North Medford staved off Westview for the second straight day, using a seven-run fourth inning and timely defense to earn a 10-9 victory in nonconference baseball Wednesday afternoon.
Westview had the potential tying and go-ahead runs on in the top of the seventh inning, but Shaun Whitehead induced a pair of flyball outs and an unassisted grounder to third baseman Michael Paxton to end the threat.
Colin Sowers notched his fifth straight two-hit game by going 2-for-3 for the Black Tornado (4-1), while Seth Brown was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Jesse Hornbrook 2-for-4 with one RBI and Cody James 2-for-3.
Westview (4-2) opened a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth when North answered with seven runs to claim the lead. James, Matt Maurer and Hornbrook hit successive doubles to spark the scoring surge, and Chris Anderson added an RBI single before Bradey Shipley came through with a two-run triple.
The score was tied 8-all heading into the bottom of the sixth when Sowers singles, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Brown. Shipley gave the Tornado a much-needed insurance run when he beat a throw home on a grounder to first by Maurer.
Kyle Simich singled home Zack Reser in the top of the seventh for Westview, but with runners on first and second, Whitehead and company squashed the potential comeback.
Carson Kelly was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Reser 2-for-2 to pace the Wildcats.
Westview 100 304 1 — 9 9 2
North Medford 000 712 x — 10 12 3
Kelly, Kotchik (5), Belding (6) and White; Maurer, Cash (6), Whitehead (6) and Sowers. W — Whitehead (1-0). L — Belding. 2B — NM: James, Maurer, Hornbrook. 3B — NM: Shipley.
CRATER SWEEPS — At Central Point, dodging concerns over potential weather issues today, Crater doubled up on the games in its fourth annual Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.
The Comets opened the day with a 9-2 win over Cleveland in a game shortened to six innings due to a time limit, then beat Thurston 15-6 in the nightcap to wrap up the eight-team tourney.
Against Cleveland, Crater (3-2) took advantage of no outfield fence at the junior varsity field to belt out five triples. Derek Cartwright supplied three of those, with Bryce Crawford and Andrew Tracy each adding a triple.
Crawford finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs and Cartwright was 3-for-4 with one run and two RBIs. Juan Cortez struck out seven in six innings to earn the win.
Against Thurston on the main field, Cartwright managed his fourth triple of the day in going 2-for-4 with one run and three RBIs.
Tracy blasted a three-run homer to finish 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs, while Zach Zelecki had a two-run shot in going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Crawford added a solo homer to finish 4-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs.
Cody Ullom was 2-for-4 with two runs and a triple, while Dustin Lathrop was 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI.
In other tournament games, Thurston beat Barlow 7-6, Lebanon beat Franklin 6-0, Barlow topped St. Helens 11-1 and St. Helens was up 5-1 on Franklin through four innings as of press time.
Cleveland 010 010 — 2 6 2
Crater 060 03x — 9 9 2
Kelly, Abramson (4), Corbett (5) and Potter; Cortez and Macuk. W — Cortez (1-0). L — Kelly. 2B — Cl: Uhran; Cr: Crawford. 3B — Cr: Crawford, Tracy, Cartwright 3.
Thurston 112 020 0 — 6 10 1
Crater 702 015 x — 15 17 2
Loos, Parrett (1), Watson (6) and Goddard; Wynant, Tracy (6) and Ullom. W — Wynant (1-0). L — Loos. 2B — T: Wright, Havens, Watson 2; C: Crawford, Wynant, Tracy, Ullom. 3B — C: Cartwright, Ullom. HR — C: Crawford (1), Tracy (1), Zelecki (1).
GRANTS PASS SPLITS — Oregon State University signee Brandon Drury belted a home run and Grants Pass blew out Cleveland, 12-0, in five innings at the Crater Spring Break Tournament. The Cavemen (4-2) later lost to Lebanon, 6-5.
Lebanon's Ben Duerr hit a soft line drive to left field in the seventh inning to drive in the winning run with the bases loaded.
Josh Robinson pitched a one-hit shutout in Grants Pass' win.
Tyler Spencer finished the day with four hits, including three doubles. Kris Reedy had two of the Cavemen's nine hits against Cleveland.
Cleveland 000 00 — 0 1 1
Grants Pass 701 4x — 12 9 0
Young, Sampson (1) and Potter; Robinson and Brown, Custer (5). W — Robinson (1-0). L — Young. 2B — GP: Miller, Spencer, Brown, Reedy. HR — GP: Drury.
Grants Pass 010 004 0 — 5 4 4
Lebanon 010 130 1 — 6 7 2
Dean, Beard (5), Bennett (6), Romick (7) and Brown; Weibel, Aranda (7) and Marshall. W — Weibel. L — Bennett (0-1). 2B — GP: Spencer 2, Voges.
HIDDEN VALLEY 15-5, EAGLE POINT 2-1 — At Eagle Point, Dylan Armanino had a solo home run and a triple in the nightcap to lead Hidden Valley to a nonleague sweep.
Shane Bluhm was 2-for-3 and Kris Barnett scored on an error for Eagle Point's lone run in Game 2.
In the opener, the Eagles (0-5) committed nine errors and managed only two hits in the five-inning contest. Ben Zomerdyk slapped a two-run double to score Matt Smith, who had EP's only other hit, and Johnny Wilkerson.
Taylor Bars was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs for the Mustangs (4-2) in Game 1, while Kyle Garrison was 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI and Seth Aamatti was 2-for-3 with one run scored.
Hidden Valley 432 42 — 15 12 2
Eagle Point 000 20 — 2 2 9
Bars and Schmidt; Zomerdyk, Morgan (4) and McCready. W — Bars (1-0). L — Zomerdyk (0-2). 2B — EP: Zomerdyk.
Hidden Valley 200 030 0 — 5 6 1
Eagle Point 001 000 0 — 1 4 1
Gulbransen and Schmidt; Smith, McCready (5) and McCready, Zomerdyk (5). W — Gulbransen (1-0). L — Smith (0-1). 2B — HV: Bars; EP: Bluhm. 3B — HV: Armanino. HR — HV: Armanino.
ROGUE RIVER 6, WESTERN MENNONITE 1 — At Rogue River, junior pitcher Christian Reyes allowed two hits with 11 strikeouts in a complete-game effort and crushed a two-run home run in the fifth inning for Rogue River (2-2).
Reyes, who finished with three RBIs, only surrendered two walks and Ty Darr doubled against Western Mennonite, which gave up five runs in the fifth. Brian Stinchcomb added a two-run single in the inning to help the Chieftains pull away.
Western Mennonite 001 000 0 — 1 2 2
Rogue River 000 150 x — 6 6 2
Burkey, Chambers (6) and Nordhorst; Reyes and Dupont. W — Reyes (2-0). L — Burkey. 2B — WM: Hayes. RR: Darr. HR — RR: Reyes.