North Medford proved that simply putting the ball in play sometimes can be your best ally during Tuesday's nonconference win over Westview.
The Black Tornado took advantage of miscues by the Wildcats to tie the game in the seventh inning and win it in the ninth, 6-5, at North Medford High.
Westview (4-1) committed four of its six errors in the final three innings to leave the door open for North Medford (3-1). The teams play again at 1 p.m. today.
Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh, North got a leadoff single from Shaun Whitehead to close the book on starter Zack Reser, and then Chris Anderson followed with a pinch-hit single against reliever Phil Belding. Colin Sowers followed with a fielder's choice grounder and a stolen base and, with two outs, Seth Brown's grounder to shortstop was misplayed to allow Whitehead to score and put Sowers on third.
Cody James followed with an RBI single to right field to tie the game, but Westview was able to throw out Brown as he tried to advance to third on the play to close the inning.
In the top of the ninth, North reliever Michael Bradshaw came up with a big defensive play when he snared a hot shot up the middle by Belding and then was able to double off a runner at second base to end the inning.
In the Black Tornado's turn at bat, Sowers drew a one-out walk and was joined on the bases by Bradey Shipley after his hit-and-run effort was misplayed at second base. Brown followed with a grounder toward second base that once again got away, only this time the ball rolled into right field and allowed Sowers to score the winning run from second.
Sowers was 2-for-4 with three runs scored to notch his fourth straight two-hit game, while James was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Shipley struck out seven with three walks and two unearned runs among his four allowed, while Bradshaw struck out three and allowed one run in his four innings.
Belding was 3-for-5 to pace Westview. Teammates Scott Tanner, Carson Kelly and Nick White each added two hits, with White driving in two runs.
Westview 200 020 100 — 5 12 6
North Medford 102 000 201 — 6 9 2
Reser, Belding (7), Johnson (7) and White; Shipley, Bradshaw (6) and Sowers. W — Bradshaw (1-0). L — Johnson. 2B — W: Kelly, White.
BARLOW 9, GRANTS PASS 5 — At Central Point, Grants Pass' 3-0 lead evaporated after Barlow tallied six runs in the fifth inning and the Cavemen lost their first game of the season on Day 2 of round robin play at the Crater Spring Break Tournament.
Grants Pass (3-1) committed two errors in the fifth inning and Lee Sheller's two-run home run put the game out of reach as Barlow went up 8-3.
Brandon Drury and Tyler Spencer each had two doubles on 2-for-3 efforts. Spencer also drove in two runs and Casey Miller went 2-for-4 for GP.
Grants Pass 002 100 2 — 5 9 2
Barlow 000 261 x — 9 8 0
Spencer, McGill (5) and Brown; Otness and Stinson. W — Otness. L — Spencer (0-1). 2B — Drury 2, Spencer 2, Bennett. HR — B: Beeber, VanAtta.
LEBANON 11, CRATER 9 — At Central Point, seven errors, six walks and one hit batter contributed to Crater's loss in its fourth annual eight-team Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.
A pair of two-run singles by Bryce Crawford helped the Comets (1-2) take a 9-6 lead through five innings.
Crawford finished with three hits and one run scored, while Christian Massey, Cory Wynant and Dustin Lathrop added two hits each.
For Lebanon, Benji Brown went 3-for-3 with two runs and Craig Trask had two hits and three RBIs.
In other games, Cleveland defeated St. Helens, 8-6, and Thurston blasted Franklin, 16-0.
Lebanon 012 123 2 — 11 13 3
Crater 111 240 0 — 9 14 7
Trask, Thompson (6) and Marshall; Preston, Crawford (4) and Ullom. W — Thompson. L — Crawford (0-1). 2B — L: Brown; C: Cartwright. 3B — C: Crawford, Ullom. HR — L: Thompson.
ASHLAND 7, MARIST 5 — At Ashland, Ian Kendall's grand slam keyed a five-run sixth inning for Ashland in a comeback victory at North Mountain Park.
Marist jumped on top 3-0 on Will Swindling's three-run homer in the first.
Kendall went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and Nick Hall, Ashland's leadoff hitter, went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a home run.
Ashland starting pitcher Luke Stone allowed three earned runs in five innings before Brady Thomas took over in the sixth and picked up the win to improve to 2-0.
Brady Kirkpatrick went 2-for-4 for the Spartans.
Marist 301 001 0 — 5 8 1
Ashland 100 015 x — 7 8 2
Eyster, MacKinnon (6), Rouleau (6) and Swindling; Stone, Thomas (6) and Scarminach. W — Thomas (2-0). L — Rouleau. 2B — M: Brandon. HR — M: Swindling; A: Hall (1), Kendall (1).
NORTH VALLEY 12-7, KLAMATH UNION 8-9 — At Klamath Falls, freshman pitcher Steven Parker struck out nine in four innings to pick up the win in the opener for North Valley at the Steen Sports Park.
Josh Cowell, Jacob Herklotz and Jay Weisbart had two hits each for the Knights in Game 1.
In the second game, North Valley jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first but Klamath Union answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning.
North Valley (4-2) received two hits each from Marco Garmendia, Joel Shippy, David Parker and John Parker.
North Valley 213 005 1 — 12 10 7
Klamath Union 100 111 4 — 8 8 7
S. Parker, Garmendia (5), Herklotz (7), Weisbart (7) and D. Parker; Kulman, Kemp (4) and Clair. W — S. Parker (1-0). L — Kulman. 2B — NV: Cowell, Shippy; KU: Stork. 3B — KU: Chavarria.
North Valley 500 110 0 — 7 12 2
Klamath Union 520 101 x — 9 5 2
J. Parker, Shippy (1) and D. Parker; Chavarria and Stork. W — Chavarria. L — Shippy (0-1). 2B — NV: D. Parker; KU: Chavarria. 3B — KU: Whisler, Bell.
PHOENIX SPLITS — At Winston, Phoenix defeated Douglas 7-6 in nine innings then suffered a 4-1 loss to Newport.
The Pirates (3-1) scored the winning run in the ninth inning when Tim Keith opened with a single and Luke Brown walked. The runners moved up on a Austin Toney's sacrifice bunt and Keith scored on a fielder's choice by Daniel Katayama.
Kyle Treadway smacked a three-run homer to highlight a four-run third inning in the opener for Phoenix.
Toney, the Pirates No. 9 hitter, went 4-for-5 with one run and one RBI to spark the attack against Douglas. Kameron Kaufman added three hits and one RBI, while Katayama, Treadway, Justin Bohn and Luke Ritchey contributed two hits each.
In the Game 2 loss to Newport, the Pirates only run came in the second inning on Katayama's RBI single.
Phoenix 004 110 001 — 7 16 7
Douglas 202 101 000 — 6 6 5
Ortiz, Brown (5), Reynoso (7) and Kaufman; Polamalu, Woods (6) and Dahl. W — Reynoso (1-0). L — Woods. 2B — D: Syrie. HR — P: Treadway; D: Syrie.
Newport 030 000 1 — 4 6 3
Phoenix 010 000 0 — 1 4 3
Smith and Jacques, Duranbacker (3); Bohn, Katayama (4), Ritchey (7) and Kaufman. W — Smith. L — Bohn (0-1).
GLENDALE 11-20, BUTTE FALLS 6-2 — At Glendale, Harley Casillas hit two home runs in the doubleheader but Butte Falls couldn't slow Glendale.
Casillas had a solo shot in the third inning of Game 1 and put the Loggers (1-5) on the board with another round-tripper in the fourth inning of the nightcap. Quinton Weaver went 2-for-4 in the opener for Butte Falls.
Glendale rolled up 20 runs in the first three innings of Game 2, which ended in the fifth because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Butte Falls 031 020 0 — 6 7 10
Glendale 301 502 x — 11 10 1
Gower, Adams (4) and Casillas; McDonald and Ring. W — McDonald. L — Adams (0-1). 2B — BF: Gower, Adams; G: Poore. HR — BF: Casillas; G: Boucher.
Butte Falls 000 11 — 2 3 4
Glendale (10)46 0x — 20 14 0
Gower, McCann (2), Dunham (3) and Casillas; Boucher, Kitchen (5) and Ring. W — Boucher. L — Gower (0-2). 2B — G: Kitchen. 3B — G: Kitchen, Poore. HR — BF: Casillas; G: Boucher.
ASHLAND LOSES TWO — At Bend, Ashland fell behind early and couldn't recover in losing 7-4 to Culver and 10-1 to Wilsonville at the Central Oregon Softball Showcase.
Against Culver, Lizzy Scott came through with an RBI single in the fourth inning to help the Grizzlies (2-6) cut the deficit to 6-4. Ashland had runners at first and third with one out in the fifth, but a groundout and strikeout smothered the comeback attempt.
Rose Marston led the Grizzlies at the plate in both games, going 2-for-4 and scoring a run against Culver and 1-for-3 against Wilsonville.
Culver 021 301 0 — 7 10 4
Ashland 002 200 0 — 4 4 2
Gorman and Donnelley; Williams, Lehman (5) and Lehman, Scott (5). W — Gorman. L — Williams (0-5).
Wilsonville 021 500 2 — 10 10 7
Ashland 000 001 0 — 1 2 4
Bates and Allisan; Cantrell, Lehman (5) and Lehman, Scott (5). W — Bates. L — Cantrell (0-1). 2B — W: Welch.