North falls short in SWC twin bill

EUGENE — One faulty inning proved costly for North Medford and kept the Black Tornado from securing a potential split in Monday’s Southwest Conference baseball doubleheader against host South Eugene.

South Eugene scored all of its runs in the fourth inning in Game 2 to net a 5-3 victory over North Medford to complete the SWC sweep after the Axemen claimed the opener 11-1 in six innings.

The losses put North Medford (9-10, 4-8 SWC) at a three-game losing streak heading into today’s matchup at home against Willamette. South Eugene improved to 14-8 and 9-5 in league play.

Brady Buchanan went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in Game 2 for the Black Tornado, with Ryan Sandoval adding an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. South Eugene erased a 2-0 deficit with a five-run fourth inning that included two walks, one hit batter and three hits, highlighted by a three-run double by Kaden Miller.

In the opener, Miller limited North Medford to two hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. Sandoval was joined by Zack Collins in netting the Tornado’s only hits, with Collins scoring on a passed ball in the third inning.

FIRST GAME

North Medford 001 000 — 1 2 2

South Eugene 012 431 — 11 8 2

Collins, Samudio (5), Corallo (6) and Robbins; Miller and Brown. W — Miller. L — Collins (3-3). 2B — SE: Boettcher, Marsh 2.

SECOND GAME

North Medford 200 001 0 — 3 6 2

South Eugene 000 500 x — 5 4 0

Sandoval, Buchanan (5) and Robbins; Vidal, McIrvin (6) and Brown. W — Vidal. L — Sandoval (3-3). 2B — SE: Miller.

SPRINGFIELD 2-5, ASHLAND 1-1: At Springfield, three errors in each game hindered Ashland as its pitchers allowed only one earned run in the Midwestern League doubleheader but still came up short in a pair of close contests.

Nick Buccino combined to go 4-for-6 in the twin bill for Ashland (1-19, 1-14 MWL), with Evan McLennan driving in Dane Reynolds in the first game and Eli Westrick scoring after a single and two errors in Game 2.

Buccino allowed five hits and no earned runs with three walks and two strikeouts in five innings against Springfield (3-17, 3-12) in Game 1, while Westrick allowed three hits in 4 2/3 innings with one earned run to go with four walks and one strikeout.

FIRST GAME

Ashland 010 000 0 — 1 3 3

Springfield 002 000 x — 2 5 2

Buccino, Reynolds (6) and Evans; O’Grady, Smith (6) and King. W — O’Grady. L — Buccino. 2B — S: Gaffney.

SECOND GAME

Ashland 000 100 0 — 1 5 3

Springfield 102 020 x — 5 5 2

Westrick, Reynolds (5) and Evans; Machleit and Barrager. W — Machleit. L — Westrick. 2B — S: Gaffney.

HENLEY 6-13, PHOENIX 5-3: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix gave Skyline Conference-leading Henley a battle to the end before falling 6-5 in the opener of a league doubleheader. The Hornets ratcheted up their play to win Game 2 convincingly.

Chase Courtney had two hits and the Pirates got RBIs from Brennen Watts, Mason Stella and Freedom Martinez in the opener, which saw Phoenix (11-8, 4-5 Skyline) take a 5-1 lead into the sixth inning before Henley (17-1, 9-0) was able to rally.

In the six-inning nightcap, Phoenix got two hits and an RBI from Stella, with Kade Beer also driving in a run for the Pirates.

FIRST GAME

Phoenix 002 030 0 — 5 6 2

Henley 010 004 1 — 6 9 2

Martinez, Stella (6) and Merriman; Ha. Rasica, Overstreet (5) and Loney. W — Overstreet. L — Stella. 2B — H: Loney, He. Rasica, Ha. Rasica, Campbell.

SECOND GAME

Phoenix 000 102 — 3 5 0

Henley 220 018 — 13 13 4

Knudson, Beer (4), Price (6) and Merriman; Hudson, Barrington (6) and Loney. W — Hudson. L — Knudson. 3B — H: Young. 2B — P: Beer; H: Hadwick, Loney, Ha. Rasica.

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