Panthers split in baseball season debut

RED BLUFF, Calif. — Sloppy play cost the South Medford baseball team in Game 1 of a season-opening doubleheader, but Jack Thompson and Jake Melton came up big as the Panthers won the nightcap, 12-10.

Red Bluff won the opener, 4-3.

In Game 2, there were six lead changes.

Thompson completing a five-run sixth inning with a two-run single after Melton had given South Medford a 9-7 lead with a two-run single of his own.

In the opener, Melton slammed a pair of solo home runs, but South Medford committed five errors. His first homer came in the third inning and his second came in the fifth, cutting Red Bluff’s lead to 3-2 before Jalen Parnell tied the game at 3-all for Panthers on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth.

Trent Coates’ sacrifice fly won it for Red Bluff.

Melton was 2-for-4 and Ethan Whitney 2-for-3. Whitney went the distance on the mound, allowing just one earned run on four hits, three strikeouts and two walks.


South Medford;001;011;0;—;3;6;5

Red Bluff;210;001;x;—;4;4;1

Whitney and Thompson; Tanner, Skjegstad (4), Button (7) and Tweedt. W — Skjegstad. L — Whitney (0-1). S — Button. SM: — 2B: Loogman. HR — SM: Melton 2.


South Medford;214;005;0;—;12;9;2

Red Bluff;300;043;0;—;10;13;3

Thompson, Carle (6) and Carle, Thompson (6); Coates, Edwards (3), Spencer (4), Clawson L sen (6) and Tweedt. W — Thompson (1-0). L — . 2B — SM: J. Owens, Shenk. HR — RB: Edwards, Clawson.

ASHLAND 4, NORTH MEDFORD 3, 8 inns.: At Ashland, Ashland freshman Nick Buccino stepped in as a pinch hitter and hit a two-run single to give the Grizzlies the nonconference win.

North Medford (0-1) led 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Buccino slapped a hit to left field to end the game.

Zach Collins, who had two hits for North Medford, had given the Black Tornado a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth with a one-out single that scored Tyler Seney.

The Grizzlies (1-0) received two runs and a pair of hits each from Matt O’Donnell and Jesse Carroll.

North Medford;000;110;01;—;3;4;3


Sandoval, Buchanan (7) and Geyer; Fuller, Sanderson (3), Carroll (6) and N. McLennan. 2B — NM: Baptiste; A: Carroll, Edwards, Sanderson.

EAGLE POINT 17, GRANTS PASS 3, 5 inns.: At Grants Pass, Coldin Shopp drove in five runs and scored three times for Eagle Point, which collected 14 hits.

Shopp collected three hits, as did Jacoby Jackson, Preston Johnson and Dylan Marsh. Jackson drove in four runs, scored three times and stole three bases for Eagle Point, which picked up three RBIs and two runs from Johnson and two RBIs from Marsh.

Although it was scheduled as a home game for the Eagles (2-0), poor field conditions at Eagle Point forced the contest to be moved to Grants Pass (0-1).

Grants Pass;300;00;—;3;6;3

Eagle Point;125;72;—;17;14;0

Jackson, Johnson (5) and Little; Rund, Crume (3), T. Smith (4), Erv (5), Calabro (5) and Padgett. W — Jackson (1-0). L — Rund. 2B — EP: Marsh, Jackson, Shopp. 3B — EP: Johnson.


SOUTH MEDFORD INVITATIONAL: At Eagle Point, Grants Pass won the girls scramble format with a 153, and South Medford had the low two-man team of Emmie Starchvick and Kirsten Reed at Eagle Point Golf Club.

Starchvick and Reed combined for a 74.

TEAM SCORES: Grants Pass 153, South Medford 157, Crater 179, Roseburg 204, Eagle Point 206. Incomplete: Ashland, Cascade Christian.

GRANTS PASS (153): Sarah Skokan-Grace Hull 75, Morgan Lofing-Stella Reaka 78.

SOUTH MEDFORD (157): Emmie Starchvick-Kirsten Reed 74, Kierra Cano-Morgan Couch 83.

CRATER (179): Caitlin O’Connor-Haley Brown 75, Renna Broesder-Carley Streitler 104.

EAGLE POINT (206): Ryleigh Gainey-Jacoby Adams 100, Marisa Mayfield-Jordan Mueller 106.

ASHLAND (INC): Ginny Cotton-Sophia Rooney 88.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (INC): Tessa Homeier-Kimi Brown 103.

BANDON CROSSINGS INVITATIONAL: At Bandon, Ben Quast recorded a 2-under-par 70 to earn medalist honors and deliver a victory for Cascade Christian at Bandon Crossings.

The Challengers shot a 334 score, besting runner-up Brookings by 18 strokes.

In girls play, St. Mary’s shot a 371 and was the lone complete team of four. Medalist Staesha Flock carded a 73.


TEAM SCORES: Cascade Christian 334, Brookings 352, Oakridge 366, Bandon 367, North Bend 385, Lakeview 457, Sweet Home 464. Incomplete Team: Reedsport.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (334): Ben Quast 35-35—70, Max Valle 42-41—83, Nash O’Hara 42-42—84, Ryan Collom 49-48—97.


TEAM SCORES: St. Mary’s 371. Incomplete Teams: Brookings, Bandon, Reedsport.

ST. MARY’S (371): Kamryn Ford 45-41—86, Staesha Flock 37-36—73, Kaylee Wu 45-39—84, Jose Wang 66-62—128.

Boys Tennis

ST. MARY’S 8, NORTH MEDFORD 0: Host St. Mary’s rolled to its second straight nonconference victory, getting a 6-0, 6-2 win from Pratheev Weerakoon in No. 1 singles over Mason Pagnini.

SINGLES: Pratheev Weerakoon, St.M, d. Mason Pagnini, 6-0, 6-2; Parker Lam, St.M, d. James Harris, 6-0, 6-1; David Zhang, St.M, d. Andrew Burnett, 6-0, 6-0; Corin Elmore, St.M, d. Collin Moore, 6-1, 6-0.

DOUBLES: Ian Newton-Quinn Randall, St.M, d. Nick White-Tyler Vistonet, 6-2, 6-0; Kieran Rooney-Ken Wang, St.M, d. Brandon Rhodes-Tao Li, 6-1-, 6-2; Bob Yuhui-Peter Zhu, St.M, d. Dylan Almanza-Marco Meza, 6-2, 6-0; Aidan Peard-Carson Grabosky, St.M, won 6-4, 6-3.

Girls Tennis

NORTH MEDFORD 6, ST. MARY’S 2: North Medford dispatched visiting St. Mary’s in the nonconference match, winning three singles and three doubles matches in its season-opener.

SINGLES: Krissy Ribeiro, NM, d. Eve Von Strahl, 6-0, 6-0; Elisabeth Rose, NM, d. Zoe Alstine, 6-0, 6-1; Brooke Constanzo, NM, d. Xueer Qi, 6-0, 6-0; Susanna Schatz, St.M, d. Abbey Hageman, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

DOUBLES: Dhariane Pace-Sydney Brubaker, NM, d. Sternenberg-Kunyang, 6-0, 6-1; Yoslyn Ortiz-Jahayra Ledesma, NM, d. Tavares-Nelson, 6-1, 6-1; Kianna Berry-Clara Rodriguez, NM, d. Sang-Hamilton, 6-1, 6-3; Nguyen-Li, St.M, won by forfeit.

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