Panthers struggle in loss to Westview

A slow start by South Medford led to a fast finish for visiting Westview in nonconference baseball action at Harry & David Field on Monday.

The Panthers allowed 10 runs through three innings and finished with 11 walks and four errors in a 13-3 loss that was cut to six innings by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.

"They're a good team but we just didn't get it done," said first-year South Medford head coach Ray Smith. "We kinda laid an egg today."

Westview, led by former Panther head coach Steve Antich, scored four runs in the second inning to build a 5-0 lead, then tacked on five more runs in the third to take control.

The Panthers (2-1) clawed back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning behind three of their four hits overall.

After Casey Kline reached on an error, Allen Fitzsimmons' two-out double plated the first run for South. Kyle Seutter followed with an RBI triple and Andrew Phillips had an RBI single to cap the scoring surge.

Ryan Wellock's third-inning single was the only other hit on the day for the Panthers.

Zack Reser had two doubles with one RBI and two runs scored to lead Westview, which plays at North Medford at 1 p.m. today. Nick White and Sam Johnson also had two hits for the Wildcats.

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South Medford 000 300 — 3 4 4

Kotchick, Gorman (5) and White; Namanny, C. Albertson (2), Dollarhide (3), D. Albertson (6) and Fitzsimmons. W — Kotchick. L — Namanny (0-1). 2B — W: Glasgow, Zack Reser 2; SM: Fitzsimmons. 3B — W: Kelly; SM: Seutter.

ROSEBURG 4, PENDLETON 2 — At Pendleton, Vince Ampi's two-run double in the seventh inning highlighted a three-run surge that put Roseburg on top in the nonleague contest.

Wyatt Whitten had a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to put Pendleton up 2-1 before the Indians (4-0) mounted their rally.

Ampi and Johnny Farrington each had two hits for Roseburg.

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Pendleton 000 002 0 — 2 9 0

Tovey, Jackson (7) and Graham; Henslee, Caldwell (7) and Smith. W — Tovey (1-0). L — Henslee. S — Jackson (1). 2B — R: Ampi 2, Jackson, Audiss. HR — P: Whitten.

CRATER 11, FRANKLIN 2 — At Central Point, Derek Cartwright had a leadoff home run and Bryce Crawford added a three-run double in the sixth to help Crater cruise to an opening win in the Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.

Crawford went 3-for-3 and Christian Massey was 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI to pace the Comets (1-1), who play host to Lebanon at 7 tonight.

Zach Zelecki struck out six and allowed five hits in six innings. Both runs against him were unearned.

In other tournament games, Thurston beat Lebanon 5-2 and Barlow topped Cleveland 10-0 in five innings.

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Crater 113 015 x — 11 9 2

Hines, Bartunek (5) and Drenner; Zelecki, Tracy (7) and Ullom. W — Zelecki (1-1). L — Hines. 2B — F: Entrikin; C: Crawford, Massey. 3B — C: Crawford. HR — C: Cartwright (1).

GRANTS PASS 10, ST. HELENS 3 — At Central Point, Casey Miller belted a two-run home run in the third and Ryan Voges added a two-run triple in the fifth to lead Grants Pass in the Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.

Voges and Jordan Brown each went 2-for-3 for the Cavemen (3-0), who play Barlow at 4 p.m. today.

Anthony Cantiello smacked a pinch-hit home run for GP on the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning in his first varsity at-bat.

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St. Helens 000 002 1 — 3 7 2

Drury, Beard (6), Romick (7) and Brown; Mood, Porter (6) and Stewart. W — Drury (2-0). L — Mood. 2B — GP: Drury; SH: Girard, Paulson. 3B — GP: Voges. HR — GP: Miller (1), Cantiello (1); SH: Lowen.


ASHLAND SPLITS — At Bend, Ashland opened the 13-team Central Oregon Softball Showcase with an 8-7 win over Bend, then suffered a 9-1 setback to Lincoln in nonconference play.

Junior third baseman Rose Marston was 2-for-3 with one RBI in each game to continue her hot start.

The Grizzlies (2-4) scored five runs on three hits in the sixth inning to overcome a 7-2 deficit against the Lava Bears. Pitcher Nicole Lehman and Kaylin McAnany both delivered RBI singles in the rally.

Lehman, a sophomore, struck out three and walked four to earn the win. McAnany was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.

Ashland's five errors contributed to five unearned runs for Class 6A Lincoln.

Sophomore pitcher Savannah Williams struck out five, walked five and allowed four earned runs.

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Bend 214 000 0 — 7 7 2

Lehman and Scott; Blanchard and Bowe. W — Lehman (2-0). L — Blanchard. 2B — B: Tarin, Smith.


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Lincoln 030 051 x — 9 5 0

Williams and Lehman; Murr, Lamson (7) and Archanbott. W — Murr. L — Williams (0-4).

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