EUGENE — With the game tied in the top of the seventh inning, Jon-o Gassman came through with a go-ahead single to preserve a superb pitching performance from Zack Collins and a Game 1 victory for the North Medford baseball team Monday.
Gassman broke a 1-all tie with a single that scored Brandon King from second base and the Black Tornado won the opener, 2-1, before completing the Southwest Conference sweep of host Willamette with a 10-1 triumph in the nightcap.
Collins was lights out, displaying command of all his pitches. He used 84 pitches to get through all seven innings with seven strikeouts while allowing just one run on four hits and no walks.
After getting the first two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Collins gave up a hit but struck the final batter out swinging.
Gassman scored North Medford’s first run of the contest as well in the fourth inning on Trevor Corallo’s single. Gassman was hit by a pitch then moved to second base on Brady Buchanan’s sacrifice.
In Game 2, Ryan Sandoval tossed a complete game as well for the Black Tornado (7-4, 3-2 SWC). He fanned four, allowed one run on four hits and one walk.
Buchanan finished 3-for-5 and drove in three runs, King was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and Quinton Rumrey went 2-for-4, with two runs and three stolen bases.
Corallo and Jeremiah Huffman both went 2-for-4 in Game 2 for North.
North Medford 000 100 1 — 2 5 3
Willamette 000 001 0 — 1 4 2
Collins and Robbins; Bracy, Allen (7) and Woodcook. W — Collins (3-1). L — Allen. 2B — NM: Sandoval.
North Medford 420 021 1 — 10 14 5
Willamette 000 001 0 — 1 4 2
Sandoval and Robbins; Hefner, Moffatt (2), Lerch (6) and Allen. W — Sandoval (2-1). L — Hefner. 2B — NM: Collins, King; W: Bracy.
NORTH MEDFORD 22-18, WILLAMETTE 0-1: North Medford’s top three batters had nine hits and 10 RBIs in the opener and Grace Johnson went 4-for-4 with a double, five RBIs and two stolen bases in Game 2 as the Black Tornado cruised to a Southwest Conference sweep at North Medford High.
In the first game, North’s Lauren Barry (4-for-4), Alex Barry (3-for-4) and Rylan Austin (2-for-4) combined to go 9-for-12, while Johnson went 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Austin and Monique Kruse combined for a three-hit shutout in the five-inning game.
In the nightcap, Johnson’s two-run single in the first helped North Medford (10-2, 5-0 SWC) open up a quick 2-0 lead, and the left fielder added a two-run single in the third and RBI double in the fourth.
Willamette 000 00 — 0 3 6
North Medford 43(11) 4x — 22 18 1
McFarland, Garcia (3) and Ortega; Austin, Kruse (4) and Smalley. W — Austin. L — McFarland. 2B — W: Garcia; NM: Austin, Johnson.
Willamette 000 10 — 1 1 3
North Medford 24(10) 2x — 18 17 1
McFarland, Garcia (4) and Ortega; Austin, Ivens (4) and Smalley. W — Austin. L — McFarland. 2B — W: Collins; NM: Austin, Johnson, Stewart. 3B — NM: L. Barry.
ROSEBURG 6-8, SOUTH MEDFORD 5-2: At Roseburg, just after South Medford regained the lead in the top of the seventh inning, Roseburg rallied in the bottom of the frame to take Game 1 of the Southwest Conference doubleheader, which was swept by the Indians.
With the contest knotted at 4-all, Cassidy Clark’s sacrifice fly allowed Lexi Jones to score, putting the Panthers ahead, 5-4. Roseburg (5-5, 2-2 SWC), however, tied the score before Erica Allen came through with the game-winning single.
Jones had a two-run single for the Panthers (2-8, 0-4) in the fourth inning, where South posted four runs and grabbed a 4-3 lead. The Indians tied the score in the sixth.
In the nightcap, Clark went 3-for-4 and Rikiya Bratcher 2-for-3 for the Panthers.
South Medford 000 400 1 — 5 4 2
Roseburg 003 001 2 — 6 11 1
Wolford and Clark; Blevins and Bergman. W — Blevins. L — Wolford (2-4). 2B — SM: Bratcher.
South Medford 011 000 0 — 2 7 0
Roseburg 321 101 x — 8 11 2
Dalke, Jones (5) and Clarke; Blevins and Bergman. W — Blevins. L — Dalke (0-4). 2B — R: Ladd. HR — R: Bergmann, Goodin.
CRATER 18, CHURCHILL 7, 6 inn.: At Central Point, Crater sophomore Hannah Joseph hit a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning and finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs as the Comets earned a Midwestern League victory.
Jordan Peterson went 4-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs, Kaci Carder was 3-for-4 and Crater (6-8, 5-2 MWL) got two hits apiece from Grace Hilton, Kaila Lee, Haley Hillyer and Mackenzie Ryerson during the 20-hit outing.
Churchill 301 300 — 7 11 5
Crater 216 612 — 18 20 2
Sheppler and Schaefer; Joseph, Wagner (1), Warner (4) and Harris. W — Wagner (2-2). L — Sheppler. 2B — CH: Sundberg, Westphal, Lloyd; C: Joseph 2, Lee, Hillyer, Peterson, Wagner. 3B — C: Peterson. HR — CH: Schaefer; C: Joseph.
ALL-SWC: At McKenzie Bridge, Gabe Provencio carded a 7-over-par 79 to help South Medford capture second place in the Southwest Conference tournament.
Provencio was backed by an 80 from Riggs Loftin, who landed in a tie for sixth with Taylor Anderson of Grants Pass and South Eugene’s Tanner Hermanson.
North Medford was led by Jordan Jacobs’ 82.
South Eugene won the event and Sheldon took third despite Carter Helikson and Cade Stubbs each scoring 77s for co-medalist honors.
TEAM SCORES: South Eugene 323, South Medford 334, Sheldon 337, Roseburg 344, Willamette 358, Grants Pass 360, North Medford 383.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 5): T1, Carter Helikson, Sheldon, 77, and Cade Stubbs, Sheldon, 77; 3, Bryce Thomason, Roseburg, 78; T4, Gabe Provencio, South Medford, 79, and Joey Brundan, South Eugene, 79.
SOUTH MEDFORD (334): Gabe Provencio 41-38—79, Riggs Loftin 41-39—80, Ethan Neville 42-42—84, Matt Stranahan 50-41—91.
GRANTS PASS (360): Taylor Anderson 38-42—80, Lukas Simchuk 43-45—88, Andrew Jaroslow 43-46—89, Nolan Alger 43-60—103.
NORTH MEDFORD (383): Jordan Jacobs 42-40—82, Ben Holt 45-49—94, Bryce Robustelli 53-50—103, Thomas Cox 53-51—104.
BANDON INVITE: At Bandon, Layne Collom shot a 106 to lead three Cascade Christian golfers at the seven-school event at Bandon Dunes.
Bandon’s Scotty Kennon shot a 2-under-par 69 to take medalist honors and lead the host team to the team title with a combined 340. Marshfield placed second with a 363, and Bandon’s Jackson Kennon had the second-best round of the day (77).
Also for the Challengers, Gabe Vidlak shot a 113 and Ethan Hogan a 125.
TEAM SCORES: Bandon 340, Marshfield 363, Lakeview 431, Oakridge 445, Coquille 450.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 5): 1, Scotty Kennon, Bandon, 69; 2, Jackson Kennon, Bandon, 77; T3, Casey Peters, Bandon, 92, and Seth Waddington, Coquille, 92; 5, Joey Marino, Oakridge, 93.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN: Layne Collom 106, Gabe Vidlak 113, Ethan Hogan 125.
ALL-SWC: At McKenzie Bridge, Willamette’s Tannica Porter shot an 80 to earn medalist honors and South Medford’s Kirsten Reed (82) placed second in the all-Southwest Conference event at Tokatee Golf Club.
Roseburg, led by third-place finisher Lauren Sandford (84), ended up atop the team standings with a combined 359, while South Medford was fourth and North Medford fifth.
Carli Brousseau led the Black Tornado by shooting an 88.
TEAM SCORES: Roseburg 359, Grants Pass 378, Sheldon 392, South Medford 393, North Medford 399.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 5): 1, Tannica Porter, Willamette, 80; 2, Kirsten Reed, South Medford, 82; 3, Lauren Sandford, Roseburg, 84; 4, Grace Hull, Grants Pass, 84; 5, Avry Hansen, Roseburg, 87.
SOUTH MEDFORD (393): Kirsten Reed 82, Ella Russo 98, Hannah Karrigan 100, Ava Willits 113.
NORTH MEDFORD (399): Carli Brousseau 88, Fernanda Gardea 100, Madara Cromwell 105, Kailee Lee 106.
GRANTS PASS (378): Grace Hull 84, Stella Reaka 92, Belle Vest 92, Alex Ruhoff 110, Madi McKay 110.
BEND INVITATIONAL: At Bend, Kamryn Ford carded an 82 and Baylee Hammericksen an 84 to lead St. Mary’s at Bend Country Club.
Summit’s Olivia Loberg shot an 81 to earn medalist honors, while Bend posted a combined 367 to take the team title.
St. Mary’s did not bring enough golfers to earn a team score.
TEAM SCORES: Bend 367, Summit 392, Ridgeview 405, Crook County 474, Sisters 500, The Dalles 512, St. Mary’s INC.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 5): 1, Olivia Loberg, Summit, 81; T2, Kamryn Ford, St. Mary’s, 82, and Sophie Dalphonsi, Summit, 82, and Emma Farley, Sisters, 82; 5, Baylee Hammericksen, St. Mary’s, 84.