ROSEBURG — The weather has been the only thing to shut down the South Medford baseball team.
After being off since April 21 because of a postponement and a bye, the Panthers returned to the diamond Tuesday on the road against Roseburg at Legion Field.
South Medford received a solid starting effort from senior pitcher Ricky Boortz and timely hitting to defeat Roseburg, 5-3, and remain undefeated in Southwest Conference action.
“We were a little rusty coming out of the gates,” said South Medford coach Ray Smith referring to the Panthers’ 10-day layoff. “We weren’t real sharp but got the job done.”
South Medford (14-3, 11-0 SWC) received a four-hit, five-inning performance from Boortz (5-0), who struck out six, walked two and allowed one unearned run.
“Ricky was throwing strikes and was in command from the start,” said Smith.
Boortz worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth with two harmless fly outs.
Reliever Jacob Melton slammed the door on Roseburg (12-6, 8-5) with a shutout inning for his third save of the season.
“Jake just comes in and gives us everything he’s got,” said Smith. “Because he’s a lefty, he gives a different look.”
The Panthers bunched five of their 10 hits together to score four runs in the third inning. South got doubles from Robby Carle and Jaalen Owens and singles from Clint Campbell, Jaylin Parnell and Zac Ankeny to fuel the outburst.
South tacked on an insurance run in the fourth when Melton opened with a single, stole second and third and scored on Campbell’s single.
“Our pitching and defense have been winning us a few games,” said Smith. “Our offense needs to come around and score more runs. Today we did just enough offensively.”
South Medford 004 100 0 — 5 10 2
Roseburg 010 002 0 — 3 9 2
Boortz, Letendre (6), Melton (7) and Thompson; Stoffal, Mandera (7) and Jacks. W — Boortz (5-0). L — Stoffal. 2B — SM: J. Owen, Carle. .
EAGLE POINT 15, SPRINGFIELD 4, 6 inn.: Dylan Marsh pitched four solid innings and hit his first home run of the season to help Eagle Point snap a three-game losing streak in Midwestern League play.
Marsh held Springfield to one earned run in the first four innings to improve to 4-2. Also for the Eagles (10-9, 9-7), Skyler Gaudern went 2-for-5 with three RBIs, John Alves 2-for-4 with two runs and Braxton Barnes 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
Springfield fell to 3-18, 3-13 in MWL play.
Eagle Point 016 152 — 15 12 3
Springfield 010 300 — 4 5 3
Dy. Marsh, Gaudern (5) and Alves; Wheatley, McCallister (4) and King. W — Dy. Marsh (4-2). 2B — EP: Schreiner, Barnes, Da. Marsh; S: Hostetter. HR — EP: Dy. Marsh (1).
CHURCHILL 12, ASHLAND 0, 5 inn.: At Eugene, Churchill starting pitcher Cole Wilkinson threw a five-inning no-hitter in the Midwestern League clash.
Of the 15 outs Wilkinson recorded against the Grizzlies, 11 came via strikeouts (seven looking and four swinging).
Ashland (1-20, 1-15 MWL) has lost three straight games since picking up its first win of the season against Springfield on March 24.
Churchill (14-7, 11-5) scored all 12 of its runs in the first three innings, including a six-run first inning against Ashland starting pitcher Luke Brown.
The Lancers’ Carson Lydon and Richie Estrella each drove in three runs in the win.
Ashland 000 00 — 0 0 3
Churchill 642 0x — 12 6 0
Brown, Nixon (2), Amann and Evans; Wilkinson and Jones. W — Wilkinson. L — Brown. 2B — C: Lydon.
LAKEVIEW 3, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 2, 8 inn.: At Lakeview, Cascade Christian made all three of its errors in the eighth inning and suffered its first Southern Cascade League setback.
The Challengers (9-7, 7-1 SCL) went ahead 2-1 in the top of the eighth when Declan Payne’s sacrifice fly scored Jadon Rullamas.
But the Honkers (9-12, 5-4) scored twice in the bottom half without a hit.
Rullamas had an RBI single in the sixth.
Cascade Christian 000 001 01 — 2 3 3
Lakeview 000 000 12 — 3 4 1
Martin, McLemore (5) and Thompson; Summers, Steward (7) and Alves. W — Steward. L — McLemore (0-3). 2B — CC: Thompson.
ROGUE RIVER 11, ST. MARY’S 2: Jose Chavez went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs as Rogue River won the Southern Cascade League game at St. Mary’s High.
The Chieftains scored three in the first inning and five in the second to improve to 11-6 overall and 5-2 in the SCL. The Crusaders are 3-10 and 2-7.
Derek Nelson, who scored three runs and had an RBI, and Henry Black, who scored twice, each had two hits. Jacob Tambellini doubled, drove in two runs and scored three, and Carson Smith had two RBIs.
For St. Mary’s, Cobey Aldrich homered and scored twice while going 2-for-3.
Rogue River 350 201 0 — 11 9 0
St. Mary’s 000 101 0 — 2 2 1
Nelson, Black (6) and J. Tambellini; Eiler, Aldrich (3), Beattie (7) and Hadley. W — Nelson. L — Eiler. 2B — RR: Black 2, J. Tambellini. HR — SM: Aldrich.