Unbeaten North wins Glencoe title

HILLSBORO — Riding an unexpected strength — its pitching — the undefeated North Medford baseball team downed Astoria 2-0 in the Glencoe Spring Break Tournament championship game at Hillsboro Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The game was shortened to five innings due to rain. The Black Tornado (7-0) was coming off a 9-6 win over Glencoe that went 11 innings late Tuesday.

Bryan Carbonell earned his first win of the year in his first start on the mound, allowing just two hits and one walk and striking out six.

A.J. Miller hit the go-ahead triple in the second inning against the Fishermen (5-2), and Hayden Evans' RBI single in the fourth put the Black Tornado ahead 2-0.

Aside from its late-night affair against the Crimson Tide, North has held each opponent to two runs or fewer this season with three shutouts.

"Any time we can throw strikes and command the plate, it's good because pitching (was) the question mark this year," North Medford head coach Brett Wolfe said. "We didn't return any starting pitchers as far as people with a lot of varsity experience.

"We were able to pitch really well as far as getting ahead of hitters, changing speeds and keeping hitters off-balance to stay in ballgames and score some runs."

On Tuesday night, the Black Tornado got some key runs late. With the game tied In the top of the 11th, Christian Gillis and Miller drew back-to-back walks with the bases loaded, and then Evans singled to right to score the contest's final run. In the bottom of the 11th, Glencoe's leadoff batter got on with a single before North recorded three straight outs.

Raff, Carbonell and Evans all had three hits and Charlie Walker added two hits and four RBIs for the Black Tornado.

North trailed 4-1 early but took a two-run lead in the seventh inning on Walker's two-out, two-run double. Glencoe tied things at 6 in the bottom of the inning.

The Crimson Tide (4-3) had the go-ahead base runner in scoring position in the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th innings, but North managed to hold them off each time.

North Medford 010 10 — 2 4 0

Astoria 000 00 — 0 2 1

Carbonell and Zavala; Smith, Jenkins (3), Poyer (5) and Cain. W — Carbonell (1-0). L — Smith. 3B — NM: Miller.



North Medford 100 003 200 03 — 9 13 1

Glencoe 031 000 200 00 — 6 11 3

Gillis, Carbonell (4), Westfall (7), Miller (9) and Zavala, Hyrst (7), Zavala (9); Campbell, Miller (4), Hynes (8), Prebitdra (10) and Haynes. W — Miller. L — Prebitdra. 2B — NM: Evans 2, Westfall; G: Martin, Spendle. 3B — NM: Walker.

CRATER 5, LAKERIDGE 2 — At Central Point, Crater jumped out to 4-0 lead in the first inning en route to the win at the Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.

Corey Wynant and Ty Fox both hit singles and Lakeridge committed four of its five errors in the opening inning.

Tyler Aplin, who hit a double, earned the win on the mound to improve to 2-0 for the Comets (5-0).

In Wednesday's other games, Westview beat Sprague 8-4 and Jesuit defeated Barlow 14-4 in five innings.

Lakeridge 010 100 0 — 2 7 5

Crater 400 100 x — 5 5 1

Rudolf, Smith (6) and Hummel; Preston, Painter (6) and Aplin. W — Preston (2-0). L — Rudolf. 2B — C: Aplin.

GRANTS PASS 10, WEST LINN 6 — At Central Point, Tyler Bennett had two home runs and Justin Spinner hit a bases-clearing double for Grants Pass (1-5) at the Crater Spring Break Tournament at Anhorn Field.

Bennett hit a two-run shot in a six-run second inning for the Cavemen and added a solo homer in the sixth. He finished 3-for-4.

Aaron Perez went 2-for-4 against West Linn (4-3).

Grants Pass 160 201 0 — 10 9 1

West Linn 002 200 2 — 6 11 3

Robinson, Ingledue (7), Cole (7) and Leenknecht; Shuholm, Larson (5), VanDyk (7) and Yokubaitis. W — Robinson (1-2). L — Shuholm. 2B — GP: Cole, Spinner. HR — GP: Bennett 2.

YREKA 2, PHOENIX 0 — At Yreka, Calif., pitcher Christian Charles threw a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts at the Yreka Tournament at Hibbard Field.

Zack Ketner, a sophomore, allowed four hits in a complete-game effort for Phoenix (0-3).

Phoenix 000 000 0 — 0 0 2

Yreka 000 020 x — 2 4 2

Ketner and McCreadie; Charles and Lee, Johnson (6). W — Charles. L — Ketner (0-2). 2B — Y: Shulen, Durney.

HORIZON CHRISTIAN 6-7, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 1-5 — Cascade Christian left 12 runners on base in the opener and 10 more in the nightcap to suffer a pair of tough nonconference losses at U.S. Cellular Community Park.

Isaiah Luzny scored on an RBI single by Luke Dusenbury in the first inning and carried that 1-0 lead into the sixth inning before the wheels came off. Horizon Christian scored six runs in the frame behind two errors, three walks and two hits to disrupt what had been a solid pitcher's duel. Luzny had eight strikeouts and only two walks heading into the sixth.

In Game 2, the Challengers (5-5) pulled even at 5-all in the fifth inning but couldn't fend off another late rally by Horizon Christian.


Horizon Christian 000 006 0 — 6 6 0

Cascade Christian 100 000 0 — 1 3 3

Brucker, Pihas (7) and Pearson; Luzny, Scottow (6) and Jones. W — Brucker. L — Luzny (2-1). 2B — HC: Esquerra.


Horizon Christian 200 301 1 — 7 10 1

Cascade Christian 002 210 0 — 5 9 4

Reiner, Pihas (5) and Pearson; Cheney, Ferguson (4), Ragan (6) and Brite. W — Pihas. L — Ferguson (0-1). 2B — HC: Pihas; CC: Martin, Dusenbury, Sha.

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