L — Clack. 2B — SU: Smedley; EP: F. Charlton, Adams, Tuttle, B. Davis.
COACH BOB NATIONAL INVITATIONAL — At Anthem, Ariz., Ashland defeated Monarch (Colo.) 6-3 and Piedra Vista (N.M.) 4-2 on Tuesday at the 33-team invitational.
Sam Gaviglio helped Ashland (7-0) to the opening-game victory by pitching five strong innings, which included seven strikeouts and only walk. Nick Hall was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and the Grizzlies scored all six of their runs in the first three innings.
Charlie Sebrell earned the win in the second game after Ashland took control with three runs in the fourth inning.
The Grizzlies face Ralston Valley of Colorado today.
Ashland 123 000 0 — 6 8 1
Monarch (Colo.) 000 002 1 — 3 9 1
Gaviglio, Killeen (6), Tygerson (6) and L. Sebrell; Hodgson, Eowell (4), Tallman (7) and Scout. W — Gaviglio (2-0). L — Hodgson. 2B — A: C. Sebrell; M: Scout 3B — M: Vaughn.
Piedra Vista (N.M.) 000 002 0 — 2 6 2
Ashland 010 300 x — 4 4 3
Bailey and MacCaslin; C. Sebrell, Killeen (7) and L. Sebrell. W — C. Sebrell (3-0). L — Bailey.
THE DALLES-WAHTONKA TOURNAMENT — At The Dalles, Eagle Point rallied past Corvallis, 9-7 in 10 innings, and then held off Sherwood, 2-1, in the final day of The Dalles-Wahtonka Tournament.
Karlie Stephens scored the go-ahead run for the Eagles in the top of the 10th on Samantha DeVaughn's sacrifice fly against Corvallis, which led 6-0 through three innings.
Stephens hit a two-run home run to ignite Eagle Point's five-run sixth inning, with teammate Cheree Dale capping the inning with an RBI single to knot the score at 6-all.
Dale and Katie Jolliffe each collected three hits and Ashley Josephson was 2-for-5 for Eagle Point (6-2).
Against Sherwood, the Eagles' Chloe Hansen and Stephens combined on a three-hitter.
Josephson launched a two-run homer in the opening inning to give the Eagles a 2-0 advantage.
Hansen, a freshman, surrendered just one hit and a walk with five strikeouts in four innings. Stephens fanned six in her three innings of work.
Eagle Point 000 015 001 2 — 9 12 1
Corvallis 204 000 001 0 — 7 9 3
Paxton, Stephens (3) and Dale; Porter, Caswell (5) and Keim. W — Stephen (4-1). L — Caswell. 2B — EP: Josephson, Dale; C: Caswell. HR — EP: Stephens.
Sherwood 000 000 1 — 1 3 2
Eagle Point 200 000 x — 2 4 0
Mullar, Oering (5), Davis (7) and Scott; Hansen, Stephens (5) and Dale. W — Hansen (2-1). L — Mullar. 2B — EP: Jolliffe. HR — EP: Josephson.