Some of South Medford's veteran players are gradually returning to the baseball field, and coach Ray Smith doesn't mind.
They were delayed because their winter teams had successful runs. Notably, the boys basketball team went to state and the hockey team recently won state.
"That's the thing we've tried to establish here with multisport athletes," Smith said following a nonconference home sweep of Summit of Bend. "It's always nice when they bring that winning attitude to our club."
They're joining a winner, too. The Panthers defeated the Storm 4-3 on a three-hitter by Austin Reames and 7-1, raising their record to 3-1.
"We're still trying to put the team together," said Smith. "We still haven't had them all out there at the same time, but we'll get them out there and get going. Right now it's a good opportunity for the younger kids to show what they can do."
Reames, a left-hander, blanked Summit in all but the third inning of the opener. Only one of the Storm's three runs was earned.
Reames hurled an efficient game, throwing 87 pitches, striking out nine and walking three.
"Austin did a great job of keeping their bats down," said Smith, who closely monitored the pitch count in the last couple innings. "He threw his best in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. That's a pretty good outing for this time of the year."
Jack Walker chipped in with the winning hit, a two-run double to left field on which Summit's T.J. Wilson tried to make a lunging catch. The ball got by him and Pat Alexander, who walked, and Kanin Campbell, who reached on a fielder's choice, scored to put the Panthers ahead, 4-3.
Walker had just replaced Taron Bradd at third base.
"That was a huge hit for Jack," said Smith. "He fought off a tough pitch."
Bryson Lake and Daniel Jimenez were each 2-for-3 for South.
In Game 2, the Panthers scored four first-inning runs on two hits and three errors. Ryan Wellock belted a double to score Nate Namanny, who had singled. Two other runs scored after a grounder by Ryan Johnson was fielded and thrown away, bringing in Andrew Phillips and Wellock.
Reames, who drove in two runs, and Namanny each had two hits.
Campbell started and Sean Pearson finished with two one-hit innings in which he fanned four.
Summit 003 000 0 — 3 3 2
South Medford 110 020 x — 4 7 2
Reddick, Hamann (5) and Mingus; Reames and Mouyios, Phillips (5). W — Reames (1-1). L — Hamann. 2B — S: Rooks, Mingus; SM: Lake, Walker, Jimenez. 3B — SM: Lake, Jimenez.
Summit 000 000 1 — 1 6 4
South Medford 411 001 x — 7 7 1
Wilson, MacDougal (3), Schneider (6) and Mingus; Pearson, Campbell (3) and Phillips. W — Campbell (1-0). L — Wilson. 2B — S: Reddick; SM: Reames, Wellock.
CRATER 13, CANBY 8 — At Central Point, Andrew Tracy's two-run double highlighted a four-run fourth inning that put Crater on top for good on Day 2 of the Crater Spring Break Invitational.
With the Comets (4-0) trailing 6-3, Mike Macuk opened the fourth with a double and scored on an RBI single by Cole Berriochoa. Bryce Crawford followed with a single and scored on Derek Cartwright's single. Tracy then capped the frame with his two-run double.
Tracy finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and was the winning pitcher, while Berriochoa was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
In other tournament action, Barlow topped McKay 15-1 in five innings, Southridge beat Grants Pass 6-1 and Clackamas scored a 13-2 win over HIllsboro.
Canby 032 100 2 — 8 9 4
Crater 120 442 x — 13 9 4
Hein, Wright (4) and Caruso; Preston, Tracy (4), Crawford (7) and Macuk. W — Tracy (1-0). L — Hein. 2B — Ca: Harms, Hein; Cr: Tracy, Cortez, Macuk, Berriochoa.
SOUTHRIDGE 6, GRANTS PASS 1 — At Central Point, Southridge opened a 4-1 lead through two innings and carried that through to post a Day 2 victory in the Crater Spring Break Invitational.
Grants Pass used singles by Myles Baida and Tyler Bennett to set the stage for its lone run in the first.
Josh Robinson had six strikeouts but also seven walks for the Cavemen (1-3).
Southridge 220 100 1 — 6 9 2
Grants Pass 100 000 0 — 1 5 1
Azevedo, Ross (6) and Jomah, Azevedo (6); Robinson and Custer. W — Azevedo. L — Robinson (0-1). 2B — S: Montague; GP: Miller, Cantiello. 3B — S: Rickter.
EAGLE POINT 1-5, MOUNTAIN VIEW 0-7 — At Eagle Point, Daniel Morgan hit a game-winning double and Ben Zomerdyk pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts as Eagle Point opened the season in nonconference action.
In a classic pitchers' duel, Mountain View's Alex Robinett allowed just one hit with 15 strikeouts in Game 1. Morgan's double in the bottom of the seventh scored Johnny Wilkerson, who reached on an error.
Eagle Point's Mylen Barner connected on a leadoff home run in the first inning of Game 2. The Cougars took the lead with a solo shot in the seventh.
Morgan finished 2-for-3 and Austin Fosenburg had two RBIs in the second game for the Eagles.
Mountain View 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
Eagle Point 000 000 1 — 1 1 2
Robinett and Miller; Zomerdyk and Morgan. W — Zomerdyk (1-0). L — Robinett. 2B — MV: Wollister; EP: Morgan.
Mountain View 113 000 2 — 7 9 5
Eagle Point 320 000 0 — 5 6 2
W — Miller. L — Walls. 2B — MV: Carroll; EP: Zomerdyk. HR — MV: Carroll 2; EP: Barner.
HIDDEN VALLEY 10, DOUGLAS 5 — At Douglas, B.J. Hults was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Gregory Hurd was 3-for-4 with one RBI and the pitching victory to lead Hidden Valley and make head coach Spencer Frantz a winner in his debut.
Chris Spliethof also went 3-for-4 while Micah Schmidt and Kyle Garrison each were 2-for-4 for the Mustangs. Hurd struck out four and allowed two hits in four innings.
Hidden Valley 130 020 4 — 10 14 3
Douglas 010 200 2 — 5 7 3
Hurd, Ingledue (5) and Schmidt; Peck, Kennerly (5), Koons (7), Foster (7) and Koons, Cortez (7). W — Hurd (1-0). L — Peck. 2B — HV: Hurd, Hults; D: Dahl, Peck.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 13-1, MOUNT SHASTA 7-4 — Senior shortstop Garrett Banks went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs to power Cascade Christian to the Game 1 rout, but Mount Shasta used a big first inning in Game 2 to salvage the nonconference split at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Banks' two-run double in the fifth of the first game helped the Challengers (2-2) turn a 6-5 deficit into a 13-6 lead. Cascade took advantage of seven walks in the inning and 11 for the game.
In Game 2, Mount Shasta's Cody Waite ripped a three-run double in the first against Cascade freshman starter Kyle Ferguson, who struck out three and walked two in six innings.
Mount Shasta 110 041 0 — 7 9 3
Cascade Christian 112 180 x — 13 9 2
Paisley, Sbarbro (5) and Thomas; Scottow and Brite. W — Scottow (1-0). L — Paisley. 2B — MS: Brooks 2, Campbell, Sampson; CC: Banks 2.
Mount Shasta 300 000 1 — 4 8 2
Cascade Christian 100 000 0 — 1 4 4
Woods, Campbell (7) and Morris; Ferguson, Banks (7) and Jones. W — Woods. L — Ferguson (0-1). 2B — MS: Waite.
ST. MARY'S 9, OAKLAND 5 — At Oakland, St. Mary's Jacob Wall pitched a complete game and struck out seven.
The Crusaders (1-2) exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning.
Danny Leavens went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Conner Engle had a single and drove in two runs for the Crusaders.
St. Mary's 002 070 0 — 9 5 4
Oakland 021 110 0 — 5 6 0
Wall and Kaing; Sherman, Collins (3), Cole (3), Bailey (5), Comstock (5), Sherman (6) and Nix. W — Wall (1-1). L — Bailey. 2B — O: Nix, Comstock.
GLENDALE 14-1, BUTTE FALLS 3-5 — At Butte Falls, left-handed senior Moe Gower pitched a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts in the nightcap to salvage a doubleheader split for Butte Falls.
Gower walked the first batter and didn't allow another base runner until a sixth-inning double. Scott Goodman supplied all the run support the Loggers (1-3) would need with a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the second.
Gower went 3-for-3 with a run in the opener, while Cody Retherford and Goodman slapped back-to-back doubles in the fourth.
Butte Falls was done in by eight errors.
Glendale 360 14 — 14 13 3
Butte Falls 100 20 — 3 7 8
McDonald and Streafer; Adams and Goodman. W — McDonald. L — Adams (0-1). 2B — G: Williams, Henry, McDonald; BF: Gower, Retherford, Goodman.
Glendale 000 001 0 — 1 1 5
Butte Falls 020 111 x — 5 5 2
Streeter, Williams (6) and Henry; Gower and Goodman. W — Gower (1-1). L — Streeter. 2B — G: Boal; BF: Goodman; HR — BF: Goodman (1).